Another Milestone for Dropping LLL.INs

To those familiar with the .in domain space, would be aware that there is an LLL.IN buyout holding for quite some time. There are LLL.In drops, that are registered immediately. Over the months following the buyout, the number of names dropping has reduced month over month. We have tracked this number here. For the month of October, we have reached an important milestone. The number of potential drops is under 10 for the first time. Please note that we are counting an LLL.IN as a potential drop if the state in “PENDING DELETE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE” or “PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE.” If a domain has a status of “PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE,” it is very much possible that the domain could be renewed and as a consequence not drop. This happens sometimes, but not so common and hence ignoring it. So why is this milestone significant? These are the implications:

1. The LLL.IN buyout is strong as it has ever been.
2. LLL.INs are steadily increasing in price among domainers. I would say that the price today is $250-$350 among resellers for ordinary LLL.INs
3. LLL.INs have become far more liquid, and there are lots of domainers looking to buy them.

Below is the graph that shows the number of drops each month for this year. Hopefully we get 0 monthly LLL.IN drops in 2017.


Analysis of Registered .IN Domains — Part – 3

In the third and final post of the series, I would be looking at few mixed-bag kind of things here. The first part can be found here and the second part here.


Hyphens are the only special character allowed in the names are used to delimit words. So, there are not many names with hyphens there. Just about 31K .IN names which come to about 2.4% of the names. Obviously, they are not popular.


There are about 76K .in names with numbers in them and about 36K of them contains only numbers. The breakup of these (names that contain only numbers) by length are shown in the table below. As evident there is a buyout of NNN.IN and NNNN.IN domains. There are also about 20% of available NNNNN.INs also registered.

Length of Numeric DomainsNumber of Numerical Domains


To determine the .in domain holders with the largest portfolios, I’m assuming that email as a proxy for the owner. I understand that a registrant can use different email addresses, but trying to figure out the various emails used by a registrant is a useless exercise, so let’s go with the notion of an email for a registrant. Based on that here are the top registrants of .in domains:

Email AddressNumber of .IN Domains

The email addresses are hidden to protect the privacy of the users. But, based on the email address provider, 8 out of the top 10 .in portfolio owners are Chinese. It is a surprising that the largest portfolio owners are NOT Indian, but rather our neighbours. It seems that the keen Chinese investors are trying to acquire the good .in domains, because eventually .IN will explode.

There are ~544K unique email addresses associated with owners of .IN domains. Which means on average a registrant owns about 2.3 .IN names.

This concludes my evaluation/study of 1.28M .in domains. Hope you liked it, and if you have suggestion or feedback, please let me know.

Analysis of Registered .IN Domains — Part – 2

This is the second post of the series about analyzing about 1.28M .in names. The introductory post can be found here. In this post, I’ll present stats about the domain age and then see the top registrars of .in names. Before I begin let me iterate that the 1.28M names aren’t a comprehensive list of .in domains, but about 75% of the total number of .in names as reported by the registry.

Domain Age and Year of Registration:

The date .IN domain became available to register to the public was 16-Feb-2005. Before this .in names were available to companies and mostly telecom and network related firms. Below is the breakdown of the age of a .in domain in years and the number of domains. Note that age is relative to July 23rd, 2016. As you see the below, most of the names have been recently registered.

Also, see below for the breakdown of “year of registration” and the number of domains registered in that year. This is NOT historical data or snapshot data for that year. What is shown below is on July 23rd, 2016, what domains that are already registered and whichever year those names were registered. This does not account for any names registered in a year but dropped. From the graph, it seems that 2016 is lower than 2015, but that is because we are good 5 months away from the end of the year. I would expect that number to climb in next 3 months.

According to this registry page, there are about 112 accredited registrars. The list includes all the major and common registrars. It also includes some India based ones like Mitsu,, Bruwink etc. Lets look at the top 15 registrars:

Obviously, GoDaddy leads the roost and should come as no surprise. My personal favorite Dynadot is up there as well in the list. The fourth in the list is actually a China based registrar. If you followed the first post, you would see why this registrar makes the list.

Analysis of Registered .IN Domains — Part – 1

The Indian Registry as of July 23rd, reports that there are about 2.12M IN domain names registered. This consists of .in,,,,,, In this post series, we analyzed about 1.28M .in names to generate various interesting statistics. I understand this is not the whole list and based on the proportion of .in extension with other 3rd level in extensions, and the 1.28M names we have had hand could be short by about 300K-350K names, so in essence, we have about 75% of the .in names to work with. I’ll split the analysis into multiple posts. In the first post, I’ll look at the lengths of registered names and analyze the registrant’s country.


You will be surprised to know that the average length of .in domain names is actually high. It is about 9.3 and the median in 9. Below graph shows the domain lengths and the count for the top 15 lengths.


There are three names with 63 characters:

Other long names with 50 characters or more are:

There are about 23K names with three characters. As you know all 3Ls, 3Ns are long gone, and they account for about 18.5K names. The other three character names include the combination of letters, numbers, and hyphen.


The .in registrants are spread across a whopping 228 countries and territories based on the who-is information on the domains. The two letter country code in the who-is follows the ISO 3166 codes.

Here are the top 15 countries:

No surprise that the number of registrants of .IN domains are from India, but Chinese domain owners come in second. It is safe to assume that the Chinese .in domain holders are mostly domainers. We should revisit this piece of stats next year if the registered names are dropped or renewed. After the top three countries, there is a sharp decline in the number of registrant’s countries and there is a long tail. You can download the full list here (tab-delimited).

Evaluating Different Kinds of LLLL.IN Names — Part-4

This is the concluding post in the series about “Evaluating Different Kinds of LLLL.IN Name”. The previous parts can be found here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

CHIPs are a new category but have captured the imagination of domainers across the world. In the spirit, .IN are no different. Almost all the chips are registered, and as of the scan done a few weeks back just about 0.25% were available to hand register. Repeating numbers are all well and truly taken and have been for some time with a rare drop here and there. Western premiums which were the “Gold Standard” before the advent of CHIPs, and surprisingly for an English speaking populace, still have about ~37% unregistered names. Finally as for Indian Premiums, there are about 47% of these class of names available to register.

The total number of different “CHIPS”: Doing the maths, we get 20 X 20 X 20 X 20 (160K) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Repeating Letters”:  Doing the maths, we get 26 combinations only. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Western Premiums”:  Doing the maths, we get 17 X 17 x 17 X 17 (83,521) combinations. These can be found here.

The total number of different “Indian Premiums”:  Doing the maths, we get 19 X 19 x 19 X 19 (130,321) combinations. These can be found here.

As noted above, and in the previous posts in the series, the rarest combination is the “Repeating Letters”. We can get fancy, and observe that there are only 20 names that are both CHIP and Repeating Letters, and possibly the rarest combination could be an LLLL.IN name that is repeating, CHIP and Western Premium. There are just 13 of them.

Below is my attempt to plot a Venn diagram for the above:

Venn Diagram for CHIPs, Western Premium, Indian Premium and repeating letter types of LLLL.INs