Internet Marketers can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For the first time in over 8 years, Web Server Survey Archives is reporting a sharp downward turn in the number of hostnames (domain names) being registered.

The number of hostname responses received were nearly 234 million in December 2009, but sank down to under 207 million in January 2010.

The interesting news about this is that while the number of hostnames continues to fall, the market share for some major web servers substantially rose. For example, Apache gained 3 million hostnames since the previous month’s survey, and Microsoft gained 600,000 hostnames.

While the number of hostnames has sharply fallen, the number of active sites does continue to rise. Remember, just because a domain is registered does NOT mean that it is necessarily an active site.

So, what does this mean for the Internet Marketing industry?

Competition remains strong for live sites and some of the bigger marketers are becoming more and more inaccessable, but the number of domains that are being registered seems to be going down.