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September 2023 Archive
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Radix Premium Domain Revenue in First Half of 2023 Soared 22% Above 1H-2022

Radix, the operator of 10 top level domain registries, has issued their latest semi-annual report on their Premium Domain Sales covering the first half of 2023 (.pdf file). The company reported total premium revenue came in at 

$4.6 million, a 22% surge versus the same time frame last year. $3.25 million of that total was produced by premium renewal revenue. Radix's highest grossing TLD in 1H-2023 was .tech at approximately $1.4 million.

The first table below (from an infographic version of the report) provides a detailed breakdown of the number of premium registrations and new retail revenue for each of the top five Radix TLD. The second table shows those metrics for premium domain renewals:

Here's one more with some additional insight into premium domain performance at Radix in 1H-2023 (additional information is available in the full version of the report):

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Titan Announces Partnership with Team Internet to Pair Domains with Business  Email at OnlyDomains

Booming business email service provider Titan has announced a strategic partnership with rapidly growing global internet solutions company Team Internet Group (TIG) (formerly CentralNic). Team Internetís dual focus includes domain name management (Online Presence) and high-growth digital advertising (Online Marketing). The new agreement will make Titan's business email service available through Team Internetís flagship retail brand, OnlyDomains, a registrar and service provider that helps individuals and enterprises build an online presence. 

A press release announcing the partnership said the alliance will accelerate digital transformation across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The core offering of the partnership is a free premium business email trial with every domain at OnlyDomains, including both names already registered there and all newly registered domains. 

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Titanís business email requires no setup and offers a user-friendly interface and native apps. Titan also provides up to 50GB storage per user and Calendar and Contacts apps. Read Receipts and Email Templates help users reach their customers more easily while Priority Inbox, Follow-up Reminders and Send Later boost productivity.

Titan CEO Bhavin Turakhia said, "Through our partnership with Team Internet, we aim to help more entrepreneurs solidify their online presence. Offering our premium business email free with every domain simplifies the journey for businesses and we're eager to empower more businesses through Team Internet."

Turakhia added that the partnership is also beneficial to registrars like Only Domains as the pairing of domains with Titan's professional email increases Net Promoter Scores and customer satisfaction, and also exposes customers to the provider's branding within Titan for over 150 hours every year. 

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Verisign Reports Total Domain Name Registrations Worldwide Climbed to 356.6 Million at the End of 2Q-2023

VeriSign, (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) covering the 2nd quarter of 2023. This update showed that total domain registrations across all TLDs worldwide reached 356.6 million at the end of the latest quarter. The report stated that is an increase of 4.3 million domains year over year (YOY), representing a 1.2% rise.

.Com, the world's most popular TLD, edged up from 161.1 million domains to 161.3 million YOY while .net ticked down a notch from 13.2 million to 13.1 million as of June 30, 2023.

Verisign reported total country code top level domain (ccTLD) registrations increased to 137 million at the end 2Q-2023 after adding 2.7 million domains YOY (an increase of 2%).  The top 10 ccTLDs (by number of registrations) were .cn (China), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .nl (Netherlands), .ru (Russia), .br (Brazil), .au (Australia), .fr (France), .eu (European Union) and .it (Italy). 

Total new gTLD (new generic top level domain) domain name registrations stood at 28.1 million at the end of the 2Q-2023, an increase of 1.1 million registrations from the previous year, representing a 4% rise YOY.

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ICA Announces Location for 2024 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas - Early Bird Ticket Offer Ends Sept. 10 

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) has finalized the dates and location for their 2024 Annual Member Meeting in Las Vegas. The dates were actually set in June when the ICA sent out a note to members to let them know they should keep January 17-20, 2024 clear on their calendar. They completed the picture over the weekend when they confirmed the event will return to Resorts World, where their very well received 2023 Meeting was held. 

While the core of the meeting will be two full business days, Thursday and Friday (January 18 & 19), The ICA will again bookend those with activities for those arriving early (January 17) or staying over a day (January 20). The full preliminary agenda we received looks like this:

  • Wednesday, January 17th: For those who will be arriving early or are already in town for the Affiliate Summit, we will arrange a low-key evening of dinner and drinks. 

  • Thursday, January 18th: We kick off with registration and go straight into group activities during the day, followed by an evening opening dinner reception.

  • Friday, January 19th: Get ready for informative sessions, interactive panels and guru tables during the day, and look forward to our evening dinner reception.

  • Saturday, January 20th: For those staying through Saturday, we have bonus sessions and activities planned. We are also considering organizing a show or dinner for the evening if a considerable number of our attendees decide to stay. 

Kamila Sekiewicz
ICA Executive Director 

ICA Executive Director Kamila Sekiewicz invited members and anyone who would like to become a member of the ICA (the non-profit organization that fights to protects domain registrant's rights) to "Join us for this one-of-a-kind event, learn, reconnect with friends, and make new connections, all while enjoying great food, refreshing drinks, and fun activities. With the combined energy of our members, the 2024 ICA Member Meeting is gearing up to be an epic rendezvous. Let's co-create, collaborate, and celebrate in the heart of Vegas!"

If you decide to join the ICA at the Premium Individual level ($600 annually) before the show you will get half off the price of one ticket (free tickets are available for new Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver and Gold members). Members can now buy your tickets here.  The ICA's block of discounted rooms at Resorts World are also ready for you to book here

In a related note, Domain Name Wire's Andrew Allemann and I will both be at the ICA meeting again in January and hope to see you there. As it happens we recently got together on a call to record episode #451 of Andrew's popular DNW podcast that he just released today. In the new show, we talk about the domain name market so far in 2023 and compare the current sales charts vs. those from last year and run through the top public sales of 2023. We also discuss some of the biggest trends in domain sales, including the artificial intelligence boom that has been fueling .ai sales.

Andrew also includes current news on a variety of topics on each of his podcasts. In this episode he covers Namecheap badges, CBS, CentralNic and more.

Andrew Allemann

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