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Global Domain Registrations Climb Up, But .NET and New gTLDs Slide Down: Verisign

Global domain name registrations continue to rise, with approximately 332.4 million registrations at the end of 2017 across all top level domains, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief out today. The increase for the fourth quarter was approximately 1.7 million domain names, or 0.5%, from the third quarter and 3.1 million, or 0.9%, year over year.

Within this slight increase there are notable declines – that of .net which declined to 14.5 million at the end of December from 15.0 million at the end of the third quarter and 15.3 million at the end of 2016. Five years ago at the end of 2012 there were 14.9 million .net registrations.

There was also a decline in the total number of new generic top level domains (new gTLDs) registrations. Among the new gTLDs there were approximately 20.6 million registrations, or 6.2% of total registrations across all TLDs. This was a decrease of approximately 0.5 million registrations, or 2.4% for the quarter, and approximately 5.0 million registrations (19.5%) year over year. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 48.9% of all new gTLD registrations.

But of course there were increases. The big behemoth, .com, saw registrations rise to 131.9 million at the end of 2017 compared to 130.8 million 3 months earlier, 126.9 million 12 months ago and 106.2 million at the end of 2012.

Total country code top level domain (ccTLD) registrations were approximately 146.1 million, a 1.0% increase over the third quarter of 2017, and a 2.4% increase year over year. Registrations at the end of the third quarter of 2017 were 144.7 million, 142.7 million 12 months ago and 110.2 million 5 years ago when the 12 month growth rate for ccTLDs was 21.6% in 12 months.

Without including .tk, ccTLD registrations increased approximately 0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 0.5% increase compared to the third quarter of 2017 and ccTLDs increased by approximately 2.3 million registrations, or 1.8%, year over year.

The top 10 ccTLDs as of 31 December were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), .fr (France) and .au (Australia). As of the end of 2017, there were 302 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root, including Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 65.5 percent of all ccTLD domain name registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 9.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to 8.8 million for the fourth quarter in 2016 and 8.0 million 5 years earlier in 2012.

Crypto Keywords Dominated Verisign’s Trending Keywords One Month, Disappear the Next

New medical-related technologies appear to have had the biggest impact on Verisign’s top 10 trending keywords in English for their .com and .net top level domains in the month of January.

The keywords, which can appear anywhere in the .com and .net domain names, appear to have some relation to medical technology with “cell”, “dispensary”, “stem” and nano appearing for .com while “therapy” appeared in the .net list, although this could relate to “marijuana” which also appeared in the top 10.

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

The top 10 trending keywords registered in January 2018 were:

.COM

.NET

near association
cell  therapy
 dispensary career
 stem plans
 claim  marijuana
centers  account
 hole away
residential bang
 nano  being
 cane  hop

 

 

Blockchain Among October’s Top .COM and .NET Keywords

verisign-com-net-imageVerisign have released the top 10 English keywords in .com and .net domain names for October with “blockchain” featuring in both lists, including the top of the .net list. Also featuring second on the .com list was “block”.

With Christmas coming, the term featured in the .com list while “cannabis” came in top.

As Verisign note, there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Below are the top 10 trending keywords registered in October 2017.

.COM

.NET

cannabis blockchain
block luxury
 international  cheap
 bank guru
 marijuana  expo
 corporation  finn
 america jerseys
blockchain sucks
christmas  miss
 cremation  catering

 

Having Problems Finding That .COM or .NET Domain Name? Verisign’s NameStudio Can Help.

With short, memorable .com and .net domain names almost non-existent, many startups, small businesses and individuals find it difficult to get their desired domain name in one of these top level domains. So Verisign have developed a solution. NameStudio is an easy-to-use brainstorming device to help find that great domain name.

OK, the domain name they come up with may not be short, but it will pass the radio test, where one will understand the domain name when they hear it.

Through NameStudio, users type in keywords for domain names related to their idea or business. The service can dynamically generate relevant domain name options that can complement their keywords of interest, spurring creativity and additional domain name suggestions. The service is optimized for mobile and desktop users.

Domain Pulse started by typing in “kangaroo”, selecting a prefix of “blue” from the options presented and then another prefix from those next offered of “my”. We were then told the domain name mybluekangaroo.com was available. The service also works for the other Verisign TLDs .net, and their country code top level domains (ccTLDs) .tv and .cc.

NameStudio delivers relevant .com and .net domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, trending news topics and semantic relevance. Pulling from multiple and diverse data sources, the service can identify the context of a word, break search terms apart into logical combinations and quickly return results. It can also distinguish personal names from other keywords and use machine-learning algorithms that get smarter over time.

