Strong New gTLD Growth Rates – Infographic

The Domain Name Association (DNA) released an infographic today illustrating the rapid growth rates of new generic Top Level Domain names. The chart depicts year over year growth of total domains, country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs), .com and .net, and finally, new generic Top Level Domains (nGTLDs).

New gTLDs showed a growth rate of 145.4% year over year from 2015 through 2016. .com and .net were 8.5% and ccTLDs were 7.3%. The industry grew at a rate of 12.9% overall.

Enjoy the infographic below:

Domain Names at a Glance

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Aftermarket Domain Sales As High as $90M – Infographic

Most Expensive Domains SoldA UK based hosting company, Nimbus Hosting, has released an interesting infographic graphing out the 500 most expensive domain names and broken it out into industry sectors such as travel, sports, and finance. They reported the most expensive domain ever sold as, which sold for a reported $90 million dollars in 2005. Others included and which sold for $49.7M and $30.1M respectively.

They also point up several country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) Sales such as, a German website that sold for $2.8M and, and Austrian site that sold for just under $600,000., reported to have sold at $600,000 looks to have been bought by a Canadian firm. Many domain buyers from around the world like the .at ccTLD because it is also the English word, “at”. That may have been the case here.

It also was interesting because it notes that the peaks for high priced domain names were in 2005 and then again in 2010. I am sure we will see other peaks in the future. I also think there is a more important underlying point that is missed here. Being part of the business, I am very sure that these largest sales amounts, in aggregate, are dwarfed by the many more sales made in smaller ranges. Every day, private domain registrants along with companies like,,,, and are selling domains at prices that average $2500 for the most. A lot of sales and money is being made in this range. It will be much more interesting to see some of the larger domain name aftermarket players team up to show that value.
Although this infographic is a fun graphical representation of large domain sales, there are some typos that I found. They report as having been sold for $180,000,000. I know that’s a mistake. They probably meant $18M. Also, they report as being sold for $600,00. I’m quite sure they meant $600,000.

All in all, it’s a pretty useful thing to see the industry representation values. I enjoyed it and hope you will too.

View Interactive Version
(via Nimbus Hosting).

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What am I Thankful For?

I was thinking this morning about Thanksgiving; “What am I thankful for?”thanksgiving-gratitude

If you are seeing this, I am thankful for you.  As I pray each day, the first things I thank God for are the people in my life; my wife, my sons and daughter-in-laws, my grandchildren, my extended family, my friends and coworkers, my employers and employees, and my customers too!

I thought about how each of us are created so uniquely and how God placed you in my life at the time He did and in the way He did for a reason. We don’t all think the same but just imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same and agreed on everything.  We are all unique and special in our own ways.

I thought about how precious and fragile life can be.  Each of us has a history and if even one thing was different, we might not be.  My wife’s family lived through two world wars that ravaged Poland.  Her mother was an orphan raised by distant relatives.  What if she hadn’t made it?  My grandfather was the victim of an accident related to unexploded WWII ordnance stored near his home in Sicily. What if that had happened to him before my mom was born?  My dad landed in Normandy on D-day +7.  What if he had landed on D-Day?  I might not have been! This list can go on and on.

We have so much to thank God for even before we begin thinking about it. So let’s really enjoy this Thanksgiving and remember Who it is we really should be thanking.  Surely we should thank our family and friends for all they do and all they mean, but remember to thank God most importantly for the fact that you are here at all first!

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The Real Story on “The Internet Give-away”

The story of the Internet becoming a bit more independent is not a bad one. The United States isn’t really losing anything here. I’ll try to explain and will post a press release that  the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), put out on Saturday.

ICANN released the news this weekend with links, that if anyone takes the time to read, will understand, that not much is changing. The United States always planned to get out of the management of the domain name system (DNS). There is a long history of the process. It just takes time to understand. I think their press release has information enough to help someone understand it a little better.

The same people as before are in charge. It is important to understand that ANYONE with a little time and money can be part of ICANN. There is no admission fee to go to and to participate in their meetings. Anyone who cares is invited. You do have to pay for travel and accommodations but the meetings are open. So if things go wrong, there is no one to blame except those who do not get involved. I’ve been to 25 or so ICANN meetings over the past 18 years. I see nothing sinister going on and it is mostly public. Yes, there are constituents from China, Russia, and other countries that America may be suspicious of. But they are just a part. There is beauty in the multi-cultural nature that comes together at an ICANN meeting, cooperating to make the Internet better. This transition is designed to be a part of that and many well-meaning, smart people have been working on independence and a more world-inclusive model for a long time. A lot of them volunteer. Although many may compare them to the United Nations and suggest that they are too slow, real work does get done at ICANN.  In the past five years, they have introduced over 1000 new domain name endings.  Love them or hate them, a lot of work went into it and the industry is expanding.

ICANN Attendees Mexico City - March, 2009 (just a few)

ICANN Attendees Mexico City – March, 2009 (just a few)

The main goal of ICANN is to keep the world a part of the Internet. That’s why they do meetings all over the world each year. The idea is to keep countries involved. It doesn’t work everywhere. China still has a virtual great wall and many countries put blocks on the Internet to protect their ideals. But ICANN does invite everyone and, again, has the stated goal to keep the Internet open and free. A country can control what happens within their borders but they can’t control free speech around the world.

Anyway, nothing big is changing. A contract that was never meant to be permanent is just now being allowed to expire and the Internet will always be designed to be inclusive and open. Below is the press release that ICANN put out today. There are also links for a more historic understanding.

Stewardship of IANA Functions Transitions to Global Internet Community as Contract with U.S. Government Ends

Today, 1 October 2016, the contract between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, has officially expired. This historic moment marks the transition of the coordination and management of the Internet’s unique identifiers to the private-sector, a process that has been committed to and underway since 1998.

“This transition was envisioned 18 years ago, yet it was the tireless work of the global Internet community, which drafted the final proposal, that made this a reality,” said ICANN Board Chair Stephen D. Crocker. “This community validated the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. It has shown that a governance model defined by the inclusion of all voices, including business, academics, technical experts, civil society, governments and many others is the best way to assure that the Internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the Internet of today.”

Internet users will see no change or difference in their experience online as a result of the stewardship transition.

In managing the coordination of the Internet’s unique identifiers, ICANN plays a small but significant role in the Internet’s ecosystem. For more than 15 years, ICANN has worked in concert with other technical bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Regional Internet Registries, top-level domain registries and registrars, and many others.

The final chapter of the privatization process began in 2014, when NTIA asked ICANN to convene the global multistakeholder community, which is made up of private-sector representatives, technical experts, academics, civil society, governments and individual Internet end users, to come together and formulate proposals to both replace NTIA’s historic stewardship role and enhance ICANN’s accountability mechanisms.

The package of proposals developed by the global community met the strict criteria established by NTIA in its March 2014 announcement. Since their submission to NTIA, ICANN and its various stakeholder groups have worked tirelessly to ensure that all the necessary implementation tasks have been completed, so the IANA functions contract could expire on 30 September 2016.

The proposals reinforce ICANN’s existing multistakeholder model and are also aimed at enhancing ICANN’s accountability. The improvements include empowering the global Internet community to have direct recourse if they disagree with decisions made by ICANN the organization or the Board.

The IANA stewardship transition is a testament to the tireless work of the global community, and a validation of the multistakeholder model that frames that community.

To learn more about the IANA Stewardship Transition, go here:

Akram Atallah’s blog: “Final Implementation Update

Stephen D. Crocker’s blog: “Cheers to the Multistakeholder Community

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