How new TLDs will affect domain market is a top concern.
Ask people in the domain industry what the “biggest issue facing the domain name market in 2013” is, and a lot of them will tell you its new top level domain names.
30% of people who responded to the question on this year’s Domain Name Wire survey cited new TLDs as the biggest issue facing the market this year.
With some of the new domains hitting market in 2013, we’ll start to see what impact these have on existing second level domain investments.
Although 30% of survey takers cited new TLDs as the biggest issue facing the market, most think the introduction of hundreds of new TLDs will not hurt .com values. 43% think new TLDs will boost .com values while 46% think they’ll have no effect. Only 11% think they will hurt .com.
The same can’t be said for .com alternatives — 55% of respondents think other extensions (e.g. .info, .biz) will take a hit.
Here’s a list of how domain investors rank the 5 biggest issues facing them this year:
1. New Top Level Domains 30%
2. Overall economy 26%
3. Anti-domainer interests (overreaching trademark interests, reverse domain hijackers) 12%
4. Government regulation (SOPA, etc.) 9%
5. ICANN policy decisions 7%