In the beginning of the World Wide Web era, not many people realized the potential of this new technology.
The first six domain names in history were registered in 1985, but it took another ten years after that for domain registrations to really start to pick up.
Many of the world’s first dot com websites were hosted on short one-word domains like Think.com, Quick.com, Apple.com. But as the web suddenly skyrocketed in popularity in the 90s, it didn’t take long for all the short, simple .coms to get scarce.
Because of the impending death of .com domains, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, added on more top level domains, including .info and .biz. But the popularity of those TLDs never took off, and to this day, the golden standard of domains is the .com. Dot-com domains are so popular that today popular domains often sell for thousands or even millions of dollars.
Chances are, if you’re looking to snag a short and simple .com domain, it’s already been registered. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a long, complicated domain or a spammy-looking .biz or .info site.