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DNS Site Operator
January 1st, 2005

This report details the names and locations of all DNS servers on the internet, as well as the number of domains that are serviced by these servers. In this fashion, we can discover

  • the number of sites hosted by ISPs
  • the number of sites hosted by hosting companies that use an ISP's facilities, but run their own name servers
  • the number of sites hosted by specialty DNS service providers
  • the organizations that choose to operate their own DNS servers rather than to use those of their ISP/hosting provider.

The survey works by determining each month the authoritative name server for each host (and more accurately, each domain) in our survey. We then count the number of domains hosted on each DNS server.

Curious about the size of a the domain set handled by a particular ISP's name servers? Try searching for the ISP's name server. For example, to find Exodus' name servers, try


Top 20 by Host Name
The top 20 name servers ranked according to the number of domains handled by each name server, with a name server uniquely identified by its fully qualifed name, are shown below.

Name Server Name   Name Server IP   Domains
dns3.name-services.com  146,551
dns1.name-services.com  146,536
dns2.name-services.com  146,532
dns4.name-services.com  146,517
dns5.name-services.com  145,523
ns.buydomains.com  133,211
this-domain-for-sale.com  132,907
ns1.directnic.com  114,488
ns0.directnic.com  114,364
yns1.yahoo.com  66,815
yns2.yahoo.com  66,815
ns8.san.yahoo.com  64,943
ns9.san.yahoo.com  64,941
ns.schlund.de  58,775
ns1.ipowerweb.net  55,179
ns1.ultsearch.com  53,309
ns2.ultsearch.com  53,309
ns1.fabulous.com  52,611
ns2.fabulous.com  52,611
ns2.ipowerweb.net  51,612

Survey Limitations
Our survey, while having an impressive 22,042,427 sites and 10,519,546 domains in the data set, does not include all web sites and domains. We only include those that we consider active, which, by our definition, means we found the site via a link from somewhere else. Sites not linked by anyone are by definition not included in the survey.

We also actively drop sites out of the survey that fail to respond 3 consecutive months to our HTTP queries. So, while a DNS server might still respond with information for a domain, if there is no active web site that we can reach for the domain in question, then the domain is not included in this survey at all, even if it still has other functioning services (such as email).

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