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Google Offers has 50% off at Go Daddy

October 17, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy.com, google offersComments Off on Google Offers has 50% off at Go Daddy

“Daily” deal offers half off at Go Daddy.

Google Offers — Google’s answer to Groupon — has a deal going on right now that will be interesting to domainers.

I just got an email from the service about an offer for Go Daddy. You can see it here.

The offer is $10 for $20 toward domain names, hosting, and other services at Go Daddy.

The 50% discount offer must be purchased within the next 10 days. It can be redeemed anytime between now and April 1, 2013 and must be redeemed in a single purchase.

I don’t see anything in the fine print that would preclude using the $20 toward domain renewals, but I may be missing something.

This is the first time I recall a major daily deals sited offering a discount at a domain name registrar.

Google and Go Daddy have a long running partnership for domain registrations.


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Poll: How much will 1 and 2 letter .org domains sell for?

October 12, 2012.org, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, eNom, go daddy, public interest registryComments Off on Poll: How much will 1 and 2 letter .org domains sell for?

What will domains sell for at auction?

This week Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs .org, announced auctions for 85 one and two character .org domain names. The domains will be auctioned through Go Daddy and eNom in what the company dubs “Project94″.

Although basically anyone can bid on the domains, PIR’s pitch to ICANN to release the short domains said that bidders will have to be “committed to building out the domain name with a sound marketing and branding strategy, including a strong focus on quality, creativity and the desire to launch the site in a timely manner.”

(It’s worth noting that in all auctions I’m aware of with this sort of restriction, the rules were never strongly enforced.)

A domain industry colleague just emailed me asking how much I expect these domains to sell for. It’s a good question. I think there will be a wide range based on the character combinations.

But why not tap the wisdom of the domain crowd? Please answer the two questions below: what will the typical price be for a 1 letter .org? 2 letter .org? For the purpose of these polls, consider only one and two letter .org domains, not ones with digits in them.

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Top 5 domain name stories of September 2012

October 1, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, GoDaddy, iphone 5, reverse domain name hijacking, UncategorizedComments Off on Top 5 domain name stories of September 2012

Patents, the Go Daddy outage, and the French.

Here are the top five stories from Domain Name Wire last month, ranked based on page views.

Go Daddy patents “announcing a domain name registration on a social website” – Go Daddy got a patent on a way to announce your latest domain name registration on a social networking web site, such as Twitter. (And this post got a lot of traffic from Hacker News.)

On day of iPhone 5 announcement, iPhone5.com sits dark – despite recovering the iPhone5.com domain name well in advance of the launch, the domain name didn’t resolve until late in the day that Apple announced the new product.

City of Paris ordered to pay $100k for reverse domain name hijacking – Ville de Paris was ordered to pay over $100,000 in a reverse domain name hijacking case. Paris has applied for the .paris top level domain name. I am curious to see if the plaintiff’s lawyers try to recover money related to the new top level domain application.

Is this the world’s worst web site name? – It’s pretty bad. And the owner could have bought a good domain for only $1,000 or so.

Like I was saying… Go Daddy wasn’t hacked or attacked – some guy claiming to by a member of Anonymous hacked the media with his claims of hacking Go Daddy.


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Sedo expands distribution partnership with Go Daddy

September 26, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy.com, sedo, sedomlsComments Off on Sedo expands distribution partnership with Go Daddy

“Make Offer” domains now distributed to Go Daddy through SedoMLS.

Sedo announced today that it has expanded its distribution partnership with Go Daddy to include “make offer” domain names.

In January Go Daddy joined the SedoMLS network. That meant that fixed priced domains at Sedo that were opted into SedoMLS would show up in the registration path at GoDaddy.com. Go Daddy customers could purchase the domains by following a link to Go Daddy Auctions.

The expanded partnership means domains listed on SedoMLS without a price will also be promoted within the GoDaddy.com registration path. Customers can complete the negotiations and purchase through their Go Daddy account.

The deal is similar to one with Afternic, which was expanded in July.

Although the ratio has been changing quickly in recent years, Sedo has always had a high number of unpriced domain names. This new deal will give significant exposure to domain names listed on SedoMLS.


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Go Daddy patents “announcing a domain name registration on a social website”

September 25, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, patents, social networking patentComments Off on Go Daddy patents “announcing a domain name registration on a social website”

Patent describes way to announce your latest domain name registration.

