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Examining the Presence of Unique Domain Names Across Different TLDs

| August 10, 2012 | 11 Comments
Examining the Presence of Unique Domain Names Across Different TLDs

One of the benefits of having access to the most comprehensive database of domain data available is the ability to conduct insightful analytics, such as the Verisign dark domains post from a few months ago. Here is another view in what we hope to be an ongoing series of data-driven posts.

Is .COM Truly ‘King’?
When talking about .com domains, “.com is king” is often heard. .COM is ‘king’ in pure volume of registered domains. The underlying assumption by many, though, is that if you see a domain in a given TLD (Top Level Domain), especially a gTLD, it is probably already registered in .com. But, is that true? Leveraging DomainTools data, we compared domain strings across TLDs (Top Level Domains) and discovered that, in a good number of cases, a TLD other than .com is preferred.

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Verisign Domain Counts vs. DomainTools ‘Dark Domains’

| July 31, 2012 | 3 Comments

Verisign’s New Disclosures Still Leave Some Questions Unanswered We’re pleased to see that Verisign is now disclosing ’not configured domain names’ in their daily zone count. By Verisign’s definition, “not configured domain names” are: domain name registrations that are not configured with name servers at the Top-level Domain (TLD) registry, and thus are not published to […]

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Our Estimate: Verisign Manages Over 100 Million .COM Domains

| January 26, 2012 | 10 Comments

A number of organizations track the .com domain registrations without taking into consideration the complete picture, thus underestimating the current count. Our research shows that the .com count is already well past that number.

Verisign publishes a daily “zone file” of registered .com domain names with their associated nameservers. Yesterday the zone file listed 99,837548 .com domain names and that number has been growing by an average of about 22,000 net new .com domain names per day so far in 2012. But there are two general categories of domain names that exist but are not listed in the zone files.

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