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Swedish ccTLD Tops 2015’s First Sales Chart In Six-Figure Sale

Domain Name Journal logoThe domain name aftermarket started off in unusual style with the .se domain tv.se selling for SEK2,180,500 ($265,149) through Tradera, a Swedish online commerce service.

The sale easily topped the Domain Name Journal chart of reported sales for the fortnight to 18 January with izy.com second, selling for $40,000 in a private sale while a pair of domains sold through Sedo, putzfrau.de and babycity.com, sold for €32,000 ($36,480) and $35,000 respectively.

As usual, .com sales dominated the chart with 12 of the top 20 while there was one each for .se, .de, .net, .es, .info, .vn, org and .ca.

And also as usual Sedo topped the list as an aftermarket outlet with a more than usually dominant 16 of the top 20 sales.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 18 January, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150128.htm

Two Six-Figure Domain Sales Close Out 2014

Domain Name Journal logoThe sale of 345.com and rides.com for $800,000 and $120,000 respectively topped the last Domain Name Journal chart for 2014. The domains were sold by MostWantedDomains and Flippa.

Coming in third was tv.ae, selling for $95,000, and fourth was wohnung.de selling for €74,000 ($87,320), both through Sedo to round out the top reported sales for the two weeks ending 4 January 2015.

There was also a nice internationalised domain name sale (schlüsseldienst.de), which sold for €35,000 ($41,300) while alqabas.com sold for KWD11,000 (Kuwaiti Dinar – $37,400) through KuwaitNET.

There were also a few more notable ccTLD sales. Dieta.it sold for €39,240 ($46,303) through Nidoma, lotto.ph sold for $25,000 through Sedo and jobs.se sold for €15,990 ($18,868) also through Sedo.

Overall there were 31 .com sales in the top 40, given the chart was for two weeks as well as two .de sales and one each for .ae, .it, .ph, .org, .se, .net and .nl.

In the aftermarket side of things, there were18 sales through Sedo and 13 sales through NameJet.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the fortnight to 4 January, go to: dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20150114.htm

Global Domain Registration Growth Slows With .NET In Decline: Verisign DNIB

The number of domain names under management around the world is creeping closer towards the 300 million mark, with four million added, an increase of 1.6 percent, across all top level domains in the third quarter of 2014 taking the total to 284 million according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign.For the 12 months to the end of September 2014, registrations, or domains under management, increased by 18.1 million or 6.8 percent. This compares to the 12 months to the end of September 2012 when registrations grew by 26.4 million, or 12 percent.For .com and .net, while they experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter of 2014, .net is in decline in total registration numbers. The combined total for the two gTLDs was 130.0 million in the adjusted zone for .com and .net, up 10.1 million in two years. This represents a 3.3 percent increase year over year compared to a 7.1 percent increase for the equivalent 12 month period two years ago. As of 30 September 2014, the base of registered names in .com equalled 114.9 million names, while .net equalled 15.1 million names compared to 105 million and 14.9 million respectively two years ago.Looking back at previous DNIBs, .net registrations peaked at around 15.2 million at the end of 2013 and early 2014. But since then the gTLD has shed around 300,000 domains coinciding with the introduction of new gTLDs.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.7 million during the third quarter of 2014, compared to 7.8 million in 2012 and 8.3 million in 2013.The top 10 largest gTLDs and ccTLDs marketed as gTLDs by zone size were .com, .tk, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .co, .mobi, .me and .tv, as of 30 September, accounting for for 179.2 million domain name registrations, or 63.1 percent of the total global domain name registrations.Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 132.1 million in the third quarter, with the addition of 3.2 million domain names, or a 2.5 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2014. This is an increase of approximately 12.8 million domain names, or 10.7 percent, from a year ago.The combined ccTLDs have also been experiencing a slowing of growth. In the year to the end of September 2012, there were 18 million domain names added, or an increase of 20.7 percent.Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, .tk grew the fastest, at 9.1 percent overall quarter over quarter growth. There were 285 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 67.1 percent of all ccTLD registrations.For the new gTLDs, there were 413 new gTLDs delegated into the root at the end of the quarter, with 91 new gTLDs delegated during the third quarter of 2014. New gTLD registrations totalled 2.0 million, or 1.3 percent of total gTLD registrations.During the third quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 114 billion (67 billion in 2012) across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 318 billion (102 billion in 2012), the highest average and peak query loads in a single quarter to date. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 20.1 percent and the peak increased 55.6 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 40 percent and the peak query load increased 202.1 percent.For those interested, this quarter’s DNIB featured article is “Cryptocurrency and the Domain Name System” offering a primer on cryptocurrency and the DNS.Copies of the 2014 third quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at VerisignInc.com/DNIB.

Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?

