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The growth of the domain name industry slowed in the first quarter, numbers published today by Verisign reveal. According to its latest Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf), the domain universe grew to 330.6 million in Q1. That’s an increase of 1.3 million names on Q4 2016, a 0.4% sequential increase, and 11.8 million names, 3.7% growth, compared to Q1 2016.
… number than Verisign reported in its second-quarter report just five months ago, which was 334.6 million. The big swinger, as you may have guessed if you track this kind of thing, was .tk, the Freenom ccTLD where names are given away for free and then reclaimed and parked by the registry when they are deleted for abuse expire. It seems a change…
… penny deals in June, which saw domainers acquire millions of names for essentially nothing. Meanwhile, .com and .net combined contributed just 700,000 domains to growth and .net actually shrunk by 100,000 names, its first dip since Q1 2015. The ccTLD market data presented in the DNIBs is probably not entirely reliable. Verisign is still using the December 2014 number for free ccTLD .tk, which I think is about six million names lower than its current level. Tweet Tagged: .xyz, domain name industry brief, new gTLDs, verisign …
… New gTLDs grew faster than .com in the last 12 months. That seems to be one of the conclusions that can be drawn from Verisign’s Q2 Domain Name Industry Brief, which was published (pdf) yesterday, if you dig into the numbers a little. The headline number is that the number of all domains across all TLDs was 296 million, up sequentially by 2.2…