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Domain Registrations Estimated at 183 Million, Up 12pct
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msg:3926628
 4:59 pm on Jun 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Domain Registrations Estimated at 183Million, Up 12pct [vnunet.com]
The total number of unique domain names on the internet has reached more than 180 million, according to recent figures from VeriSign.

Researchers estimate that there are now roughly 183 million domains registered across each of the top-level domains (TLDs). New domain registrations rose at a level of 12 per cent last year.


 

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msg:3927536
 10:06 pm on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

What I'd like to know is...

1.) What percentage are actively being used (in a loose sense of 'constructively').

2.) What percentage are registered though either not yet active or have yet to expire soon due to inactivity/loss of interest.

3.) What percentage are maliciously owned with no intent other then domain squatting.

I'd personally like to see the internet become free of this type of abuse. There is no moral justification for someone to own but not use a domain name when someone else can make constructive use for it. Land rights don't apply, we're not talking about saving the Everglades.

- John

koan




msg:3927553
 10:31 pm on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't know the numbers, but say that 90% of those domains are domain parking... then you have a system that doesn't work as originally planned.

Leosghost




msg:3927563
 10:58 pm on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

maltuzi et al have been busy bees ..

( my domains ..~down to under 100 now~ ..that are inactive are because I 'm getting around ..one by one to building the sites ..so @ John..we aren't all just "blocking" ..that said ..for each and every one of them ..I did get the idea first ,( that takes late night thought whilst others are out partying or whatever ) did register it first , did pay the renewals and the privacy ( on all of them )..plus they are all owned by our family controlled privately held LTD's ( like US LLC's) ..and our son will own all of them when we are gone ..it's investing in his future ..

Meanwhile they are coming on line one by one ..

The biggest "release" of parked domains could be started quite simply by outlawing registrar "tasting" or "kiting" and that could be "killed" instantly by either Icaan ..or just Google not allowing adsense on parked domains ..that is the real abuse ..

Leosghost




msg:3927566
 11:08 pm on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

and in spite of what has been said in recent threads ..there are still boatloads of good 6 and seven and eight letter memorable .coms ..just needs imagination and thinking outside the "box" ..and they all have type in potential ..

I even register domain names ..and then give them as presents for friends for their local businesses as dot coms or as local ( to me dot fr or .co.uk or dot ie .or dot eu ) ..build them a quick site " eventually" ;) the name and the site are theirs .."cadeaux" ..they are happy ..and they maybe make a sale as a result :)..use your imagination ..

[edited by: Leosghost at 11:09 pm (utc) on June 5, 2009]

LifeinAsia




msg:3927567
 11:10 pm on Jun 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

I completely agree with getting rid of kiting. Killing that would somewhat reduce the amount of SPAM.

jmccormac




msg:3928093
 2:48 am on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

1.) What percentage are actively being used (in a loose sense of 'constructively').

I did some work a few years ago on surveying the .eu ccTLD and some of the key figures were:
Active/Unique: 13.37%
Brand protection registrations: 7.78%
Duplicate content sites: 6.02%.
Redirects 16.68%
PPC/warehoused: 14.22%.
Holding page/coming soon: 16.79%

The number of responding domains in a gTLD tends to be around the 70% mark. That means that 30% of the domains in an low cost, generic extension are not set up and working. The number of domains to number of websites is not a one to one mapping. So the number of active websites will be less than that 70%. The reality is that the number of active and unique websites in a gTLD will be in the 11 to 20% region. The number tends to be higher for genuine ccTLDs.

I did a survey on a larger number of .co.uk domains as a comparison and found that the number of active/unique domains was far higher.

2.) What percentage are registered though either not yet active or have yet to expire soon due to inactivity/loss of interest.

Those would be the coming soon/holding pages/broken pages. Identifying the phrase "coming soon" in a multitude of languages is a difficult enough task. I would think that many domains drop without ever having been developed or even used.

Sometimes a domain can be used for e-mail and not have an active website. Mapping mail and web usage on a global basis would take about a month or so. It would be more a set of moving snapshots as domains are registered and dropped on a daily basis.

3.) What percentage are maliciously owned with no intent other then domain squatting.
I think that this figure would be a lot lower than people expect. Normally in a web survey you would see Tuple (multiple extension) registrations where a company is protecting its brand. These Tuple domains tend to be on the same nameservers and often the websites are directed to the primary brand website.

