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.ME introducing internationalized domain names

IDNs will enable .ME domains to be personal for people around the world. The .ME registry is launching internationalized domain names (IDNs) on November 12. While many registries offer IDNs, I think .ME offering them at this point is newsworthy given the registry’s size and because of how many people use .me domains. .Me is […]

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Google Adsense now requires site verification

In a throwback, sites must be validated before showing Google Adsense ads. Google is now verifying websites before they can use Adsense to monetize content. In a blog post today, the company said that the process will review sites for compliance with the Adsense Program policies. There are a lot of policies for Adsense, but […]

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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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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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Escrow.com adds “Escrow Offer” service

New tool lets buyers make an offer on your domain. Online escrow company Escrow.com has added a new feature it calls “Escrow Offer“. The feature enables potential buyers to click a button on your website and make an offer. This is opposed to making a buy now purchase. If a deal is reached, the closing […]

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Div Turakhia hands over the reins of Media.net to Vaibhav Arya

Turakhia steps aside at ad tech company he founded. Div Turakhia, the billionaire co-founder of Directi and founder of ad tech company Media.net, is stepping down from the CEO role at Media.net. The company announced today that current CTO Vaibhav Arya has been promoted to CEO. Turakhia founded the digital advertising company with knowledge and […]

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Quickly building a website on GoDaddy managed WordPress and Beaver Builder

I built USMCA.com easily thanks to GoDaddy’s wizard and Beaver Builder. Last week I wrote about a problem with WordPress: it’s simply too difficult for the typical small business owner to figure out how to create a website using WordPress. I mentioned that the best experience I’ve found for creating a WordPress site is GoDaddy’s […]

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Review: Yahoo Small Business website builder

The Yahoo Small Business website builder needs some work. I’ve reviewed a handful of website builders at this point: Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and GoCentral. Usually absent from discussions of the big site builders is Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon. Yet its legacy as a business offering website services for so long means many […]

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CentralNic revenue hits £11.2 million in first half of year

Revenue grows thanks to .sk acquisition. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM:CNIC) reported earnings for the first half of 2018, posting revenue of £11.2 million. That’s up from £10.6 million in the same period of 2017, although comparing across time periods is difficult with CentralNic because it grows by acquisition. For example, the acquisition of […]

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