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What’s Happening With .XYZ?

dotXYZ logoIt’s not unusual that some of the newly launched gTLDs have registrars with higher market shares than usual. For example, German registrars have a much higher market share for some of the German gTLDs. In .berlin’s case, the top ten is dominated with German registrars. And overall, GoDaddy has around a quarter (24.69%) of all registrations of new gTLDs.

But the newly launched gTLD, .xyz, has something strange happening. Over 70 percent (72.55%) of the 38,160 domains registered at the time of writing for the gTLD that entered general availability this week are registered through Network Solutions according to

Looking more deeply into the issue as The Domains did, they found Network Solutions is offering “free .xyz domains to certain customers on an opt out basis, meaning that many of these customers may not even know they have an .xyz domain.”

“If we back out the NSI registrations .xyz still had over 11,000 registrations in its first 24 hours or so more than .ninja still a week after launch.”

Without these strange happenings, The Domains notes there would have been at least 11,000 registrations on day one of general availability which is still brilliant.