Almost a decade ago Internet was not as comfortable to work with like it is today. Not only the internet speed was less the web designers did not have latest web technologies like now to create a user friendly website. And also there were a much lesser number of users when compared to today. But the most important aspect that was missing was the search engines and this shows how a right domain name can influence search engines.
Because searching for an information was very tedious then and particularly when a person wanted to create a website it is very tough for him to check if the particular domain name was available or not.
Search engines not only helped to search for information in the internet easily but also would come out with web pages with reliable information. There are now websites with search engines to search domain name which would be very helpful to know the availability of a domain name under an extension.