Best and Worst New Domain Name Extensions

When people think of a website name, they automatically think of the .com suffix and that is historically the standard domain name extension which is also known as a TLD, which stands for top level domain, for commercial websites – in fact, the ‘com’ in .com stands for commercial.  There has always been other TLDs used as domain extensions, including .org which was originally intended for non profit organizations, .edu for educational institutes, and .net for internet service providers and other computer networks, as well as the strictly limited .int for internet agencies, .gov for US government agencies, and .mil for US military agencies.  Other countries have their own domain name extensions, such as .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .ca for Canada, .mx for Mexico, .it for Italy, and .ru for Russia.  Creative use of country TLDs has caused many to be commonly used for other sites not from those specific countries, such as .tv (Tuvalu), .ai (Anguilla), .am (Armenia), .fm (Federated States of Micronesia), .io (British Indian Ocean Territory), and .me (Montenegro) come into common use.  But by far the most commonly used TLD is .com and up until recently there hasn’t been any choice besides the original and country specific TLDs, meaning if you wanted a new domain name you had a pretty small amount of choices since most good .com names were already taken.  But recently ICANN, the organization responsible for doling out domain names, has allowed for the creation of many more domain name extensions which opens the floodgates for all kinds of domain names.

Among the choices available for the domain name extensions when creating a new domain name are those such as .deals, .bio, .cheap, .discount, and .online which can be used for many different types of organizations in many different fields.  There are also those that can be used by individuals and organizations in certain industries such as .art, .band, .cars, .fitness, .clothing, .movie, .healthcare, .lawyer, etc.  And domain extensions like .associates, .company, ..industries, .partners, .productions, and .ventures can be used by organizations in any industry so they can get a personalized domain name to match their organization’s name.  TLDs such as .kyoto, .london, .vegas, .kiwi, .barcelona, .berlin, and .quebec are among the new domain extensions that can be used for sites for businesses in a certain geographic region.  There are also TLDs like .cool, .xyz, .blue, .fyi, .wtf, .ninja, and more that can be used for all kinds of purposes.  But what are the domain extensions that are the best and worst of the new TLDs?

Among the new domain name extensions that are likely to be used the most are ones like .clothing, .games, etc. that pertain to a certain industry and those like .partners, .company, etc. that are for a certain type of organization.  Some of the new TLDs that I think are pretty neat that might allow for creative domain names include those such as .exposed, .news, .guide, .ist, .live, .life, .buzz, .ink, etc.  I also think that domain extensions that lend themselves well to sites of a certain nature are those such as .vote, .chat, .webcam, .auction, etc.  There are also those new extensions that are good for personal websites, such as .guru, .ceo, .mba, .vip, and .pro.  Politicians will likely make wide use of the new extensions .vote, .republican, democrate, .red, and .blue. One set of new domain name extensions that I believe were very necessary and will be widely used are those that denote adult sites, such as .porn, .xxx, and .adult.  The use of these adult domain extensions allow for more effective content filtering based solely on a sites domain name.  Of course it won’t apply to older, already established adult sites, but if all new adult sites had a .xxx, .porn, .sex, .adult, or similar extension in their domain name it would make it easier to block new sites coming into existence.  And of course there are new extensions that are intended to be a catch-all for any type of website of any organization in any industry to be used instead of the standard .com extension.  Examples of this are .website, .internet, .one, .earth, and .site.

But there are many new domain name extensions that I think will rarely be used.  Most of these are just bad and don’t lend themselves to good, memorable domain names.  Among the new extensions I find odd are those with the names of colors like .blue, .pink, .red, etc. with the exceptions of .red and .blue which could be used for politicians and political organizations depending on their party affiliation, as well as .gold which could be used for jewelry and precious metal sites or  organizations with the word gold in their name, and .black which could be used in some creative ways for sites that are related to black and African American subjects.  A few domain extensions that I think are so targeted that I can’t see many organizations wanting to use are those like .vodka, .taxi, .cards, .surf, etc.  And there are some new extensions that I think are just dumb or don’t really make sense as domain name extensions that I don’t see much use for, such as .cool, .xyz, .bingo, .codes, .desi, .earth, .fail, .glass, .horse, .kim, and .best.

However dumb the domain extensions in the previous paragraph may be, there are some that will get much less use.  Those are the new extensions that are just outrageously expensive that nobody will want to use them, no matter how catchy they may be.  For reference, a normal .com domain name is usually under $20 per year to register.  Some of the new domain names are more expensive in comparison, but will still probably be used by companies in that industry, such as .casino ($199.99), .doctor ($129.99), .credit ($129.99), .creditcard ($199.99).  Some sites that aren’t an arm and a leg but I still see the price being a factor that causes not many sites to use that specific TLD are .fans ($99.99), .film ($119.99), .host ($129.99), .tires ($129.99), .energy ($129.99), .bingo ($69.99), .best ($129.99), .build ($99.99), .ceo ($129.99).  Among the most expensive new TLDs that I can’t see any organization, no matter how big, using are .auto ($2,799.99), .car ($3,999.99), .cars ($3,999.99), .luxury ($799.99), .movie ($399.99), .security ($3,999.99), .theatre ($999.99 – .theater on the other hand is only $69.99), and .protection ($3,999.99).  I don’t see any company wanting a .protection or .security domain name enough to pay $4,000 each year just for the domain name!