Could .net be one of a number of gTLDs suffering from the success of new gTLDs? As of 30 June 2014, Verisign noted in their Domain Name Industry Brief there were 15.2 million .net domains under management (DUM). But according to the latest figures provided by RegistrarStats, there are now 14,998,404 DUMs.Domain Incite were the first to report on .net DUMs seeming to be suffering. But looking at other gTLDs it seems it is not the only one to see a decline in registration numbers over the past 12 months or so. The .biz, .pro, .tel and .mobi gTLDs, as well as the ccTLD for the United States (.us), all appear to have all suffered declines in registration numbers over the last 12 months. The .biz, .tel and .mobi TLDs seem to have been particularly hard hit. The .org gTLD seems to have plateaued its DUMs and not seen any significant increase for close to two years.While some of the older gTLDs have been haemorrhaging DUMs for some time. For example, .info has also seen a significant decline in DUMs from a peak of over 8 million around December 2011 to around 4.8 million now. And .name DUMs peaked around 2009 and have been in freefall ever since.But it seems the decline in registrations for .net, .biz, .us and .mobi, and maybe others, has coincided with the release of new gTLDs.

Registrations Of .EU Domains Continue To Grow Healthily

EURid logoThe total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released last week by the .eu registry EURid.

The increase for the quarter was 50,132 domain names under management, a net increase of 1.3 percent to 3.88 million. This made .eu the eleventh largest TLD in the world. The largest was .com with 114.576 million registrations followed by .tk (Tokelau) with 26.785m, .de (Germany – 15.794m), .net (15.083m), .cn (China – 1–.907m), .uk (United Kingdom) – 10.514), .org (10.399), .info (5.591m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.506m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.895m) while .br (Brazil – 3.493m) followed.

“As the new gTLDs continue jostle for position in the changing TLD landscape, our healthy growth rate has further underlined that .eu has a firm foothold in the domain name market,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 24 of the 28 EU member states. Malta, Greece and Luxembourg each saw growth of more than 5 percent.

The countries in the top ten list account for 87.6 percent of all .eu registrations. German residents have by far the most .eu domain name registrations, followed by residents of the Netherlands and France.

Residents in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway became eligible to register .eu domain names on 8 January 2014. At the end of the third quarter registrants in Norway had registered 5,685 names, in Iceland 177 and Liechtenstein 78.

The survey also found the Netherlands has the highest density of domains registered of any European country, with 328.2 .nl domains registered per 1,000 people. Denmark was next with 226.2 .dk domains per 1,000 people followed by Germany with 196.1, the United Kingdom with 164.5, Iceland with 154.4 .is domains per 1,000 and Luxembourg with 154.0 .lu domains per 1,000.

The countries with the highest densities of .eu domains were Malta with 35.7 per thousand followed by the Netherlands with 30.2 and Luxembourg with 28.7.

The third quarter also saw EURid launch its new registration system. EURid implemented the new system to increase performance and to better meet RFC standards and so provide an improved service to the .eu registrar community and consequently to .eu domain name holders.

The full report is available for download at link.eurid.eu/reports.

US Thanksgiving Sees Domainers On Holidays

Domain Name Journal logoIt was a quiet week for domain sales in the week ending 30 November as much of the biggest market, the United States, took a break for their Thanksgiving holiday.

So the biggest reported and completed sale according to Domain Name Journal was ehaber.com, selling for $45,000 through Sedo, followed by bitcoin.com.au, selling for A$39,980 ($35,182) through Netfleet.com.au and then meixi.com, which sold for $27,108 through NameJet.

But there was one sale that could have dwarfed that and if confirmed in 2014 is likely to be the second largest for the year. Singulariteam – an Israeli venture capital company – appears to have paid over $5 million for invest.com. To make it on the DNJ chart the transaction has to have been completed.

On the top 20 chart there were 13 .com sales, four for .de and one each for .com.au, .net and .co.uk. For the aftermarket side of things, there were 14 sales through Sedo and five through NameJet.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 30 November, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm

Z.com Becomes Year’s Biggest Sale, And Biggest In Four Years, Selling For $6.8m

Domain Name Journal logoThe latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales sees a whopper of a sale reported and the year’s biggest to date – that of z.com for ¥800,000,000 ($6,784,000) in a private sale. It is also the largest reported domain sale since the sale of sex.com for $13.0 million in November 2010.

The sale of z.com was by the Japanese automaker Nissan Corporation who has a series of “Z” sports cars. They have sold the domain to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan’s leading ISPs and applicant for new gTLDs and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar

The sale easily eclipses the year’s second biggest reported sale – mi.com, sold for $3.6 million in another private sale. There have also been another two sales topping the three million dollar mark – whisky.com ($3.1m) and sex.xxx ($3.0m).

