Similar new gTLDs

Domain name extensions can look very similar

Choosing the right domain name is like choosing a Trademark, it has to be taken seriously: it is a long time investment for the image of a trademark or a company.

If new gTLDs have brought new options to those in charge of creating a name or a Trademark (precision, availability, novelty), they also brought the possibility to make terrible mistakes when choosing the right extension for a domain name. Here is what I suggest to do prior to registering a domain name OR thinking about creating a new domain name extension:

  1. I'd suggest to take a look at the list of "Singular versus Plural new gTLDs" and wonder:
    1. What if I someone else buys (and starts to use) my exact same domain name in its plural version?
    2. If I buy both domain names (one to use and one as a redirection to the first one): what will be the trend in 5 years? Am I sure that I am making the right choice to use the plural version of the extension instead of the singular one or should I just consider an extension which is "single"?
  2. I'd suggest to carefully check the complete list of new gTLD applications by alphabetical order (this one takes time).

The same applies for Trademarks who will start to, or have started to, use their .BRAND new gTLD. Some strings can be the same with just one letter added. What happens if someone sends an email to Aigo Digital Technology Co,Ltd. (.AIGO new gTLD) and forgets the last "O"? The email will just never be received by the right person, because it will have been sent to a complete different company: American International Group, Inc. (owner of the .AIG new gTLD).

List of confusing new gTLDs:

