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Domain names reach a record 63 million, VeriSign reports

Over 72% of today`s domain names now lead to an actual web site

     
12:47 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Short article but thought I would share with the class.

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Over 72% of today`s domain names now lead to an actual web site

This can't be true. Their definition of actual web sites must be pretty low on the standards scale. I would guess at least 50% of those 63 million are affiliate, under construction, or coming soon "web sites."

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Or, "this domain for sale" redirects that are hosted by the domain registrar.
10:09 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Based on my trying to find a new domain... about 75% are probably squatted
12:16 am on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sqatting is a bad term, but I do agree a lot of people/companies buy things up in bulk.

Amazingly enough, with my last 3 projects, I've had no problems buying .com domains.

I guess there are just THAT many combinations out there.

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So I guess that means it's a 300-1800 million dollar market.

Wonder what the average yearly registration fee is?

Wish it was priced like gas and it was revenue neutral, just a loss leader for the other services..

By the way the home page doesn't seem to be properly redirecting to this thread..

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Over 72% of today`s domain names now lead to an actual web site

They're kidding right? I've never heard such an obviously wrong statistic before.

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I'm actually surprised it's so low..
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I'm actually surprised it's so low..

If you count redirects, parked pages, "coming soon", then yes. Almost every domain name has something like that now.

Otherwise it is off by a significant amount.

2:44 am on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So how many of this domains have more than 3 hypens :)
6:12 am on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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all-great-dotcom-names-gone.com
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The figure of 63 million - does this include all country domains? Verisign will have data for .com .net .org etc, but how do they get the numbers for all the independant country registrars? - counting domains in dns?
3:37 pm on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Same info, longer article with some other details:

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Sounds like another year or so and it'll be a good time to start selling of my the names I've been aquiring during the recession. :)
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that must be false! I have 4 domain names for one small site... and I don't think I'm alone here.
 

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