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.TOP Domain Extension: One of The Top Extensions


.TOP Domain Extension: One of The Top Extensions

.TOP, the sixth most registered generic domain extension (gTLD), is one of the first new gTLDs and now has more than 3.7 million registered domain names. 

The Story of .TOP

The story of .TOP domain extension.

.top was officially delegated by ICANN as part of the new gTLD program on 4 August 2014. .TOP Registry manages and operates the .top extension. 

The sunrise period for .top domain names began on October 15, 2014. On 18 November 2014, .top became publicly available for registration, and more than 10,000 domain names were registered on the first day.

.TOP reached 100 thousand registered domain names in May 2015 and 1 million in January 2016.

The extension was blacklisted by some cybersecurity services. The .top domains can be registered for as low as $1 and that is why it is very popular with cybercriminals for their malware and phishing campaigns.

In addition, .top extension is one of the The 10 Most Abused Top Level Domains according to SpamHaus.

As of May 2020, there are more than 3.7 million registered .top domain names.

Most Popular .TOP Websites

Most popular .top websites.

There is just one .top website that ranks in the top 10 thousand

(Most popular websites data was taken from Alexa.)

Most Expensive .TOP Sales

The most expensive .TOP domain sale is for $218,880.
DOMAINPRICEDATE$218,88027 May 2017$191,00125 December 2017$176,3697 July 2017$175,72125 December 2017$175,69226 December 2017$172,75822 May 2018$167,22319 April 2018$163,12515 January 2018$162,48417 July 2017$161,68410 July 2017

The most expensive 10 domain sales for the .top extension are single-character domains. 19 of the top 20 sales are single-character domain sales.

5 of the 10 most expensive .top domain names are being used actively. These 5 websites are in Chinese. Others are parked or not resolving. 

(Note: Domain sales data was taken from Namebio.)

Top Countries of .TOP Domain Extension 

China has the most .TOP domains with 3.1 million domain names.

China has the most .top domain registrations. This number is almost 5 times greater than the total number of domains registered in all other countries. The United States, Ukraine, Russia, and Netherlands are following China with 290, 12, 7, and 4 thousand domain names, respectively. 

Most Popular Keywords of .TOP Domains

Most popular keywords of .TOP Domains

The most popular 10 keywords for .top domain names are trade, wang, clicks, long, file, fude, xian, best, xiao and chen. 

Trade is the most popular keyword registered in .top extension. Since China has the most .top domain name registrations, there are many domain registrations in Chinese. The second one, wang, means “king, monarch”  in Chinese. Xian means “first”, xiao means “small”, and chen means  “old” in Chinese.

.TOP Domain Count by Years

.TOP Domain Counts by Years

Every single day hundreds of .top domain names are dropping (being deleted) because their owners don’t renew them. These numbers above are not the total .top registration count for each year. The numbers above show how many .top domain names still exist from each year’s registration.

June 2019 has more registration than any other month: 504,784. 

.TOP Domain Count by Length

There are more than 1.5 million, 7-letter .top domains.

Of all single-letter .top domains, 9 domains are listed for sale. All of the single-character .top domain names are registered by Chinese registrants. 

Top .TOP Registrars

HiChina has the most .TOP domain registrations with 1.5 million domain names.

Hichina has the most .top registration with more than 1.3 million registered domain names. Todaynic, West263,, and 55hl are following it with 482, 458, 318, and 245 thousand .top domain registrations, respectively. 

How Many of .TOP Domain Names are Being Actively Used?

As you know, not all registered domain names are being used. 1.4 million .top domain names have active websites with at least one page. The remaining 2.3 million domain names are not being used. 

  • ACTIVE WEBSITE: 1.4 million (39%)
  • NO WEBSITE: 2.2 million (59%)
  • PARKED: 73 Thousand (2%)

“No website” means the domain name is not resolving at all.

.TOP Domain Names for Sale on Marketplaces

There are more than 30 million domain names listed for sale on domain marketplaces. 37 thousands of .top domains are listed on various marketplaces such as Sedo, Dan, and Afternic. 

More than 37 thousand .TOP  domains are for sale on several marketplaces.

Internationalized .TOP Domain Names

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) program, allows registrants to register domains with non-Latin alphabet characters. 

There are 15 thousand internationalized .top domains. 34 of them are listed for sale.

The oldest .top IDN is 宏申.top which was registered on 17 November 2014 and it is a Chinese name.

.TOP Domain Name Disputes 

A domain dispute occurs when somebody claims the right to use a domain name.

According to, there are 137 .top domain dispute cases filed in WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Where You Can Register a .TOP Domain Name?

Here is the list of some popular domain registrars that you can register your .top domain name with:

Register a .TOP Domain Name

The sixth most popular generic extension (gTLD), .top, has more than 3.7 million domains as of May 2020. And more than half of them are not being used actively. 

Do you have any .top domain name? What do you think about the future of .top?



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