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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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Verisign has another strong quarter, raises guidance

.Com domain registrations continue to outpace prior years. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported second quarter 2021 earnings after the market closed today. The company reported another robust quarter, with 11.7 million new .com and .net domains registered in Q2. That compares to 11.1 million in the same quarter last year. Verisign ended the quarter with 170.6 […]

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Behind the name: Mailchimp.com vs. Chimpmail.com

The company would have been named differently if the domain was available. I was listening to How I Built This with Guy Raz this week. He recently interviewed Ben Chestnut, the founder of Mailchimp. At 24:57, Raz asks Chestnut about the name Mailchimp. Chestnut explains that he was going to name the business ChimpMail but […]

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ICA to host event about next round of TLDs (open to public)

Internet Commerce Association to hold free event about the next round of new TLDs. Internet Commerce Association is hosting the ICA Business Intelligence Briefing on Round 2 of New gTLDs on August 2. While many ICA events are open only to members, this event is free and open to the public. Nearly a decade since […]

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Sedo adds bulk upload feature

Listing lots of domains on Sedo just got easier. Sedo has added a bulk upload feature that makes it easier for domain investors to add new domains for sale. While the company already offered a way to add domains via spreadsheet, this had to be submitted to Sedo via a support ticket. The new approach […]

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A helpful Squadhelp feature for domain investors

Squadhelp notifies users about new domain registrations in alternate extensions. Squadhelp is a fast-innovating domain name marketplace with lots of neat features. Here’s one example. I received an email from Squadhelp today notifying me that someone registered one of my second level domains in another extension during the past 30 days. The email didn’t identify […]

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Unstoppable Domains launching 8 new alt-root blockchain domains

Company will also airdrop $100 million + for people to buy the domains with. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers an alternative, blockchain-based domain name system, is releasing 8 new top level domain names. The new domain extensions are .blockchain, .888, .wallet, .x, .bitcoin, .coin, .nft, and .dao. Unstoppable Domains recently applied for trademarks or […]

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Google introduces Search Console Insights

New data view makes it easy to see how recent content is performing. Website owners might want to take a look at a new feature from Google called Search Console Insights. The dashboard combines data from Google Analytics and Google Search Console to updated website owners about how their content is performing. Google explains some […]

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QVC nixes .QVC domain plans

Company famous for on-air product sales no longer wants .QVC. QVC is the latest business to nix plans to operate a branded top level domain name. The company has informed (pdf) ICANN that it wishes to terminate its contract to run .QVC. It never used the domain name. QVC, which is known for live on-air […]

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