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Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea.
Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall for promoting domain name registration.
In the first video, a guy see’s some other dude moving in on his “idea” at a club: Click here to see the videos
Company’s CEO disclosed creating an industry group as part of monetizing its patent portfolio.
Verisign recently announced plans to organize a group called Registration Operations Association (ROA) to discuss technical aspects of domain name registration.
A three part blog series proposing the group, penned by Verisign Senior Director Scott Hollenbeck, focuses on Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and the challenges of registrars working with different EPP extensions created by the growing number of registries.
Parties in the domain registration ecosystem might be cool to Verisign’s overtures. After all, they’re still stinging from Verisign’s efforts to slow down the introduction of new top level domain names.
Also, given that registrars have no problems with Verisign’s own EPP, they might question what Verisign seeks to gain by helping other registries.
The answer might be found in Verisign’s second quarter investor call in July. Verisign CEO James Bidzos said: Click to continue reading…
…but it paints availability in the best possible light.
Ever since new top level domains started rolling out, Verisign has been pushing the idea that plenty of high quality .com domain names are still available.
It’s sort of right. Click here to continue reading
Parked domains make up the bulk of new TLD registrations.
Verisign analyzed registrations of new top level domain names to determine how second level registrations under these new domain names are being used.
The analysis determined that just 3% of domains registered so far are being used for a “business website” and the majority of domains are parked:
The breakdown is much more nuanced than what the company presents about its own TLDs, .net and .com. When it decides to report the numbers, the company splits .com/.net into three buckets: one page websites, multiple page website and no websites. The breakdown amongst these groups is typically around 20%/65%/15%. (I’ve asked Verisign if it will run the same analysis it ran for new TLDs for .com.)
Verisign provides a number of caveats and points out outliers in the data. For example, the parked page percentage would be much lower if Web.com wasn’t registering and parking .xyz domain names on behalf of its customers.
It’s worth noting that every new top level domain name registration is less than 8 months old. I suspect the numbers for .com domains registered less than 8 months are even more skewed to parked pages than the slash line I noted above.
Verisign is careful not to draw any conclusions from the data, only noting that it’s “early days for new gTLDs” and that “this analysis offers an interesting snapshot of the first few months of new gTLD general availability.”
Of course, we all know where Verisign stands on new TLDs.
Domain Name Industry Brief shows continued growth of registered domain names.
Verisign released its Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf) today , estimating that the total base of registered domain names grew by 5 million to 276 million in Q1 this year.
(Yes, that’s Q1 — not the most recently concluded quarter.)
That’s 1.7% more than at the end of Q4, and 7.5% growth year-over-year.
The base of country code domain names grew at a faster clip than gTLDs, with a 2.9% increase quarter over quarter and a 13.1 percent increase year over year.
There wasn’t a big shakeup in overall rankings. Russia’s .ru surpassed .info as the the 8th biggest TLD overall. (More likely, .info fell below .ru.)
125 generic top level domain names were delegated in the root during the first quarter as new TLDs launched. A couple of them should crack into the top 10 gTLDs list when second quarter numbers are calculated.