A strong month for .com domain name registrations.
ICANN has published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for March 2017.
March was a strong one with 3.22 million new .com domain registrations. Compare this to March 2016 when there were 3.08 million new .com registrations.
The top registrars in terms of new registrations saw little movement. HiChina and PublicDomainRegistry swapped places but there were no new entrants:
1. GoDaddy* 1,044,706
2. Tucows** 243,851
3. HiChina 157,460
4. PublicDomainRegistry 131,107
5. Namecheap 130,995
Here are the top five registrars (open to the public) for net inbound transfers during the month:
1. HiChina +19,877
2. Epik +8,405
3. NameBright +8,347
4. Google +8,199
5. XZ.com +5,306
On the flip side, these five registrars saw the biggest net outflow of .com domain names due to transfers:
1. Web.com*** -10,452
2. Tucows -7,137
3. PublicDomainRegistry -5,912
4. Fabulous -5,685
5. 1&1 -4,759
*Includes GoDaddy and Wild West Domains **Includes Tucows and eNom *** Includes Network Solutions and Register.com, but not drop catching registrars.
If HiChina’s gaining DUMs by offering free bulk transfer to domainers, will the Western domainers join it?
It’s Alibaba and it’s free, yet it’s China and it’s for 1 year.