The number of new gTLD domain name registrations have topped 5 Million for the first time, according to ntldstats.com
Here are the top 30 most registered new gTLDs:
Domain Total Reg % of all Reg
Now let’s go behind the numbers.
.XYZ as we have spoken about numerous times includes about 375,000 free registrations that were stuffed into Network Solutions customer accounts which represented about 43% of its registrations. The next five top-selling registrars for .XYZ are all in Asia and were being sold for $2 or less. This represents another 40% of all .XYZ registrations. So about 85% of all these registrations were for free or a very low price well below .Com.
The 2nd most registered domain is a IDN offered by the Internet Domain Name System Beijing Engineering Research Center LLC (ZDNS) which has about 350,000 registrations. As far as we can tell all of the domains were registered and owned by the registry itself and does not seem to have any paid 3rd party registrations.
The 3rd most registered new gTLD is .Club which has over 200,000 paid registrations in which Go Daddy.com leads all domain name registrars with over 30% of the market.
The 4th most registered new gTLD is .Berlin with over 155,000 registrations. We know about 75K of these were given away for free when .Berlin ran a two-day promotion shortly after launch.
The 5th most registered new domain extension is .Wang which one registrar in China is responsible for about 50% of all registrations and the top 5 domain registrars for .Wang are all in China and responsible for over 80% of its registrations.
Coming in 6th place is .link which has over 100,000 registrations. About 44% of all registrations are coming from GMO Internet out of Japan. These domains were registered with a very special low-priced promotion. Another 30% from the owner of the extension, Uniregistry, were registered by North Sound Names, a company owned by the same owners of the registry.
In 7th place we have the recently launched extension .Science which also has topped 100,000 registrations. One registrar Alpnames.com offered free .Science domains for the first days after the extension launched ans has over 82% of the market. AlpNames.com is currently offering .Science domain names for $.49 a domain.
in 8th place we have .Realtor which has been offering any licensed Realtor a free domain name and has over 95,000 registrations. The offer for a free domain name is still opened to the 1st 500,000 registrations so basically there are over 400,000 free domain names awaiting to be claimed.
In 9th place we have the first of the Donuts extensions .Guru which has over 83,000 paid registrations. .Guru has been selling for normal pricing above .com and has many premium priced domain names that carry a higher registration fee and a higher annual renewal price.
In 10th place we have .Top which seems to be selling for between $1-$2 dollars a domain name.
So out of the top 10 you basically have 2 extensions .Club and .Guru which have not given away a ton of free or very low-priced domain names.
Other extensions with a high percentage of free domain names include the hosting company .OVH which gave away the first 50,000 domain names which is sitting at number 12 with over 60,000 registrations.
Almost 1.3 million different registrants has registered the 5+ Million new gTLD domain name.
Looking at the top 10 registrants of new gTLD’s North Sound Domains leads the charts. It is worth nothing they share ownership with the owner of the registry that owns and operates the registry, Uniregistry.
North Sound Names has over 207,000 registrations of Uniregistry owned extensions. Uniregistry has just about 400,000 domain registrations so more than 50% of all Uniregistry registered new gTLD domains are owned by North Sound Names.
The 2nd largest registrant of new gTLD’s is the .Realtor registry for the 95,000 free domains.
The 3th, 4th and 6th largest new gTLD registrants are those that took advantage of the free .Berlin domain offer.
The 5th largest registrant is a office of the Chinese government who registered over 20K domain in two IDN’s.
The 7th largest registrant is someone in China with over 10,000 registered new gTLD’s in .Wang and other low-cost extensions.
The 8th largest registrant is the owner of .Voting new gTLD who has registered 10,630 of the 11,800 .voting domain names that have been registered.
The 9th largest registrant is someone in Canada who seems to have registered about 7,500 free .Science domains.
The top 10 is rounded out by someone else in China who has registered 6,600 domain names.
It takes 1,221 registrations to make the top 100 registrant list and of course does not include domain names registered under privacy.
Of the top 100 registrants , 43 are from China and 18 are from the United States including my company that sits in the number 84 position.
95 new gTLD’s have less than 50% of their domain names parked, here they are in order of the least percentage parked to the most but still under 50%:
Donuts has far and away the most domain name registrations with 1,348,347, this represents 27% of all new gTLD registrations.
Go Daddy leads all domain name registrars with about 715,000 registrations representing over 14% of the market. Network Solutions has over 425,000 new gTLD domain names under management is currently in 2nd place but 375,000 of those are the free stuffed .XYZ domains which will be coming up for renewal shortly. Those domain names are not on auto renew so it will be interesting to see how many of those do in fact get renewed.
Beyond .Berlin many city backed new gTLD’s are doing well. .NYC is sitting as the 11th most registered extension approaching 75,000 registrations and .London is in 13th place with over 60,000 registrations.
Neither .NYC or .London offered free domains.
.Photography, .Website and .email are the only other new gTLD’s to have topped 50,000 registrations.
On .email of the 50K registrations over 4,500 are owned by Giovanni Laporta, of Yoyo.Email who has lost a number of UDRP/URS cases since most of his registrations seem to involve trademarks.
So 7 new gTLD’s have more than 100,000 registrations.
16 have 50,000 or more registrations.
40 have 20,000 or more registrations.
93 have 10,000 or more registrations
163 have 5,000 or more registrations
252 have 2,500 or more registrations.
54 have more than 1,000 but less than 2,500 registrations
34 have less than 1,000 registrations
The lowest amount of registrations for a fully launched new gTLD string is .whoswho which has 26 registrations backing out the reserved domains.
We should note that each new gTLD extension paid $185,000 to apply to ICANN for the right to operate the extension and over 200 had to go to either a private auction or ICANN auction to settle contention where more than one party applied for the same extension.
Each new gTLD registry has to pay a minimum annual fee to ICANN of $25,000.
So while the stated ICANN fee is just $.18 per domain, for registries with 25,000 registrations that fee would be a $1 a domain and for those with 2,500 registrations the fee would be $10 a domain and so on.
Of course almost all new gTLD registries have a contract with a back-end provider which makes the registry work on a technical level, and such registries have to pay the back-end company a per domain fee, many times this is in the range of a few bucks a domain, and some may have minimum fee as well.
I still think outside of the Geo related extensions, Donuts and .Club, it’s a pretty mixed bag with many winners and losers.
As the first renewal periods are upon us we should know a lot more in 6 months.
We should also note that many new gTLD’s with the most applicants have not yet launched and some have not been settled including .Web, .Music, .App, .Art, .Law, .Book and a host of others.
We would expect a .Web might exceed the current total of all new gTLD’s by itself.
We should also note that all the new gTLD’s combined still have not reached the number of .info registrations which sits at over 5.3 million.
The number of .com registrations is closing in on 118 million according to Verisign and all new gTLD’s combine are about a 1/3 of the number of .Net’s registered.
2014 closed with 3.65 million new gTLD’s domain registrations.