Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CCCC .com Registration Continues to Slow

As we noted recently, registration of 4 character .com domains (which has been on a tear for the whole year), finally has hit a rough patch.  Here are the updated numbers of registered 4 character .com domains:

8/27/19: 666,769
9/3/19: 664,324 (-2,445)
9/6/19: 661,110 (-3,214)
9/11/19: 656,408 (-4,702)

Registration has fallen by more than 10,000 in just a couple weeks.  This is still probably a blip, as registrations are still way up for the year.  But it does show some slowdown in this market.  Part of the reason for the decrease in registrations has certainly been the uptick in domains dropping.  It looks like the dropped domains have not been immediately scooped up, and registrations may take some time to recover.

Registrations for other types of short domains remain strong.  So this is likely due in large part to the abnormally high number of CCCC's dropping in recent weeks.  We will continue to monitor and report on registration rates.  

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