Archive for January, 2009

European .EU Domain Name Registrations Break 3 Million

EU FlagToday, January 11th, 2009, TLD of European Union has reached 3 million domains! You can check stats at EURid website. Previous milestones were achieved on 07.04.2006 (first day of landrush) – 1 million and just three months later on 05.07.2006 – 2 million .EU domain names.

Today at 8:30 PM CET .eu domain name has surpassed 3 million mark and is the fourth most popular domain in Europe (behind .de, .co.uk and .nl).

Development of .eu domain

700 thousand new .eu Internet domain names in first four hours after .eu opened to the public.

1,0 million on first day of first-come-first-served launch of .eu
1,5 m .eu registrations in less than a week
2,0 m has been reached after three months after landrush on 3rd of July 2006
2,8 m mark passed on 7th of April 2008 – two years after launch of .eu TLD
3,0 m surpassed after 1010 days since landrush!

As the milestones show – .EU is one of the fastest growing new TLD and is getting stronger and stronger every year.

Top .eu registrations by country

1. Germany – 912,000
2. Netherlands – 407,000
3. United Kingdom – 368,000
4. France – 242,000
5. Poland – 171,000
6. Italy – 161,000

Source: EURid

Poland is definitely one of the leaders in .eu domain registration but has still far to go to catch up with Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom. What is also interesting is the fact that number of .eu domains registered by Polish Internet users is similar or even higher than number of .com names (statistics say of about 160 thousand .com TLD used in Poland) .

Some of the .EU top sales

hotels.eu – €250,000 ( 2006 )
shopping.eu – €150,000 ( 2006 )
apotheke.eu – €51,000 ( 2008 )
home.eu – €30,000 ( 2007 )
onlinecasino.eu – €36,500 ( 2006 )
telefonbuch.eu – €28,000 ( 2009 )
gps.eu – €23,000 ( 2007 )
internet.eu – €20,000 ( 2008 )
money.eu – €16,000 ( 2008 )
ski.eu – €7,000 ( 2008 )
geld.eu – €5,500 ( 2008 )
network.eu – 4,600 ( 2008 )

Top EU TLDs

.de (Germany) – 12,5 million
.co.uk (United Kingdom) – 7,3 m
.nl (Netherlands) – 3,2 m
.eu (European Union) – 3,0 m
.it (Italy) – 1,6 m
.pl (Poland) – 1,3 m
.fr (France) – 1,3 m
.es (Spain) – 1,1 m

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Four ccTLDs in TOP10 domain sales in 2008

Four out of ten highest sales in 2008 were ccTLDs, this is 4x more than in 2007. Among TOP 100 sales there were 10 ccTLDs (3x .de, 3x .co.uk, 2x .nl, 1x .ca, 1x .es), they totaled $4,8 millon. German and UK domains are the strongest ccTLDs.

TOP 10 domain sales in 2008

Fund.com $9,999,950
DataRecovery.com $1,659,000
Kredit.de €892,500
Cruises.co.uk £560,000
Invest.com $1,015,000
SkiResorts.com $850,000
Printer.com $800,000
iReport.com $750,000
Casino.de €400,000
Jobs.ca $600,000

Source: DNJournal.com

In 2007 Poker.de was the only ccTLD in TOP 10 (at 10th place).

List of all ccTLDs in TOP 100 highest sales in 2008

3 Kredit.de $1,169,175
4 Cruises.co.uk $1,099,798
9 Casino.de $625,060
10 Jobs.ca $600,000
19 Phones.co.uk $344,710
24 FreeCreditReport.co.uk $300,000
30 Seks.nl $258,000
51 Auto.es $173,682
77 Suchmaschinenoptimierung.de $118,440
81 Relatiegeschenk.nl $111,347

Previous year (2007) there were seven ccTLD sales in TOP 100: Poker.de, Job.at, Recycle.co.uk, Mobile.co.uk, Fly.co.uk, Connected.co.uk, One.es. United Kingdom took four out of seven top ccTLDs.

Most popular ccTLDs in annual DNJournal sales charts

# 2008 2007 ccTLD Country
1. 23 27 .de Germany
2. 15 23 .co.uk United Kingdom
3. 12 2 .fr France
4. 9 4 .ca Canada
5. 8 2 .nl Netherlands
6. 4 0 .pl Poland
6. 4 7 .tv Tuvalu
6. 4 4 .se Sweden
6. 4 5 .us USA
10. 3 4 .eu European Union
10. 3 0 .me Montenegro
10. 3 1 .it Italy

Germany and United Kingdom are the “kings” but they are declining (especially .co.uk domain). Polish ccTLD with four sales in TOP 100 grabbed 6th place (ex equo .tv, .us, .es). French TLD is also very interesting, it rose from two sold .fr domains in 2007 to twelve in 2008! Look at the statistics above and make your own thoughts.

A little bit strange for me is the fact that there is no .cn name on the list – quite surprising, especially if we remember that .cn ccTLD has now more domains than any other ccTLD in the world (with more than 13 million names).

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