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.top adds a quarter million names in a day

Kevin Murphy, February 17, 2016, 13:43:37 (UTC), Domain Registries

The new gTLD .top set a new record for one-day growth, adding almost a quarter million domains on Monday.

The February 16 .top zone file shows 1,343,665 domains, up 238,616 on the day, according to DI stats.

That’s the majority of the 287,950-name growth the whole new gTLD universe experienced that day.

It’s the second example of a single TLD growing by six figures in a day, following .xyz’s 131,000-name growth on February 6.

It seems that the majority of the names were registered via West.cn, a Chinese registrar that sells the names for CNY 4 ($0.60).

It seems we’re looking at a buying spree by a limited number of Chinese investors.

.top is run by Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology and marketed primarily in Chinese.

It’s currently the second largest new gTLD by zone size, after .xyz.

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Comments (3)

  1. Del Tah says:

    Many TLDs are sold at CNY4 in Chinese, but not everyone had even a closer increase like this. The reason behind .top this time is West.cn’s new business dai.top
    http://www.nic.top/en/news_view.asp?id=475

  2. Only God knows what the Chinese have to do with .top.

  3. With domains selling as cheaply as they are (under $1) and a penchant for bulk trading within the Chinese market, a small number of buyers can really move the needle.

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