To check out Verisign's NameStudio, go to:
https://www.verisign.com/en_US/domain-names/domain-name-search/index.xhtml

Verisign Report Third Quarter Results With Renewal Rates Trending Up

Verisign reported their results for the third quarter of 2017, and they show that .com and .net are performing strongly, combined, with renewal rates highest in the 6 years for which figures are available. In their financial results Verisign don’t break down .com and .net.

Verisign ended the third quarter with 145.8 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base, a 1.2 percent increase from the end of the third quarter of 2016, and a net increase of 1.47 million during the third quarter of 2017. When comparing to third quarter results going back to 2012, the results are in the middle on gross figures, but as a percentage noticeably lower than the average.

However if Verisign had broken down the .com and .net base it would have most likely shown that .net will have declined while .com has incrementally increased when looking at registrarstats.com.

For the third quarter, Verisign processed 8.9 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 8.3 million for the same quarter in 2016. Since 2012, this figure is on the higher side than average for the third quarter.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the second quarter of 2017 was 74.0% compared with 73.8 percent for the same quarter in 2016, and this is the highest and this is the highest since 2012 for when Verisign have the figures available. In 2012 the renewal rate was 72.9% for the second quarter, 71.8% in 2013, 72.7% in 2015 and 73.8% in 2016. Renewal rates are given for the second quarter as they’re not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

For financial highlights, Verisign reported:

  • They ended the third quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $2.4 billion, an increase of $568 million from year-end 2016.
  • Cash flow from operations was $175 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $171 million for the same quarter in 2016.
  • Deferred revenues on Sept. 30, 2017, totaled $1.01 billion, an increase of $31 million from year-end 2016.
  • During the third quarter, Verisign repurchased 1.5 million shares of its common stock for $147 million.
  • At Sept. 30, 2017, $622 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program which has no expiration.
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the third quarter diluted share count included 24.0 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 20.8 million shares for the same quarter in 2016. These represent dilutive shares and not shares that have been issued.

Verisign’s September Trending Keywords Influenced by US Hurricanes

verisign-com-net-imageVerisign’s monthly list of the top 10 trending keywords in English in the .com and .net top level domains have been influenced by the hurricanes that have been battering the United States.

The keywords “Irma” and “disaster” made it into the top 10 for .com while “relief” made it into the top 10 for .net.

The full lists are:

.COM

.NET

irma base
pic tile
lean testing
jerseys drain
prices relief
parks tickets
disaster proofing
aspen inspections
porter dependent
drain rise

Each list is 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.

Global Domain Name Growth Continues at a Crawl in Second Quarter

It was only a few years ago that the growth in the number of domain names registered around the world was in the 5 to 10% range every year, sometimes even higher. Today however that growth has slowed to a crawl as many markets around the world reach maturity, even saturation.

In the 12 months to the end of June domain name registrations grew by 6.7 million, or 2.1%, year over year, to a total of 331.9 million domain names across all top level domains according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. For the second quarter of 2017, registrations grew approximately 1.3 million equating to a growth rate of 0.4% over the first quarter.

The .com and .net top level domains had a combined total of approximately 144.3 million domain name registrations as of the end of June. This represents a 0.8% increase year-on-year. There were 129.2 million .com registrations and 15.1 million .net registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 9.2 million during the second quarter of 2017. In the second quarter of 2016, new .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 8.6 million.

Compared to previous years, the global year-on-year growth across all TLDs for the 12 months to 30 June in 2009 was 9%, to 30 June 2012 it was 11.9%, 5.9% to 30 June 2015 and 12.9% to 30 June 2016.

The top 10 TLDs as of the end of June for selected years with total registrations where published in Verisign’s DNIB were:

 

  June 2017 June 2016 June 2015 June 2012 June 2009
1. .com – 129.2million .com – 127.5m .com – 118.5m .com – 103.7m .com
2. .cn (China) – 21.4m .tk .tk .de .cn
3. .tk (Tokelau) – 19.1m .cn .de .net – 14.8m .de
4. .de (Germany) – 16.2m .de .net – 15m .tk .net
5. .net – 15.1m .net – 15.8m .cn .uk .org
6. .uk (United Kingdom) – 10.7m .org .uk .org .uk
7. .org – 10.4m .uk .org .info .info
8. .ru (Russian Federation) – 6.4m .xyz .ru .nl .nl
9. .info – 5.9m .ru .nl .ru .eu (European Union)
10. .nl (Netherlands) – 5.7m .nl .info .cn .biz

Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 144.2 million in the second quarter of 2017, with an increase of 1.1 million, or a 0.8% increase compared to the first quarter of 2017. ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.7 million registrations, or 2.6%, year over year. Without including .tk who gives away its domain names for free, ccTLD domain name registrations increased approximately 603,000 in the second quarter of 2017, a 0.5% increase compared to the first quarter of 2017 and ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.8 million registrations, or 3.1%, year over year.

