On Monday morning, I had a conversation with Frank Schilling, and he told me that Domain Name Sales recently “became the largest parking/sales company both in traffic and name count.” Frank let me know that Domain Name Sales now has over 2.5 million domain names on its parking platform, including .com, .net, .org, and ccTLD domain names.
Yesterday afternoon, I had lunch with Sedo broker Dave Evanson, and we briefly spoke about the article I had published the prior day. Dave let me know that he believes Sedo has more than 2.5 million active domain names on its platform, which would make it the largest parking company. I asked if the company could share some details about the total number of names parked with Sedo, and I received additional information from Norman Hamel, Sedo’s Director of Sales and Operations in North America.
According to Norman:
“Based on the webhosting.info report for January, Sedo has 1,610,103 domain names parked with our platform. These are only CNOBI Domains parked via DNS. The information on the source you used previously, dailychanges.com, shows similar numbers.
If we take into account all domains parked with our platform, which would include the above names plus all ccTLD and CNAME parked domains, the number of parked domains that receive traffic on our platform is 4,373,462 domain names. To generate the number of parked domains at Sedo, we have counted only those parked domains that received traffic in a specific time frame (in this case the time frame was the month December). This means none of them are expiring or resolving to others.”
Based on this updated information provided by Sedo, it would appear to me that Sedo is the largest parking company based on domain names on the parking platform. There could be a larger parking company, but based on the information I’ve seen, I can’t seem to find one larger. Sedo also appears to be the largest domain name re-sale marketplace with over 18 million domain names listed for sale on the platform.
Some might argue that the number of domain names on a parking platform doesn’t matter all that much, but to these companies, it is a matter of pride.