Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NNNN.org Domains - In Depth Look

As of today there are 735 NNNN.org domains available for register, or 7.35% of the 10,000 total domains that exist. Recently there seems to have been an uptick in registration interest in these domains, as nearly 300 have been registered in the last few months.  The registration rate appears to be around 4/day on average, which suggests that in 6 months, if current trends continue, these domains may be all registered. 

Previously, we have shown that prices for numeric .org domains significantly trail prices for .com and .net, and the disparity is much greater than for letter domains like LLL.net or LLLL.com.  This suggests that even if there is a buyout, there may not be much impact on prices. 

Today we look at who owns NNNN.org domains and how long they have been registered for.  We looked at a small sample size of 50 random registered NNNN.org domains to get a sense of how long these domains have been registered.  Here are the results for years registered (between creation date and expiration date):

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This was very interesting, more than half of the registered NNNN.org domains we looked at were registered 8 years ago, and most of these were done by a company called Future Media Architects.  Future media, according to Wikipedia, is known for (1) its large portfolio of domain names, which is estimated to exceed 120,000, and (2) for its policy of never selling its domains.  FMA apparently registered a huge chunk of NNNN.org domains in the 1000-7500 number range, and apparently stopped there. 

Now for who owns NNNN.org domains, here were the results with the same data set:

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A lot of the Asian buyers (primarily Chinese) of NNNN.org domains have registered them in the last four years, and they make up nearly all of the recent registrants.  It is possible that they are buying these domains to complement a NNNN.com or .net domain they own, or perhaps are looking to buy a higher quality number in a .org extension when the .com version costs $1,000 if not much more.