WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN GTLDS AND THE SPONSORED TLDS?
a) Google Friendliness
As stated earlier, generic top-level domains are available for use by every person. For this reason, Google fall in love with them. Thus, obtaining a domain name with this extension will enhance your ranking compared with the sponsored domains.
The theory behind this is because many people will likely click links with .com extension as they believe it contains information which is easy to read for any level visitor. So, as you know, most clicked websites will rank higher on the search engine in comparison to their counterparts.
Since they are restricted for use for particular purposes, sponsored TLDs will go for higher prices compared with the generic ones. A generic domain is available with just $10 per year or less. Finding a sponsored domain at this price can only happen in a movie or a dream. You will have to pay hundreds or even thousand dollars to obtain one.
c) Registration/ purchasing process
Another difference between the two types of domain extension is the registration process. For a generic domain, the process is simple. All you need is to check for availability, choose your preferred domain name, and fill in your details and checkout. When it comes to the sponsored domain, the registration process is complex.
First, you have to produce a proof of the specific group for registration approval. If you are lucky, you will proceed to registration where you must follow the laid down legal procedures for acquiring a sponsored domain.
In whole, gTLD is the acronym for generic top-level domains. Under it, a special category exists known as sponsored domains. This class has some restrictions, and the extensions are not available for use by any person.