There are quite a few good resources available to track new gTLD domain name registrations. NameStat and nTLDStats are two websites that I find offer a good overview of the number of registrations, along with quite a bit of other data about new gTLD registrations. Both of these websites allow me to see registration trends, including actual numbers along with where domain names are being registered and how the domain names are being used.
Earlier today, Donuts launched its long-advertised sale of new gTLD domain names from its internally-held portfolio. I found a humorous Twitter thread started by the Donuts Twitter account that was created for this sale campaign mentioning Rick Schwartz and his selection of Rick.tv for his video blog.
— Premium.Domains (@premdotdomains) November 5, 2019
Earlier this month, I wrote about the price drop announced by Donuts. The registry is cutting prices on over 1 million domain names from its various extensions that it had marked as premium assets with higher than standard pricing. The sale will go into effect on November 5th, although the company is currently hosting its pre-sale through November 4th.
To help customers, particularly domain investors, find domain names of interest, Donuts published a blog post earlier this morning offering some “tips, tricks, and lists.”
The countdown to the Nov 5 price drop is officially on.
Navigating hundreds of thousands of #DomainNames efficiently can be a challenge.
We’ve just released four NEW lists exposing high value names based on a variety of criteria.
— Premium.Domains (@premdotdomains) October 28, 2019
The .NYC registry team, which is managed by Neustar, held its 2019 Best of Boroughs Awards to honor five organizations that use .NYC domain name in each borough of New York City. Each of the five winners received a cash prize of $5,000. Over 50,000 votes were cast to select the winning groups.
— .nyc (@dotnyc) October 23, 2019
The .Eco domain name registry posted a photo of a .Eco domain name being used by a major water company. Evian, a popular bottled water company, has a call to action on bottle of water imploring its customers to learn more about its commitment to plastic recycling: “find out more: www.circular.evian.eco.”
— .ECO domains (@doteco) October 22, 2019
Every day, it seems like more and more startups and companies launch on, or move to, .com alternative domain name extensions. Some do this out of necessity because the matching .com is unavailable or too expensive, and others do it for branding or other marketing purposes. In my opinion, if a company uses an alternative extension such as a new gTLD or ccTLD, they need to embrace the extension in their branding.