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Verisign’s Trending .COM/.NET Keywords for June

If you’re a keen follower of what’s hot in domain name registrations, Verisign’s monthly top trending keywords in domain names registered in the .com and .net TLDs will be of interest.

Verisign note that with more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

So the top 10 trending keywords registered in June 2018 were:

.COM

.NET

force space
explore  insurance
ceramic  side
accident force
 coating  marketing
 maven  energy
 supplement construction
realm photo
 trainings white
 scooter  street

 

 

Indian Market Grows 7% to 5.3 Million Domain Names in 2017

There are 5.3 million domain names registered by businesses and individuals in India, with the 2 most popular TLDs being .com and .in, the only 2 with more than one million registrations.

However unlike most developed countries where the ccTLD is the most popular top level domain, in India it’s .com with 3.02 million registrations (57% of all registrations) as of 31 December 2017 easily eclipsing India’s own country code top level domain (ccTLD) .in with 1.4 million registrations (26%), according to statistics published by Zinnov.

There are 170,000 domain names registered in new generic top level domains (new gTLDs), 240,000 in .net and 180,000 in .org.

Overall registrations in the world’s second most populous country grew by 7.1% for the year compared to growth globally of 0.9%. And almost half (48%) of all domain names registered are used for websites, up from 40% at the end of 2016. The number parked for monetisation dropped from 25-30% to 11-13% and the number used just for email drpped rom 10-12% to 9-11%. Domain names used only for mobile-enabled websites roughly tripled to 8-10% from 3-4%.

Apart from the east of India which accounts for 7% of all registrations in the country, registrations are spread fairly evenly with 32% of all domains registered in the north of the country, 30% in the west and 31% in the south.

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) continue to prefer .com followed closely by .in. Interestingly 80% of SMB registrants said cost was not a concern and over half (53%) have social media pages.

To download the full report, go to:
https://zinnov.com/india-domain-name-report-2018/

New gTLDs Plummet, .NET Slides, While .COM and ccTLDs Continue To Grow: Verisign DNIB

The growth in domain names was once upon a time not so many years ago on a sharp upward trajectory. But over the last couple of years that growth has slowed dramatically, with registrations growing 1.0% in the year to the end of the first quarter in 2018, or 3.2 million, to approximately 333.8 million domain name registrations across all top level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign for the first quarter of 2018. For the quarter, registrations grew approximately 1.4 million, or 0.4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

This growth compares to the year to the end of the first quarter of 2010 when domain name registrations grew by 11 million, or 6%, or the year to the end of the first quarter of 2017 when registrations grew 11.8 million, or 3.7%.

Total country-code top level domain (ccTLD) registrations were approximately 146.3 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018, with an increase of approximately 0.2 million domain name registrations, or 0.1%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.2 million domain name registrations, or 2.2%, year over year. This is a noticeable improvement on 12 months ago when the growth was 1.7% year over year. In the year to the end of the first quarter 2010 growth was 3.2%.

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 148.3 million domain name registrations in the domain name base at the end of the first quarter of 2018, with an increase of approximately 1.9 million domain name registrations, or 1.3%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of approximately 4.6 million domain name registrations, or 3.2%, year over year. As of 31 March, the .com domain name base totalled approximately 133.9 million domain name registrations, up from 128.4 million 12 months ago, while the .net domain name base totalled approximately 14.4 , down from 15.2 million 12 months ago.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totalled approximately 9.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018, compared to 9.5 million domain name registrations for the first quarter of 2017.

Total new generic top level domain (new gTLD) domain name registrations were approximately 20.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018, with a decrease of 0.4 million domain name registrations, or 2.0%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. New gTLDs decreased by approximately 5.3 million domain name registrations, or 20.7%, year over year.

Among the top 10 TLDs, the first 7 are the same as one year ago – .com is the largest followed by .cn (China – 21.4 million), .tk (Tokelau – 19.9m), .de (Germany – 16.3m), .net (14.4m), .uk (United Kingdom – 12.0m) and .org (10.3m). In eighth place was .info (6.2m) followed by .ru (Russian Federation – 6.1m) and .nl (Netherlands – 5.8m). In 2017 places 8 to 10 consisted of .ru, .nl and .xyz.

In their report Verisign note that their figures include domain names in the .tk ccTLD. .tk is a free ccTLD that provides free domain names to individuals and businesses. Revenue is generated by monetising expired domain names. Domain names no longer in use by the registrant or expired are taken back by the registry and the residual traffic is sold to advertising networks. As such, there are no deleted .tk domain names.

This article can be read with images at:
http://www.domainpulse.com/2018/06/15/new-gtlds-plummet-net-slides-while-com-and-cctlds-continue-to-grow-verisign-dnib/

Sports Betting Big On Verisign’s .COM/.NET Trending Keywords on Back of US Supreme Court Decision

Sports betting with a bit of blockchain thrown in were the top trending keywords in Verisign’s list of top trending English keywords for .com and .net in May. The rise in sports betting keywords came on the back of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a 1992 federal law that barred sports gambling in most places, according to a Reuters report.

