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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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Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

October 2, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy auctions, godaddy.comComments Off on Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

Another month of over 30,000 domain name sales in Go Daddy’s aftermarket.

Go Daddy Auctions is reporting over 30,000 domains sold last month.

The ticker shows 30,839; the number is typically adjusted upward as final tallies come in.

The top reported sale for last month is CashLady.com at $36,000. The domain name was purchased by PDB UK, a payday loans broker in the United Kingdom.

Other top sales include:

safetygloves.com $22,000
chinaindustry.com $20,540
democraticcapitalism.com $20,000
82.net $17,905
startime.com $15,000 (registered in 1996)
chickenscratch.com $15,000
chinatime.com $14,000 (seller was BuyDomains)
liveinstyle.com $13,500 (buyer is co-founder of Experience Commerce in India)
gogomobile.com $12,500

Just over 50% of the domains were sold in auctions. About 47% were sold at fixed prices. 451 were sold through negotiations; I expect this number to increase over time now that both Afternic and Sedo are syndicating “make offer” listings through Go Daddy.

As usual, “home” was the most common word in the domains sold.


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Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

October 2, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy auctions, godaddy.comComments Off on Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

Another month of over 30,000 domain name sales in Go Daddy’s aftermarket.

Go Daddy Auctions is reporting over 30,000 domains sold last month.

The ticker shows 30,839; the number is typically adjusted upward as final tallies come in.

The top reported sale for last month is CashLady.com at $36,000. The domain name was purchased by PDB UK, a payday loans broker in the United Kingdom.

Other top sales include:

safetygloves.com $22,000
chinaindustry.com $20,540
democraticcapitalism.com $20,000
82.net $17,905
startime.com $15,000 (registered in 1996)
chickenscratch.com $15,000
chinatime.com $14,000 (seller was BuyDomains)
liveinstyle.com $13,500 (buyer is co-founder of Experience Commerce in India)
gogomobile.com $12,500

Just over 50% of the domains were sold in auctions. About 47% were sold at fixed prices. 451 were sold through negotiations; I expect this number to increase over time now that both Afternic and Sedo are syndicating “make offer” listings through Go Daddy.

As usual, “home” “online” was the most common word in the domains sold.


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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 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 CEO Warren Adelman steps down

July 30, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy ceo, godaddy.com, warren adelmanComments Off on Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman steps down

The world’s largest domain name registrar is seeking a new CEO.


Warren Adelman

Warren Adelman is stepping down as CEO of Go Daddy, the company announced today.

He will remain with the company as Special Advisor for Strategy and Global Policy.

Adelman was promoted to CEO of the company in December when Go Daddy closed its investment round with KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures. He has been with the company for nearly a decade, previously as President and COO. During that time he helped Go Daddy grow into the world’s largest domain name registrar and shared web hosting provider.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Wagner, a member of KKR’s portfolio operations team. Wagner has been working with the company for the past year helping it on its international strategy.

In an interview with Domain Name Wire today, Go Daddy founder and executive chairman Bob Parsons said Adelman decided it was time for a break.

“He decided he’d been working really hard,” said Parsons. “He’s one of the reasons the transition went as well as it did. He’s decided ‘it’s time for me to start having some fun’.”

(If he’s looking for a role model for having fun, Parsons says he is busy running his motorcycle dealerships in Arizona.)

Parsons said his own level of involvement with Go Daddy is unlikely to change do the the CEO transition. Parsons was CEO until Adelman took over last December.

“I’ve never been uninvolved,” Parsons said. “I talk to people on a daily basis.”

Parsons is unsure if the next CEO will come from inside or outside the company. Yet the company is talking to a number of high level individuals that it wants to bring on board for various roles as it transitions from a “frat boy in college” to a more professional business.

“The number one thing when I ran [Go Daddy] was ‘we’re here to have a good time’,” he said. “We’re still here to have a good time, but our new investors, along with me, are focused on being an excellent company and having excellent growth.”

Adelman is the second high profile Go Daddy employee to make a change since the investment closed. General Counsel Christine Jones left the company in May.


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Go Daddy sold 35,094 aftermarket domains last month

June 5, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy auctions, godaddy.comComments Off on Go Daddy sold 35,094 aftermarket domains last month

Go Daddy releases monthly stats about aftermarket domain sales.

The Go Daddy Auctions Domain Market Report for May is out.

Last month the company sold 35,094 domain names through its aftermarket platform. That’s down slightly from 36,103 in April.

54% of domains sold via auction while 45% were fixed price sales. 1% sold through negotiation.

The top 10 reported sales were:

businessreviews.com $58,000
looker.com $50,000
tactile.com $35,000
temi.com $30,000
smartcamera.com $29,200
mara.com $28,000
hugg.me $25,001
imena.com $19,000
instantly.net $16,995
allaboutdecks.com $15,995

As usual, the “most sold” keyword in a domain was Online. Other popular words were blog, best, home, and free.


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General Counsel Christine Jones leaving Go Daddy

May 9, 2012Christine Jones, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, godaddy.comComments Off on General Counsel Christine Jones leaving Go Daddy

A long time fixture at Go Daddy is moving on.

Christine Jones, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Go Daddy, will leave the company Friday after 10 years.

Jones managed all legal affairs for the company and frequently represented the company as a witness at congressional hearings. She was a key player at the company and the industry given her role in lobbying in Washington. She even had a cameo in GoDaddy’s 2009 “enhancement” Super Bowl commercial.

During her ten years at the company she watched it grow from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar company, including taking on an investment from PE firms last year.

But her tenure wasn’t always smooth sailing. Most recently, Jones got caught up in SOPA as she originally testified to congress in favor of the bill. GoDaddy later relented and changed its stance on the bill, but its position resulted in a good number of customers transferring their domains to competitors.


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