Domain Names in Digital Focus - 276 Million and Growing
By the looks of Verisign's most recent Domain Name Industry Brief, the domain name industry is healthy and growing.
Verisgn indicated last week that five million domain names were added to the Internet in the first quater of 2014 (a growth rate of 1.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2013). That brings the total number of registered domain names to 276 million worldwide across all top-level domains as of March 31, 2014. Worldwide registrations have grown by 19.3 million, or 7.5 percent, year over year.
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.6 million during the first quarter of 2014 according to Verisign. In comparison, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. That decrease may be directly related to the increase in new gTLD acquisitions which accelerated dramatically in the past six months.