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Is it still worth registering .com.au domains?

Discussion in 'General Domain Discussion' started by Donald, May 13, 2019.

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Is it still worth it?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Donald

    Donald Membership: Community

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    Forgive me for the noob question, but is it still worth registering .com.au domains or are these likely to be superseded by the new .au domains?
     
  2. Scott.L

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    I doubt com.au will be superseded by .au - people will continue to trust the unique identifiers whilst .au will become a junk yard of unidentifiable parties seeking to hack the commercial success of .com.au
     
  3. johno69

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    I voted purely off the title:
    Is it still worth registering .com.au domains?
    My vote would change if the "or are these likely to be superseded by the new .au domains?" was actually part of the poll.
     
  4. snoopy

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    The uncertainly has hammered the market and that will continue for some time, and country codes generally are not keeping pace. Why bother with this extension when .com is doing so well?

    As far as .au goes, it is junk, but the whole shemozzle will cost a decade of growth in .com.au.

    Lastly registering anything is a bad idea, in any extension, these are names that nobody else on earth thinks are worth registering so the odds of success are low. Buy aftermarket or dropped names.
     
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  5. Andrew Wright

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    Com is great, but the entry costs are so much higher. Very difficult for a "noob" domain investor to break into that market without dropping a lot of cash...
     
  6. snoopy

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    Worthwhile names start at a couple of hundred dollars,

    eg from twitter today,

    https://twitter.com/joshuahreason/status/1128450432357896192
     
  7. Scott.L

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    I'll go out on limb and say, com.au remains highly valued and competitive enough to have registrars catching names for themselves. So it's not all doom and gloom, yet.
     
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  8. Donald

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    Sorry I should have clarified that I was referring to registering a .com.au domain for the purpose of developing a website. If I was starting a local soccer club and was going to register a domain for its website, should I use [city]soccer.com or [city]soccer.com.au? I understand that .com.au may have some SEO benefits?
     
  9. snoopy

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    I've never seen evidence of any SEO benefit. Probably either is fine but the .com will be less hoop jumping to get.
     
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  10. findtim

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    LOL, didn't anyone else get that ????

    anyway, facts are NOBODY knows about a .au, to "rebrand" australia will take MILLIONSSSSSSSS, just look at woolies in victoria with safeway, it was 25 years after the take over ( i was there as a manager way back when) before woolies could rebrand victoria to just woolies and STILL another 4 years later people call it safeway, i even heard someone say the other day " it will always be safeway to me..."

    thats why .au is a waste.

    i think a .au will flop faster then uk and nz as .com.au is far stronger.

    tim
     
  11. snoopy

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    Quite possible. What NZ had in its favour was they still had strong growth going into it, whereas the Australian namespace is teetering on decline in terms of raw numbers, whilst values are well down. Globally domains are fairly tapped out but the cctlds and new tlds seem to be doing far worse than .com.
     
  12. Scott.L

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    The crazy thing is auDA may possibly tie up the "investor" with stupid policy restrictions on the most valuable names whilst the registrars think they're gonna make a killing out of its introduction...it's all just a bunch of magical Bullshit.
     
  13. chris

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    Hi @Donald, it's not a noob question at all, I reckon initially it's what most people think - i.e. will the direct .au domain be the "premium" choice and supersede .com.au, but after you factor in what Australians are used to using, what businesses are already using, it's more complex than that. And then take into account how it gets rolled out, it's even more tricky.

    Local businesses are still registering domains and building sites, and from what I see .com.au is still the most popular choice. We know that .com is king (and what investors prefer etc.), but sometimes it's not an option.