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Verisign gets patent for showing contextually-relevant domain names in SERPs

It’s a neat idea that will never be adopted by large search engines. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent #10,764,245 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Domain name determination”. The idea behind the patent is that a website owner can maintain multiple domain names and, depending on what someone searches for at […]

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Verisign extends price freeze through Q1 2021

.Com price hike delayed. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, announced today that it has extended its price freeze on .net and .com domain names through March 31, 2021. The registry instituted the freeze on prices it charges registrars in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the company generally […]

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Verisign gets domain search ranking patent

Patent describes way to personalize domain search results. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,693,837 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for System for and method of ranking domain names based on user properties. The patent describes a way to use personal information about the registrant to personalize domain search results. From […]

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Verisign gets IDN suggestion patent

Patent helps domain searchers find translations and transliterations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,686,750 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Alternate character set domain name suggestion and registration using translation and transliteration. The patent describes a way for searchers to enter a word and see both translations and transliterations of […]

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Verisign shrugs off Covid-19 so far

Revenue and earnings remain robust despite the pandemic. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported first quarter earnings yesterday after the market closed. The registry operator processed 10.0 million new .com and .net transactions during the quarter and the base of registered domains increased by 1.83 million. There were 160.7 million .com and .net domains registered at the […]

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Breaking: Verisign won’t raise .com prices this year

Even if ICANN gives the company the nod, it won’t raise prices this year. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, won’t raise prices for its domain names this year. In an announcement on its blog, the company announced the price freeze in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of right […]

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Verisign tries to discredit ICANN commenting period process

Company suggests that drawing attention to comment period distorted the multistakeholder process. The comment period for ICANN’s proposed .com contract amendment with ICANN closed last Friday. The amendment would allow Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to increase prices in the future in 4 out of 6 years. Among the thousands of comments was one from Verisign itself […]

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Verisign expects at least $1.125 billion revenue in 2020 even without price increases

Company doesn’t bake price increases into guidance. .Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) expects to generate $1.250 billion to $1.265 billion in revenue next year, even without price increases in .com, the company disclosed yesterday. That compares to $1.232 billion in 2019. The numbers could be better if Verisign enacts a 7% increase in the wholesale […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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One year later: Verisign threw domain investors under the bus

The day after announcing a deal to hike .com prices, Verisign threw domain investors under the bus. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) supplies .com domain names by maintaining the registry for these domains. That’s essentially its only job. Over the past couple of decades, it has worked hand-in-hand with domain name registrars to promote .com to customers. […]

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