XYZ domains : Large drop in the zone files as ‘robo-registration’ anniversary continues

We’ve been providing a weekly report on the status and growth trend of dot .XYZ domains, a year after Network Solutions ran a massive robo-registration campaign. Last week we witnessed an increase in the number of registered domains that exist in the zone files. Such numbers are provided by statistic-gathering web sites like ntldstats. This […]

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XYZ ‘drama’ : Dot .com owner upset over domain name they did not receive

Despite having several thousand domains in pending delete, dot .XYZ is still the top new gTLD with more than one million domain registrations, according to ntldstats. The difference in numbers – a hefty 200,000 .XYZ domains – is due to the annual drops, after a Network Solutions robo-registration campaign occurred this time, last year. While […]

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Eweek’s list of 10 Most Popular New gTLDs does not include XYZ

In what appears to be an intentional omission, a new post on Eweek covering the popularity of gTLDs completely shuns .XYZ from its Top 10 list. Notorious for its robo-registrations via a Network Solutions mega-freebiethon, the .XYZ gTLD gets no love from Eweek. The list of top gTLDs includes: Dot .Guru Dot .Berlin Dot . […]

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XYZ continues its “domain freebiethon” with other domain registrars

Not content with giving away 232,000 free .XYZ domains via Network Solutions, the “generation XYZ” domain Registry is now reaching out to other, lesser Registrars with similar offers. In its latest newsletter, EuroDNS offers “1000 free domain names” waiving the fee for the XYZ domain of your choice, for the first year: “Beating the drum […]

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Network Solutions applies for domain “robo-registration” patent after .XYZ success

Network Solutions, the registrar of more than 180,000 automatic registrations of .XYZ domain names, has applied for a patent of the process at the USPTO. Application number 54922212173-XYZ covers the process as follows: “A method of domain allocation, utilizing a software script, that registers and places a domain name into the account of an existing […]

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