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6:02 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Of China, Growth and TLDs [internetnews.com]
China's .cn moves up the ladder to become the second most popular TLD.

In case you needed further proof of China's breakneck pace of growth, VeriSign is reporting that the .cn Top Level Domain (TLD) has now become the second biggest TLD, surpassing Germany's .de.

The stats are part of VeriSign's ongoing look at how some TLD registrations are performing.

For the third quarter of this year, growth rates were 76 percent for China's country code .cn compared to the same time last year.

Although 76 percent growth is impressive, the stats suggest that growth has slowed a bit in this realm for China. Last year, for example, VeriSign reported that registrations for the .cn TLD were up by 467 percent over the same time in 2006. It was enough to put China in second place by surpassing .uk, which had held the number two position after .com for several years.

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Surely they mean country-TLDs only. I believe .com is still more popular than .cn

Mhmm. Germany has 82 Millionen people, the PRC 1.3 Billion.

I am not impressed...

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VeriSign reported that registrations for the .cn TLD were up by 467 percent over the same time in 2006.

Those are some pretty impressive numbers. With those types of numbers also come all the side effects. Like being number one for the Phishiest Hosters. ;)

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I hate percents, especially "percent of change over period of time" type statistics, (unless you're a day trader in it for the short term)...

How about some real numbers?

If China only had 100 .cn domain registered at the start of 2007, and sold 476 more names that year, they would have that "467 percent growth" number, (100% growth in effect means doubling).

Then at the start of 2008, with 576 .cn names, (the 100 original plus the new 476), if 437 new .cn names got registered in 2008, there's your "76 percent growth", (add a bunch of zeros to the end of my integers to scale it up to actual count).

If you buy a bottle of shampoo that contains 20oz. of shampoo, and the label says "33% MORE FREE!"

A). How much shampoo do you get?
B). What does it cost?
C). What is "more" compared to?

I'll give you one of the answers, the only one that counts because it's quantifiable:

A. 20oz.

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"I'm gonna wash that spam.cn right outa my hair"
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Percentages ignored, this is a change. The most popular TLDs are now:

1. .com
2. .cn
3. .de

Of course, .cn is a very very very distant second to .com as .com accounted for over 1/2 of all TLDs in new registrations.

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the verisign graph, to which this article alluded - [verisign.com...] - puts china over 140,000,000 registrations
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Now, if we look at the percentage of SPAM sites for each .tld...
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Anyone checked ip regions of .cn, Last time I looked most of them came from Germany and Netherlands. Its a short domain tag .cn and has become synonyms with spammers hence the growth.
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Want to know one big reason why this domain took off like it did? They've been offering domains for roughly US 14 (14 cents) from some registrars [webmasterworld.com] with their "Experience .CN Domain Name for One Yuan Campaign". This was a promotion that ends December 31, 2008. It may have been loosely tied in with the Olympics and other events this year in China. They may have got more than they bargained for in the process.
 

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