Verisign just released its August domain name report. Among its findings:
-82.9M domain names are registered worldwide, a record high.
-The most popular extensions remained the same: .com, .de, .net in that order
-Quarterly domain registrations increased 63% year-over-year
Verisign reports that “The continued acceleration of using domain names to generate Pay-Per-Click advertising revenues was a big driver of the new unit growth”. Verisign has reported in the past that a number of registrars are snapping up domains to park them and see if they generate PPC income in the first few days. The registrars have a 5 day grace period in which they can return domain names to the registry without paying the $6 registry fee. This allows registrars to test domains and return them if they don’t receive traffic.
-Renewal rates for .com and .net domains was at 75% last quarter
-75% of domain names have “live” sites attached to them. This includes parked sites, which are 12% of all registrations. That means that 25% of domain names registered have absolutely nothing on them, not even paid advertising!