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.Com.Au Now Officially in Decline

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by snoopy, Jan 30, 2018.

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Do you think .Com.Au will continue to decline in numbers?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Unsure

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  1. snoopy

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    LOL you must be very pleased :rolleyes:
     
  3. snoopy

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    My opinion is that people should not invest $1 in .com.au domain names, I gave up on it along time ago. It is good for usage only and the market is weakening considerably with the amount of uncertainty that has been added and the lack of traction on any genuinely beneficial changes such as reducing red tape or allowing individuals to register.

    So the best thing people can do, before writing letters, before protesting, is simply stop investing in this space, that is the #1 priority and it is the one thing people have control of.

    The only hope auDA has of propping up their numbers is a large price reduction. I think .com.au is headed below 2.5 million names without that.

    Worth also noting that even .org.au had a small decline, so it seems every single .au extension may be now in a declining state.

    Invest in dot com only is my suggestion.
     
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    Domain Name:                     snoopy.com.au
    Last Modified:                   02-Jan-2018 23:45:22 UTC
    Status:                          serverHold (Expired)
    Status:                          serverUpdateProhibited (Expired)
    Registrar Name:                  NetRegistry
    Edit: formatting
     
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  5. Christopher

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    More and more businesses that I know are turning to nTlds not really knowing what they are getting into, but getting it all the same because that's what they could get.
     
  6. snoopy

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    Personally I have only seen a handful, they stand out because I am a domainer, much like when I saw Cue using cue.cc.

    I keep seeing local companies using .com or not bothering with a website and using Facebook.
     
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    Sorry to be more clear i'm in the hospitality sector, and restaurants and cafe's are using the respective extension, when other businesses have grabbed the .com.au and .net.au, and because this sector tends to have similar business names to other's overseas the saturation is quite high and i'm finding more and more clients going for these. Yes I agree if they can get the .com instead of the .au they do jump for that.
     
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    I think I noticed a chicken place using one a while ago.

    I think this is the type of business that can skip the domain entirely. Some could probably just get by with uber eats and no website, or a zomato profile etc. They now have a lot of alternatives to using a domain. For a very small cafe it is probably a waste of money setting up a website in the first place.
     
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    Yes agree with you @snoopy , third party sites are good, but the business holder ultimately doesn't own these and the old school booking via a bigpond email on a business card is getting scarce these days, as customers demand an accessible website, and one that doesn't require some form of social media account to be able to view it.
     
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    That's, what, a 4K decline in one month? OMG has been dropping a lot recently - they would have certain months where they bulk registered when they were building the portfolio - we're seeing a lot of those domains dropped now (as they should be). Not the only factor, but certainly a contributing one...
     
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    For a small cafe/restaurant I don't think it would matter much, auto mated booking services, Zomato, Facebook etc may well work far better than investing in a website.
     
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    It was handy to go the website of the place where we had the xmas get together and see the menu and available beers. Also to get an idea of the the space. Works for some, Part of the decline is probably that 3d guy dropping all his names!
     
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    I would say los of people are dropping names right now. With the prospect of direct registrations it would make a lot of sense to be trimming right down. If you look at the UK market things never really recovered. The whole industry will be a mess for a very long time if it ever happens.

    Could you have visited their Facebook page or looked at Zomato if they didn't have a website though. Personally I find Zomato is good for looking at the menu as someone has pretty much always uploaded it.

    What were the available biers that you mention?
     
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    Mate his name is 3dShags3d, get it right!
     
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    And angry 3dwife3d for wasting all that caah!
     
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    Maybe auDA should have invited Shags to a soirée to butter up their No.1 customer?
     
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