Domain Registrations Continue During Recession
As an observer of domain name news and as a domain investor/developer, I check the number of total domain registrations over time to identify rates of adoption. One might predict that domain registrations would have decreased over the course of the economic recession during the last 2 years. But this is not the case. They increased.
Below is a comparison of domain registration numbers from February 2009 through January 2011 (just short of a two year period). While every domain space shows significant growth, pay particular attention to the rate of increase for .US and .info, which have emerged as reliable mainstays in the internet world:
- .US (1,385,171 to 1,817,893 -> a 31% increase)
- .biz (2,008,779 to 2,195,953 -> a 9.3% increase)
- .com (79,243,372 to 92,420,283 -> a 16.6% increase)
- .info (5,081,111 to 7,751,574 -> a 53% increase)
- .org (7,392,611 to 9,273,770 -> a 25.4% increase)
- .net (12,077,702 to 13,706,637 -> a 13.5% increase)
It appears that the American economy has picked up considerably based on stock market investment activity. However, the landscape is unclear, and the United States remains in the middle of a financial resuscitation of itself.
Despite lingering questions on America’s long term financial stability, the internet has continued to vigorously evolve during the recession. Domain names remain viable & valuable as the gateways to internet commerce. And companies now more readily explore how domain names can boost marketing, internet presence, and extend the company’s brand.