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Four ways to improve the GoDaddy aftermarket

Here are four improvements GoDaddy should make for its aftermarket business. GoDaddy continues to grow its aftermarket business. It has acquired massive portfolios and won exclusive partnerships with registrars to auction their expiring domain inventory. That said, the company has many improvements to make. I often share feedback directly with companies but it always helps to […]

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Amazon buys FBA.com domain name for Fulfillment by Amazon

European company with FBA acronym sells FBA.com domain name to Amazon.com. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has acquired the three-letter domain name FBA.com, most likely because of its popular Fulfillment By Amazon program. Fulfillment By Amazon, commonly know as just FBA, is a service in which Amazon.com stores, picks, packs and ships products on behalf of other […]

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Jon Nevett named new CEO of PIR (.Org)

Donuts co-founder will lead the .org registry. Jon Nevett has been named the new CEO of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name. Nevett will take over for Jay Daley, who was the interim CEO after Brian Cute left. Nevett left Donuts–a company he co-founded–in October. Since then, […]

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Web.com acquires Tucows’ half of NameJet

Deal is a sign of the times in the expired domain business. Web.com is now the sole owner of domain name auction site NameJet after acquiring Tucows’ (NASDAQ: TCX) interest in the business. NameJet was created as a partnership between Enom and Network Solutions (now part of Web.com) in 2007 at a time when SnapNames […]

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DataRecovery.com, a $1.7M domain 10 years later

DataRecovery.com president Benjamin Carmitchel says his big domain purchase was worth it. In 2008, ESS Data Recovery bought the domain name DataRecovery.com from Associated Computers, Inc. of Minnesota for $1.659 million. I recently caught up with company president Benjamin Carmitchel to find out how the deal played out now that he has ten years of experience with the […]

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Online.Casino domain sells for record-breaking $510,000

Donuts beats its previous records for a new top level domain sale. New top level domain company Donuts has sold the domain name Online.Casino for $510,000, a record for a publicly-disclosed sale of a second level domain under a new TLD. The sale tops Donuts’ previous record-setting sales of home.loans for $500,000 and vacation.rentals for […]

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Rob Monster explains why he accepted GAB.com domain at Epik

Controversial site moves its domain name to Epik. Most domain name registrars don’t like a hot potato, but Epik founder Rob Monster has decided to serve as the registrar for one–Gab.com. If you aren’t familiar with the site, the “free speech” social network has been in the news because the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter ranted on […]

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Who wins, who loses from Trump Admin decision on domain names

Verisign is the big winner as consumers face higher bills for .com domain names. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has extended the Cooperative Agreement between it and Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN). This agreement governs how Verisign is able to operate .com, which has a contract with ICANN to run. The biggest […]

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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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Public Interest Registry (.Org) tax return provides insight into registrar marketing deals

Latest tax return doesn’t reflect new Afilias contract. Public Interest Registry (PIR), which manages the .org top level domain, has filed its 2017 tax return (large PDF). It provides fresh insight into the non-profit’s finances for 2017. It doesn’t include a number that many in the industry are eagerly waiting for: how much PIR is […]

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