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CentralNic boasts 29% organic growth through Q3, stock surges

Company reports continued surge in the latter half of 2022. Domain name and online advertising company CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) announced today that its organic revenue grew 29% through Q3 2021 compared to the same period last year. Adding in revenue from acquisitions, revenue is up 66% during this time. The company says revenue through September […]

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.Club top level domain went MIA today

.Club websites went down today as part of a DNS issue that has since been resolved. The .club registry went down this morning, taking down all .club domains. The problem has been resolved. The issue appears to have been with UltraDNS, a Neustar service. The UltraDNS system status page reported an incident starting at 10:30 […]

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The real reason to not rely on Facebook for your business

It has nothing to do with occasional downtime. I’ve seen lots of stories, tweets, and hot takes about yesterday’s Facebook outage. They point to the outage as proof that your business should have a website rather than relying on Facebook. I think this misses the point. Anyone who operates a website has experienced the challenges […]

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PIR (.org) names Rick Wilhelm new CTO

Wilhelm comes from Verisign, where he was VP of platform management. Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that operates the .org namespace, has named Rick Wilhelm its new Chief Technology Officer. He replaces Joe Abley, who joined the company in 2019 but left earlier this year. Wilhelm comes from .com registry Verisign, where he was Vice […]

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Tucows picks up UNR registry and employees

Tucows gets into the registry business with the acquisition of Frank Schilling’s technical registry and 10 employees. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) announced today that it is acquiring Frank Schilling’s UNR technical registry business and 10 of its employees. Earlier this year, UNR auctioned its 23 top level domain names for more than $40 million. None of […]

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How to buy curated domains at Squadhelp for wholesale prices

Here’s how to buy domains at wholesale prices that are already approved for Squadhelp Premium. On this week’s podcast, I talked to Squadhelp founder Darpan Munjal. One feature we discussed is the Squadhelp Wholesale Marketplace, where domain investors can buy domains that are already in the Premium Marketplace but at a reduced price. I checked […]

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Flippa raises $11 million Series A

An old name in the domain name business gets a big cash infusion. Website marketplace Flippa has raised an $11 million Series A round over a decade after it was founded. Flippa lets people buy and sell online businesses, and was doing it since before it was cool. I visited the company’s headquarters in Melbourne […]

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Newfold Digital acquires WordPress SEO plugin Yoast

Web presence company adds SEO capabilities and 12 million users. Newfold Digital, the company that owns Network Solutions, Register.com, BlueHost, Domain.com and other web presence brands, has acquired Yoast. Yoast makes the de facto search engine optimization plugin for WordPress sites. It’s installed on 12 million WordPress sites. The acquisition gives Newfold new capabilities in […]

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WordPress parent Automattic invests $30 million in Bhavin Turakhia’s email business

Titan offers resellers an alternative to Google’s and Microsoft’s platforms. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has invested $30 million in email service Titan. The series A funding values Titan at $300 million. Titan is serial entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia’s latest venture. It’s an email service designed as a more reseller-friendly option for registrars and hosts who […]

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Google rolling out link spam update

Search giant is rolling out an update to discredit paid and affiliate links. Google is rolling out an update to its search results to combat what it calls “link spam”. The complete rollout will take about two weeks. The search company still places a lot of weight on links that point to a website, counting […]

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