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    Keith Teare's Iconoclastic Take on the SiteFinder Report | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 21 comments | Search Discussion
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    Apply Keith Teare's Point to the .BIZ Contracts
    by Anonymous on Saturday July 24 2004, @07:39PM (#14027)
    Keith Teare makes a good point. Unfortunately, .COM is so large people assume nothing can
    change.

    When .BIZ was bid, there were many promises made
    about .BIZ being different, and requiring the
    usage of domain names. Warehousing by Registrars
    and other forms of parking were promised not to
    be allowed.

    ICANN and the .BIZ Registry have of course
    ignored their promises. Like all political
    candidates, once elected, the promises vanish. .BIZ is of course now a dead TLD, with about
    a million names sitting idle in the DNS
    warehouses. They were of course given to
    speculators and other defensive registrants,
    as opposed to people who actually planned to
    use them. ICANN of course just ignored the
    travesty and the lengthy contracts ICANN paid
    their expensive outside legal staff to fabricate.

    The only winners were the lawyers. No surprise.
    It is ironic they have no intention of using .BIZ. They just wrote the rules and destroyed
    people's interest.
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    Re:Apply Keith Teare's Point to the .BIZ Contracts
    by Richard Tindal on Sunday July 25 2004, @09:18PM (#14031)
    User #4003 Info
    Actually, the usage rates for BIZ are remarkably close to that of COM. You may not think COM is a good 'role model' for usage, but I did want to provide some facts for BIZ relative to COM.

    This data comes from a recent (June/July 2004), independent study of both the BIZ and COM spaces. It was presented at last week's ICANN meeting in Malaysia.

    In BIZ, 31% of all registered names resolve to discrete, websites with actual content. In COM this is 33%. In BIZ 17% of names are re-directed to another URL (i.e. the names are used to drive traffic). In COM this is 31%. In BIZ 20% of names resolve to a 'parked' (under construction) site. In COM this is 8%. Finally, in BIZ, 32% of names don't resolve at all. In COM this is 28%.

    The key differences are that COM has a lot more re-directed names and a lot fewer parked names. We think this is due to large 'traffic generation' purchases in COM and, in the case of 'parked' names, to a number of BIZ customers who are earlier in their website development cycle.

    In the context of the threads above, the 32% of BIZ names that don't resolve are the ones purchased defensively by 'protectors' (very few of these 32% are speculative names -- the study showed less than 1% of BIZ names are actively 'for sale').

    While a 32% rate for non-resolving names is quite high, it is very common in most TLDs. The good news (for us) it that non-resolving names are declining over time as a percentage of all names.
    The proportion of names that resolve to discrete, content-filled BIZ websites increased by 52% since we did a similar study 18 months ago. The other piece of good news is that almost all sites are used for commercial activity (i.e. there are extremely few 'personal' or 'non-commercial' sites).

    Hope this is useful. Our conclusion is that BIZ is creating reasonable and increasing utility as a TLD.

    Richard Tindal
    Neulevel Registry
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