Are you looking for great deals on domain names with new TLDs? Check this out…
For those who don’t know, a “TLD” is the tail-end part of an internet domain name. The originals were .net, .org, .mil, .edu and a few others. Then the .com TLD came along (short for “COMmercial” sites) and that’s when the internet took off.
Today there are literally over 1000 different TLDs available, although most folks still only really consider .com, .net, and .org. (See the end for a sample.)
If you bother looking around for domain names, it’s fairly common to charge $9-$12 per year for domains with these common TLDs. Also, a popular upsell is a “privacy” option. This keeps people from “scraping” the listings with your contact information and sending you bogus renewal notices that are designed to trick you into switching registrars. The contact info is required by law to be correct, so data aggregators also like to scrape this data to use it as authoritative reference material for the hundreds if not thousands of other data records they collect from your daily use of the internet.
The most popular domain registrar today, GoDaddy, love to seduce people with 99-cent domains, then say you need to pay $15/year for “privacy”. Sorry to say, but a growing number of registrars are offering privacy now FOR FREE — because the EU REQUIRES IT!
My favorite site to register domains at right now is NameSilo. They’re located here in Phoenix, and they’re one of the “Top-20” registrars in the world. They currently charge just $8.99 for .com domains, and they have a pretty good selection of additional TLDs as well.
When these other TLDs first showed up, a lot of the folks behind them decided to charge a lot of money for them — $25 – $250 and more. They found quite a bit of resistance.
So what has happened is that each registrar has been negotiating “special deals” with many of them for the first year. So maybe only $2.99 for the first year, and then $24.99 after that.
This is a really GOOD DEAL because a lot of folks will toss out a few bucks here and there just to grab some domains that strike their fancy. If you don’t do anything with them, then just let them go after a year instead of paying a ridiculous renewal fee.
HOWEVER — BE SURE TO TURN OFF AUTO-RENEWAL!!!
Not only does NameSilo have lots of great deals on first-year registrations for new TLDs, so do a lot of other registrars.
Another site I found recently that I really like is Domain Cost Club.
They have an interesting business model. They’re organized like a club where you pay an annual fee and you get to buy stuff “at cost”. They have a lot more TLDs available than NameSilo, and a lot of them have much better deals for first-year registrations. But if you’re not interested in those TLDs, so what?
The point is, if you’re looking for something special, consider one of the new TLDs. First check through NameSilo (so you get free privacy settings), then scan through Domain Cost Club to see if there are any you’re missing or that are cheaper than NameSilo.
For example, I just registered a name with .HOST TLD. Most registrars are charging and arm and a leg for .HOST TLD names, but DCC has a special right now where you can get a 2-YEAR REGISTRATION for UNDER $9.
And DOMAIN PRIVACY IS 100% FREE FOREVER AT DCC AS WELL AS NAMESILO!
Here’s a short sample of TLDs on NameSilo: