Domain News and Views

Verisign Releases Domain Name Industry Brief

2016 ended with just under 330M domain name registrations across all top level domains (TLDs). That’s about a 2.3 million name increase over the previous quarter. Domains grew at a rate of 6.8 percent year over year from 2015 to 2016. Country-codes grew at a rate of 3.1 percent. .Com and .net grew at a rate of 1.7 percent. Of course, .com remains the largest TLD in terms of numbers, ending the year at 126.9 million domains registered. .Com is trailed by .cn, .de, and .net with 21.1M, 16.1M and 15.3M respectively (I don’t count .tk since it is a free, ad-sponsored TLD). New gTLDs now represent a total of 7.8 percent of total domain name registrations.

Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry.

You can get a copy of the full report here.

Read the story… | Source:Verisign | Date posted: 3/1/2017

Research Shows Spike In Online Fraud

ThreatMetrix, a California-based company that analyzes and blocks cybercrime attacks in real-time, said it detected 122 million fraud attempts worldwide in the final three months of 2016, representing a 35 percent spike over the previous year.

Read the story… | Source: The Hill | Date posted: 3/1/2017

Net Neutrality and the New FCC Chair

I’m a fan of net neutrality in the true sense of the term. It means that ISPs, cable companies, and Telcos must offer the same access to all users. It also means that they stay on the path of equal peer access. It is the reason that small entrepreneurs have been able to build huge businesses. They had access to the same pipes at reasonable costs.

The Obama administration supported this concept but they seriously changed the original idea by applying the idea that old fashioned telco rules should apply to the Internet. The truth is that when they advocated the idea of “net neutrality” a couple of years ago, I was really unsure of it meaning what I always thought it meant. My thoughts have always been more aligned with the principals espoused here:

So now we have a new FCC Chairman who is indicating a shift away from “net neutrality”. To be honest, I can’t begin to comprehend what that can mean. If it means that ISPs can now throttle Internet access speeds based on how much you pay, that is bad news for the majority of people and businesses in this country. especially small businesses. Just imagine the ill effects and damage to your business if you had to compete with Amazon or Walmart based on the amount you paid to your ISP. Their sites would work two or three times faster than yours theoretically (because they could afford to pay for those higher speeds). That would be damaging to all small entrepreneurs.

We have all benefited by equal access to bandwidth on the Internet. This equal access has given rise to the most exciting companies in the world today. It is the thing that really makes the Internet “the great equalizer”. I just hope that the Trump administration and the new FCC Chair understand what net neutrality really means.

I do advocate removing old telecom rules from the Internet however. They don’t apply and give the government too much power over an Internet that needs to continue to be free to prosper.

Today Reuters did a story on the new FCC Chair’s approach. I hope things go in the right direction.

Read the story… | Source: Reuters | Date posted: 3/1/2017

George Kirikos Asking Domain Registrants to Weigh in on ICANN

George Kirikos is an advocate for the domain registrant who regularly comments on issues protecting the rights of registrants. ICANN is always on the move, seeking ideas and changes in programs. That doesn’t mean that they go in the best direction. Domain registrants need to weigh in to protect their interests.

Recently, Mr. Kirikos asked for interested parties to comment on an issue where Interngovernmental Organizations (IGOs) are seeking more control over short domain names. wrote more about it here. If you hold valuable domain names in your portfolio, it would be wise to weigh in on the matter.

Read the story… | Source: | Date posted: 3/1/2017

Book Idea – AntiFragile – Things that Gain From Disorder

I read a summary of this and it sounds interesting. What I took from it is that we should sometimes embrace rather than disdain a little disorder because good things can come from it. When we are challenged and survive, we usually become better people. Stress, in the right measure, can make us higher performers.

What I really liked about the book is that it points out that, often, what we assume to be true, really isn’t. An example it made is that big industrialists are often called the creators of the industrial society when, in fact, it was many small tinkerers and inventors that created the ideas that changed our world. I liked hearing that. I’ve seen this to be true in my own life. Some of my best times followed what I thought were my worst.

Anyway, here’s a link to the book if you are interested:

Get the book… | Source: Blinkist | Date posted: 3/1/2017

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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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