The decision in mid-May has paved the way for states to legalise sports gambling and has set off a rush by businesses and states to cash in on an expected multibillion-dollar jackpot. And the jackpot has hit .com and .net domain name registrations.

“The justices endorsed New Jersey’s bid to allow such wagering in a ruling that ushers in a new era for the leading U.S. sports leagues, which had sued to block the state’s sports gambling law and called such betting a threat to the integrity of competition, fearing game-fixing and other types of cheating,” reported Reuters.

As a result, sports betting-related keywords took out 6 of the top 10 trending .com keywords and 2 for .net. For .net 3 of the trending keywords were blockchain-related.

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in May 2018:

.COM

.NET

sports chain
bet  block
apple  sports
bets bet
 escort  blockchain
 gambling  hemp
 betting account
adverts national
 bookie gallery
 opportunity  sites

 

China Continues To Dominate Liquid Domain Market in Q1: GGRG

Chinese domain registrants are big investors in the domain name market, particularly in the 5 number (N) market, according to the latest Liquid Domains Market Overview from GGRG Brokerage Consulting for the first quarter of 2018. Chinese market share in the liquid domains market is approaching one-third (32.12%) of the total market, up 4,000 in the first quarter of 2018, and 10,000 in the quarter before that, to almost 200,000 domain names.

The US also gained one percent market share in the first quarter of 2018 among “liquid domains”, the shorter .com domain names that are actively and easily traded on the major marketplaces. The US ranked second behind China with a total of 18.54% while Europe and the rest of the world continued to hold a stable market share of around 7.5%. Domain names registered using a privacy service grew slightly to 21.67%.

The report notes there seems to be:
1) a positive correlation between the average domain value and domain privacy, and
2) an inverse correlation between domain privacy and the development index.

In other words, the more valuable a domain is, the more likely it is that it will be under privacy if it is not developed. This translates to record privacy numbers for Tier 1 categories like 2Ns and 3Ns, with nearly 50% of domain names under privacy registration.

The overall development index went down by 0.5%, with 4Ns domains making the biggest negative jump from 15.5% to 11.3%. 2Ls remained the most developed category at 35.95%, followed by the 3 letters (L) (28.46%) and the 2 characters (C) (28.08%). With the exception of 2Ns at 18%, all the other categories register development indexes between 10% to 15%, with 4Ls being the most developed (14.4%) and the 5Ns being the least developed (10%). 3Ns, 4Ns and 3Cs rank somewhere in the middle, respectively at 12.2%, 11.3% and 12.9%.

On sales, 2Ls .com domains registered a record $6M in escrow.com transactions, by far the best result since the publication of the first GGRG report. 4Ls kept a consistent $4.8M in turnover, followed by another strong quarter for the 3Ls at $3.5M. 3Ns and 4Ns also posted good quarters, respectively with $2.8M and $1.3M in escrow.com sales. While escrow.com did not record any 2Ns transactions, the other categories (5Ns, 2Cs and 3Cs) posted an aggregate of almost $1M, respectively at $225k, $143k and $562k. The total amount of sales reported by ShortNames.com was $7.7M, with 4,108 transactions and 0.67% turnover.

The negative trends came from 5th percentile values which kept registering double digits losses: 3Ls -21.46%; 5Ns -16.93% and 3Cs -11.11%. 4Ls lost only -3.13%. The positive note came from the median values (not present in our report) which showed significant increases for the 3Ls, 4Ls and 4Ns. This disparity in performance could be interpreted in two ways: 1) the domains sold in Q1 might have been of superior quality compared to last quarter, or 2) the value ranges of liquid domains are starting to polarize again. Lower liquidity in the second tier categories might also play a factor.

Looking ahead, the report says the key question for investors is when to buy batches of domain names at floor prices, as opposed to cherry picking ones with the highest end user potential, or selling their existing inventory altogether. The mix of positive signals (high sales volume for valuable categories) and negative signals (constant descent of 5th percentile values for the least valuable categories), can only mean that investors should continue looking at fewer but higher quality domains.

To download the latest Liquid Domains Market Overview (LXDO), go to: ggrg.com

ICANN Consults on Plan to Allow Verisign to Auction O.COM

Following getting the approval of the Justice Department to release the o.com, ICANN is now consulting on the best method to auction off the domain name. It’s possible that following the consultation other single letter .com domain names will be released, of which only 3 have previously been released.

