Here’s some “interesting” data about how many .COM domains are unused

A friend of mine sent me a text with an article from a company called Singapore Data Company that put together an interesting little report about unused .COM domains. It seems like the person who wrote the article has no idea that people are buying and selling domain names and have been for years judging by this sentence in the first paragraph:

It can feel like people are registering every pronounceable combination of letters in every major language, and even the unpronounceable short ones. Is there rampant domain speculation, or do I just think of the same names as everyone else? (Source – Singapore Data Company)

You’ll notice that I put the word “interesting” in quotes above because the writer did a survey of 2,188 domains and used this to generalize stats about all .COM domains. The reality is this sample size is WAY too small. This would be like making a generalization about people living in San Francisco by taking a sample size of 2.

Still, they put together a little colored chart of what they found:


The question is, does this data actually represent how .COM domains are used? Are 4.8% of .COM domains parked? Are 7.1% for sale? Does the author realize that probably most of the parked domains are also for sale. Okay – this is probably completely meaningless…what do you think?

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Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton