Remember all of that controversy this year around GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant? There was a lot of talk about sites jumping ship and moving over to GoDaddy competitors. In fact, competitors were capitalizing on the controversy, offering sites that switched domain providers from GoDaddy special deals.
It appears that this all didn't put too much of a hurting on GoDaddy. The company announced that it has surpassed the 50 million domain names milestone (The 50 millionth domain name is DBAkit.com, registered by Kranthi Kumar Kukkala of India.)
The company shared some other stats with us in an email:
- Go Daddy registers more than 1 domain name every second of every day.
- Right around the "dot-COM Bubble Burst," there were only 17MM domain names registered worldwide.
- While there are more than 2 billion people online, there are only 210MM domain names registered worldwide.
- Go Daddy has more than 9.6MM active customers.
"Sometimes you hear people say all the good domain names are gone, but they are dead wrong," Parsons said. "An almost unlimited supply of great names is available ... right now. In fact, Go Daddy is registering two-and-a-half times more domains a month now, than we were five years ago. Why? Domain names are like 21stcentury real estate. They allow you to own your own place on the Internet."
“For all the marketing we do … it’s the word-of-mouth, a customer’s personal endorsement … that works as Go Daddy’s most effective advertisement,” he said.