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Internet domain names now almost 300 million says Verisign

New Delhi, December 21, 2015:  Global leader in domain names and Internet security – VeriSign -- calculates that the total number of registered domain names is  approximately 299 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of Sept. 30, 2015. About 3.1 million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter of 2015.
According to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief,  the increase of 3.1 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.1 percent over the second quarter of 2015. Worldwide registrations have grown by 14.8 million, or 5.2 percent, year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter of 2015, reaching a combined total of approximately 135.2 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 3.4 percent increase year over year. As of Sept. 30, 2015, the domain name base of .com equaled 120.1 million names, while .net equaled 15.1 million names.
In the third quarter, Verisign processed 9.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.7 million domain names for the same period in 2014.
The Brief also highlights research on how to use domain registration trends to find great domain names. Domain names have shifted from very short to keyword rich and descriptive. The Verisign research illustrates this trend through an examination of domain names that were registered in 2014 as compared against domain names registered prior to 2014 to determine common techniques for registering domain names.
The third quarter 2015 Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at