NEW YORK – According to a press release by Dominion Registries, a division of Dominion Enterprises, the company is removing a long list of previously implemented registrant eligibility verification restrictions for its new gTLD industry-specific domain extensions which consist of .AUTOS, .BOATS, .HOMES, .MOTORCYCLES and .YACHTS.
The changes will be made this year, beginning first with .BOATS, which is now available to anyone at all, for just about any reason, defined as:
any use, “generally accepted as legitimate”, and “in good faith at the time of registration and throughout the duration of registration”.
This is a pretty big shift from what was previously included in these domain names’ requirements, such as the near three additional pages (.BOATS – 6 pages vs .YACHTS – 9 pages) of requirements from the still in place document for .YACHTS, soon to be removed.
According to an earlier December 2017 press release, you can expect all of these domain names to follow suit and soon be available to just about anyone for just about any reason, eliminating the need to pass verification processes, which according to OpenProvider.com (whatever that is), was due to the registry claiming that 40% of the registration requests lead to a rejection.
As of this writing numbers of these dots in the root zone file according to statistical site https://ntldstats.com, seem very low with .AUTOS (62), .BOATS (274), .HOMES (428), .MOTORCYCLES (66) and .YACHTS. (159). That’s five sets of ICANN nGTLD application and renewal fees being offset only by 989 total individual domain registration fees – plus, who knows how many of these registrations are being held as premiums by the registry; Yikes. Not sure how sustainable that is, but I would have to guess, not that sustainable long term.
Another thing I noticed is that all of the Twitter accounts for these ngTLD sites look pretty dead with some of them not being updated since 2016, which to me indicates the marketing of them may be somewhat burdensome and un-economical.
— Dot Autos (@dot_Autos) November 18, 2016
— Dot Boats (@dot_boats) August 12, 2016
— Dot Homes (@Dot_Homes) November 18, 2016
— Revilo Automotive (@reviloam) June 22, 2017
— Dot Yachts (@dot_Yachts) September 23, 2016
From the outside looking in, not looking good to me. Do you think Dominion Registries is over their head with these domain names? Would certainly be interesting as a fly on the wall at Dominion Enterprises…. What say you??
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Advertising Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, authored a ‘how to’ book called ‘‘Mastering Your Website’, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy company Searchen Networks®