August 2020 Domain Industry Report
We continue to the Monthly Domain Industry Reports with August 2020.
In August 2020, more than 4.9 million domain names were registered all over the world. As always, .COM is the most popular domain extension with 3.4 million domain names (69%).
The number of registered domain names was 5.1 million, 200 thousand more than last month, in July 2020.
Top Keywords of Domain Registrations
The top 10 keywords of domain names registered in August 2020 are shop, online, home, group, life, tech, store, services, today, and pro.
The 9 most popular keywords are the same as the previous month. “Today” entered the list this month.
*We exclude the stopwords such as the, and, my, of, for, in, to, etc, from the list in all our domain industry reports.
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.COM is the most popular extension in August 2020, as usual, with more than 3.4 million (69%) domain registrations. That means more than 110 thousand .com domain names were registered every day averagely.
The 9 extension was the same as last month. .ICU ranked in the top extensions this month. Except for .club, .site and .info, the number of registrations for top domains decreased compared to last month.
You can see all domain extensions and their number of registered domains on Dofo’s Domain Extensions page.
The United States has the most domain registrations, as usual. 1.46 million domain names registered in the USA, which is 102 thousand more than the previous month.
All countries were the same as last month.
Australia, Vietnam, France, and Brazil are the other countries that are not in the top 10 but have more than 30 thousand domain registrations.
* We used the registrant country data of Whois records in the top countries analysis.
** A few of the popular whois privacy services use Panama and Singapore addresses, so we excluded Panama from the list.
Top Domain Registrars
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|Public Domain Registry||165,026|
1.15 million (23.4%) domain names registered in August 2020 were registered with GoDaddy. 63% of domain names were registered at the top 10 registrars, above. All the registrars listed above were the same as last month.
Seven of the top 10 domain registrars of August 2020 are also in the all-time top 10 domain registrars list.
Expiry Date Statistics
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91.3% of the registered domains in August 2020 were registered for one year. Besides, 5-year registrations and 10-year registrations are high in comparison to other multiple year registrations.
This statistic was almost the same in the previous month.
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Almost 10% of the registrations of COM, NET, and ORG extensions are made for more than one year. For new gTLDs, we see that the one-year registration rate is higher than 96%.
(Note: All the data in this report was taken from Dofo. We didn’t include the country code domains in the statistics because of the lack of accuracy.)
Top Domain Sales of August 2020
In August 2020, 93 domain names were sold for more than $10,000, and 8 were sold for more than $50,000. The most expensive sale was fanbase.com at $151,000.
Nine of the top 10 sales are .com, and there is one new gTLD: energy.cloud. It is the most expensive .cloud domain sale ever. Also there is a ccTLD sale: sun.io. This is the 4th most expensive .io domain sale ever.
We see one 3-letter .com domain name sale (ukg.com) and seventeen 4-letter .com domain sales this month. The number of 4-letter .com domain sales was 8 last month.
Seven domain names that only consist of numbers were sold above $10,000. These are:
- 8153.com $44,500
- 8512.com $21,036
- 99996.com $13,230
- 22567.com $12,700
- 97789.com $11,000
fanbase.com – $151,000
Fanbase.com, the most expensive sale of August 2020, was sold for $151,000.
The 6-figures domain sold for $ 151,000, the winning bid at GoDaddy Auction, sparked controversy.
85 extensions of “fanbase” are registered, and 14 of them are for sale.
almi.com – $117,500
Almi.com was sold for $117,500.
A digital agency company called Versett acquired almi.com according to Whois.
It seems, almi.com was sold for $3,475 in September 2018.
There are more than 59,000 registered domains that include the keyword “almi”. 77 extensions of “almi” are registered, and 11 of them are for sale.
interlock.com – $100,000
Interlock.com was sold for $100,000.
Braden Pollock of LegalBrandMarketing.com was the seller of this domain name.
90 extensions of “interlock” are registered, and 15 of them are for sale.
buybuy.com – $95,000
Buybuy.com was sold for $95,000.
The domain is redirecting to Uniregistry sale page. It seems, buyer has not activated its project for this domain. According to the Whois records, buybuy.com was acquired by a Qatari company called Alali.
