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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.

I Bought a 4 Word .com Domain Name

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It’s not a secret that I like one word .com domain names. I am almost always on the hunt for a good one word .com domain name, although they are often difficult to buy.

Although I am still in a bearish mood right now, I am still buying domain names. I regularly participate in domain name auctions and I send inquiries and offers daily. The majority of the acquisitions I am making right now are two and three word .com domain names (I only invest in .com domain names), and they are mostly in the 3 figure range.

GoDaddy Landing Page Change Promotes Domain Buy Service

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GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar in the world with many millions of domain names registered there. Many of the domain names registered by customers are not being used and have a default landing page shown to visitors. This landing page has changed over the years, and I recently noticed a change with the design. As you can see below, GoDaddy is more prominently promoting its Domain Buy Service to help prospective buyers acquire domain names that use the default lander.

Video: 2019 NamesCon Keynote with Paul Nicks

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GoDaddy VP and Aftermarket GM Paul Nicks was one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 NamesCon conference. Because of the amount of data and insight that was shared in his NamesCon 2018 keynote presentation, Paul’s keynote was the one I was looking forward to seeing the most. A few weeks ago, I shared Paul’s presentation slides that accompanied this year’s presentation, and the video of his keynote was uploaded to GoDaddy’s YouTube account late last week.

For your convenience, I embedded the video of Paul’s keynote below. If you have any questions for Paul – or if you have any comments about the presentation, you are welcome to post them here for Paul to see:

GoDaddy Hiring Aftermarket Manager in China

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GoDaddy is continuing to expand its domain name Aftermarket reach into the China market. The company is looking to hire a Manager for the Domain Aftermarket in China. The job opening and news about the Chinese expansion was announced on LinkedIn by Bob Mountain, Chief Revenue Officer at Afternic (a division of GoDaddy):

New GoDaddy Ad Campaign: “Make the World You Want”

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GoDaddy did not have a Super Bowl commercial this year (probably a good thing because of the audience size), but the company is set to embark on a new advertising campaign, “Make the World You Want.” This campaign starts airing on television tomorrow. Here’s the first television commercial, which GoDaddy shared earlier this morning:

GoDaddy Not Advertising in 2019 Super Bowl

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GoDaddy has been an off and on Super Bowl advertiser for many years. Some might attribute a great deal of the company’s early growth and success to its prominent and controversial Super Bowl commercials. For many years, GoDaddy commercials were a fixture during the Super Bowl, but the company took a break several years ago, and they have been advertising sporadically since then.

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