Google is now one of the Top 10 .com registrars – Domain Name Wire

Google is now one of the Top 10 .com registrars - Domain Name Wire

Google Domains finishes 2017 among the top 10 domain name registrars for .com.

Google Domains is now a top 10 registrar for .com domains.

Google launched its domain name registrar in the middle of 2014. It grew quickly and is now among the top 10 registrars in the world for .com domain registrations as of the end of last year. It surpassed OVH in the latest official data from Verisign.

The data are from Verisign’s (VRSN) most recent official breakdown of domain transactions by registrar, which concludes December 2017.

There are four main reasons I believe Google Domains has grown so quickly:

1. It got a great ranking on Google for key terms. Go figure.
2. It can spend whatever it wants on Google Adwords. Take money from one pocket and put it in another.
3. Cross marketing between other Google products/services.
4. Brand trust and recognition.

One curious thing about Google Domains is that it only accepts one-year registrations.

In December, these were the top 10 registrars in terms of new .com registrations:

1.* 842,032 (897,003 in November)
2. Tucows** 167,285 (187,418)
3. Endurance+ 155,589 (169,207)
4. HiChina Zhicheng Technology Ltd. 125,286 (163,557)
5. NameCheap Inc. 117,990 (152,154)
6. Xin Net Technology Corporation 89,455 (83,992)
7. 88,067 (96,305)
8. Google Inc. 73,704 (77,297)
9. GMO Internet, Inc. dba 48,918 (51,056)
10. 1&1 Internet 42,570 (54,521)

Here’s the current leaderboard of the top registrars in terms of total .com registrations as of the end of December 2017. There were approximately 135 million total .com domains registered as of the end of December.:

1. GoDaddy* 46,830,764 (46,542,942 in November)
2. Tucows** 15,578,732 (15,720,758)
3. Endurance+ 8,006,707 (8,076,223)
4. 6,666,853 (6,666,497)
5. HiChina 5,281,736 (5,290,049)
6. 1&1 3,780,143 (3,804,080)
7. GMO 2,196,043 (2,200,618)
8. Xin Net Technology Corporation 1,653,909 (1,589,452)
9. Namecheap 1,469,175 (1,350,681)
10. Google 1,391,333

Namecheap should leap up the charts next month. Millions of domains were transferred from Enom (Tucows) to Namecheap in January.

Many domain companies have multiple accreditations and I’ve tried to capture the largest ones. See the notes below and let me know if I’ve missed any large registrars.

* Includes GoDaddy and Wild West Domains
** Includes Tucows and Enom
+ Includes PDR,, FastDomain and Bigrock. There are other Endurance registrars, but these are the biggest.
++ Includes Network Solutions and

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