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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.

NY State is Domain Savvy

The State of New York launched a new website to help state residents connect with government officials. Dubbed Citizens Connects, the website aims to  be an “online town hall where you can find everything you need to communicate with New York State Government.”

Although the website sites on a state government url,  http://governor.ny.gov/citizenconnects, the State of NY smartly purchased the matching .com domain name to forward to the website. If you visit CitizenConnects.com, you are forwarded directly to the correct website.

The government is also promoting  CitizenConnects.com instead of the bulky url, making it easier for residents to access the website. I often see organizations and government agencies pushing hard to remember website addresses, but this is one instance where the government agency has done a good job with its domain name selection.

To be honest, I don’t particularly like the “Citizen Connects” branding because it sounds a bit strange. IMO, Citizens Connect sounds like a better option, but that domain name was registered.

Democrats Register AmericanJobsAct.com in Anticipation of President’s Speech

According to a number of news outlets, US President Barack Obama is going to announce his new jobs initiative called the American Jobs Act, in a speech this evening.  In anticipation of tonight’s  speech, the Democratic National Committee  has registered the domain name  AmericanJobsAct.com. It is registered to the DNC and uses a @democrats.org email address, without privacy protection.

Whether the Democratic National Committee plans to use AmericanJobsAct.com to promote this proposed legislation remains to be seen, but it was a smart domain registration nonetheless. I am sure the Democratic Party would rather own it for its own platform rather than see someone else register and use it as a platform to oppose the legislation. The domain name was just registered yesterday, September 7, 2011.

At the present time, the domain name resolves to a Go Daddy landing page with pay per click (PPC) links, most of which are for job-related websites. According to various articles I’ve read  (albeit not from clearly reputable sources), it appears that GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons is a donor to (and supporter of) Republican causes, so you’d wonder if he’d be able to change some of the jobs PPC links to Republican cause website links.

The smart thing for the DNC to do would be to either forward the domain name to its party’s website or push a new website live just before the speech. I am sure “American Jobs Act” will be a highly searched term over the coming days and weeks.

Paypal Partners With Go Daddy

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I noticed something interesting last night. It looks like Paypal is partnering up with Go Daddy to offer domain names at a discounted price of $7.49 a year. I would bet it’s probably some type of affiliate commission for domain names that are bought using the link.

I know that deals like this (and better) can be had when searching Google for GoDaddy discount codes or Godaddy coupons, but the presence of this offer on the Paypal homepage is a strong endorsement of the company by Paypal.

It’s interesting to see them send traffic to GoDaddy directly from the home page.

Guide to Find GoDaddy Domain Name Auctions With At Least 1 Bid

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I found that Jamie’s posts were helpful and made it easy to find auctions at Go Daddy with at least one bidder. They were helpful to me because I find GoDaddy’s auction platform a bit frustrating to use. Since Jamie said he isn’t going to post the auctions with at least one bid any longer, I will share the way for you to find them on your own.

I am sure it’s frustrating as a bidder to see a name you are bidding on highlighted, but there is some gamesmanship with auctions, and I recommend waiting until the final possible moments to place your bid.

1) Log in to your GoDaddy account (you need a membership)
2) In the top drop down menu under “Domains” click “GoDaddy Auctions”
3) On the Auctions page, click “Expired Domains”
4) On the right menu, check the following:
– Predefined: “A TO Z Listings”
– # of Bids: “More than 0”
– Type: “Expiring Auctions”
5) Make sure the other options are unchecked, although you can pare it down to .com if you want or other extensions, # of days remaining…etc.

There may be other ways to get there, but this is the best way I’ve found.

Personally, I think GoDaddy’s auction platform needs a user interface overhaul. I haven’t used it much because I have found it frustrating to search. IMO, they would be well advised to take a group of willing customers at TRAFFIC and watch them use the site to see where frustrations arise (hint, hint).

Domain Name Coupon Codes & Discounts

Buying cheap domain names is something we all want. Why pay the price listed on various domain registrar websites when you can use a promotional code or coupon code to get a special discount price for your new domain names.

Here are some tips to get discount or promo codes from top registrars, including GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Register.com, Name.com, Dynadot, Enom, Moniker, Fabulous, NameCheap, 1 & 1, and other leading domain name registrars:

  • Search Google for “domain name coupons,” “domain name discounts,” or other similar term
  • Be more specific and search Google for “Godaddy coupon” or “Network Solutions promo code”
  • Sign up for domain registrar newsletters to receive special offers
  • See previous emails from domain registrar to take advantage of offers
  • Visit the domain registrar website and see if they have a tab for special offers
  • See if partner sites like Paypal or hosting companies have coupon codes
  • Find coupons on auction sites like Ebay

Read a more comprehensive article I wrote about domain name coupons.

“Stay Cool” With Godaddy for $1.00 Domain Names

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I saw a “cool” promotion being promoted by Go Daddy on Twitter and also on the Go Daddy Facebook page about an hour ago. If you call their customer service phone number right now and say the phrase, “stay cool,” you can register one domain name for $1.00 (there is some fine print). Among other tld, you can hand register a .com domain name for $1.00.  The US phone number is (866) 463-2339

I love seeing companies offer fun special offers like this via social media. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I probably will… there aren’t too many opportunities to buy a name for $1.18.  It looks like this offer is good for the first 10,000 names registered.  The rest of the  fine print for this offer is below.

Register any available .COM, .US, .MOBI, .BIZ, .NET, .ORG, .CA, .CO.UK and .IN domain for just $1.00* (plus ICANN fee, if applicable)! Applies to the first year only of new registrations. This offer may not be used for renewals, transfers, bulk registrations, premium domains or Sunrise/Landrush domain registrations. Limited to one order per customer, expiring after 10,000 redemptions or at 11:59 PM on Aug 15, 2011 (whichever comes first). Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Customers may not use gift cards, PayPal ® or AliPay to redeem this offer.

* Plus ICANN fee of 18 cents per domain year. Certain TLD’s only.

stay cool

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