A look inside .Online’s strong debut.
By all accounts, .Online had a great first day yesterday. It got over 30,000 registrations. Its overnight zone file now sits at about 35,000 names.
I dug through the zone file to look for patterns. Here’s what I found…
Here are three companies that registered a lot of domains. There might be others, but these companies pointed the names to their corporate nameservers:
- Microsoft – 40 domains including msn.online, skype.online and windows10.online
- Bank of America – 39 domains including bac.online, bofa.online and instinct.online
- Home Depot – 30 domains including hdx.online, thehomedepot.online and workforce.online
1&1 crushed it. According to nTLD Stats, it has registered close to 15,000 .online domains so far. I suspect this is due to two things:
- Harvesting its pre-order list.
- $9.99 introductory price
Here are the domain parking companies that pop out as having the most new .online names on their nameservers:
- Sedo 678
- Domain Name Sales 338
- GoDaddy Cash Parking 235
Domain investors clearly got in on the action. Chad Wright went big, and Ben Inc (Ben Van Dyk) got 299.
Finally, here’s a chart showing how many domains were registered by SLD length, up to 20 characters:
Many of the three character domains were three digits. There were a total of 865 domains registered that started with a number.