We have just entered the fourth quarter for 2019 but the total number of reported domains sold have already surpassed the full year numbers of 2017 and 2018. The total sales volume from last year is only $6 million behind 2017 and already surpassed 2018. Looking at the last 6 months of domain sales, 2019 should surpass that without a problem.
Here is the data from Namebio:
I broke it down by number of .com sales and sales volume, followed by number of total sales and sales volume.
2017 number of sales 66,280 (.com) $97.5 Million (.com) 80,804 (total) $119.2 million
2018 number of sales 69,904 (.com) $88 million (.com) 82,822 (total) $109.7 million
2019 number of sales 72,631 (.com) $97.6 million (.com) 84,434 (total) $113.6 million
That’s nice to see.
.com has had consistent domination all three years.
Meanwhile alternate extensions are contracting….
2019 286 sales (343 annualised)
2018 470 sales
2017 726 sales
2019 568 (or 671 annualised)
new tlds (all combined)
2019 735 (870 annualised)
Record year for me in total sales and total volume. (100% of portfolio is .com)
.com seeing good growth whilst others stagnate or go backwards. This the opposite to what Icann expected. With more extensions coming out .com’s market share % is actually rising.
Would expect it to keep going that way as the public come to see .com as the default standard with no viable second choice.
John McCormac says
I’m not sure what the astrologists in ICANN expected with their projections for 33 million new gTLD regs in the first year. There does seem to be some consolidation happening with COM and the ccTLDs. The NET does seem to be in decline and it had a price increase in 2018. The ORG registry decided to stop discounting offers and its growth has slowed but it is getting rid of a lot of junk registrations and improving the quality of the gTLD. The one thing that is worrying is that the non-com gTLDs and the legacy gTLDs like NET, BIZ and INFO are very sensitive to price changes. COM is the global king but the ccTLDs are generally dominating their own country markets. This makes it incredibly difficult for new gTLDs to get established. However, the WEB gTLD has yet to launch. That could have been a game changer for the new gTLDs if it had launched a few years ago.
.web needed to launch in 1985 to have real impact, probably still would have failed to catch on in a meaningful way even in 1985, it is a weaker term than .net and looked how that has fared. Only 1 winner for most competing technologies.
There is no game changer in a tld that offers nothing more than existing tlds coming out 35 years late. It is like MS Zune and New Coke. Beyond the domain industry bubble nobody care about any of this.
Rick Schwartz says
Could be a bit skewed because of the Voice.com sale.
So if you were to either delete that $30 Million or give it a different value, it may provide another way to look at things that really should not be ignored.
67.6MM in sales so far.
And if you were to give it a value of $5 Million, it would be $72.6 million.
I am not drawing conclusions either way, but I never ignore these things and other ways to look at numbers that may be more realistic in general.
Raymond Hackney says
The first number is the number of sales Rick, I was focused on that first how many domain names actually sold. the second is sales volume. Yes Voice.com has helped the dollar figure tremendously.
I prefer to look at number of sales, prior few years were badly skewed by China speculation/LLL.com, very little of that is real demand.
Mark Thorpe says
Some 2017-2019 domain sales were also paid with crypto-currency, so even more skewed sales.
Domo Sapiens says
Counting sales such as this one: YMCDN.com?