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Verisign adds nearly 2 million .com/.net domains in Q3

.Com continues to chug along. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported third-quarter 2018 results yesterday. On the domain name side, the company processed 9.5 million new .com/.net registrations during Q3. After accounting for deletions, 1.99 million .com/.net domains were added to the domain base. At 151.7 million, it’s up 4% year-over-year. The results exceeded Verisign’s guidance of […]

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Verisign sells security business to Neustar for up to $120 million

The .com registry sends security business to Neustar. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) has sold its Security Services business to rival registry provider Neustar for up to $120 million. The deal is for $50 million up front and a contingent amount of up to $70 million due on the first anniversary. The contingent payment is based mostly on […]

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Verisign files intriguing domain backorder patents

Patent describes way to sell future rights to domain names through “encoding domains.” Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has filed two patents related to buying future rights to domain names for if they become available. The process is rather unique and it makes me wonder what Verisign (which manages the .com registry) has up its sleeve. Only […]

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The Registry/Registrar Sales Channel with Jay Daley – DNW Podcast #202

.Org operator is changing how it works with registrars. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the group that operates the .org top level domain name, recently announced changes to how it’s approaching marketing through the domain name registrar channel. On today’s show, PIR interim President and CEO Jay Daley discusses why the organization is making these changes. […]

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Verisign earnings: 149.7 million total .com/.net base, $302 million revenue

Verisign continues to show growth in .com domains. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported earnings for the second quarter of 2018 after the bell today. The company generated $302 million in revenue and $128 million net income for Q2 2018. There were 149.7 million .com and .net domains registered at the end of the quarter. That’s an […]

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How Verisign hit is Q1 growth numbers

Verisign called on China to deliver Q1 domain growth. .Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) provides guidance each quarter for how much it expects its total base of .com and .net domain names to grow. The company hardly misses because it’s quite easy for the company to pull some levers to hit the numbers. Consider Q1 of […]

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O.com might be coming, along with other single letter .com domain names

ICANN moves forward with Verisign plan to auction O.com domain name. Single letter .com domain names are very rare. They aren’t just limited to the 26 letters of the alphabet; there are just three. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN), the registry for .com, isn’t allowed to allocate any single letter .com domain names. Three .com domains were registered […]

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VeriSign’s domain base grew by 1.91 million names last quarter

Historically strong Q1 delivers for Verisign. VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) reported first quarter 2018 earnings after the bell yesterday. The base of .com and .net domain names grew by 1.91 million during the quarter and 9.6 million new .com and .net domains were registered. This comes in toward the high end of Verisign’s predicted range of 1.5 […]

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.Com/.Net base grew by 1.47 million in Q3

Growth in base outpaces Verisign’s forecast. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the domain name registry for .com and .net domain names, reported results for Q3 after the bell today. The total base of registered .com and .net domain names increased 1.47 million over the quarter. Verisign had forecast growth of 0.8 million to 1.3 million registrations, so […]

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Verisign files patent app for Thick Whois with privacy compliance

Verisign patent application covers handling European Union compliance. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect how domain name Whois services are delivered starting next year (podcast). In some cases, including .com, the burden as of now will fall on domain name registrars. In the so-called “thin Whois” model that .com uses, registrant […]

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