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May 2020 Domain Industry Report
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May 2020 Domain Industry Report

May 2020 Domain Industry Report

The last three months were rough times as all nations struggle with the same biological enemy. As we state in April 2020’s Monthly Domain Report, the domain industry still doesn’t seem very much affected by the current situation of the world. Actually, it might be getting stronger. We analyzed all the data we have and prepared May 2020 Domain Industry Report.

In May 2020, more than 4.91 million domain names were registered in the whole world. .COM, as usual, was the most popular domain extension with 3.3 million domain names (67.2%). 

The number of registered domain names in April 2020 was 5.16 million. Last month, 250 thousand fewer domain names were registered. 

Top Keywords of Domain Registrations

Top domain name registration keywords
KEYWORDDOMAIN COUNT
shop38,623
online36,159
home28,066
life25,013
group23,184
news22,153
store21,850
tech19,924
now18,862
pro18,466

The top 10 keywords of domain names registered in May 2020 are shop, online, home, life, group, news, store, tech, now, and pro.

In the past two months, corona was one of the most popular keywords in newly registered domain names. It seems it’s not that popular anymore. 

The other 8 most popular keywords are the same as the previous month. now and pro entered the list from the end. 

*We exclude the stopwords such as the, and, my, of, for, in, to, etc, from the list in all our domain industry reports.

Top Extensions

Top Domain Extensions of May 2020
EXTENSIONDOMAIN COUNT
com3,304,724
net226,204
xyz184,972
org167,234
info110,676
online101,369
site54,860
club51,243
shop49,991
top49,195

.COM is the most popular extension in May 2020 with more than 3.3 million (67.2%) domain registrations. An average of 105 thousand .com domain names were registered every day. 

The new gTLDs in the list such as .xyz and .club might be registered so many because they offer domain registrations for as low as $1.

You can see all domain extensions and registered domain counts on Dofo’s Domain Extensions page.

Top Countries

Top countries of domain name registrations, May 2020.
COUNTRYDOMAIN COUNT
US1,591,927
Canada342,039
China315,089
Japan160,663
India106,439
UK99,911
Russia64,846
France57,986
Turkey57,034
Germany54,508

The United States has the most domain registrations, as always. 1.59 million domain names registered in the US which is 200 thousand more than the previous month. 

Some countries had a decrease compared to the previous month. For example, China had more than 430 thousand registrations in April 2020, it had 315 thousand registrations in May 2020. 

Spain, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, and South Korea are the other countries that 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 addresses in Panama so we excluded Panama from the list.

Top Domain Registrars

Most Popular Domain Registrars of May 2020
REGISTRARDOMAIN COUNT
GoDaddy1,231,350
Namecheap490,308
Tucows266,271
Google229,853
Alibaba181,835
NameSilo178,807
PDR174,825
GMO142,553
Wix124,397
Dropcatch86,752

1.23 million (25%) domain names registered in May 2020 were registered with GoDaddy. 63% of domain names were registered at the top 10 registrars, above.

Wix is continuing to find a place on the top 10 registrar lists for the last few months. That means more people want to create websites and online businesses recently. Also, Wix had 10 thousand more registrations compared to the previous month.

5 of the top 10 domain registrars of April 2020 are also in the all-time top 10 domain registrars.

Expiry Date Statistics

Domain expiry date statistics of May 2020
EXPIRY DATEDOMAIN COUNTRATE
20214,481,81691.18%
2022309,3526.29%
202363,5051.29%
20242,4550.05%
202541,9540.85%
20266800.01%
20272060.00%
20281040.00%
20291780.00%
203014,9660.30%

91% of the registered domains in May 2020 were registered for one year. 5-year registrations and 10-year registrations are high in comparison to other multiple year registrations. This is probably because some domain registrars suggest and offer discounts for 5-year and 10-year registrations. 

This statistic was almost the same in the previous month.

EXTENSION1-YEAR REGISTRATION RATE
ALL91.2%
com89.4%
net91.4%
xyz98.4%
org87.9%
info95.2%
online96.6%
site97.9%
club97.9%
shop98.1%
top96.0%

10% of the registration 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 May 2020

Top Most Expensive Domain Sales of May 2020

In May 2020, 79 domain names were sold for more than $10,000 and 6 were sold for more than $50,000. The most expensive sale was electriccar.com at $180,000

9 of the top 10 sales are .com and there is a ccTLD: hop.in in the list.

