Would be indeed interesting to get reliable info about how example.com looks in comparison.
$ whois 188.8.131.52
% Information related to '184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11'
% Abuse contact for '18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124' is 'email@example.com'
inetnum: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52
status: ASSIGNED PA
source: RIPE # Filtered
person: Derrick Sawyer
address: 2850 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 200, Santa Monica CA 90405 USA
source: RIPE # Filtered
1: Email them and ask for myself, and only myself.
2: See if I could cajole the admin out into the light for a potentially interesting public discussion.
The trouble is, the edgecast.com Content Distribution Network (CDN) is owned
by Verizon. In theory, the `nslookup example.com` command should fail with NXDOMAIN
(Non-eXisting Domain) error, but on some networks like Verizon, the bastards are
actually resolving it even though the IETF and IANA specs say it should never
resolve at all. For notes, Verizon does transparent redirection of DNS requests
on their network so you actually can't use anything other than their DNS servers,
but this case is just odd.
EDIT: I originally wrote `whois` rather than `nslookup` --heck, whois doesn't
have that error code. It's early/late, and it seems hn user "vertex-four" below
is right about the "example.com" domain always being registered to IANA, but as
far as I remember, it should never resolve to an IP address. Need sleep.
Huh? No, it shouldn't. Example domains are, according to the RFC, permanently registered to IANA, although not through the "normal channels" (I suppose they don't have to pay for them).
example.com and other example domains resolve correctly wherever you are. They are not treated specially in any way (or shouldn't be, according to the RFC) aside from that they're permanently registered to IANA and that application developers should understand that they're example domains. The RFC does not prevent IANA from running any services on example domains, and they choose to run an HTTP server.
So I'd estimate it at 600k/month. 150k x 2 = 300k, and then 50% coming from mobile that isn't measures = 600k.
Just a data point....Similarweb estimate could be better.
Here's what it looks like for me: https://gist.github.com/jaxbot/a11d55ddaa12901162e5
Global Rank: 9,789 / United States: 9,622
Hell, I've even given human beings <my name>@example.com in conversation when they demanded an email address. And they accepted it.
IP Address 184.108.40.206 - 131 other sites hosted on this server
IP Location United States - California - Mountain View - Google Inc.
ASN United States AS15169 GOOGLE - Google Inc.,US (registered Mar 30, 2000)