As of 30 June there were 302 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root, including Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 64.8% of all ccTLD registrations.

Registrations among the new generic top level domains totalled 24.3 million, which represents 7.3% of total domain name registrations. The top 10 new gTLDs represented 61.5% of all new gTLD registrations.

To read this story with images, see:
http://www.domainpulse.com/2017/09/15/global-domain-name-growth-a-crawl-second-quarter/

Blockchain and Hurricane Harvey Score In Top .COM and .NET Keywords for August

Verisign’s list of top trending keywords registered in English is an indicator of some of the events that are popular, in the English(predominately American)-speaking world at least. In August the top keywords dealt with “crypto”, “block” and “chains”, “Houston” and Hurricane “Harvey”. The blockchain and crypto keywords had regular appearances in recent monthly charts.

It’s been a few months since Domain Pulse has published on the top monthly keywords. In May, June and July there weren’t too many events that seemed to grab the attention of .com and .net registrants. Below are the top monthly trending keywords for each month.

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in August 2017.

.COM

.NET

crypto west
bit bit
mortgage he
block soft
chain texas
loan repair
houston camp
harvey houston
equity harvey
attorney med

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in July 2017.

.COM

.NET

token future
vegan prime
juan weed
bail mine
duct hero
degree shore
export tube
bonds last
tesla poker
trainings drag

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in June 2017. Any surprises?

.COM

.NET

equipment crypto
financing tokens
leasing cinemas
lease bail
cave drift
token booth
mining asap
expertise diesel
mortgages bonds
typing worship

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in June 2017

.COM

.NET

equipment crypto
financing tokens
leasing cinemas
lease bail
cave drift
token booth
mining asap
expertise diesel
mortgages bonds
typing worship

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in May 2017.

.COM

.NET

coin best
fidget free
crypto fashion
rate ball
spinner tube
yesterday coin
rates bit
dentists info
purchase games
smiles red

 

 

Verisign Report Shows Significant Slowing of Domain Registration Growth

Once upon a time not that many years ago, the growth in domain name registrations each year was like growth in the Chinese economy – well over 10%. These days the growth rate overall is nothing to be sneezed. In the year to the end of March, registrations around the world grew by 3.7% (11.8 million) to 330.6 million across all top level domains (TLDs) according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief. It was only in the preceding year, to the end of March 2016, that registrations had grown 11%.

OK, Verisign add a proviso when looking back on registrations for registrations to the end of March 2016 for the .tk (Tokelau) country code top level domain (ccTLD) with a significant re-estimation downwards of its zone file size. As a result total global domain name registrations were changed from 326.4 million to 318.8 million. However these 10%+ annual registration increases were standard for several years.

The change in of annual registration increases of below 5% though are likely to be standard for some years to come as the significant growth is coming from ccTLDs in developing countries and within new gTLDs, although even here due to some new gTLDs such as .xyz having hugely discounted promotions, renewal rates are very low and even declining. However in total new gTLD registrations have stabilised around the 27 million mark for the last 6 weeks according to nTLDstats.com. As of 31 March new gTLD registrations were near their peak of 29.1 million. They peak at 29.4 million in mid-April.

For the quarter, registrations grew only 0.4% (1.3 million) to 31 March, which indicated an even greater slowdown in registration growth.

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 143.6 million domain name registrations in the domain name base in the first quarter of 2017 – 128.4 million for .com and 15.2 million for .net. This represents a 0.8% increase year over year, almost entirely due to increase in .com.

Among ccTLDs, .cn (China) has regained the crown of the largest and now has 21.4 million registrations to be the second largest of all TLDs while .tk has 18.6 million with .de (Germany) next with 16.2 million. Following in the top ten TLDs is .net then .uk (United Kingdom – 10.6m), .org (10.4m), .ru (Russian Federation – 6.4m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.7m) and then the largest of the new gTLDs, .xyz (5.6m).

Growth in ccTLDs was only 0.3% for the quarter, or 408,242 registrations, and 1.7% (2.4 million) for the year. Without including .tk, ccTLD domain name registrations increased approximately 568,242 in the first quarter of 2017, a 0.5 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and ccTLDs increased by approximately 4.6 million domain name registrations, or 3.9 percent, year over year.

At the end of the first quarter there were 294 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root, including Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 64.7 percent of all ccTLD domain name registrations.

For the new gTLDs registrations totalled 25.4 million as of 31 March, 7.7% of total domain name registrations. The top 10 new gTLDs represented 64.1% of all new gTLD domain name registrations.

Volume 14, Issue 2, of the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief is available for download from:
http://www.verisign.com/assets/domain-name-report-Q12017.pdf

An archive of recent reports is available from:
http://www.verisign.com/en_US/domain-names/dnib/domain-name-industry-brief-reports/index.xhtml

ICANN and Verisign Renew .NET Agreement with 10% Increases Likely to See Registrar Fee of Over $15 by 2023 [updated]

verisign-net-logoVerisign has entered into a renewal of the .net Registry Agreement that runs for 6 years until 30 June 2023 with no changes to the material terms to the current .net Registry Agreement from 2011. There is an expectation the agreement will be renewed in 2023 “so long as certain requirements are met”.

Important to many is the fee and its annual increase, with the agreement allowing for Verisign to increase the price of a .net domain name registration by up to 10% in each calendar year during the term of the Agreement with 6 months’ notice required. The potential 10% increase each year for the Verisign fee charged to registrars is likely to see the registrar fee being $15.28 in 2023.

In approving the resolution to continue the agreement, the ICANN Board noted the agreement was comparable to the .org and .com agreements and with new provisions consistent with the comparable terms of the New gTLD Base Registry Agreement.

The fees charged by ICANN -accredited registrars for new and renewing domain name registrations is not to exceed $8.95 made up of a Registry Operator service fee of $8.20 and an ICANN fee of $0.75. Verisign is able to increase their Registry Operator fee by up to 10% each year, with 6 months’ notice to ICANN, meaning it’s most likely the fee charged to registrars will be $15.28 by the end of the agreement going by past experiences with Verisign charging the full increase allowed seemingly wherever possible.

With .net registration numbers having flatlined at best, hovering around the 15 million mark for the last 4.5 years, it seems the agreement will do nothing to spark registrations.

The fees charged by Verisign appear to have been the mostly contested provisions in the agreement with the Board noting criticisms “centred on the $0.75 fee Verisign pays to ICANN per .NET domain registration and why it is different from the $0.25 for other top-level domains. Concerns centred on the unfairness of having the burden of the extra cost being passed on to registrants and the value of the extra fees and how ICANN uses those fees. Requests were made to provide more insight and accountability as to how the funds are distributed to support ICANN’s ongoing mission to enhance the security and stability of the DNS and Internet and to improve participation in the Internet community.”

While noting the concerns, the Board supports the utilisation of these “funds to support the security and stability of the DNS and the Internet. Further, the Board encourages more activities to expand the Internet community by which the funds support ICANN projects such as the Fellowship Program and supports more efforts for ICANN to be transparent in the use of those funds for the intended activities.”

There were also “concerns that the .NET Registry Agreement has a presumptive renewal clause and believe the agreement should be open for competitive bid.”

There was disagreement on Exclusion of Rights Protection Management with the community split with regarding the exclusion of the new gTLD rights protection mechanisms and safeguards in legacy gTLDs. The Board noted “some commenters expressed support for the exclusion of certain rights protection mechanisms, such as Uniform Rapid Suspension and Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure, and the exclusion of the Public Interest Commitments (i.e., safeguards) contained in the New gTLD Registry Agreement stating that these are not consensus policies and registries should wait until a final decision is made via the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Development Process (PDP) . Others expressed concern over the exclusion of New gTLD rights protection mechanisms arguing that the provisions should not be borne only by new gTLD Registry Operators.”

However the Board believes ICANN “has no ability to make these provisions mandatory for any TLDs other than new gTLD applicants who applied during the 2012 New gTLD round. However, a legacy registry operator may agree to adopt these provisions during bilateral negotiations.”

On the Negotiation Process, the Board noted “commenters noted that while the new .NET Registry Agreement incorporates important technical and operational advantages from the new gTLD Registry Agreement it does not go far enough and should adopt the new gTLD Registry Agreement. Commenters suggested that if .NET does not transition to the new gTLD Registry Agreement more should be done to harmonize the provisions for consistency among Registry Agreements. Further, commenters noted a lack of transparency in the negotiation process between ICANN and Verisign and requested more exposure to the negotiation process before a Registry Agreement is finalised.”

To read the Registry Agreement Verisign has entered into with ICANN in full, see:
https://investor.verisign.com/secfiling.cfm?filingID=1014473-17-18&CIK=1014473

The Board resolutions are available at:
https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2017-06-24-en#2.e