The .Berlin Registry which as of the last update has over 115,000 registrations owes a lot of there success to two registrants who between them have more than 50% of all the registered domain names
DomCollect AG with Andre Schneider listed as the principal has over 38,000 of the 115,000 registrations
DomainProfi GmbH has over 23,000 .Berlin domain name registrations
Together the two companies own over 60,000 of the 115,000 registrations for .Berlin
Consider that just a two days ago there were only around 48,000 .Berlin domains registered.
These two companies now have more .Berlin domains than the entire zone file had two days ago.
DomCollect AG is a domain investment company.
According to their website, DomCollect Worldwide Intellectual Property “was established in 2005 with a view to acquire and monetize qualitative premium and generic domain names.”
“Owning a portfolio with thousands of domains, we have a visitor volume of more than a million of highly qualitative visitors per month available. We are in the market to enlarge our domain portfolio with premium domains and domain portfolios.”
“Our domains cover areas ranging from ‘A’ like automobile to ‘Z’ like zoo.”
Domainprofi is likewise a domain investment company, and says on their website, “The DomainProfi GmbH has specialized in the trade of domain names. We buy domains in large packages and sell them to consumers. We focused on so-called generic, ie descriptive german-speaking domains. ”
“These are general terms that you would as well find in a dictionary. ”
“We are one of the largest company of its kind and the largest owner of generic domains in Germany. ”
“We currently have 271,407 domains with 219,491 with the domain suffix de.
Of course there is nothing wrong with domain investment companies getting more domain names.
This blog is written by someone who also has a domain investment company.
However what is quite interesting is that .Berlin opened the flood gates by offering free .Berlin Domains and the majority of these free domain names seem to be domainers.
Most registries say they don’t want their domains owned by domainers or by domain investors and that is when they are willing to pay for the domains.
Obviously it would be more impressive if the 3 Million plus residents of .Berlin went out and registered .Berlin domains when they are available for free.
The fact that its the domainer/domain investor community that is stepping up to take the free domains would not appear to be helping the registry or the city.