This morning, Namecheap published its Domain Insights & Trends Report for the first half of 2023. It is a look at domain name trends and insights highlighted by the company, which is the second largest domain registrar in the world. Because of the size and reach of Namecheap, this report gives a good overview of the domain name market from the perspective of a large retail registrar.
Some of the topics in the report, highlighted in the accompanying press release, include the following:
- Top 20 TLDs of 2023
- Global Domain Registration Trends
- Most Popular Non .COM TLDs by Region
- Top 15 gTLDs
- Top 15 ccTLDs
- Most Popular New TLDs
- Best and Worst TLD Renewal Rates
- Top 15 Most Expensive Auction Sales on Namecheap Market
- Top 3 TLDs by Industry/Category
The report’s graphics feature subtle themes from popular movies. Some of the graphics are interactive, so hovering over them will reveal more data. For instance, on the Namecheap Market graphic, you can hover to see Bitcoin.xyz sold for $42,501 and Namey.com sold for $20,221.
Although I wish the report included more domain name sales data, I have been following some of the Namecheap Marketplace sales results shared on Twitter by the company’s CEO Richard Kirkendall. For instance, Richard reported that Outreach.ai sold for $65,000 and Mass.ai sold for $69,500. He reported quite a few other sales as well.
I looked at Namebio, and I do not see these most recent sales indexed yet. I don’t own any .AI domain names, but I would imagine having these reported sales indexed in Namebio and elsewhere could be helpful comps to people who do not follow Richard on Twitter.
Namecheap’s Insight and Trend report offers a good overview of what is happening in the world of domain names, beyond the data domain investors absorb on a regular basis.