Get .net Facts and Numbers

Learn what the first .net domain name registered was and other information about .net

Happy Anniversary .net was the very first .net domain name created more than 30 years ago.

That’s right... it was a .net that paved the way for what we know as the InterNET today.

Since then, .net has been one of the most popular domains on the plaNET...

...and has been a tried and true place for businesses to become customer magNETs.

Here’s a look at a few of the ways .net continues to be integral to online activity today!

.net is the 2nd largest gTLD after .com.

That's a registered .net domain for every person living in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Paris & Hong Kong combined!

Los Angeles
pop. 3.884m1

pop. 1.602m1

pop. 2.244m1

Hong Kong
pop. 7.188m1

Globally, people want .net domains

.net and .com share a lot in common

Both created on the same day - 1 January 1985

Both powered by Verisign

Both entrusted to countless intersections of communication, commerce and entertainment

Both have been operated by Verisign with 100% DNS reliability for almost 2 decades

.net is one of the most valuable domain extensions in the aftermarket*

*Marketplace for selling or acquiring domain name registrations that are already registered.

.net has wide appeal

From artists to businesses to bloggers, .net is the home to all types of industries and groups.

Keywords appearing in .net registered domains in 1H 20154












Using keywords in domain names helps to gain customer attention by highlighting popular search terms, location, or key aspects of a business. In fact, keyword-rich domain names attract higher click-through rates on search engine results pages5

Top 10 trending keywords for .net domain registrations in Q1 20156

1. Find

6. Stem

2. Snow

7. Level

3. Search

8. Option

4. Hemp

9. Apple

5. Drone

10. Ticket

The average character length for a .net domain name7

Anyone can register a creative and memorable .net domain name – up to 63 characters!

Coincidentally, there are 63 63-character .net domain names8 registered.

Credibility that comes with the experience to help businesses begin, grow and get their best shot online. See how others are encountering success with a .net domain and find your memorable domain name today:

1. Registered .net domain names by city
    Registered .net domain names for Paris
2. Country classification as defined by ISO
3., 15 July 2015
4. Approximations. Verisign DomainView. Jan 2015 - June 2015
5. Keyword rich domain names – their SEO value & invincibility
6. Q1 2015 Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief
7. Verisign Data Warehouse, 30 June 2015
8. Verisign Data Warehouse, 13 July 2015

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