The XYZ registry published its Q4 2018 quarterly report (pdf file), and the registry shared some internal and external stats from the extensions the registry manages (.XYZ, .Cars, .Car, .Auto, .Rent, .Storage, .Theatre, .College, .Security and .Protection). The report is dubbed as a quarterly report, but it looks like some of the information is compiled from the full 2018 year rather than the fourth quarter alone.
Here are some of the facts XYZ shared from across the extensions it operates:
- 100% response rate to abuse reports
- 3,059 variably priced domain names sold
- $7 million in funding received by “XYZ adopters”
- $1,314 average aftermarket sale price
The quarterly report share details about companies using XYZ-operated domain name extensions, including Starship.XYZ, PublicSpace.XYZ, Engine.XYZ, and Chronicle.Security. The report also shared information about various XYZ sponsorships throughout the year (not including my Pan-Mass Challenge fundraiser sponsorship).
One of the biggest knocks on the XYZ Registry – and the new extensions in general – is the amount of abuse. I have definitely seen .xyz, .top, .loan, and quite a few other new gTLD extensions used in spam emails I receive, especially contact form spam. That said, I think it is wise for the Registry to highlight its 100% abuse response rate and the fact that less than 1% of registered domain names across its extensions are actively being abused. Having very inexpensive domain names is a double-edged sword, and being quick to respond to abuse reports is important.
During NamesCon, I briefly chatted with XYZ CEO Daniel Negari and he told me his company is getting ready to launch the .Monster and .Baby extensions. .Monster is interesting because the registry acquired it from Monster before launch, and it is going to be a generic extension ala .XYZ. It will be interesting to see how they promote .Monster domain names.
If you’re an investor in the new domain name extensions, you’ll want to have a look at the quarterly report which has some shareable information.