Last year I wrote about Go Daddy’s patent applications related to announcing a domain name registration on a social network.

Today the United States Patent and Trademark office granted the domain name registrar a patent for “announcing a domain name registration on a social website”.

U.S. patent number 8,276,057 (pdf) describes a way in which a domain name registrar account could be connected to a social network such as Facebook. After a user registered domain name, the user could set a delay period before which an announcement about the registration would be made on the social network. The system could also track traffic driven by the social network posting.

The patent says the purpose of this announcement could be to drive traffic to a newly created web site or even a parked page. (Of course, driving traffic by this way to a parked page would be frowned upon by domain parking companies.)


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Go Daddy gets patent for SEO and search engine submission

September 18, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy.com, search engine optimization, SEOComments Off on Go Daddy gets patent for SEO and search engine submission

Patent covers method and systems for SEO suggestions and search engine submission.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent (pdf) to Go Daddy for “method for improving a web site’s ranking with search engines”.

U.S. patent number 8,271,488 describes a system for helping web site owners edit their web pages for better search results and then automatically submitting the sites to multiple search engines.

If some of this seems outdated, that’s because the patent application was filed in 2003.

The images in the patent show Go Daddy’s former search engine product called Traffic Blazer. The company now offers a product called search engine visibility that has similar functions.

The patent describes a method where a web site owner wants to rank for certain keywords in a search engine. The system makes suggestions to the site owner on how to edit his or her web site to rank better for these keywords, such as add the word to the title tag. It then automatically submits the sites to multiple search engines.

In another embodiment, the system would automatically edit the customer’s web page for better search engine rankings.

A number of businesses still offer search engine submission services, even though the importance of submitting a site for inclusion in search engines has decreased over the past decade. Automatically analyzing web sites and making suggestions for better search rankings is still popular, although much of the attention has shifted from what’s on the web site to external factors like who’s linking to it.


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Why I won’t leave GoDaddy over yesterday’s outage

September 11, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy down, godaddy web hosting, godaddy.comComments Off on Why I won’t leave GoDaddy over yesterday’s outage

Go Daddy web hosting still makes sense for me.

Yesterday Go Daddy suffered a major outage that appears to have involved its DNS services. The outage lasted about four hours.

Back in May I switched from a small web host to Go Daddy, which means that Domain Name Wire was offline yesterday as a result of the outage.

Let me start by saying that downtime for your web site sucks, and yesterday was a frustrating day.

But does it make sense for someone like me to change hosting providers as a result of yesterday’s outage? I don’t think so.

I left my previous host because of site downtime. The downtime usually hit when I had a big traffic surge, which is the worst time your site can have issues.

Since changing to Go Daddy I haven’t had any downtime until yesterday. Although I haven’t had any huge traffic surges (which I’d define as 500+ visitors on the site at a time, which is a lot for a niche site), the hosting has handled much smaller traffic surges with ease. The same surges that would have brought my site down with the previous host.

So overall Go Daddy is working really well for me.

But even if I were to switch hosts, who would I go to? That’s where you need to take a step back and put Go Daddy’s downtime in perspective.

As soon as the Go Daddy problems started yesterday, countless hosts started pitching Go Daddy customers to switch. But many of these same hosts have had multiple outages in recent months!

Consider the big (and I mean BIG) customers that use Amazon’s cloud computing services. Many of them have had outages that lasted over a day.

Is it acceptable? Absolutely not. But a one time outage is understandable. Go Daddy will figure out what happened and prevent it from happening again.

Some people may think this analogy is silly, but it kind of reminds me of when there’s an E. coli outbreak at a national restaurant chain. Lots of people stay away from the chain for the next couple months. But really eating at that chain is probably the safest place to eat once the outbreak is taken care of…because the chain is being extra vigilant.

Yesterday was frustrating. No doubt about it. But not enough to warrant changing web hosts.


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Romney-Ryan domain names snapped up in a hurry

August 16, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy.com, mitt romney, paul ryanComments Off on Romney-Ryan domain names snapped up in a hurry

Republican ticket follows patterns for domain name registration.

Whenever there’s a big political announcement we tend to see people register related domain names.

Mitt Romney’s announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate is one example.