  1. .AIG & .AIGO
  2. .ART & .ARTE
  3. .AUDI & .AUDIBLE - .AUDI & .AUDIO
  4. .AUTO & .AUTOS
  5. .BBC & .BBT
  6. .BCG & .BCN
  7. .BET & .BID
  8. .BET & .BEST (updated 06/09/2017)
  9. .BING & .BINGO
  10. .BMS & .BMW
  11. .BOM & .BOO
  12. .BOO & .BOOK
  13. .BOOK & .BOOKING
  14. .BOT & .BOX
  15. .BUILD & .BUILDERS (& .CONSTRUCTION)
  16. .BUY & .PAY
  17. .CAB & .TAXI
  18. .CAB & .CEB - .CAB & .CEB
  19. .CAFE & .COFFEE
  20. .CAL & .CALL
  21. .CAM & .CAB & .CAL & .CAR & .COM
  22. .CAM & .CAMERA (& .WEBCAM)
  23. .CAM & .CAMP
  24. .CAR & .CARE & .CARS
  25. .CASA & .CASE & .CASH
  26. .CBA & .CBN & .CBS - .CBA & .CFA
  27. .CEB & .CEO
  28. .CFA & .CFD
  29. .CHANEL & .CHANNEL
  30. .CITI & .CITIC - .CITI & .CITY
  31. .CLINIC & .CLINIQUE
  32. .COM & .CAM & .ECOM (withdrawn) & .BOM (updated 12/05/2017)
  33. .COUPON & .COUPONS
  34. .CPA & .CBA & .CFA
  35. .CRS & .CARS - .CRS & .CSC
  36. .DATE & .DATA - .DATE & .DATING
  37. .DEAL & .DEALS & .DEALER
  38. .DENTAL & .DENTIST
  39. .DOCS & .DOCTOR
  40. .DOG & .DOT
  41. .ECO & .CEO
  42. .EMAIL & .MAIL
  43. .ENGINEER & .ENGINEERING
  44. .FAN & .FANS
  45. .FARM & .FARMERS
  46. .FILM & .MOVIE
  47. .FINANCE & .FINANCIAL
  48. .FISH & .FISHING
  49. .FIT & .FITNESS
  50. .FLORIST & .FLOWERS
  51. .FORSALE & .SALE
  52. .FOOTBALL & .FUTBOL & .SOCCER
  53. .FOX & .BOX
  54. .FUN & .FUND
  55. .GAL & .GAP & .GAY
  56. .GAME & .GAMES & .JUEGOS
  57. .GIFT & .GIFTS
  58. .GIVES & .GIVING
  59. .GMO & .GMX - .GMO & .GOO
  60. .GOO & .GOOG
  61. .GOOG & .GOOGLE
  62. .GOLD & .GOLF
  63. .GOP & .GOT
  64. .GRATIS & .FREE
  65. .HEALTH & .HEALTHCARE & .CARE (updated 02/08/2017)
  66. .HOME & .HOMES (& .MAISON & .HAUS)
  67. .HOST & .HOSTING
  68. .HOT & .HOW - .HOT & .HOST
  69. .ICE & .ICU
  70. .IMMO & .IMMOBILIEN & .REALESTATE
  71. .INC & .ING & .INK
  72. .INSURE & .INSURANCE
  73. .IST & .ISTANBUL
  74. .JCB & .JCP
  75. .JETZT & .NOW
  76. .JLC & .JLL
  77. .JMP & .JCP
  78. .JOT & .JOY - .JOT & .GOT
  79. .KIA & .KID & .KIM
  80. .KID & .KIDS
  81. .KRD & .KRED
  82. .LAW & .LAT - .LAW & .LEGAL
  83. .LIVE & .LIVING
  84. .LLC & .LLP
  85. .LOAN & .LOANS
  86. .LOTTE & .LOTTO
  87. .LTD & .LTDA
  88. .LUXE & .LUXURY
  89. .MAIF & .MAIL
  90. .MAN & .MAP - .MAN & .MEN
  91. .MARKET & .MARKETS
  92. .MEN & .MENU & .MEO & .MED
  93. .MED & .MEDICAL
  94. .MINT & .MIT
  95. .MOBILE & .MOBILY - .MOBILE & .PHONE & .MOBI (legacy TLD) & .TEL (legacy TLD)
  96. .MODA & .FASHION
  97. .MOE & .MOI & .MOM & .MOV
  98. .MOTO & MOTORCYCLES
  99. .MOV & .MOVIE
  100. .MTN & .MTR
  101. .NAB & .NBA
  102. .NET (legacy TLD) & .NETWORK
  103. .NEW & .NEWS
  104. .NEW & .NOW & .NEC (& .NET)
  105. .NISSAN & .NISSAY (updated 12/28/2016)
  106. .NRA & .NRW
  107. .ONE & .ONG & .ONL
  108. .PARS & .PARIS - .PARS & .PARTS
  109. .PARTS & .PARTY
  110. .PHOTO & .PHOTOS & .PHOTOGRAPHY &.PICS & .PICTURES
  111. .PIN & .PID - .PIN & .PING
  112. .PING & .PINK
  113. .PROD & .PRODUCTIONS - .PROD & .PROF
  114. .PROPERTIES & .PROPERTY
  115. .REALESTATE & .REALTY
  116. .RED & .REN - .RED & .READ
  117. .REISE & .REISEN (updated 08/21/2017)
  118. .RENT & .REIT - .RENT & REN - .RENT & .RENTALS
  119. .REST & .RESTAURANT (updated 12/28/2016)
  120. .REVIEW & .REVIEWS
  121. .RIL & .RIO & .RIP (updated 12/28/2016)
  122. .ROCHER & .ROCKS
  123. .SAFE & .SALE & .SAVE - .SAFE & .SAFETY & .SECURE & .SECURITY
  124. .SAP & .SAPO - .SAP & .SAS
  125. .SBI & SBS - .SBI & .SKI
  126. .SCA & .SCB
  127. .SCHOOL & .SCHULE
  128. .SCOR & .SCOT
  129. .SES & .SEW & .SEX
  130. .SEX & .SEXY
  131. .SHOP & .SHOPPING (& .BOUTIQUE & .TIENDA) - .SHOP & .SHOW
  132. .SITE & .WEBSITE & .ONLINE & .WEB
  133. .SKI & .SKIN - .SKI & .SKY
  134. .SONG & .SONY
  135. .SPORT & .SPOT
  136. .SRL & .SRT
  137. .STORAGE & .STORE
  138. .SUPPLIES & .SUPPLY
  139. .SWATCH & .WATCH & .WATCHES
  140. .TAX & .TAB - .TAX & .TAXI
  141. .TATTOO & .INK
  142. .TECH & .TECHNOLOGY
  143. .THEATER & .THEATRE
  144. .TOWN & .CITY
  145. .TRADE & .TRADING
  146. .TRAVELERS & .TRAVEL (legacy TLD) & .VIAJES & .VOYAGE
  147. .UBS & .UPS
  148. .VACATIONS & .HOLIDAY
  149. .VIG & .VIN & .VIP
  150. .VIN & .WINE
  151. .VISA & .VISTA - .VISA & .VIVA
  152. .VIVA & .VIVO
  153. .VOTE & .VOTING & .VOTO
  154. .WEB & .WEBS & .WEBSITE - .WEB & .WED
  155. .WED & .WEDDING
  156. .WIEN & .WIN & .WINE
  157. .WORK & .WORKS
  158. .WTC & .WTF (updated 12/29/2016)

No IDNs

I added translations of all TLDs but IDNs (since I don't understand most of them). For example, the .CATHOLIC new gTLD was delegated in other languages with IDN scripts: these were not included in that list.

ccTLDs

Many of the TLDs above can be very similar to country code Top-Level domains (ccTLDs). For example, the .VIN new gTLD is similar to the .VN (for Vietnam) extension. I suggest to check the list of ccTLDs too