The good days are back, as domain sales at in Q1 2023 matched Q1 2022.

.AI domain transactions are surging, and interest in domains for AI businesses is even higher.

We already knew that saw a rebound in its business last quarter. Now, the company has quantified the domain portion of that upswing.

In its just-released Q1 Domain Investment Index (pdf), the company reported that it handled $129.8 million worth of domain transactions last quarter. That’s up 62% from Q4 2022, when it handled just $80.3 million. It’s essentially even with what the company reported in Q1 2022.

The company credits the return of large deals for part of the upswing. That includes the $10M+ deal for It’s possible that the company handled a second transaction for that domain in Q2. said it handled about $1 million in .ai transactions in Q1, a record (see chart). And AI-related domains in other extensions are certainly driving volume, such as the deal.

The median transaction in Q1 for domains without content was $4,000.

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