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Endurance International Group reports declining numbers as it simplifies

Roll-up’s numbers slip as it simplifies its business. Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) reported fourth quarter and full year 2018 earnings this morning. Revenue, adjusted EBITDA and subscriber numbers were all down quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. 2018 revenue was $1,145.3 million, compared to $1,176.9 million in 2017. Q4 revenue dropped from $294.2 million a year ago […]

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Q&A with NameSilo CEO Kristaps Ronka

NameSilo CEO explains the background of the fast-growing registrar. NameSilo seems to have come out of nowhere. The domain name registrar doubled its domains under management in just one year. It is usually among the top ten registrars each month in terms of new .com registrations. So where did the registrar come from and how […]

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Live domain name auction nets $2.3 million

NamesCon auction tops $2 million and extended auction closes in two weeks. This week’s NamesCon domain name auction in Las Vegas grossed $2.3 million in sales. Five domain names sold for six figures: OL.com $900,000 Leads.com $435,000 DomainNames.com $370,000 DJs.com $130,000 Stop.com $110,000 The auction went much faster than previous ones as the auctioneer and […]

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Great domain investing data from Paul Nicks (GoDaddy) at NamesCon

This is a live blog of Paul Nick’s keynote at NamesCon this morning. Paul Nicks shared some valuable data about domain investing. YoY sales of aftermarket domains from third party inventory were up 41% on 29% increase in inquiries. 30% growth in conversion rate the day they changed the presentation of domains in the purchase […]

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My thoughts on Names.Club taking third-party listings, .com

Pay-over-time domain marketplace will let domainers join the party with any TLD. Names.Club is expanding its payment-plan domain marketplace to allow third parties to list their domain names in all top level domains. The Dot Club registry originally created the marketplace for new top level domain registries to offer premium domains on payment plans. Buyers […]

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How the competitive domain registrar market keeps prices down

No matter what Verisign charges them, registrar profits on .com are limited by competition. Last year the U.S. Government granted the ability for Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to raise prices on .com domain names pending approval from ICANN. Where does that extra money go? As the sole wholesaler of .com domain names, every penny that Verisign […]

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NameSilo acquires domain registrar and expired domain company NamePal

Deal will give NameSilo more tools to target domain investors. Domain name registrar NameSilo (PINKSHEETS: NTCEF, URL:CSE) has acquired NamePal, a small domain name registrar with an expired domain backorder platform. The all-equity deal is for up to a 1.75% interest in NameSilo, with the equity payments not starting until 6 months after completion of […]

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A prediction: new TLD registrations will drop in 2019

A drop in total registrations will be a healthy sign of a maturing market. This week I published my annual predictions podcast episode featuring 19 predictions for 2019. Here’s another prediction for 2019: the number of registered domain names in new top level domains will decrease. But this is actually a good thing, as I’ll […]

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NameBio adds 5 new features and paid accounts

Power tools available with paid memberships. Domain names sales database Namebio has added the five most-requested features to its system under new paid tiers. The added features are: 1. Search sales history in bulk – run a list of domains through the bulk search to find out if they have sold before and for how […]

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Tobias Flaitz out as Sedo CEO

Flaitz to be replaced by 1&1 veteran. Tobia Flaitz has left his post as CEO of domain name marketplace and parking platform Sedo after seven years in the role. He will be replaced by Matthias Conrad, who has held several VP positions at 1&1 Internet. 1&1 is part of United Internet, which also owns Sedo. Flaitz […]

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