.COM Has The Most Registered Domains At Over 107 Million, Do You Know Who Is In 2nd Place? Hint: It’s Not .NET or .ORG

Today DomainTools released a very interesting report detailing the number of registrations in each TLD. Not surprisingly .COM is in first place with over 107 million registrations to date. DomainTools has every single one of these in their database, and yes, this is a lot of data to keep track of.

Here’s the million dollar question, do you know what TLD has the 2nd most registrations? While most people would say .NET or .ORG, most people would be wrong.

In fact the 2nd most registered TLD is .TK with 16.7 million registrations. Why does .TK have so many darn registrations? Well they have a bit of an edge since they give their domains away for free. That’s right, you can go register a .TK domain right now and you won’t pay a penny, in fact their slogan is “Free Domains For All”.

After .TK comes .NET and .ORG right? Nope, .DE is in 3rd place with 15.5 million registrations and then finally good old .NET makes the cut with 4th place.

It is no easy task to keep track of all this data and DomainTools works incredibly hard to keep track it and provide historical records and many more tools that you really can’t find anywhere else. The Brand Monitor tool is one of my personal favorites – it will look after your brand in over 100 ccTLDs.

Domain Tools Brand Monitor

Now I just shared the top four TLDs by volume to see the full report of the top 25 TLDs by volume make sure to check-out the DomainTools Blog.

Morgan

Co-Founder at Fashion Metric
Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Fashion Metric, a next-generation platform aimed at changing the way guys shop for clothes online.

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  • Rick Schwartz June 12, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Is it just me?
    Never even heard of the extension until your article.
    Hmm

  • Morgan June 12, 2013, 5:38 pm

    @Rick – it was the first I had heard of it myself!

  • Brett Napoli June 12, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Free Domains, I wonder if that could that be a sign of what’s ahead with some GTLD’s.

    Great article: http://www.thedomains.com/2012/03/17/the-inside-story-of-the-fastest-growing-tld-tk-adding-1m-registrations-per-month-its-free-soon-1/

  • Morgan June 12, 2013, 6:01 pm

    That’s a good question @Brett – many speculate that Google might do just that…still it just goes to show that even giving away a TLD can’t come close to rivaling the brand recognition of .COM. These guys have been giving away .TK for a while and many of us have never even heard of it!

  • Tristan June 12, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Remember using .tk domains growing up many years ago. They were free but they would place ads at the top of every site. Most people moved away from .tk domains because they became associated with hackers, spammers, etc. If I remember correctly Google no longer indexes .tk domains. So pretty sure most .tk domains are inactive.

  • Homero A. Gonzalez June 12, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Yes, I’ve heard about .tk and I knew about .de as well. The more important question I think is to ask; how much traffic do all those .tk domains generate?, and how they compare to .net and .org After, all Traffic is what fuels the internet. Right Rick? :-)!!!

  • Homero A. Gonzalez June 12, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I am surprised at the numbers for .us (United States) and .es (Spain), as well as the .co (Colombia) numbers. It would be great to see the rate growth of these registrations in the last two years.

  • Kassey June 12, 2013, 7:27 pm

    After Gmail for free email, I expect Google to offer free domain name + website management + social networking on an extension such as .home to become the new “Facebook”.

  • Randall Cooper June 12, 2013, 7:39 pm

    I have used .tk back in like 1998-2000, but they started getting real bad about spam and malicious websites starting using .tk after that I dropped .tk and started buying .coms or using co.nr which was free, co.nr was pretty good but somehow added ads to the webpage. Then after that was co.cc which was great til they closed.

    .tk is worthless in my eyes because all the spam they allow on their network and there was no stopping it and .tk seemed not to care much.

  • Tarik Pierce June 12, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Very interesting. I think .NG will make the top 5 in a few years. Nigeria has over 150 million residents and they are flocking to the internet in huge numbers. English is a germanic language so it makes sense to see them there. Interesting article, Morgan!

  • Raymond Hackney June 13, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Really Rick and Morgan never heard of .TK ? The people behind .TK want to make some other cctlds free as well, that’s their model.

    At Freedom Registry we believe that TLDs should give out their domain names for free. We have proven that this business model works and we are confident that there will be a dramatic and sustained growth in the number of free domain registrations in the coming years as a result of the ICANN decision. We encourage TLDs to adopt the business model we have developed with our hugely successful .tk TLD and to adapt it to their needs.

    http://www.freedomregistry.com/en/freedom_tlds.html

  • Free is free June 14, 2013, 7:20 am

    Free!
    .info tried that for awhile
    Did not work well
    Want to attract phishers scammers and spammers then free is the way to go.
    When word gets out about free .tk names phishing spamming and scamming
    Will explode on .tk and ruin the free model
    How does tk make money? Hard to make bank when u give it away

  • Igor Mironyuk June 15, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I heard that .tk is it scam tld.
    But anyway .tk is not one free tld.
    co.cc is free too.

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