VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief

VeriSign, the global registry operator for .com, .net and other extensions, has released its 3rd quarter Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB). In this brief, VeriSign reviews the state of the domain industry using statistical and analytical methods.  As always, HEXONET looks forward to this report since it is packed with interesting data, insights, key performance metrics, and growth opportunities.

Here are some of the key highlights:

  • The second quarter of 2015 closed with a base of 296 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 2.2 million domain names, or 0.8 percent over the first quarter of 2015. Registrations have grown by 16.4 million, or 5.9 percent, year over year.
  • Total country-code TLD (ccTLD) registrations were 138 million domain names, a .8 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.2 percent increase year over year.
  • As of June 30, 2015, new gTLD (ngTLD) registrations totaled 5.86 million, which represents 2 percent of total domain name registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 44.6 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations.
  • VeriSign publishes a monthly blog post highlighting domain registration keyword trends from the previous month. Each list is developed by examining keyword registration growth relative to the preceding month, such that those keywords with the highest percentage of registration growth are being reported on. Here are the top 10 trending keywords in .com and .net domain name registrations for the second quarter of 2015.

.COM

1. used
2. degree
3. eating
4. HIllary
5. Hyundai
6. inbox
7. preowned
8. bundle
9. Kia
10. straight

.NET

1. shirt
2. marijuana
3. manual
4. locksmith
5. moving
6. icon
7. fused
8. six
9. lodge
10. flag