Is Amazon.com the biggest user of new domain names? – Domain name thread



Amazon has registered a bunch of domains under new TLDs and forwards them to the pages of its website.

It’s still unclear what Amazon.com’s strategy is for the many top-level domain names it will soon control. But we might get a clue by looking at its use of top-level domain names from other registries.

Amazon.com has been a big buyer of second-level domain names in new TLDs. For example, he retrieved many city names under .delivery.

I also noticed recently that it registered a bunch of generic or descriptive terms under new TLDs last year that were originally registered under Mark Monitor’s DNStinations. Whois records are slowly moving to Amazon.com, revealing more and more domains.

This month alone, I have 38 unbranded domains registered by Amazon in new TLDs that have appeared in my DomainTools alerts. These domains range from Outlet.toys to Congratulations.gifts to Funny.reviews.

My initial assumption was that Amazon would log them to keep them out of the reach of competitors. This may still be the case. It could also be an overly defensive strategy, which is one of my assumptions as to why it attacked top level domains like .spot. It doesn’t have a lot of .spot use, but by owning it it doesn’t have to defensively register hundreds or thousands of domain names under it.

… But maybe not. Here’s what’s interesting about the 38 areas I identified this month: they are all used.

Each of the domain names is transferred to a (primarily) relevant page on the Amazon.com website.

Funny.reviews links to Amazon’s list of funniest reviews, including the famous banana cutter. Wearable.fitness sends visitors to its wearable tech page.

(You’ll notice a few “misses” in the list, like moving cloud.cleaning and cloudcomputing.camp to cleaning supplies and outdoor camping, respectively.)

Since Amazon.com won’t be able to get .amazon, would the company ever advertise “Find all your hiking gear at Hiking.camp?” “.

I’m not sure, but it’s intriguing. Here is a list of the domains and where they send visitors:


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