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That’s an old domain name at auction

You don’t see a 1990 registration on auction every day. Gradient.com still has 3 days and change left to go. The auction is currently at $31,000. There are 108 bids currently, GoDaddy values the name at $21,736 and Estibot values it at $79,000.  https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/gradient-resources-inc Bid history: Bid Date Bid Expires Bidder Bid Amount 2017/11/15 07:49 […]

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GoDaddy files lawsuit to take down Whois spammers

Lawsuit targets people and companies allegedly sending spam and saying they are associated with GoDaddy. GoDaddy has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in an effort to take down one of the groups that it alleges is spamming offers to domain name owners and pretending to be affiliated with the registrar. If you’ve ever registered a domain […]

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Paul Nicks of GoDaddy – DNW Podcast #160

What GoDaddy has learned by being a domain investor. This week we talk with Paul Nicks, GM and VP of Aftermarket at GoDaddy. GoDaddy has become a domain investor by purchasing large portfolios of domain names. The company has learned a lot about selling domain names in this role, and Nicks will share some data […]

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GoDaddy reports earnings and domain revenue growth

Domain name business keeps growing. GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) reported earnings after the bell yesterday. Total revenue for Q3 was $582.2, up 24% year-over-year. That represents growth of about 12% if you exclude the additional revenue from acquiring Host Europe Group. The domain name business contributed $271.5 million and the company says most of the 15% year-over-year […]

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GoDaddy wants to patent “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”

Patent application describes way to speed up domain lookups. Domain name registrar GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) has filed a U.S. patent application (pdf) for “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”. Yes, we’re talking about figuring out if a domain name is available to register. In fairness, the title of the patent makes it sound simpler than […]

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Kevin Ham sells domain names to GoDaddy

GoDaddy continues to gobble up large domain name portfolios. Just a week after completing a deal to acquire Donuts’ portfolio of about 200,000 domain names, GoDaddy appears to have purchased legendary domain investor Kevin Ham’s domain name portfolio, or at least part of it. I detected a large number of domain names transferring to GoDaddy […]

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Registered a hurricane Irma domain? Free returns are now possible

GoDaddy is now accepting the cancellation and refund of domain names registered during hurricane Irma. Dozens of “hurricane Irma” domains were snatched by enterprising domainers before and during the devastating hurricane that engulfed Florida. Most of these domains have no real use whatsoever. “We’re be issuing refunds for the next 30 days, if requested,” said […]

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Heading to WHD next week? Here are some interesting sessions.

From net neutrality to blockchain, here are three interesting sessions at next week’s conference. WorldHostingDays is heading to Las Vegas next week and much of the domain name industry will be there. If you will be at the conference and have something to talk about, drop me a line to set up a meeting. Here […]

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