GoDaddy

GoDaddy is a privately owned, Internet-based company that provides a variety of services including domain name registration, web hosting and e-business software sales. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, was founded by Bob Parsons. Parsons previously owned a financial services software company, which he sold in the mid-1990s upon retirement. He came out of retirement in 1997 to form Jomax Technologies, the predecessor to GoDaddy.

Since it’s inception, GoDaddy has risen to become the largest domain registrar in the world, with tens of million of domains registered to its clients. The company ranks as the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar; it’s approximately four times larger than its nearest competition. Recent corporate acquisitions include Outright, Locu, Afternic, and Media Temple.

GoDaddy has redefined Internet hosting services, and it has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. Among these awards are the 2001 Arizona BBB award for Business Ethics and the 2011 SC Magazine award for Best Security Team. In 2011, it ranked number four in the Phoenix Business Magazine list of “Best Places to Work in the Valley” and it made the 2012 Forbes list of “Best 100 Companies to Work For.”

Known for its sometimes controversial commercials and interesting spokespersons, GoDaddy also sponsors a number of charitable causes in support of domestic violence and child abuse awareness, and sports events, including NASCAR and the Super Bowl. In 2013, the company shifted its advertising strategy to focus more on small to medium sized business owners (SMB). Reflecting this change, its commercials and advertising materials shifted from “sexy” to smart.

GoDaddy Acquires Another Portfolio from Tucows

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In my DomainTools registrant monitor email this morning, I noticed quite a few generic domain names moved into GoDaddy’s NameFind portfolio. Prior to the transfer, the domain names had their registration information blocked due to GDPR, but the DomainTools Whois History tool showed me the registrant details prior to GDPR.

With this information, I was able to see that GoDaddy acquired another domain name portfolio from Yummy Names, a business operated by Tucows. GoDaddy Aftermarket VP and GM Paul Nicks confirmed the acquisition to me in an email.

I am sure additional domain names will continue to transfer from Tucows to GoDaddy over the coming days, but so far, it looks like Tool.com could be the gem of the acquired domain names.

Paul was

How to Resolve 2 Afternic Errors Within GoDaddy Account

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The integration between Afternic and GoDaddy makes it easier for me to list my GoDaddy-registered domain names for sale via Afternic. It’s also simple to update prices for active listings. I have regularly come across a couple of bugs and finally learned what was causing them. I want to share the root cause of the problem as well as a solution until the issue is resolved by GoDaddy engineers.

On occasion when trying to list domain names for sale on Afternic from within my GoDaddy account, I received this error message:

“Domain listing were not created. Due to some backend error we are not able to create the domain listings.”

Another issue I have come across is on the page where I can edit prices of Afternic-listed domain names. When I click the update button, everything below the header

Stages of an Afternic Fast Transfer DLS Sale

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After selling a name via Afternic Fast Transfer, I was kiddingly chatting with a friend about the stages I go through each time I get an email with this subject: “Congrats [Domain Name] has sold via Afternic Fast Transfer DLS.” I thought I would share with you:

Stage 1 – Excitement – I am happy and excited that I sold a domain name via Afternic Fast Transfer. These emails don’t happen daily, so it’s always a nice bit of excitement to see one in my inbox. It can also take a moment to process the name in my brain, especially on mobile, so it is always exciting to see if it’s going to be a nice sale.

Stage 2 – Anticipation – Much to my chagrin (and despite a few nudges to GoDaddy), the sale price is not included in the notification email. To find out the sale price, I need to either log in to my Afternic account, email my account manager, or use DomainTools. I usually have a general idea of the sale price, but sometimes it’s been a while since I set or changed the price, so I keep my fingers crossed that it was a decent deal.

Stage 3 – Regret – Shoot

Wanted: GoDaddy Aftermarket Data Newsletter

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Over the past few years, GoDaddy has built one of the top domain name portfolios. The company doesn’t report internal sales publicly, but I would imagine it sells a higher volume of domain names than almost any other portfolio owner. The company also sells domain names on behalf of domain investor clients via Afternic and GoDaddy Auctions.

Put simply, GoDaddy has the most and perhaps the best domain name sale data that could be helpful to others, including investors who sell via Afternic and GoDaddy. Reportedly because GoDaddy is a publicly traded entity, the company does not publicly share domain name sales data or information about its sales.

With that being said, I think it would be beneficial to domain investors and GoDaddy customers if the company would be willing to share some of its data, even if it does not reveal information that could be used to infer anything about earnings.

Here is some of the information I would find helpful and why:

ICA Fires Back at Verisign

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Verisign and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently reached a deal that will allow Verisign to raise the price on .com domain name registrations (and renewals). The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) which represents the interests of domain investors and domain industry companies, had previously organized a campaign in opposition of the price increase. The campaign included a Change.org petition, which achieved over 2,300 signatures of support.

Shortly after the agreement between Verisign and the NTIA was announced, Verisign published a concerning article, which, in my view, seemed to mischaracterize domain investors and domain investing. The blog post referred to domain speculation as “domain scalping.” The company seems to have called out industry leaders GoDaddy and HugeDomains in the article. The sentence I found most concerning was this one that called into question the business of domain investing:

Danica Patrick to Speak About Entrepreneurship at 2 NYC Events

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GoDaddy published a press release announcing that Danica Patrick will be speaking about entrepreneurship at two upcoming events in New York City. Patrick, who retired as a GoDaddy-sponsored NASCAR race car driver, has now been building her brand online with the help of GoDaddy. Thankfully, GoDaddy got rid of the “GoDaddy Girl” moniker several years ago, but she is probably still the most recognizable company spokesperson.

From the press release:

“Since retiring from racing in May, she’s dedicating herself to her own entrepreneurial ventures, including Pretty Intense, her health and fitness book; Somnium, her vineyard; and Warrior By Danica, her athleisure apparel line, as well as her commitment to helping others who aspire to convert their passions, or side hustles, into full-time business ventures.

November 16th, Danica is scheduled for a keynote ‘fireside chat’ at Entrepreneur L!VE in Brooklyn, New York. The one-day event is sponsored by Entrepreneur magazine and brings together influencers and innovators to share their unfiltered, unconventional and unexpected insights into what it takes to launch, sustain and grow a business.

December 3rd, Danica takes the stage at Business Insider’s Ignition conference, in New York City. The premier East Coast media and technology conference, IGNITION features the visionaries and industry leaders and CEOs who are shaping our future, and some who are approaching their businesses in unconventional ways.”

The events at which Patrick is speaking are not free to attend, so people who are interested in attending will need to

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