Oh, my gosh, Ireland has over 200,000 .ie domain names, time to get involved


Oh, my gosh, Ireland has over 200,000 .ie domain names, time to get involved

I learned some interesting domain figures today that I wanted to share with you.
Ireland’s country domain extension name, .ie now has over 200,000 .ie domain names associated with it.

Fact, France and Ireland score the exact same on this count

For every 1,000 head of population in Ireland, there are 44 .ie domains.
This as it happens is the same as France.

Ireland is adding over 16,000 .ie domain names every 6 months.

Netherlands are way ahead of Ireland and France on this score

Ireland still has some way to go to catch up with the Netherlands on this front.
For every 1,000 head of population in the Netherlands, there are 332 .nl domain names.

Why isn’t Ireland’s score higher?

I have a theory based on my personal experience. Personally, I would have thought that Ireland’s score would have been higher. However I think that part of the reason is that Irish people and Irish businesses buy domains in the general generic extension space, extension names like dot com and dot net.

I for instance, have never brought a domain with a country extension name, and I have been buying domain names since at least April 2002. Not once did I buy a .ie domain name, I have purchased at least 15 domain names in the dot com, dot net and dot ws name spaces in this time period. Ok, I know that the dot ws extension name is associated with a small country island, however I brought it for its ‘web site’ meaning, not because I am based in that small country island.

For instance I first purchased my djtrlm dot com domain name in April 2002 and have maintained it ever since.

Since I do not like paying retail prices for things I can obtain cheaper, I looked at the following offering and went for it. You too may very well do the same thing. 🙂

I explain part of my reasoning in my review of Domain Cost Club here.

I at least will no longer pay retail price for a domain name. Ever.

Let me know if you have any applicable thoughts on this great subject by leaving your applicable thoughts below. Many thanks.

10 thoughts on “Oh, my gosh, Ireland has over 200,000 .ie domain names, time to get involved”

  1. This is very interesting stuff but there’s one question that is really holding me back – how do these sort of domain names perform?
    I mean surely they don’t rank well in the overall worldwide spectrum of Google?
    I think they’re probably fine from a local point of view but other searches…well maybe not?

    • Yes, Chris I agree with you. It really depends on what the website is marketing and to where they are marketing. Some businesses will use a dot ie web domain name so that they can redirect that web traffic to their dot com web domain name.

      Easons, a well known book shop in Ireland, uses easons dot ie, when you go there, you are immediately re-directed to easons dot com. They can covering both bases, so if people are keying in the web address, they will land on an Eason’s website.

      Country domain names are usually associated with businesses inside that country. Consumers inside that country I assume would prefer to do business with them. It also depends on what type of goods, services, and products are being marketed on that domain.

      I live in Ireland, if I key in google dot com, I am re-directed to google dot ie, opposite to what Easons do. I assume that when doing google searches, I will be more likely to get local results if they do good SEO / good rankings in the eyes of google.

      It, I think, also depends on where the markets are for the business in question. If you want to brand yourself worldwide, dot com is the way to go at least until the new top level names become more familiar.

      Today, .SITE, .NEWS, .EXPRESS and .CAFE new top level names were launched. More will be launched in the next while. More details are here:




  2. That is interesting about the .eu domains. I suppose that something similar is (or was) true with the .us domains.

    I started buying domains about 20 years ago and now have 50 or so that are all .com or .net. Most of those now I’m letting expire since they are no longer relevant in todays Internet.


    • Hi Gary,

      In my opinion, the landscape for domain names is still changing. I find the statistics around them interesting. I don’t think I would ever buy a country domain because I think it implies a limitation that you do business only in that country. That is so not like me.

      New top level extension names have been coming out over the last while and will continue to do so for the next while. I mean just today, .SITE, .NEWS, .EXPRESS and .CAFE new top level names were launched.

      If you have a number of domain names, you may find that becoming a Domain Cost Club Member makes sense to you. In a nutshell, you buy a membership package and that allows you to buy domain names (including .COM and .NET) via Domain Cost Club using At-Cost pricing. More details are here.




  3. Hello David, thank you for this article, people really need information when they are in business but I just have a question: how can we know the every day available domains, I mean where can we check them? I also have dot com domains but if the dot ie are good why not try them.

    • Hi Charlotte,

      New top level extension names have been coming out over the last while and will continue to do so for the next while. I mean just today, .SITE, .NEWS, .EXPRESS and .CAFE new top level names were launched.

      You can check for new top level extension names here:


      The dot ie extension name is usually good for businesses doing business in the Republic of Ireland. I am more likely to do business with a dot ie address or a dot com address than other extension names. It really depends on where your visitors and your buyers are coming from and what would make them comfortable.



  4. An interesting article indeed. These figures back up the noise you hear nowadays on how everything is going digital. Businesses, socialializing, education, just about in every field the internet has changed things drastically from 30 years ago.

    Regarding the cheap domain site you menioned at the end of your article, what would be the savings over another site such as Hostgator, NameCheap, MyDomain, etc.? These I normally will pay 10 USD per .com domain, and less for the .net etc.

    Thanks for your efforts on this post!

    • Hi Dave,

      The cheap domain site I mentioned at the end of my article is Domain Cost Club. Once you buy a membership package of them, you can buy domains via your Domain Cost Club Membership using special at-cost pricing.

      Currently Domain Cost Club Members pay US$7.85 per .COM domain per year.

      Currently Domain Cost Club Members pay US$7.54 per .NET domain per year.

      New top level domain extensions are becoming available all the time. Some very special current offerings include:

      Currently Domain Cost Club Members pay US$12.00 per .SITE domain for the first year, then US$20.00 per year.

      Currently Domain Cost Club Members pay US$0.25 per .REVIEW domain for the first year, then US$19.98 per year.

      The current recommended price is more than the price that Domain Cost Club Members pay.

      Domain Cost Club uses MLM and the internet to get the word out. The secret to MLM is choosing wisely and getting in early. Domain Cost Club is live and open for immediate registration. Join Domain Cost Club and prosper. Earn a minimum of $25 per referral. Earn up to $200 for a single referral. Absolutely no limits to how much you can earn. Viral network marketing growth. 4 x 7 forced matrix with spillover. Special at-cost pricing on all domains purchased via your Domain Cost Club Membership. Get your first check in as little as two weeks!

      I practice what I preach. I am a charter member of Domain Cost Club. I no longer pay retail prices for my domains, registrations and renewals. Happy days. 🙂


      If you are interested in joining, drop me a personal email before joining, as I may have some extra good news for you, Dave. 🙂

      Thanks again for your comments.


  5. Hi thx to bring solution how to grow my business this is an opportunité for every one I think is great you have data about other country ireland and France and so on and you talk about to grow business with à domaine wow that so right without it is hard to be successful good call!

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. The Domain Cost Club reward program for affiliates is also pretty awesome, especially if you get people to obtain their memberships using your referral link.

      Kind Regards,


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