08 Apr '13, 1pm

Verisign: 2012 Ends With 252 Million Domain Names: 121 Million .com/.net

Generating accurate stats on ccTLDs is a tricky thing, Michael, And these repurposed ccTLDs make it harder. Some of them, like .co ccTLD might have a core of about 20% local registrations but the ones like .tk aren’t really ccTLDs in the traditional sense of serving a local market. The repurposed .co ccTLD main market is the US market and it has little traction in markets outside of the US (in country level market share terms). Even Verisign notes that 97% of the .tk domains are free registrations. The inclusion of free TLDs like .tk can obscure some subtle trends such as ccTLD/com pairing (where the same name is registered by the in the local .ccTLD and .com by the same registrant (partially due to brand protection and partially due to the “must-register” upsell by registrars). It would be interesting to see a registrant breakdown for .tk.

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2013/04/08/verisign-2012-ends-w...

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