I checked all .NYC priority domains to find what domains were registered and if these domains were any good. What I found might be surprising to some. Most domains are bad. Really bad. No thinking was applied to most registrations. But I guess the same applies to all domain registrations and not just .nyc.
.NYC had 6,398 domains in the zone files and most of these were priority domains bought in the NYC landrush for an extra fee (about $70). This 6,398 number included some domains that the registry has registered for its own use, some pioneers domains and of course sunrise domains registered by trademark holders.
.NYC launched yesterday and the 1st day results were not as good as expected. .NYC added 20,455 domains after its general availability launch. So it now has a total of 26,853 registered domain names. I guess the Nexus policy hurt the .nyc registration numbers.
Here is what I found after going through all .nyc domains:
6,398 domains including sunrise, founder’s program, registry domains and landrush domains with 1 application. This 6,398 number does not include any of the domains that are to be auctioned in a few weeks. That is domains with duplicate registration requests.
Let’s start with the worst domains I could find. Domain gems such as drunkdrivingaccidentattorney.nyc and 212-s-t-o-r-a-g-e.nyc.
105 domains with a hyphen or 2+:
86 domains that include nyc or ny left of the dot:
86 domains that include newyork left of the dot:
Many domains with tens of characters:
Many typo domains:
planningcomission.nyc (typo registered by the registry, planningcommission.nyc is available, sorry .nyc)
To be fair probably the best domains are reserved by the .nyc registry and the best of the rest had more than 1 applications so they are being auctioned between October 23 and November 6. But that is no excuse to register whatever domain you can find. And they paid the priority fee to get such gems as those above. This clearly shows that most people don’t know how domains work and what is their purpose.
Most domains are like the ones above. Maybe not that bad but probably 40% are garbage, 50% are bearable and 10% are good. I found a lot of 3 and even 4 word domains.
I then checked all domains to find what domains are available in .com if you include nyc in the domain (e.g. domains.nyc becomes domainsnyc.com):
4,788 (74,8%) are available:
From this number you clearly see that there a lot of options when it comes to NYC domains available. I didn’t even checked domains ending with “ny” or starting with “nyc” or “newyork” etc.
I also checked to see what domains are available in .com if you don’t include nyc in the domain (e.g. domains.nyc becomes domains.com):
420 (6.6%) are available:
From this number I can see that people don’t really know what they are doing. They are registering whatever. Absolutely no logic applied to these registrations.
I really made a lot of effort to find domains that I like in these 6000+ domains. So here are a few I found: