Ntldstats.com, has updated this morning and .XYZ is now the 4th most popular gTLD with over 38,000 registrations.
However over 72% of these, or over 27,500 domains are at Network Solutions (NSI), which as we discussed yesterday and today, offered free .XYZ domains to certain customers on an opt out basis, meaning that many of these customers may not even know they have an .XYZ domain.
If we back out the NSI registrations .XYZ still had over 11,000 registrations in its first 24 hours or so more than .Ninja still a week after launch.
If we go with NSI 5% market share of new gTLD’s we could say 2,000 of the 27,500 could be paid for, putting .XYZ maybe as high as 13K for normal registrations.
We do have to back out the 1,100 + domains that were registered by the .XYZ registry.
I think the whole thing is very unfortunate and unnecessary.
I think .XYZ did fine and would have done fine without this mess.
I registered 22 domain names ( yes I paid for them) and overnight but an unsolicited off on one of them for $1,000.
I’m also in 3 Godaddy auctions for .XYZ domains and overnight got outbid at $355 on one of the domains.
So I like I said without the NSI mess, the extension would have at least 11K registrations placing it in the top 20 of all new gTLD’s which is a good showing for the 1st day of launch.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned all around and we will see how it all shakes out.