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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.

Conflicts Between Uniregistry and Afternic

Earlier this month, I wrote about how domain names added to Uniregistry were being listed for sale via Afternic. This served as a bit of a warning to people who may have priced a name for a prospective buyer at Uniregistry and now that price could possibly be listed as a BIN price at Afternic. It could be problematic for someone who doesn’t regularly update prices at Uniregistry.

Although I do not price my names at Uniregistry, I have run into an issue where domain names I own and add to my Uniregistry parking account then conflict when I try to add them to Afternic. I will share an example with you.

MakeAPlan.com Sold by GoDaddy, Used in Presidential Campaign

This morning, Presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted out a link to MakeAPlan.com, and President Barack Obama also mentioned the domain name in a tweet:

It is not uncommon to see a descriptive, call to action domain name used in a political campaign. MakeAPlan.com is not necessarily political in nature, but I can see how it would be an effective political call to action domain name.

GoDaddy Whois Contact: Your Domain Name is Infringing

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Earlier this month, I wrote about receiving several emails from GoDaddy that originated from the GoDaddy Whois contact form. Those emails were all domain name purchase inquiries that appeared to originate from the same entity based on the email address(es) used to originate the emails.

In my opinion, using the Whois contact form is a good way to contact domain registrants since it comes from an official GoDaddy email address and has GoDaddy branding within the email. It can also be frustrating for domain registrants who receive many of these redundant emails.

GoDaddy gives visitors four options when they choose the “Contact Domain Holder” link on a Whois lookup page for domain names registered at GoDaddy:

Sold for $50k in 2014, Ingles.com Re-Sold for $400,000

In September of 2014, Ingles.com was sold in auction at NameJet for $49,899. The auction caught my attention because I had just returned from a trip to the mountains in North Carolina, and there is a popular supermarket chain called Ingles. Unfortunately, I was an underbidder in the auction because GoDaddy just reported that Ingles.com was re-sold for $400,000 in June of this year.

If you visit Ingles.com, you can see the domain name forwards to the SpanishDict.com, which is a Spanish to English translation tool. The word Inglés in Spanish translates to “English,” so this is a pretty solid domain name acquisition.

Uniregistry Market Names Merged Into Afternic

If you have domain names listed for sale in your Uniregistry Market account, they may have been added to Afternic. This is notable and important to follow because sellers need to ensure their Uniregistry Market names and prices are updated to current market prices and availability.

This morning, I was tracking down a domain name I owned and sold on a payment plan via Escrow.com. When I was checking the Whois record, I noticed the DomainTools message stating, “This domain is listed for sale at one of our partner sites.” I clicked the link and was taken to a for sale page at Afternic indicating the domain name was actively listed for sale on the Afternic platform.

“Someone would like to contact you about your domain.”

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During the past few days, I have received quite a few emails via GoDaddy from what appears to be the same person or entity inquiring about different domain names I own. The emails are being sent via the GoDaddy Whois contact form. The other party generating these emails is using the “Interested in purchasing the domain” option.

When I received the first email, I sent a reply and did not hear a response. A follow-up email also yielded no reply. When I received a subsequent inquiry, my reply was “stop,” but I received additional inquiries on a different domain name this morning. In fact, I received four emails for the same domain name this morning.

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