On The Day New gTLD Picked Up 19,163 New Registrations, .Com Picked Up 37,782

Plenty of new and buzz was created yesterday when new gTLD’s generated 19,163 new domain registrations led by .Guru

However in all fairness we need to point out that the total number of new gTLD registrations on the 1st day of general availability was still just about 1/2 of the number of net new .Com registrations.

According to RegistrarStats.com while the total number of new gTLD registrations were 19,163 with 9,516 of them coming from .Guru, the .Com registry had 99,078 new domain registration and deducting the amount of deleted .Com domain names which was 61,296 meant that the total amount of new net .com registrations were 37,782 or about twice as many as the total number of new gTLD registrations.

For those .net lovers out there, the .net registry also grew yesterday by 4,782 net new domain names and .org added new net domains of 3,814.

So the total number of net new .Net and .Org domain names totaled 8,596 yesterday or about 40% of what the new gTLD’s did.

Even .biz added a net of 1,138 domain names yesterday almost more than.holdings; .lighting, .equipment, .estate, .photography, .graphics. .gallery and .camera combined and more than .plumbing added yesterday

What does it all mean?

I have no idea, but its easy to get sweep up in numbers and headlines without looking a little deeper.

Coupons.com files for $100million IPO

Last week it was Care.com going public and soaring in its first day of trading and now another category killer .com, Coupons.com has filed to go public. When looking at both of these companies “.COM” is a part of the name, they are not Care Inc or Coupons Inc and use the .com extension. With all the talk lately of new gtlds and branding themselves it is important to note that .com started this trend with the extension as part of the company name.

Tech Crunch wrote on the coming IPO

The march of the 2014 initial public offerings commences, with the latest one of the oldest brands on the internet. Coupons.com has just filed S-1 papers with the SEC for an IPO on the NYSE, trading under the name COUP, and raising $100 million.

Coupons.com’s IPO filing was long anticipated, most recently with Paul Sloan jumping from his position as editor-in-chief at CNET to take up head of communications to lead the effort.

As one of the earlier movers in the online coupons space, Coupons.com is also one of the biggest. It notes in the IPO that in the first nine months of 2013, its sales were generated from some 940 million transactions on its site. Those included customers picking up digital coupons and also redeeming codes over its platform. That figure is up 49% over a year ago.

Coupons.com says that today its platform includes more than 700 consumer packaged goods companies, representing over 2,000 brands, and retailers covering some 58,000 physical stores in North America. It had 17 million monthly unique visitors on average across Coupons.com and affiliated sites over 2013 and visited the sites of its CPGs, retailers and publishers. Its mobile apps have been downloaded some 7 million times.

You can read the full article on TechCrunch and check out their CrunchBase profile here

Verisign: Rise In Value Of Bitcoin Causes Surge In .Com/.Net Domain Registrations: 22K In 2013

Verisign just published a blog on how the rising value of Bitcoin has led  to surge of .com and .net domain name registrations.


The value of a Bitcoin surged from roughly $13 at the beginning of 2013 to an eventual high of $1,137 at the end of November (The chart below, courtesy of Coinbase, documents the ebbs and flows of a Bitcoin’s value).




By doing a search of the word “bitcoin” for the past six months, it is fairly easy to see a correlation between the two Bitcoin price surges shown above and surges in domain name registrations including the term “bitcoin” in the grapher results below.



It is interesting to see that despite the relative modesty of the April price surge when compared to the November/December surge, daily registrations for both instances peaked at roughly the same number: 490 and 472 respectively. That being said the density of the two domain registration surges in the graph show that significantly more domains were registered as Bitcoin approached its all-time high.


Did you register any Bitcoin related domain names in 2013? Are you planning to register some in the new year? Let us know in the comments below!

Verisign: .Com Registrations Blow Past 112 Million Mark For The 1st Time

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Verisign is reporting that the number of .Com domain names in the active zone file exceeded the 112,000,000 Mark for the first time.

The number of .com domain name registrations in the active zone crossed the 112 Million number today January 16th, 2014

The number of .net domain names in the active zone file is down slightly but still well over the 15 million domain name mark.


Verisign Reports: 125.9 Million .Com/.Net Domains Registered Up 5% From Last Year

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 reporting revenue of $244 million up 9% from the same quarter in 2012.

Verisign reported net income of $81 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 for the third quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $78 million and diluted EPS of $0.47 in the same quarter in 2012.

The operating margin was 54.5% for the third quarter of 2013 compared to 51.9% for the same quarter in 2012.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.55 million net new names during the third quarter, ending with 125.9 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 5 percent increase over the zone at the end of the third quarter in 2012.


  • In the third quarter, Verisign processed 8.3 million new domain name registrations as compared to 7.8 million in the same quarter in 2012.


  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the second quarter of 2013 was 72.7% compared with 72.9% for the same quarter in 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

In the earnings call that followed, Verisign estimated the  number of .com/.net registrations will increase by the end of the 4th quarter of 2013 by 1.1 to 1.5 million domain names.


Financial Highlights

    Verisign ended the third quarter with Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities of $1.8 billion, an increase of $250 million from year-end 2012.

  • During the third quarter, Verisign repurchased 6.8 million shares of its common stock for $331 million. At Sept. 30, 2013, $697 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program.