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01|26|2012 02:43 pm EDT

100 Million .Com Domains Registered

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registries

According to, a provider of domain name research and whois information, the number of .com domains under management by the registry has eclipsed 100 million domains. In a statement issued earlier today DomainTools claims that through their research they “calculated the current total of domains managed by Verisign to be over 100.2 million”

DomainTools’ points out that most counts taken on domain name totals use the zone files which are provided by the registry operator. ┬áThese counts, however, do not factor in several “classes” of domain names including those in redemption and pending delete status, as well as “dark” domains.

Domains held in redemption and pending delete are removed from the zone files as they proceed through the 35 day process before being deleted from the registry. The “dark” domains are not included in the registry because these domains have not been assigned a DNS entry by the registrant or may be suspended.

DomainTools conducted research on these 2 categories of names and estimates that there are 2.1 million domains in the redemption or pending delete status and another 400,000 “dark” .com domains. The current zone files as of the time of there release puts the size of the zone file at 99,837,548 with a gain in the total of nearly 22,000 new .com daily. The 2.5 million domains not estimated in previous counts brings the total .com domains under Verisign management to over 100 million.




January 26, 2012 @ 4:21 pm EDT

Does anyone think that the new tlds that will be coming to the Internet in the future will overtake dot com. They are are clueless as the promoters that are trying to sell people on the idea.

gtld .fail

January 26, 2012 @ 8:38 pm EDT

Agreed. If the world wanted more tld’s then .biz, .aero, .travel, .museum, .cat, .jobs, .mobi, .tel, .pro and .coop would still be among us today.

Class case of those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Suckers.

In my opinion, the new gtld concept is flawed and will benefit only attorneys, registrars and icann.

Frank Michlick

January 26, 2012 @ 10:06 pm EDT

@gtld fail: How come you’re too shy to use your real name?

Actually registrars don’t necessarily make money from new TLDs, since they first have to spend the development time to add them to their system. However smart registrars are probably going to get registries to pay them to add their new TLD in front of their buyer audience.

While I agree that most of the TLDs you me ntioned probably didn’t meet their targets, I’m not sure though I would consider .CAT a failure – but maybe you took a closer look than I did. It’s my understanding that despite the low registration volume, it’s quite popular within its intended target community.

Forrester Rupp

January 27, 2012 @ 8:51 am EDT

Yeah Yeah Yeah…Ok so 2% are always “dark” (going to drop) and we have 100 million .coms regged (is that all?), but how many domains are regged….in all extensions? including those sub domains sold in commercial plays? (and their contact email addys) I needs to know, where can I find out… I’m making a really big list of # of possible members for a couple a NPO projects …TIA

Forrester Rupp

January 27, 2012 @ 8:54 am EDT

That(?)was to both you and Frank btw :-)

Frank Michlick

January 30, 2012 @ 12:35 pm EDT

@Forrester: According to Verisign’s Domain Industry brief there are 220 million domain name registrations across all Top Level
Domains – but that wouldn’t include CentralNIC’s names etc. As for the list of contact infos – make sure you read all whois terms and conditions carefully ;-)

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