The King of Domain Extensions: .COM
The oldest and most popular domain extension is .com. It is also called the default domain extension of the Internet. We will cover the details about .COM, that has more than 151 million domain names which mean 42% of all registered domain names.
The Story of .COM
The first .com domain name symbolics.com was registered 35 years ago, on 15 March 1985. It’s also the first registered domain name, ever.
At the beginning, .com was being administrated by United States Department of Defense until 1991. Then it was started to be operated by Network Solutions.
Domain registration was free until 1995. In 1995, a $50/year registration fee applied with a minimum of 2 years registration.
In 2006, VeriSign has become the registry of the extension, and been managing .COM since then.
In December 2011, the number of .com domains reached 100 million.
As of March 2020, with 151 million registered domain names, .com has more domain names than the sum of all other generic top-level-domains.
Because of the popularity and high acceptance of .com, more than 20 countries use “com” under their country code top-level-domains such as com.au (Australia), com.cn (China), com.mx (Mexico) and com.tr (Turkey).
The Oldest .COM Domain Names
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Four of the oldest 10 domain names are still being used:
Most Popular .COM Websites
Because we are talking about .com domain names, it’s not surprising that all of the top 10 most popular websites worldwide are .com.
If we look to see how .com took part on at the most popular 100, 1000 and 100,000 websites:
- 70% of the most popular 100 websites are .com
- 65% of the most popular 1,000 websites are .com.
- 52% of the most popular 100,000 websites are .com.
(Most popular websites data was taken from Alexa.)
Most Expensive .COM Domain Sales
(Note: This list is not complete because not all the domain sales are reported. We also didn’t include some of the reported sales here. Domain sales data was taken from Namebio.)
Top Countries of .COM Domain Extension
The United States has, by far, the most .com domain registration. 38% of all .com domains, 58 million, are registered in the US. China and Canada are following the US with 8 and 6 million domain names respectively.
We should point out that Panama took the 4th place on this list because of whois privacy services. A few of the popular whois privacy services use addresses in Panama.
Most Popular Keywords of .COM Domains
The most popular 10 keywords are group, home, online, shop, life, design, services, tech, art, and solutions. There are more than 450 thousand registered .com domain names for each of the keywords above.
Some other considerable keywords in the top 100 list are media, real, music, health, photography, travel, consulting, business, marketing, insurance, beauty, capital.
We excluded the stopwords such as the, end, of, my, for, in, by, to, on, etc.
.COM Domain Count By Years
*2020: As of 30 March 2020
Every day thousands of domain names are being deleted because of not being renewed. So, the above numbers are not the total .com registration count for each year. These are the count of registered and still-existing .com domain names for each year.
.COM Domain Count By Length
There are only 3 1-letter .com domain names that were created before IANA’s restriction of single-letter and single-digit domain names registration in December 1993:
All others were created on 1 December 1993 and reserved.
Top .COM Registrars
Godaddy is the company that has by far the most .com registration with 50 million domain names, almost 33% of all .com domain names. Godaddy is followed by Tucows, Alibaba, Namecheap, and Network Solutions, with 7.8 million, 5.8 million, 5.6 million, and 5.2 million registered domains, respectively.
How Many of .COM Domain Names are Being Actively Used?
Not all 151 million .com domains have websites. 76.3 million domain names have active websites (with at least one page) and the remaining 75 million domain names are not being used.
- ACTIVE WEBSITE: 76.3 million
- NO WEBSITE: 49 million
- PARKED: 25.7 million
“No website” means the domain name is not resolving at all.
.COM Domain Names for Sale on Marketplaces
There are almost 30 million domain names for sale listed on various marketplaces. 68% of these domain names are .com. That means 20 million .com domain names are for sale on the marketplaces such as Afternic, Sedo and Godaddy.
99% of Fortune 500 Companies Use .COM
According to our previous research “Domain Names of Fortune 500 Companies”; 494 out of the Fortune 500 companies, which represent 99%, use domains with .com extensions.
Internationalized .COM Domain Names
As you know, Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), which was first introduced in 2000, allows us to register domain names with non-Latin alphabets characters. There are 1 million .com internationalized domain names and this is 33% of all IDNs.
The first .com IDN is 天堂硅谷.com that was registered in November 2000 and it means Silicon Paradise in Chinese.
.COM Domain Name Disputes
The popularity of .com domain names shows itself on domain name dispute cases. A domain dispute occurs when somebody claims the right to use a domain name. According to our sister website DNDisputes.com which presents all domain dispute cases filled in WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), 71% of all domain dispute cases are .com domain names.
Where You Can Register a .COM Domain Name?
You can register a .com domain name on all domain registrars. Here is the list of some popular domain registrars:
- Network Solutions
- IONOS (1&1)
- Alibaba Cloud
As a result, COM, “the default domain extension of the Internet,” continues to grow year by year. It was first released in 1985 and reached 100 million domains in 2011. Now it has more than 151 million domain names.
When do you think it will reach 200 million?
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