We see three 3-letter .com domain name sales and two 4-digit .com domain sales this month.

DOMAIN NAMEPRICE
electriccar.com$180,000
estates.com$90,000
directions.com$75,000
55bbs.com$70,050
redx.com$59,777
hop.in$50,000
6115.com$50,000
tema.com$43,805
codingschool.com$43,000
1269.com$40,500
sensorypath.com$39,999
raptr.com$39,500
happy420.com$36,166
argot.com$35,000
teledata.com$32,500
alcoholtreatment.com$32,000
nanotechproject.org$30,500
hoss.com$29,995
nomer.com$29,500
pop.shop$28,650
txo.com$27,500
burials.com$25,000
travelagency.com$25,000
kph.com$24,999
fullplay.com$23,500
rowan.com$22,722
brazil.org$22,555
think.ai$21,988
unw.com$21,251
betterrecipes.com$20,500
macneal.com$20,153
mindglobal.com$20,006
beatstar.com$20,000
acfx.com$20,000
gopuntacana.com$20,000


We used Namebio for all the domain sales data in this analysis. It’s a wonderful resource to understand the domain name industry.

electriccar.com – $180,000

electriccar.com was sold for $180,000 on Sedo, brokered by Dave Evanson

More than 140 extensions of “electriccar” are registered and 60 of them are for sale on several domain name marketplaces. 

The domain name was being redirected to a Dan.com landing page before it was sold. 

The domain name now has a one-page website with a contact form. We’ll later see how the new owner will use the domain name.

estates.com – $90,000

Grit Brokerage sold estates.com for $90,000. The domain was sold before for $23,600 on Sedo in 2007. 

The domain name still redirects to an epik.com landing page and there’s a custom promotional video on it that made by Epik. 


The word “estates” is registered with more than 130 extensions and 46 of them are for sale.

There are more than 45 thousand domain names for sale that contain “estate”.

directions.com – $75,000

Directions.com sold at NamesCon Auctions for $75,000. More than 100 extensions of “directions” are registered and 28 of them are for sale

It still redirects to a Sedo parking page.

2 other extensions of “directions” were also sold before above $2,000: 

  • directions.mobi – $19,000 – 2007
  • directions.net – $2,800 – 2016

redx.com – $59,777

RedX.com sold for $59,777. The domain name was purchased by a company that provides real estate solutions. The previous domain name of this company was theredx.com. (Read more details about this sale.)

hop.in – $50,000

hop.in was sold for $50,000 at Sedo. It’s the most expensive ccTLD sale of May 2020. 

The buyer is Hopin Ltd., an online events platform. The main website of the company is hopin.to.

6115.com – $50,000

6115.com was sold for $50,000 on Sedo. The domain name was sold before in 2013 for $3,000, on Sedo again. The previous owner is from the US. 

The buyer is from China. All-digit domain names like this one are very popular in China. 4-digit .com domain names are extremely valuable. 

The most expensive five 4-digit .com domain name sales: 

  • 0123.com – $252,500 – 2016
  • 8181.com – $225,000 – 2015
  • 9595.com – $180,000 – 2015
  • 0007.com – $172,500 – 2018
  • 5432.com – $148,000 – 2015

tema.com – $43,805

tema.com was sold for $43,805 on Dropcatch. “Tema” means “theme, topic, subject” in languages such as Spanish, Italian, and Turkish. 

Tema.com has been registered since 1997. The domain name has dropped, then caught and sold by Dropcatch via auction. The first auction has ended at $128,938 but the winner didn’t pay. So the domain name was re-auctioned and sold for $43,805. 

The keyword “tema” is registered with more than 150 extensions and 18 of them are for sale

Another extension of “tema,” tema.io was sold in the same month for $193 at Dynadot. 

The domain name now shows a for sale landing page. The buyer was probably a domain investor.

codingschool.com – $43,000

codingschool.com was sold for $43,000 on GoDaddy Auctions. More than 40 extensions of “codingschool” are registered and 5 of them are for sale on domain marketplaces. 

The buyers of tema.com and codingschool.com may be the same person because the landing pages on them are identical.

What Was Domain Name Industry Talking About Last Month?

Domain name industry news

Last month, we published several detailed analyses such as:

We also started publish domain industry interviews on the blog:

What do you think will it be in June 2020? Please share your comments below.
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