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.net zone back above 15 million names

Kevin Murphy, February 3, 2015, 15:32:19 (UTC), Domain Registries

Is .net bouncing back after a year of declines?

The Verisign legacy gTLD has topped 15 million names again, a bit over a month after it dipped below the notable but ultimately irrelevant threshold. Today, the .net zone has 15,000,038 names in its zone file.

It had gone below 15 million on January 1, and hit a trough of 14,980,773 on January 19, but has been gaining ground — in a wobbly fashion — ever since.

Verisign executives have previously blamed “confusion” from the sudden influx of new gTLDs into the market for .net’s 2014 decline, which saw it lose a couple hundred thousand zone file domains.

On January 22 and 26, the company’s stock outlook was downgraded by financial analysts, based on the view that new gTLDs were hurting its business.

But the company has been quite aggressively marketing .net alongside big brother .com for several months. Are those efforts paying dividends?

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Comments (2)

  1. Tom says:

    A .com sells for $9M, .net jumping back over 15M reg, and various GTLDS being offered for $1 interesting world we live in.

  2. NameYouNeed says:

    Omg, Nets are doing terrible! ­čśë

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