I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably could help you..
.biz is just as good..
If you only wanted to dal within the US, then yes, the .us version would give you an advantage..
But Internationally, .biz wins..
SInce this is so business related, you can do just fine with the .biz extension..
Congrats and good luck with it...
I think .biz is way undervalued right now and just has a bad reputation among domainers because there are so many other alternatives out there recently. I do see a lot of wasted money on domains that don't fit the extension, and not as many will fit as would with .info or .net. If the use is truly for business, I think it's a great extension for a small to medium business. Big business will always "need to have" .com so they don't look like an also-ran. This does effect the value since a buyer doesn't have as deep of pockets, but it doesn't mean there isn't money to be made. In a broad market for names like Exterminating.biz, JobPlacement.biz, or other generics and acronyms, not everyone can have the dot-com and many will be happy and find .biz an affordable alternative and still profitable to the secondary market seller.
, the search engines probably don't really care what extension it is..
By the way, I'm the one who paid $3,700 for Gold.biz. In my opinion, I bought gold at the price of tin. I really think within a year or two, maybe even three, I'll get a good 5 figures for that domain. Maybe not 6 or 7 figures, but more than if I'd put it in a savings account or invested in a mutual fund. The key is that it both fits the extension and there is a huge multi-use market for the HostGator in jewelry, investment, mining, metals, and many other sectors. I would classify "gold" as one of the super-words...
I agree with everything you said, AdoptableDomains. I also think that the .biz got lost in a flood of .info and .us TLDs releases right as the .com headlines started to rain down on us again. Bottom line for me is I am glad that the .biz spark was soaked at the very beginning. Had it not been, I wouldn't have gotten a three letter keyword business HostGator for $450 last week. In short, I got a great deal on an REO HostGator name..
Who's to say that the media and general public won't one day embrace the .biz in a great entrpreneurial frenzy like they did the .com? I can remember back in 1994 when people I know laughed at dictionary .coms as something ridiculously simple and useless. We all know nobody is laughing now..
Assuming that the .biz doesn't become a household word anytime soon, it doesn't necessarily follow that REO.biz won't quickly become a widely known REO 123 reg website in my location, the San Francisco Bay Area. Come on, it's three easy letters to remember and it's relevant to the REO business..
As for gold.biz, I've always liked that domain. You should put a gold price ticker on the gold.biz site...
Mortgages.biz is on the upcoming T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York City auction list,.
The list is the best one I have ever seen. I look forward to seeing what Mortgages.biz goes for...