NameStats is showing that .guru lost 1,624 domain names today because of expiring domains that were removed from the zone file.
.Guru now has 76,689 domains after losing domains for 10 consecutive days.
.Guru last high was on the 26th of February when it had 80,274 domain names.
We are now after day 42 from the one year anniversary of the general availability of .Guru so I believe that in the next week we will see a lot more domains leave the zone file and enter the drop cycle.
.Guru was the first ‘generic’ New gTLD to launch and a lot of people bought domains just for fun or because a desirable keyword was available. And .Guru is what some people call a “vanity” or “novelty” extension.
Donuts does not agree but a few people believe that New gTLDs will take a big hit in the first year renewals. Donuts predicted a renewal rate of more than 80%.
After the report I did I thought that a 50% renewal rate will a great result for .guru.
Here are the results of the “Are You Renewing Your New gTLD Domains?” poll that had over 500 votes.