Internet Grows to 326.4 Million Domain Names in the First Quarter of 2016

Blog Moderator | Jul 19, 2016

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the internet grew by approximately 12 million domain names in the first quarter of 2016, and closed with a base of 326.4 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 3.8 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in June

Blog Moderator | Jul 12, 2016

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.  

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of June 2016 are below. Any surprises?

Top 10 Keywords Registered in June 2016

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Verisign Named to the Online Trust Alliance’s 2016 Honor Roll

Blog Moderator | Jun 20, 2016
Verisign is pleased to announce that we qualified for the Online Trust Alliance’s (OTA) 2016 Honor Roll for showing a commitment to best practices in security, privacy and consumer protection. This is the fourth consecutive year that Verisign has received this honor. 

The OTA is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the internet. Now in its eighth year, the 2016 Audit encompasses nearly 1,000 websites across multiple sectors, examining consumer protection, security and privacy protection practices, and has been embraced by organizations worldwide as an objective benchmark report.
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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in May

Blog Moderator | Jun 15, 2016

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month. 


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7 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Domain Name Extension

Blog Moderator | Jun 13, 2016

Guest post from Jeannie McPherson, domain evangelist and marketing expert for Verisign 

In the last three years, almost 1,000 new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs) have entered the market, increasing the previous 22 options for generic domain name extensions, like .com, .net and .org, by almost 5,000 percent. While expanded choice can be good, consumers, small businesses and website owners may be overwhelmed by the many different options and have a lot of questions about which domain extension is right for them or their brand. Recently I spoke with editors at WIRED about what their readers should ask themselves when determining how to choose the right domain nameand it came down to the following seven key questions. 

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