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Last Updated April 23, 2008
Copyright 1998-2008,
ZookNIC Inc.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the main people behind the Zooknic Internet Geography Project?
Q: Will you continue to do weekly updates to domain name counts/geography/markets?
Q: Will you share/sell this data?
Q: Are you available for specific consulting projects?
Q:What kind of domain name data do you have?
Q: Is there another reliable source for this kind of data on gTLDs?
Q: Do you have data for a particular city, country, zip code?
Q: Do you have a list companies with dotcom addresses that I could use for sales leads?
Q: Do you have information on the reselling of domain names?
Q: Do you have any projections of future growth of domain names?
Q: Do you have data on the distribution of Internet Users?


Q:Who are the main actors behind the Internet Geography Project and Zooknic?

The Internet Geography Project was started by Matthew Zook, Ph.D. in a effort to understand how this new communications technology was shaping the economic and geographic space in which businesses operate.  More information about him including his c.v. can be found at www.zook.info.  He received a Masters degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has provided consulting services to domain name registries, registrars, registrants and analysts around the world since 2001.

Q: Will you continue to do weekly updates to domain name counts/geography/markets?

Starting in January 2001 we began to collect the domain name counts, geography and market data on a weekly basis. In November 2002 we began to update the data on a daily basis.   

If you are interested in gaining access to the data, please visit our Domain Name Analysis page for a listing of our offerings. The data (beginning weekly in January 2001) is based on the root zone files.   The data can be parsed in the following ways:

  • Total number of com/net/org/edu domains;
  • Newly registered com/net/org/edu domains;
  • Newly expired com/net/org/edu domains; and
  • Nameservers ranked by number of domains served.

We also take a sample of randomly selected domain names (see FAQ) in order to derive the following data:

  • Com/net/org/edu domains by country;
  • Com/net/org/edu domains by country and postal code;
  • New com/net/org/edu domains by country;
  • New com/net/org/edu domains by country and postal code;
  • Registrars' share of com/net/org/edu domains
  • Registrars' share of com/net/org/edu domains by country
  • Registrars' share of new com/net/org/edu domains
  • Registrars' share of new com/net/org/edu domains by country

Q:    Will you share/sell this data?

Yes. Check out our consulting and products page for further information.

In addition, this website offers a number of free data sources and analysis.  These include (1) com domains per US state, (2) total number of domains, (3) top countries, and (4) research papers/articles on the data.  Generally we do not make other aggregations of this data, e.g. MSA or city, freely available because of the time it took to assemble it.  However, we are always open to requests and in the past have consulted or simply passed along data depending on the nature of the project.

Q: Are you available for specific consulting projects?

Yes.  We've done a number of specialized projects for registries, registrars and analysts. Check out our consulting and products page or email us with the details of your request.

Q: What kind of domain name data do you have?

The Internet Geography Project has data on the number and geographical distribution of gTLD domain names (com, org, and net) for July 1998, January 1999, July 1999, January 2000, July 2000 and January 2001. The July 1998 is a full survey and the other time periods are random four percent samples of the total population. Starting in January 2001 we have begun to collect a much smaller sample of data on a weekly basis.

The geographic location of a domain is determined by the registration address that is returned from a whois query. This registration data is parsed by country and postal code and then aggregated to any number of geographic levels such as county, city, MSA, or state.

Data on ccTLD, .e.g., .uk or .de, is limited to the total number of these domains (sometimes broken down to second level domains, i.e. .co.uk or .ac.uk,) for the same time periods.

To get a list of dates from which we have data please consult here.

Q: Is there another reliable source for this kind of data on gTLDs?

Unfortunately not to my knowledge. This was the major spur to start this project.  

Q: Do you have data for a particular city, country, zip code?

Yes. The data, both for the United States and other countries, can be aggregated to any level of geography larger than a postal code. 

Q: Do you have a list companies with dotcom addresses that I could use for sales leads?

No.

Q: Do you have information on the reselling of domain names?

We have also recently started exploring this topic.  Check out our consulting and products page or email us with the details of your request.

Check out the new Domain Name Market section of this website.  If you want to sell a domain name try Great Domains.

Q: Do you have any projections of future growth of domain names?

Yes. We can and do make projections based on our data but are not posting them to the website at this time.  For more information please email us.

Q: Do you have data on the distribution of Internet Users?

Yes.  Check out the Internet users section of this website.