Back to the week’s top sales for the week ending 23 November, the sale of z.com dwarfed the next biggest sales, coming in equal second was everything.org and rin.com, both selling for $35,000 through Sedo.

On the TLD side of things, there were 12 .com sales, along with one each for .org, .nl, .co, .co.uk, .mobi, .de, .ch and .net.

On the aftermarket outlets, Sedo dominated taking places two through 19.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 23 November, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm

Top Reported Sales Go From Seven Figures to Five In A Week

Domain Name Journal logoOne week saw the ninth seven figure sale of the year with power.com selling for $1.261 million, the next week saw a new gTLD domain world.estate top the charts in a $35,000 sale brokered by NoktaDomains, according to the latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales.

Coming in second third, in sales brokered by Sedo, was bohai.com and 000000.com selling for $29,022 and $28,500 respectively.

In the top 20 reported sales, ten were brokered by Sedo while eight were by NoktaDomains. And in addition to the .estate sale, there were 13 .com sales and one each for .co.com, .de, .tv, .me, .cruises, .in and .net.

To check out the list of top reported sales in full for the week ending 16 November, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm

Verisign Third Quarter Results Show Steady Growth In .COM/.NET

Verisign logoVerisign reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2014 that showed reported revenue of $255 million, up 4.7 percent from the same period in 2013, but cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.5 billion, a decrease of $249 million as compared with year-end 2013.

And despite over 200 new gTLDs having entered General Availability, 1.15 million new .com and .net domain names were added during the third quarter, ending with 130.0 million active domain names in the zone for both gTLDs, a 3.3 percent increase over the zone at the end of the third quarter in 2013.

Verisign also reported that in the third quarter they processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.3 million for the same period in 2013.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the second quarter of 2014 was 71.8 percent compared with 72.7 percent for the same quarter in 2013. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

For more information, see the Verisign announcement here.

Five Million Domains Added In Q1 Taking Global Total To 276 Million: Verisign

Five million domain names were added across all TLDs across the globe in the first quarter of 2014, replicating the number added in the fourth quarter of 2013, Verisign announced in their latest Domain Name Industry Brief, taking the total Domains Under Management to 276 million as of 31 March.The increase of five million domain names in the first quarter globally equates to a growth rate of 1.7 percent for the quarter, compared to 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter 2013. Worldwide registrations have grown by 19.3 million (18.5 million in the calendar year of 2013), or 7.5 percent (7.3%), year over year.The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.5 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the first quarter of 2014. This represents a four percent increase year over year. This compares to the year ending 31 December 2013, when the figures were 127.2 million and five percent. As of 31 March, 2014, the DUM in .com equalled 113.2 million names (112m at the end of Q4), while .net equalled 15.2 million names, the same as for the end of Q4, 2013.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.6 million during the first quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totalled 8.8 million. These figures were up on the fourth quarter of 2013 where new registrations were 8.2 million and 8.0 million in Q4 2012. This could reflect seasonal variations but it could also show new gTLDs aren’t impeding new .com registrations.In their report, Verisign provide some pieces of trivia, including the 69 percent of all .com websites are in English. Another two are that over 95 percent of networks are compromised in some way while internet users send 204 million emails per minute.Among ccTLDs, 27.1 million domain names were added, a 2.9 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 13.1 percent increase year over year. Among the top TLDs overall, .ru (Russia) moved up one place to eighth, swapping places with .info.The largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .tk (Tokelau – 25.5m), .de (Germany – 15.7m), .net, .uk (United Kingdom – 10.5m – Nov 2013), .org (10.4m), .cn (China – 10.7m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.9m – August 2013), .info (5.6m) and .nl (Netherlands – 5.5m).*Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, four exceeded 4 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: Tokelau (8.0 percent), Argentina (7.2 percent), India (15.2 percent) and Colombia (12.4 percent). This marks four straight quarters where Tokelau has exceeded 4 percent growth.As of 31 March, there were 283 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 65.8 percent of all ccTLD registrations.Again as of 31 March, there were 198 new gTLDs delegated into the root; 125 of which were delegated during the first quarter of 2014.During the first quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 85 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 120 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 3.4 percent and the peak increased 20.6 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 14.8 percent and the peak query load increased 6 percent.As more companies bring their businesses online, there is an increased concern over domain name security. This quarter’s featured article, “The Domain Threat Landscape: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Requires a Layered Security Approach” provides a brief summary of domain name hijacking and some preventative measures and tools to help ensure your domain name is secure.The report is available for download from:
www.verisigninc.com/en_US/innovation/dnib/index.xhtml * Registry statistics are sourced from RegistrarStats.com, domain-recht.de and individual registries. Registries sometimes do not provide up to date statistics publicly which explains discrepancies.