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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.

Quickly Transfer a Name from Go Daddy

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I have an account at GoDaddy, specifically because of the company’s high level of customer service. The one thing that irritates the heck out of me is when I buy a Godaddy-registered domain name in the aftermarket, have it pushed to my account, and then have it locked for 60 days. This is one of my biggest pet peeves in the domain business.

As a result of this policy, I will almost never have a simple domain push done when buying a name from someone who uses GoDaddy, unless I plan to develop it. When I am buying to re-sell it, which is more often than not, I will transfer the domain name out instead of doing an account push. I sacrifice simplicity, speed, and ease, to not have to deal with the transfer lock.

For those of you who are like me, I want to share a method to have your transfers out of Godaddy completed more expeditiously. This will take a 5 day transfer from Go Daddy to Moniker, Enom, Register.com, Network Solutions, or other domain registrar, and make it a 2 day process.

Here are the steps to quickly transfer a domain name out of Godaddy:

  • Domain owner needs to unlock the domain name.
  • Domain owner should then request authorization code and forward it to buyer.
  • Buyer should initiate a transfer at his or her registrar.
  • Domain owner should forward any security email that is received after the previous step to the buyer, and the buyer should proceed as directed.
  • Wait until the following business day.
  • Domain owner should log in to the domain control panel, under Domain Manager, there’s a tab  that says “Domains.” In this drop down menu, there’s a link for pending  transfers. Assuming the domain name is listed in there, he should check off the box and  then click the “authorize” button on the upper right section.
  • The domain name should be transferred the following business day.

I just did it yesterday and the transfer was completed this morning.

Go Daddy Gives Hope to Other Charities via “Round Up” at Checkout Option

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Go Daddy charityEarlier this year, I wrote about Go Daddy offering customers the opportunity to “Round Up and Give to Hope for Haiti” while checking out and paying for their products. If selected, the total would be rounded up to the next dollar, and that difference would be given to the Hope for Haiti non-profit.

In May, Godaddy reported $20,000 in customer donations to date, which were matched by the company, and I am sure the total is now far greater since this option has continued to be presented to customers. The company has already given over $1,000,000 in financial contributions to Hope for Haiti.

While purchasing some domain names this morning, I noticed that the round up option was still there, but it has changed just a bit. Instead of offering customers the chance to donate to one organization, they can now select one of three non profits, including  Hope for Haiti,  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and  Arizona Humane Society.

I like to see companies like this giving back, especially when community organizations are involved. As we saw with the first iteration of this endeavor, they’re raising some serious money for these groups, while also raising awareness.

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).

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