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GoDaddy sold over $1 billion of domains in 2016

GoDaddy’s domain sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year, CEO Blake Irving told analysts this week. The milestone was revealed as the registrar reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings late Wednesday. In the fourth quarter, the company had a net loss of $800,000, compared to a year-ago loss of $500,000, on […]
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Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

Tucows yesterday reported an 11% increase in revenue for 2016, driven partly by an acquisition, but warned that its more recent acquisition, eNom, may be shrinking. The company reported revenue for 2016 of $189.8 million, up from $171 million in 2015. Net income was up 41% at $16 million. For the fourth quarter, revenue was […]
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GoDaddy Super Bowl ad results “best ever”

GoDaddy said its Super Bowl commercial, which aired yesterday, resulted in its “best ever” Sunday for new customers. The company said in a press release it had seen its “its best-ever Sunday for attracting new customers in the books”. That doesn’t necessarily mean it sold more domains than its previous Super Bowl efforts, nor that […]
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Complaints about registrars dip in 2016

There were slightly fewer complaints about domain name registrars in 2016, compared to 2015, according to newly published ICANN data, but complaints still run into the tens of thousands. There were 43,156 complaints about registrars to ICANN Compliance in 2016, compared to 45,926 in 2015, according to the data (pdf). That’s a dip of about […]
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GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving defends domain investors

Domain sharks? Not so fast. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving held a chat on Product Hunt Live this morning. A person asked him if domain resellers or “sharks” were a problem and what should be done about it. Here’s the exchange: Q: Bharath B Lohray Are domain resellers / sharks a serious problem? How do you […]

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GoDaddy revenue tops $1.8 billion in 2016

GoDaddy today said that its revenue for 2016 topped $1.8 billion. In a preliminary disclosure to the markets ahead of its formal February 15 earnings announcement, the registrar said that annual revenue for 2016 is expected to come in at $1.84 billion. That compares to $1.6 billion in 2015. Its fourth-quarter revenue is expected to […]
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GoDaddy releases Super Bowl teaser

Cats on roombas. What color is the dress? Internet memes to feature in GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercial. After skipping the Super Bowl last year, GoDaddy will return for its 12th Super Bowl campaign next month. GoDaddy released a teaser (embedded below) for its upcoming Super Bowl commercial this morning. The commercial, called “Good Morning”, will […]

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Celebrity cybersquatting to feature in Super Bowl commercial [video]

Actor turned fashion designer John Malkovich is to feature in a Super Bowl commercial themed on cybersquatting. The ad, for web host Squarespace, sees Malkovich complaining about the domain johnmalkovich.com belonging to some other guy by the same name. In a roundabout way, this is also a commercial for Tucows, the newly-crowned second-largest domain registrar, […]
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Tucows expects $20 million EBITDA/year from “opportunistic” eNom acquisition

Tucows expects fast contribution from eNom, which has booked losses at Rightside. Domain name and communications company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) didn’t plan to acquire two domain name businesses over the past year, but the opportunities were too good to pass up. First, the company scooped up Melbourne IT’s reseller channel for just over $8 million AUD. […]

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