Since June 2012, Go Daddy says more than 1,600 domain names were registered with the registrar containing Mitt Romney and or Paul Ryan.

While many of these were surely registered in the past week when Ryan was named, someone had the foresight to register RomneyRyan.com back in 2010. It’s up for sale on Flippa.

Go Daddy also compared registration data from the two election campaign periods — June 1, 2008 – Aug. 13, 2008 and June 1, 2012 – Aug. 13, 2012.

In 2008, the company searched for variations of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Joe McCain and Sarah Palin. In 2012 it searched for variations of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

So far 2012 looks very different from 2008, but there may be a good reason for that.

In 2008 Obama/Biden led McCain/Palin in related domain name registrations 75% to 25% respectively.

In 2012 Romney/Ryan lead Obama/Biden in related domain name registrations 51% to 49% (Obama/Biden includes domain names still active from the 2008 election cycle).

So why the swing? It may have something to do with Sarah Palin not being named to the ticket until the end of August in 2008.

I’m not a political pundit, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.


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Go Daddy makes its first “business” acquisition

July 18, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, outrightComments Off on Go Daddy makes its first “business” acquisition

Go Daddy acquires Outright. More to come?

Go Daddy today announced the acquisition of Outright, a provider of online financial software for small businesses.

This is only the company’s third acquisition in its history, and the first one that involves bringing over people from the acquired business. (It’s previous acquisitions were a technology acquisition for a root certificate and taking over the RegisterFly customer database when that registrar lost its accreditation.)

Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman told Domain Name Wire today that the two company have business goals that match up almost perfectly.

“We’re two companies maniacally focused on helping small businesses,” he explained.

Outright approaches small business from the accounting side while Go Daddy comes at it from the web presence side. When the two companies first began discussions, Adelman said they would frequently “finish each other’s sentences”.

Adelman said Outright will continue to be a separate product and customers will use the service as usual going forward.

The acquisition may be the first of many for the company. When Go Daddy took a large investment from KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures in December it said it it would use it to expand to new markets and make strategic acquisitions.

Although it’s just a coincidence, it’s interesting that Go Daddy’s first true acquisition is of a financial software company. Bob Parsons founded Go Daddy with the proceeds from selling his own financial software company to Intuit.

Companies such as Intuit and Deluxe have moved into Go Daddy’s turf in recent years. They’ve acquired numerous businesses with a goal of offering everything a small business needs, including Go Daddy’s bread and butter of web sites and domain names. I would consider Intuit one of Go Daddy’s biggest competitors, and now Go Daddy can compete on a bit of Intuit’s home turf as well.


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Go Daddy eyes one month registrations for .home and .casa domains

June 15, 2012.casa, .home, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddyComments Off on Go Daddy eyes one month registrations for .home and .casa domains

Company may offer short term registrations if awarded domain names.

Go Daddy is proposing a couple twists in its plan to offer .home and .casa domain names to the public.

A big one: registrations as short as one month.

“Why pay for a year if the domain name will not be needed for a year?”, the company asks in its application.

This makes since for real estate domains. When I put my house on the market last year I registered our street address as a .com domain with a one year term. We only needed the domain for the month the house was on the market, though.

I’ve seen some registrars offer existing domains on a monthly (or even trial) basis when bundled with a web hosting service. In those cases if the customer bails after a month then the registry gets stuck with a loss since the registrar paid the full year registry fee on the domain.

Go Daddy may also offer its other products as tie-ins to the domain names, such as Go Daddy?s InstantPage product.

The .home and .casa domains would not be limited to real estate use. The company also proposes uses for “Everything for the Home”, e.g. decorating, remodeling, etc., and as a “Personal Space”. Its not clear if monthly options will be available for all uses.

Pricing is slated to be less than $3 per month. At as much as $27 a year it may seem high, but this is where pricing gets convoluted with new TLDs. If they are bundled with other services, it might actually be cheaper than someone’s current monthly package. With monthly pricing, it’s also possible that registrations for more than a few months would be priced lower, putting them in line with existing TLD prices.

Go Daddy would also commit to a maximum of 3 price increases during the first ten years of the domain. These increases, which can only take place after the second year, would be limited to 7% per increase.

Both .home and .casa are contested by multiple applicants.


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