I published a post earlier today about .XYZ registering over 18,000 domain names in its first day of General Availability based on ntldstats.com, which is what we rely on consistently for our registration numbers.
At the time we did point out that over 50% of all registrations were made at NetworkSolutions.com which was quite unusual, since that registrar has only 8% of the new gTLD market overall, including the 9K+ .XYZ registrations.
Obviously this seemed strange to me since NetSol’s rack rate on a .XYZ is $40 at least 2 1/2 times the rack rate of most registrars.
.XYZ registry has posted on its own blog that .XYZ registrations have passed 31,000 and included some tweets from end users who registered domains.
However, I pulled the zone file for .XYZ this AM and started to review it and came across some domains that I couldn’t believe would be registered especially on the 1st day of a new extension that had virgin territory.
I obviously started at the beginning of the file which are domain names that start with numbers
I found 157 new .XYZ registrations that made no sense to me:
So I ran the matching .com domain names though the whois and found out of the 157 domain names, all but 4 were registered at Network Solutions plus 5 .com domain were no longer registered
Here those are:
023yks.com registered at enom
0577fc.com registered at ename.com
51tuomao.com registered at hichina
adamgottschalk.com registered at DomainPeople
These are not registered:
A reader on TheDomains.com blog commented:
“I recently got the email from Netsol offering me a complementary .xyz for my so-so .com free for 1 year. and in order to decline such an offer I had to visit a link and click decline, otherwise the domain would be mine automatically.”
Personally I haven’t received any such deals from NetworkSolutions.com although I do not have a lot of domains there (just domains won on Namejet.com and not transferred yet).
Reviewing the emails I have received in the last 30 days from NetworkSolutions.com on new gTLD’s none of them even mentioned .XYZ anywhere in the email.
So it all remains very strange.
I didn’t go through all 18,000 domain names that were in the Zone file this AM so this is just a small sample of registered domains.
I reached out to Daniel Negari CEO of .XYZ on this issue and he told me “The .XYZ registry has been paid for every registration”.
So did NetworkSolutions give away .XYZ domains?