Only time will tell how popular these domain names will come. Will people start to realize that there are many more domain name extensions than just .com and .net and if when they see something like jared.blog or jared.productions that it is a website just the same as when they see jared.com.  I hope they start to take off because we need more domain names than the .com TLD allows, but the prices on some of them are just outrageous.

Get HIGH Gains with Marijuana Related Stocks and Funds

I am not a weed smoker myself, but I live in a state where it has been legal for medicinal use for a while now and it recently became legal for recreational use, so I know many who do smoke or consume it in other forms and I know that it has great medicinal potential as well as a recreational drug that is a good alternative to alcohol.  Although the legalization of recreational use has lowered the price since there is so much competition, for many people it can still be an expensive habit.  And now, instead of  all those profits going into the hands of the drug dealers in the communities, it can go to actual legitimate companies – companies that you can invest in to ride the weed wave and get your portfolio high!  Every time new legislation passes that legalizes marijuana the sector enjoys a nice surge, and in the past few years there has been a lot of different places legalizing it in one form or another.  There are many aspects to the marijuana economy – including the companies that provide equipment and supplies to grow it, the companies that grow and process it, the storefronts where it is sold, and even all the companies that make everything for the weed culture like pipes and rolling papers.  There are many companies that are seeing the uptick in profits after the legalization in many states and it is only going to continue to grow from here.  More and more states are going to legalize it, either for medicinal or recreational use, and that means more people buying it through legitimate channels instead of on the street.  But if you want to really find that hidden gem of a stock, then you’ll need research the individual companies that deal with each link of the marijuana chain.  Just like any industry, there are companies that make the equipment and supplies for production, the companies that produce it, companies that sell it, companies that sell devices and accessories to use the product, companies that consult and provide other services to the producers, and companies that deal with other aspects or multiple aspects of the sector.  Except instead of making and selling widgets, the marijuana industry grows their product.  Here is a list of companies that deal with each different aspect of the marijuana industry that I put together from a few different sources that I think have the best potential for the future.

First of all are the companies that sell the products for growing weed.  Unlike decades ago, marijuana production is now highly methodical, requiring special equipment and products to get the best quality and highest yield possible.  Even though it is just a plant, most marijuana is not grown outside, or even in soil for that matter.  Most growers do it inside with artificial lights and hydroponic systems that immerse the plant’s roots in water.  That means that a lot of equipment is needed to grow marijuana.  Equipment like high intensity grow lights, water pumps and valves as well as other hydroponic equipment, soil, nutrients, fertilizer, etc.  Just like in a vineyard, the better taken care of the plant, the higher the quality of the end result – meaning that the best weed comes from plants that are babied with super bright lights, the perfect amount of water and nutrients, proper amounts of CO2, and kept free from fungus and pests.  So that means that the companies that make and sell these products are looking to make huge gains in the future as they are the backbone of the marijuana industry.  Some of the companies that are in this category include: Scott’s Miracle Gro (SMG), AeroGrow (AERO), Fusion Pharm (FSPM), GreenGro Technolgies (GRNH), Cabinet Grow (CBNT), EffTec (EFFI), Future Farm Technologies (FFRMF), GreenGrow (GRNH), Grow Solutions (GRSO), GrowGeneration (GRWG), Heliospectra (HLSPY), Solis Tek (SLTK), Nutritional High Intl (SNRA),

Of course the next link in the cannabis chain is the actual growers.  There are some major growing operations going on out there and their plants are treated with the care and attention of a pharmaceutical lab.  No contaminants are allowed in and there is very strict security.  And that is because marijuana can be a very profitable crop to harvest and a whole crop can be wiped out if something goes wrong.  If a problem like fungus, parasites, or other serious problem hits the grow operation it could ruin a whole crop.  Whether done traditionally in soil outdoors, or inside with artificial light and hydroponics, these grow operations can make some serious money.  And luckily some of the companies involved in growing marijuana are publicly traded, such as: ABCann (ABCCF), Invictus MD Strategies Corp.  (IVITF), Medreleaf Corp. (MEDFF), Marapharm Ventures (MRPHF), Maricann Group (MRRCF), Newstrike Resources (NWKRF), Sunset Island Group (SIGO), Canopy Growth Corporation (TWMJF).

