When the story first broke about the Godaddy boycott or “move your domain away” movement to protest Godaddy’s support of SOPA, it was two weeks ago on December 22nd.
A few days later, we released numbers based off of DailyChanges.com which we acknowledged were only a best guess based on changes made to Godaddy’s default servers of DomainControl.com and promised as soon as we had actual numbers we would report them.
Well we have been tracking the daily incoming and outgoing domain name transfers for Godaddy ever since through RegistrarStats.com, and now exactly two weeks to the day we have “Real Numbers” of completed transfers into and out of Godaddy.
The final tally:
100,000 domain names were transferred away from Godaddy
117,000 domain names were transferred into Godaddy.com
Since RegistrarStats.com is a paid service we can’t share exact and detailed numbers, but of those registrars that got the most domain names from Godaddy transferred to it, Enom.com led the way.
NameCheap.com was one of the registrars that jumped on the Boycott or “move your domain away” and issued special discount codes and promised to contribute money to he EFF if it met certain transfer in goals.
NameCheap is a Enom reseller so all of those incoming transfers into NameCheap show up under Enom.
After Enom the other registrars getting the most incoming transfers from Godaddy during this two week period were, Tucows, Name.com, and KeySystems.com.
However during the same two week period 117,000 domain names were transferred into Godaddy.com
The registrars that lost the most domain names to Godaddy in that time frame were, Moniker.com, Enom.com and Tucows.com
In the last 30 days, once again according to RegistrarStats.com, of the top 25 domain name registrars, 14 of them lost more domains through transfers out and deletions than they gained from transfers in and new registrations.
Meaning only 11 of the top 25 domain name registrars gained domains under management in the last 30 days.
The biggest gainer?
Godaddy.com had by far the largest gain of domain names adding over 200,000 in the last 30 days.
The biggest loser?
Moniker.com which lost around 80,000 domain names in the last 30 days.
For some disclaimers.
The numbers contained herein only include completed domain transfers.
Transfers that are in the process but not yet completed or transfers that failed for some reason are not included.
Also RegistrarStats.com has its own series of disclaimers you can read here.
We also discarded any transfer from or to BlueRazor and WildWest, two other registrar under Godaddy ownership.
If your very interested in stats from the registrars there really is no better source than RegistrarStats.com although you would like I had to pay for the service to have access to it.
So we will schedule a final update on the number for two weeks.
I have read some stories that suggest that the Godady “Boycott” was some how unsuccessful.
However clearly the company changed its position and not only no longer supports SOPA, but is now against the bill.
So customers spoke and the company listened I don’t know how much more you can ask for.
The battle over SOPA is far from over, and hearing are scheduled again in Congress this month.
We will keep you updated.