The process comes about after the .com registry Verisign submitted a request to release for registration o.com. ICANN reviewed Verisign’s proposal and determined it does not raise significant Security or Stability issues. However, ICANN determined it might raise significant competition issues. On 7 December 2017, ICANN referred the matter to the appropriate governmental competition authority, the United States Department of Justice, and on 14 December 2017, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice advised it did not intend to open an investigation on the matter. Upon approving the proposed Registry Service, ICANN determined the Registry Service requires an amendment to the .COM Registry Agreement.

Under the proposed amendment, o.com will be allocated through an auction process with any proceeds, apart from standard registry registration fees, going to one or more non-profits to benefit the Internet community in general. The proposal also notes that the winning bidder will be required to pay 5% of the winning bid in annual registration fees (fees going to the non-profit benefitting the internet community) from the 5th to the 25th year, with the winning bid being the fee for the first 5 years.

Single characters were approved to be released for .coop and .mobi in 2008, and then subsequently for .asia, .cat, .info, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel. Single-character names are not required to be reserved for gTLDs introduced as part of the New gTLD Program.

As Domain Incite reports, there may be only one bidder in an auction as Overstock has a trademark in the US for the domain name.

For more on the announcement and the proposed amendment to the .com Registry Agreement, see:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/o-com-single-char-2018-05-10-en

Verisign’s Top Trending Keywords for April

Another month of Verisign’s top trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations in the .com and .net top level domains (TLDs). I’m not sure what this month’s shows. But check out the list below for what were the trending keywords.

Verisign note that they’ve shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

So without further adieu, here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in April 2018:

.COM

.NET

funeral base
lazy  pen
holo  accident
 realtor attorney
 hainan  marijuana
 regenerative  child
 locations michigan
bankruptcy gulf
 cerveza pest
 ballistic  christ

 

Combined .COM/.NET Grows 3.2% in 12 Months To End March: Verisign

Verisign ended the first quarter with 148.3 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 3.2% increase from the end of the first quarter of 2017, and a net increase of 1.91 million during the first quarter of 2018, according to financial results for the first quarter of 2018 released this week. The majority, if not all, of the growth would have been in .com as total .net registrations have been stagnant or declining in recent years.

This growth in .com and .net registrations compares to a 1.0% increase from the end of the first quarter of 2016 and 7.1% in the 12 months before that. Verisign doesn’t break out .com and .net registrations in their quarterly financial results. A breakdown won’t be made public until they release their Domain Name Industry Brief, the next one likely due in May or later.

In other “business highlights” Verisign announced that in the first quarter, they processed 9.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net. This compares to 9.5 million for the same quarter in 2017, 10.0 million in 2016 and 8.7 million in 2015.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 72.2% compared with 67.6 percent for the same quarter in 2016 and 73.3% and 72.5% in 2015 and 2014. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $299 million for the first quarter of 2018, up 3.7% percent from the same quarter in 2017. Verisign reported net income of $134 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted “EPS”) of $1.09 for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $116 million and diluted EPS of $0.94 for the same quarter in 2017. The operating margin was 62.0 percent for the first quarter of 2018 compared to 60.7 percent for the same quarter in 2017.

“The continued focus and discipline of our employees has generated another quarter of solid financial performance and value creation,” said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

What Does Verisign’s March Trending Keywords Show?

There are over 332 million domain names registered globally, and over 146 million in the .com and .net top level domains. And sometimes keywords used in registrations can reflect trends in news or popular events, either in the United States or globally.

March’s top trending keywords in English doesn’t appear to show much though. But maybe if you’re in North America you can pick up something that someone from outside the region doesn’t. So check out the list and see what you can pick up.

.COM

.NET

president general
passion  tampa
fortnite  hospital
 vietnam keep
 fairy  hotels
 rates  may
 jumbo boxing
residential podcast
 rights amazon
 grit  weather

Verisign notes that each list was developed by examining keyword registration growth relative to the preceding month, such that those keywords with the highest percentage of registration growth are being reported on. This method is used to eliminate commonly registered keywords, such as “online” and “shop,” to provide a true look at monthly trends. In order to be included, a keyword must experience a minimum threshold in registration growth month over month. Qualifying keywords with the highest volume of registrations are then ranked and included in the list.

Verisign’s Trending Keywords Features Black Panther Nation “Wakanda”

Verisign’s monthly list of top trending keywords in English sometimes heavily features American, and even world, happenings in its .com and .net keywords. And other months it’s hard to see a relevance. February’s trending keywords is a mixture, featuring “Wakanda”, the fictional African nation in the Marvel Comic books and film Black Panther in the .com list and CSGO, the acronym for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a multiplayer first-person shooter video game.

As for the other keywords, well, see below and see what you make of them and what relevance there is to American in particular and global events. With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, Verisign note there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations.

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in February 2018.

.COM

.NET

hello house
fan  mark
chains csgo
 after west
 fusion  school
wakanda  works
 engineers wood
assist management
 scouts fund
 classifieds  white