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Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief Reports Total Domain
Registrations Broke the 200 Million Barrier in 3Q-2010 +
New Podcast Features Frank Schilling
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.
to the same quarter a year ago, total
registrations have jumped by 13.3 million,
a 7% increase over 3Q-2009.
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.
Schilling is featured in a
new podcast at OzDomainer.com.
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
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
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
and also launched one for adult
themed domains (sex, alcohol,
tobacco, gambling, etc.) at MatureNames.com.
two new sites will fit in
nicely with Carrillo's many
other specialty sales sites
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
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
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
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