PALM BEACH, FL – The following is a correction to previously published work which included an embedded Tweet which has been called into question and said, by the registry, to be incorrect; a reader from the “.Club” registry contacted me with a correction request yesterday including some supporting explanations for certain numbers seen on nTLDStats.com and numbers from a Tweet which were embedded and published on StrategicRevenue.com on October 17, 2019.
Upon reading the Twitter message from a widely regarded industry participant on Twitter, I must admit I was somewhat surprised and sort of on-the-fence with the differences shown in the decline in active registrations verses what actually appears as a “removal of zone file entries,” reported by the industry participant that were published on Twitter. Below are the details for the numbers reported in the original story [based on the Tweet] and what is explained as the difference in zone file entries published last Thursday, based on the supporting explanation provided by the registry.
As a note, I generally review data and news stories very closely before publishing material to appear on StrategicRevenue.com, however, human error can and does occur; when appropriate a correction or retraction is made available. Additionally, when including embedded Tweets within articles, as you could imagine, the author of those Tweets is of tremendous importance in determining the credibility of information and if such data or information should be included as supporting evidence.
According to the registry operator, during the past 45 days “.CLUB” has gone from 1,540,065 domains under management on September 3rd, per the NTLD stats chart which were shown in the article, to 1,446,553 (as of 10/21/2019). Not the 500k loss or “Meltdown” in the embedded tweet and titled in the story.
The explanation for the decline provided from the registry is stated as:
The vast majority of names that have dropped in the last 45 days were related to domains that were previously suspended by the .CLUB registry due to spam activity or had malware detected on their website. Many registries experienced a surge in spam activity originating in China at this time last year.
We have a zero spam policy and kick-off, via a registry server hold, any spammers who abuse .CLUB. Note: While a server hold will cause a domain to not show in the Zone count; it does still show as a domain under management until such time it deletes.
In fact, we are rated by Spamhaus at below 5%, well below many other legacy and new domain extensions, and we work hard to maintain it. You can find Spamhaus scores for both legacy and new TLDS at https://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/tlds/.
At .CLUB we focus on quality registrations vs quantity. We are very proud that:
– .CLUB is one of the top new TLDS
– We do not give away free domains
– We have sold $7,561,959 in premium names since inception
– We have 223,281 unique customers who own a .CLUB domain
– We have 291,890 active live websites excluding parked domains
– We continue to see very strong businesses launching on a .CLUB, including names like CRED.club (valued at $450 million recently cited by Entrepreneur to soon be a unicorn), Chaos.club, Gear.club and many more)
I’d like to reiterate what was mentioned in the original story recognizing the hard work of the .CLUB team and their overwhelming success building the brand which is evident in their top ten placement of all new gTLDs; According to nTLDStats.com, .Club currently shows as the 5th most popular new TLD out of all new gTLDs registered.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Marketing Services Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, is a Google AdWords Certified Professional, authored a ‘how to’ book called ”Mastering Your Website‘, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy brand Searchen Networks®