With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.
Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.
February 2017 Trending Keywords
Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in February 2017. Any surprises?
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If you’d like to do your own domain name keyword research, check out Verisign DomainScope, a tool that allows you to enter keywords to see registration trends in .com and .net.
Note: Each list was developed by examining keyword registration growth relative to the preceding month, such that those keywords with the highest percentage of registration growth are being reported on. This method is used to eliminate commonly registered keywords, such as “online” and “shop,” to provide a true look at monthly trends. In order to be included, a keyword must experience a minimum threshold in registration growth month over month. Qualifying keywords with the highest volume of registrations are then ranked and included in the list.
Why the difference between the .com and the .net in keywords? Is it because the .com is already taken? Or because the .net goes better with the keyword?
Julio, thanks for your question. We often see similarities and differences in .com and .net registration trends. While we can’t definitively say why, there are a variety of factors that could account for the differences and similarities, such as registrant preferences, price promotions, trends, etc.
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