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.

Start up Defense.net Covered on Tech Crunch

Its not everyday you see a start up built on a .net, I usually see more built on a .co or .me.  Defense.net is a start up focused on DDOS mitigation services. The company got a write up this morning on Tech Crunch. According to Crunchbase the company has raised $9.5 million. Domain wise the domain looks to have been owned by Marchex who sold the domain to the guys from Original.com in November of 2012, and they flipped it in 3 weeks to the founder of the start up.

From the article:

Now, one of the pioneers of developing software to fend off DDoS attacks, Barrett Lyon, is today releasing a product from his new startup, Defense.net, to target this area. DDoS Frontline is effectively a set of cloud-based algorithms and a tunnelling protocol that claims to offer 10 times as much bandwidth and mitigation capacity as older DDoS mitigation providers, doing so without wrecking a network in the process — or, in the analogy that Lyon provided for me, think of DDoS Frontline as a team of firefighters that can douse out a raging conflagration without breaking down all the doors, windows, walls and furniture in the process.

Lyon, a co-founder of Prolexic (acquired by Akamai last year for $370 million) and serial entrepeneur and cybersecurity expert, tells me that while the threat to websites persists, this is an area that existing companies like Prolexic can tackle. What he sees as the bigger issue down the road will be how businesses can protect all IP-connected assets beyond that.

“If you look at what a company like Akamai does it’s focused on protecting a website, but there are a lot of other things that run through a network: chat services, VoIP, games, email. A huge number of things beyond a company’s website,” he explains. “We’ve seen the attacks shift in last couple of years from websites to network infrastructure and other aspects of the net.”

Read the full story on Tech Crunch

SlideShare.net voted #1 in the .NET100


Verisign and Entrepreneur put together .Net100 and apparently the votes are in for the top ranked .net sites on the Internet. Coming in at number 1 was SlideShare.net. The site has an Alexa ranking of 118 and is a very popular resource for those looking to create slideshow presentations.

Welcome to the .Net100 – a ranking that measures the top sites on the web with the .net domain extension. Entrepreneur and Verisign came together to assemble the ranking, which is based on quantitative factors and the feedback from Entrepreneur’s audience of sophisticated, successful business owners. Together, we then gathered traffic and social metrics for each site, as well as your votes to determine the rankings (see the full methodology here).

Php.net came in number 2 followed by the gamer community website Battle.net.
You can review the top 15 on the website.

ABC/Univision Launch New TV Network Tonight & Goes With a Net: Fusion.net Instead of Fusion.tv For Its Site

A new television network is launching tonight in the United States, Fusion Network, a joint venture between ABC/Disney and Univision.

According to  Wilkipedia.org Fusion is an  24-hour news, lifestyle and entertainment channel aimed at English-speaking Millenial’s and combines the resources of ABC News and Univision.

Fusion is based in a converted studio facility outside Miami.”

On the domain name front the newest national network is going with a .Net for its website which is Fusion.net

Fusion.com is registered to the Fusion Company out of Richmond Virgina through the Brand Protection company Netnames.com and is a operating website which probably was not available for any price.

It looks like fusiontv.com  has also been in use for many year and was not available.

If your thinking that the .TV version of the domain name would be the better choice than the .net, well the network owns the Fusion.tv as well, and that domain name forwards to the Fusion.net.

So what do you think?

Should the network have branded around the .TV domain or the .net?

It is a television network so its hard to argue one against the other since the were smart enough to get both domains.

Still its a nice boost for .Net domain names and Verisign which is the registry for .net and has been running the Best of the .Net  campaign.

Of course Verisign also operates the .TV registry so it couldn’t lose either way.

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.