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Latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief Reports Total Domain Registrations Broke the 200 Million Barrier in 3Q-2010 + New Podcast Features Frank Schilling

Versign released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (.pdf file) today. The new DNIB,  covering the 3rd quarter of 2010, reports that the total number of domain names registered worldwide has crashed through the 200 million barrier. The global domain base rose by 3.8 million in 3Q-2010 to a record total of 202 million.

Compared to the same quarter a year ago, total registrations have jumped by 13.3 million, a 7% increase over 3Q-2009. 

As always, the report is loaded with interesting data.  For example, it noted that today the English-speaking world makes up less than 40 percent of Internet users. Africa had less than 5 million Internet users a decade ago; now, it has more than 100 million. In 2000, Asia was essentially even with Europe and North America in the number of Internet users. Today it has more than those two continents combined. People always ask if there are still opportunities in the domain business. That explosive in other markets around the world should answer that question for you.

Frank Schilling is featured in a 
new podcast at OzDomainer.com.

I have several other notes to pass along to you today. Australia's Ed Keay-Smith has just released his latest podcast interview (#22 in an excellent series of shows) at OzDomainer.com. This is one you are sure to want to hear as it features legendary domain investor Frank Schilling

The show runs just over 36 minutes and I can't think of a better way for anyone who is interested in domain names to spend that short amount of time.

Our friend Francois Carrillo, who operates the popular domain news aggregation site Domaining.com, continues to expand his network of specialized domain aftermarket sales sites at an amazing clip. Francois has rolled out a new platform to sell geodomains at LocationDomains.com and also launched one for adult themed domains (sex, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, etc.) at MatureNames.com

The two new sites will fit in nicely with Carrillo's many other specialty sales sites like NumericDomains.com, BargainDomains.com and Flipping.co.

In addition to the sales platforms, Carrillo has just expanded into the domain escrow business with eCop.com. For this endeavor, Carrillo is focusing on sales of $5,000 or less and charging a flat fee of $25 for the service (he is recommending Escrow.com for sales above $5,000). eCop can also handled sales in which payments are broken into multiple installments over time (the charge in that case is $10 per payment received). eCop accepts PayPal payments only.

eCop doesn't take ownership of domains sold. Instead they hold payment from the buyer until the seller completed transfer of the names purchased. The funds are then released to the seller. 

(Posted Nov. 29, 2010) 


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