As part of my work, I do domain stats every month for approximately 1.2 million active hosters and indepth reports for Irish webhosters. The domains on roughly 1K Irish hosters across ie ccTLD, com, net, org, biz, info, mobi, asia, eu, co.uk and .de extensions are analysed in detail for SOA, MX and WWW. The key extensions for Ireland are .ie (the Irish ccTLD) and .com. Outside of these extensions, the usage tends to fall away. The pattern with the Tuple registrations is that a company might register its domain in ie/com/net etc but might only have the .ie and .com versions active. The other ones may not even be set up. However the .ie extension is also more expensive than the gTLD ones (approximately five times). This does create a bit of an incentive to use it. The active/unique figure for .ie was over 30%. The level of parking in .ie is in single digit percentages. 01/June/2009 The breakdown for domains on Irish hosters also puts .com and others into a more realistic perspective:

IE: 99294
COM: 100937
NET: 11745
CO.UK: 9990
EU: 7448 (72% coverage)
ORG: 6556
INFO: 2573
BIZ: 2104
MOBI: 661

The number of registered .ie domains on 01/June/2009 was 125,840. However some of those are hosted on non-Irish hosters.

The mistake people often make with extensions like .com is in considering it as a single market. While over 80 million domains sounds impressive, breaking it down over ccTLDs can show a different picture. The suprising aspect is how important the ccTLDs of adjacent markets are in a country's domain market. The second most important ccTLD for Ireland is not .eu but rather .uk ccTLD.

Domain parking and PPC has, to some extent, interfered with the evolutionary process of domains and affected the domain environment for the worse in that it reduces the incentive to develop while increasing the Buy To Park demand. While the number of domains will have grown, the number of actively developed websites may not have grown at the same rate. The .com and to a lesser extent are mature extensions that are kept alive by the volume of their registrations. In net growth terms, they are close to being overtaken by the ccTLDs each month.

Regards...jmcc

jmccormac




msg:3928100
 3:21 am on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

maltuzi et al have been busy bees ..
Not to the same extent as they were. The growth of .com/.net and .org from 2005 to the first half of 2008 showed an extension going out of control. Unfortunately I cannot post the links to those graphs due to the T&C of this forum. The domain tasting issue completely destabilised .com and was a purely abusive practice facilitated for years by ICANN's incompetence. ICANN finally took action, after being embarrassed by Google taking action first, and made tasting registrars pay a fee on each deleted tasted domain over a certain amount of deletions. This had a massive effect and in 2008, the .com stabilised to some extent from 01/June/2008 onwards. The .org registry (PIR) had introduced something similar in 2007 and the same massive fall in tasted domains happened from the 01/June/2007 figures when tasters almost stopped buying up the complete .org drop.

The biggest "release" of parked domains could be started quite simply by outlawing registrar "tasting"
The deletion fee has reduced the domain tasting problem considerably. Parked domains are parked because they make money from PPC advertising. Legally outlawing such activity would be difficult.

"kiting" and that could be "killed" instantly by either Icaan
I think that ICANN is incapable of doing anything instantly - other than running up its expense accounts. But domain kiting is a far more serious issue. It would be possible to stop it but ICANN would have to be encouraged to do so. The impact of the deletion fee has made kiting somewhat less of a zero cost activity than it was previously. While it has not eliminated it completely, it has been reduced somewhat.

Regards...jmcc

walkman




msg:3928102
 3:35 am on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Domain Registrations Estimated at 183 Million; 182 million are parked :-)

Seb7




msg:3928189
 12:04 pm on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Netcraft have lots of interesting figures. 236 million domains in the last 14years.

jmccormac




msg:3928411
 11:52 pm on Jun 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Netcraft have lots of interesting figures. 236 million domains in the last 14years.

There were a lot more domains than that in the last fourteen years. One of the databases I work on has around 240M domains since 2000. However the domain tasting problem mushroomed the com/net/org/biz/info TLDs from about 2005 onwards. What is surprising is the sustained growth of some of the ccTLDs. However some of the repurposed ccTLDs are bubble extensions and that bubble is waiting to pop in some cases. The .asia sTLD has had a very slow start and is beginning to resemble a small ccTLD.

Regards...jmcc

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