search engine optimization articles do it yourself seo hiring search engine experts html and search engine optimization web site analysis and submission service

HTML Help: New Top Level Domains

What's the deal on the new top level domains like .family, .mp3, .sports and the like?
These three domain extensions, and 23 others, are made possible by, who developed a way to bypass the ICANN domain structure. They are not new though.

My opinion?

They are not top level domains, they are not even legitimate domains. Furthermore, there are problems with this scheme that make them absolutely undesirable.

For one thing, normal surfers won't be able to find your site. Your site can only be found by subscribers to one of their partner ISP's unless a surfer downloads and installs and uses a special browser plugin.

Most surfers won't belong to these special ISP's, and we all know how unlikely it is that someone will download a special plugin just to view your site . . . even IF they knew it was there!

Another problem is—what's to stop another company from coming along and duplicate New.netís offerings. They could then sell your exact same domain name to someone else. Surferís with the right plugin would see your site, but surferís who installed the other companies plugin would see the site registered through them. Talk about an identity crisis!

Then there's the issue of search engines. has been selling these pseudo-domains for at least eight years . . . have you ever seen one of these pseudo-domains listed in any search engine?

You haven't, and you won't, because they are not accredited domains. Search engines aren't going to index pseudo-domains. Save your time, save your money.

This concludes the

HTML Help about New Top Level Domains

Back | HTML FAQ | HTML Tag Chart | HTML Index | Web Design Tutorials
search engine optimization course
If you want your web site to rank high in the search engines . . . what are you going to do to get it there? Check out my search engine optmization guide, SEO for YOU: Search Engine Optimization for Ordinary Everyday People!

Check out SEO for YOU now!

Almost a Newsletter

Subscribe today for exclusive website design tutorials and grab some free gifts to boot! Learn more, or subcribe below:

First Name:

Privacy Policy

Did you know...

The member's site has about 100 standards compliant HTML and CSS tutorials, 31 handy reference charts, reprintable content, web graphics, exclusive fonts, free software, free ebooks and more? All this for less than 9 cents a day! [ Details ]
See my fancy bottom! :)