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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.

GoDaddy Monetizing Mobile Parked Names with Link to Broker Service

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Nepotism Barbie is trending on Twitter right now, and the domain name NepotismBarbie.com was registered at GoDaddy in January of this year. It doesn’t look like the registrant has done anything with this domain name, but that is not really the point of this article.

Have a look at NepotismBarbie.com, a domain name that resolves to the default GoDaddy nameservers. This looks like the standard GoDaddy default landing page. Here’s a screenshot of what you would see if you were on your desktop computer and typed in NepotismBarbie.com:

GoDaddy Announces COVID-19 Related Layoffs

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Some unfortunate news to report from GoDaddy this morning. GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani had the difficult job of announcing a round of layoffs at the company, the direct result of the impact the COVID-19 coronavirus has had on the company. The news comes less than three months after the company “pledged not to lay off employees for at least 90 days,” according to a Phoenix Business Journal article from April.

More Sales Data Coming from DAN and GoDaddy

In the coming months, we will begin to see more domain name sales data shared publicly by two of the largest domain name sales platforms. This morning, GoDaddy and DAN separately announced that more domain name sales transacted on their platforms will be publicly shared and reported.

DAN announced its privacy policy change on Twitter, providing details about how sellers are able to opt out of sharing sales they transact on the platform:

GoDaddy Online Services Cayman Islands Ltd.

Last week, Finlead first highlighted a big corporate name change involving Uniregistry and GoDaddy. It looks like the new corporate registrar name for domain names registered at Uniregistry is GoDaddy Online Services Cayman Islands Ltd. This comes on the heels of GoDaddy’s acquisition of Frank Schilling’s company, which includes Uniregistry and Name Administration.

FrankSchilling.com Goes Up for Sale

If you know of someone named Frank Schilling, now might be a good time to let him know that FrankSchilling.com is now for sale. The FrankSchilling.com domain name is now listed for sale with a Uni / GoDaddy purchase inquiry landing page.

GoDaddy Whois Records: No More Contact Information

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Want to buy a domain name that is registered at GoDaddy? Getting in touch with a registrant via email or phone just became a bit more difficult. As of yesterday, GoDaddy is no longer showing domain registrant contact information in Whois records. The only information that is shown on Whois searches is the registrant organization, registrant state and country, and nameserver records. Email addresses and phone numbers are no longer shown.

While this change is going to be frustrating to domain investors, journalists, and possibly law enforcement personnel, it is not unexpected. In April, I reported that GoDaddy planned to remove public Whois records across the board, as it has been doing to customers in Europe whose data was redacted due to GDPR privacy laws. The impetus for this most recent change was the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Here’s how a Whois lookup at GoDaddy appears today for domain names that are not registered under privacy proxy:

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