According to nTLDstats.com the number of new gTLD registration broke through the 2 million mark today and sits at 2,011,549.
However there are plenty of caveats and asterisks to go around.
Its interesting to note that there are only 666,394 distinct registrants for the over 2 Million domain names, meaning that the average registrant owns over 3 new gTLD domain names.
We already know that there are some 375,000 .XYZ domain names that were given away for free by Network Solutions and that over 70,000 .Berlin domain names were given away for free.
Lets call it 450,000 free domains.
We also know that North Sound Domains which is affiliated with another new gTLD registry, Uniregistry, registered over 43,000 new gTLD domains.
We also know that a company related to the registry that owns .Voting registered 10,200 of just over 10,400 .Voting domain names registered.
There are other registries that have registered small amounts of domain names in its own extension.
So out of the 2 million new gTLD domain registrations we are looking at at least 560,000 free and registry registered domains putting the “real” total, if you’re going to judge the New G’s against extensions like .com, which are all paid and owned registrations, back under 1.5 Million.
Moreover if you look at the top 40 registrants of new gTLD domain names, its not overly encouraging:
At Number one we see North Sound Domains which we chatted about above as being affiliated with a new gTLD registry, Uniregistry.
At number two and three of the top 40 new gTLD registrants there are the registrants of 70,000 free .Berlin Domains.
At number 4 is the office of government of China which registered over 20,000 IDN domains for use inside the country.
Verisign Customer Service is the registrant of 2,500 new gTLD domains.
PUNTO 2012 S.A.P.I. de C.V. another new gTLD registry registered over 2,000 domain
11 of the top 40 or 11 of the remaining top 36 and 5 out of the top 10 new gTLD registrants are only known by a series of question marks, whom seem to be all registrants of IDN new gTLD’s.
Why Registrants are known by just a series of question marks, well that is another question altogether (pun intended) but is not a good sign.