Then of course there are the storefronts and delivery services that provide their patients and customers with the final product.  These are very large money makers but most are small mom and pop style dispensaries at the moment.  But it is expensive to have a weed dispensary, you need to acquire the products, hire security and knowledgeable staff who can be very trustworthy, and don’t forget all the red tape that they must go through to be legal – which takes a lot of time and money because many jurisdictions require large up front fees to even open up a marijuana dispensary, which keeps a lot of the would be’s out of the market and makes more room for the larger established dispensary chains with the money to invest in building new dispensaries.  Companies in this area include: Cafe Serendipity (CAFS), Canntrust Hldgs Inc (CNTTF), Diego Pellicer Worldwide (DPWW), Organigram Holdings (OGRMF).

Don’t forget the products and accessories related to the weed culture.  You can’t buy weed or hash without having something to consume it with.  And nowadays there are so many options it would make your head spin!  Just walk into a head shop and you’ll see shelves lined with all sorts of crazy contraptions for consuming their marijuana products.  Traditionally people used small metal pipes to smoke, but those are almost extinct in today’s weed marketplace.  Now glass is in, and some of the glass pieces made for smoking weed are so elaborate they belong in an art gallery not a head shop.  And nowadays the same type of electronic ‘vaping’ contraptions you see people using can also be used for smoking cannabis oil as well.  And don’t forget the rolling papers and cigar leaves that people use to roll up joints and blunts with, jars to keep the marijuana in, grinders to grind it up, and other marijuana accessories.  There are many companies that belong in this category, such as: Advantis (ADVT), Kush Bottles (KSHB), mCigInc. (MCIG).

Of course, no matter what the business does, they will need a place in which to set up shop and in need of real estate services.  With all the regulations and stipulations regarding cannabis based businesses, a real estate company that is familiar with such rules might be of great importance to those businesses.  One such company is Innovative Industrial Partners (IIPR), a San Diego based real estate investment firm, that is the world’s first cannabis real estate fund to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  The company doesn’t deal with the plants or the end products, but will seek to buy commercial and industrial real estate and then lease the spaces to cannabis companies.  Others in this category include: AmeriCann (ACAN), Agritek Holdings (AGTK), Grow Condos (GRWC), Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR).

Although marijuana has recently become legal for recreational use in many jurisdictions, the main use remains medicinal.  Many companies out there specialize in medicinal uses for marijuana, which differs from recreational use marijuana in the fact that the strains are bred specifically to target certain medical conditions while minimizing the intoxicating effects.  Many uses for medical marijuana include anti-convulsion, neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, glaucoma, pain management, and appetite stimulation.  Companies that specialize in this area include: Auscann Group Holdings (ACNNF), Cannabis Science (CBIS), CB Scientific (CBSC), Canadian Cannabis Corp. (CCAN), CURE Pharmaceutical Holding Corp. (CURR), CV Sciences (CVSI), Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc (EMHTF), Emblem Corp. (EMMBF), GB Sciences (GBLX), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), InMed Pharmaceuticals (IMLFF), OWC Pharmaceutical Research (OWCP), Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (TMPMF), 22nd Century Group (XXII).

Some companies that are in the marijuana sector don’t really fall into any of the above categories.  Whether it is consulting, grow op set up, Some of these include: Cannabix Technologies (BLOZF), Bang Holdings (BXNG).

There are also companies that are involved in many parts of the marijuana sector, do business with other companies in the marijuana sector, or companies that don’t deal with the marijuana sector exclusively.  These companies are good for a little diversification.  This category includes: American Cannabis Company (AMMJ), Abattis Bioceuticals (ATTBF), Axim Biotechnologies (AXIM), Weed Inc (BUDZ), General Cannabis Corp (CANN), Crown Baus Capital (CBCA), Cannabis Sativa Inc. (CBDS), CannaGrow Holdings (CGRW), Cannabis Life Sciences (CLSH), United Cannabis Corp (CNAB), Cannabics Pharmaceuticals (CNBX), CannaRoyalty (CNNRF), DigiPath (DIGP), Earth Science Tech (ETST), EVIO Labs (EVIO), Helix TCS (HLIX), Kaya Holdings (KAYS), Medicine Man Technologies Inc. (MDCL), Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA), MJ Holdings (MJNE), Namaste Technologies (NXTTF), Nutritional High Intl (SPLIF), Stony Hill Corp. (STNY).

 

Or if you aren’t sure where to start, a good marijuana focus mutual fund will cover all your bases.  One such fund is the American Growth Fund Series II E (AMREX) which was not involved in the marijuana industry when it was originally established in 2011, but reorganized to focus on the marijuana industry in July 2016.  Another is the Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF (LARE) which recently transitioned from a real estate investment trust, the new ETF will track cannabis cultivators, producers and distributors, along with cannabinoid drug makers, fertilizer producers and tobacco companies.

If you’re like me and you think that marijuana stocks and funds have a good outlook in the future, check out the ones listed above and due your due diligence in researching them.  I currently do not own any shares of any companies or the fund that I mentioned but am currently doing my own personal research and plan on investing in at least one in the near future.