Did you know that there is a free version of Watch My Domains?

Most people and companies don’t register hundreds or thousands of domain names. So we often get emails from people who have five to ten domain names asking if there is a free domain name management solution. The answer is Yes.

We had released Watch My Domains Basic more than an year ago. It is a fully featured version of the Watch My Domains Pro for windows except that it supports only up to 20 domain names. There is no catch, it is completely free to use.

Click here to download Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Daily List of Deleted Domains (new gTLDs)

The daily registered list of new gTLD domains is a popular tool at Domain Punch. We decided to follow it up with the daily deleted list of new gTLD domains.

Click Here to Check Daily Deleted Domains

The domain names listed are the domains that were deleted from the zone file on a specified day and is not the full list of deleted domains. Being present in this list does not mean that the domain is available for registration. It just means that the domain is no longer in the zone file.

You can click on a column header to sort the list. Clicking a second time will reverse the sort order.

Daily Deleted New gTLD Domains

New TLDs and Dictionary Words

Yesterday we announced some details about an upcoming Domain Name Filter software. We used an early version of the software to split the domain names in Guru, XYZ and Club zone files into words.

We used  the default English language dictionary within the software. This dictionary has over 75000 English words. It also includes the names of countries. We did not use dictionaries for common names, places and other proper nouns.

The software splits domain names into component words. Domain names with only numbers or a combination of  numbers and valid words were accepted. So 101domain.club is split as “101 domain” and accepted. But a domain name like xfrtyclub.guru is ignored because ‘xfrty’ is not in the dictionary.

Domains with hyphens were always accepted. For example, 1-koelner-pfeifen.club was split into “1 koelner pfeifen” and accepted even though both words koelner and pfeifen were not in the default English dictionary.

A Side Note: The software can split domain names accurately for most cases. However, in rare instances it does create unintended word combinations. For example, GreatIdeasInAging.xyz was split into “Great Idea Sin Aging” instead of “Great Ideas In Aging”.

Here are the results :-

XYZ

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 739,448

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 242,909

33% of the domains are valid English word combinations

CLUB

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 152,817

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 79,580

52% of the domains are valid English word combinations

GURU

Total Domains Excluding IDN – 78,271

Valid Keyword Phrases after Splitting – 49,983

64% of the domains are valid English word combinations

XYZ, Club, Guru Domains - Word Split

New gTLDs, Alexa Ranks and Artificial Rank Boosting

We have been tracking the growth of the new gTLDs in the Alexa top million list for some time now. We mostly use these internally developed tools :-

New gTLDs in Alexa 100K list

 

Is the Alexa rank list reliable for tracking the growth of new gTLDs?

Almost everyone knows that the Alexa ranks are not very reliable. However, many people assume that the ranks are a reasonably good estimate for sites ranked within the top 100,000.

Instead of using the top 100K rank list, we decided to go with the top 25,000 list.

We used data based on the Alexa top 25,000 ranks as on Dec-13-2014. The ranks used are the daily updated, one month average ranks.  The daily updated ranks are different from the Alexa toolbar ranks (averaged over a 3 month period).

This is what we found :-

  • There are 43 new gTLD sites in the Alexa Top 25,000 List.
  • 90% of these sites are either parked or redirected to an advertisement page or have illegal content.
  • 26 of them (60%) are “.XYZ” sites. Out of these, 20 have the same IP address.
  • All XYZ sites, except one, serve advertisements or are parked with no actual content.

Most of these sites don’t deserve to be in any “top” list. One possible conclusion is that the Alexa ranks are being artificially boosted. Here is a graph of the number of “.XYZ” sites in the Alexa million list plotted over time (between mid August to now). Notice the sudden upward trend from mid November?

Number of .XYZ sites in Alexa million list over time.

 

One notable new gTLD site is searchengines.guru (Alexa daily rank on 12/13/2014: 1392). However, this is not a new site, it is an old one that moved to the new .Guru domain.

Growth of New Global TLDs over Time

Here is a new free web tool to compare the growth of different new gTLDs (and older ccTLDs/TLDs) in the Alexa million list over time. Data is available from August 2014.

Click Here for Number of Sites for different TLDs in Alexa Million List vs Time

You can use it to see how the new global TLDs are growing based on active sites that make an appearance in the Alexa top million list. Alexa is not really accurate but it does provide a way to track sites that have some visibility.

Growth of TLDs in Alexa Million List

New gTLDs in Alexa Top 100,000

Interested in knowing which new global TLD sites are popular? Here is a free online tool that lists new gTLD sites that are within the top 100,000 Alexa sites.

Click here for New gTLDs in Alexa Top 100,000

You can click on any column header to sort the data in ascending or descending order. You can also list the sites for only a specified TLD by entering the gTLD into the filter box at top. The data is updated daily.

The Alexa rank displayed in the table will be different from the rank shown in the Alexa toolbar. This is because we use the daily updated, one month average rank. The toolbar shows the rank averaged over 3 months.

Top Performing new gTLDs