Besides, the domain previously changed hands in 2017 for $11,500.
More than 90 extensions of “buybuy” are registered, and 20 of them are for sale on several domain name marketplaces.
fibr.com – $75,000
Fibr.com was sold for $75,000.
Fibr.com was acquired by a British company called Lendflo Limited who offers loans and financial services to the businesses. This domain is actively used.
The domain changed hands for $4,877 in 2018 and $3,800 in 2019.
Capsules.com was sold for $50,000.
LFA Machines bought this domain for its business, which is providing machines for filling capsules. And capsules.com is redirecting to lfacapsulefillers.com.
More than 60 extensions of “capsules” are registered, and 23 of them are for sale on several domain name marketplaces.
energy.cloud – $50,000
Energy.cloud, which is the most expensive .cloud domain sale ever, was sold for $50,000.
The domain was purchased by a Chinese research institute, DERI Energy Research Institute.
Other most expensive domain sales of .cloud extension:
- radio.cloud $28,000
- simple.cloud $15,000
- robotics.cloud $10,683
- creator.cloud $9,020
buyweed.com – $50,000
Buyweed.com was sold for $50,000, and has not been actively used.
After the .com extension version was sold, those with .net and .org extensions were also sold. It seems, .org version of this domain was purchased by the same registrant.
- buyweed.com $50,000 | 6 August 2020
- buyweed.org $660 | 6 August 2020
- buyweed.net $500 | 20 June 2019
54 extensions of “buyweed” are registered, and 22 of them are for sale.
sun.io – $49,995
sun.io was sold for $49,995. through DAN.com.
The domain name was purchased by a Bitcoin mining startup from Hong Kong.
This sale is the 4th most expensive .io extension sale ever recorded. The first 3 are:
- swipe.io $68,000
- lucky.io $67,000
- tank.io $60,000
spcm.com – $49,950
spcm.com was sold for $49,950.
Previously purchased by Mike Mann for $400 in 2012, the domain was acquired by ORIX Corporation. ORIX purchased spcm.com for Signal Peak Capital Management (SPCM), their leveraged credit team.
30 extensions of “spcm” are registered, and 4 of them are for sale.
telematika.com – $49,888
telematika.com was sold for $49,888.
Telematika.com, which Mike Mann purchased for $161 in 2010, was acquired by Russian company Ooo Softtelematika, that provides cutting-edge traffic telematics solutions.
35 extensions of “telematika” are registered, and 3 of them are for sale.
8153.com – $44,500
8153.com was sold for $44,500 and has not been actively used.
25 extensions of “8153” are registered, and 7 of them are for sale.
8153.com is the most expensive 4th 4-digit domain sale of 2020. The other most expensive 4 digit domain sales in 2020 are:
- 7910.com $83,250
- 0778.com $64,000
- 6115.com $50,000
- 1269.com $40,500
- 2633.com $37,000
tuma.com – $42,000
Tuma.com was sold for $42,000, and has not been actively used.
We used Namebio for all the domain sales data in this analysis. It’s a wonderful resource to understand the domain name industry.
What Was the Domain Name Industry Talking About Last Month?
- GoDaddy Launches First .GoDaddy Website: After purchasing Neustar’s registry business, GoDaddy launched its first .godaddy website: Registry.Godaddy
- #Kouzhao : Chinese mask keyword #domain sold for “over $400,000 dollars”: Kouzhao, which means “mask” in Chinese, was sold for over $400,000.
- Uniregistry expired domains are coming to GoDaddy Auctions: Uniregistry, whose expired domains were previously auctioned on Dynadot, are coming to GoDaddy Auctions after they are sold to GoDaddy.
- Covid-19 #pandemic : Some people are losing their #domain names: According to a case reported to Google, the domain name registrant reported that they lost their domain names in the Covid-19 process.
- GoDaddy completes Neustar Registry acquisition: The Neustar Registry, which was sold for $218 million in April, is now GoDaddy Registry.
- Amazon Registers Covid Tracking & Tracing Domain Names: Amazon registered tracking & tracing domain names containing coronavirus / covid-19 keywords.
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