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GoDaddy’s Alan Shiflett Takes Position at Afternic


Since GoDaddy acquired Afternic in September of last year, I haven’t seen all that many changes at either company. I just learned of a personnel change that will bring GoDaddy Premier Services Supervisor Alan Shiflett to Massachusetts to become Partner Sales Manager at Afternic.

I’ve worked with Alan for a couple of years, and have always found him to be proactive with my account and responsive to my requests (no matter the time or the day of the week). His addition at Afternic will be a loss for GoDaddy, but hopefully they will replace him with someone who is equally as helpful.

I jumped at this opportunity to take on this new role as I feel that the domain aftermarket will continue to grow and am excited to focus in on the sales side of domain investing,” Alan told me. “In this role I will maintain a close relationship with Premier Services as many of their clients are already using Afternic as a sales solution. I will also have the opportunity to foster new relationships with those whom I have had little to no interaction with in the past.”

Although Alan is originally from Arizona, he should fit right in when he moves to Boston, as he is a big Red Sox fan. In fact, I first met Alan in person at Fenway Park before the World Series last year.

Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that GoDaddy may be opening an office in Cambridge (just outside of Boston), where the company will house two of its recent acquisitions – Afternic and Locu, a company it acquired a month prior to the Afternic acquisition. It would be interesting if the company does that because there is a lot of talent to draw from in the area if they decide to grow part of the GoDaddy business on the east coast.

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Comments (60)


    Congrats to you Alan!

    April 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Alan Shiflett

      Thank you!

      In reply to Andee | April 25th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Paul Nicks

    Alan’s going to be awesome in this new role. This move was part of a broader restructure that closer ties the Afternic and GoDaddy teams together. We are one Aftermarket business unit and will be operating as such moving forward.

    The Boston area is beautiful and I know Alan is going to have a great time out there.


    April 25th, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Elliot Silver

      I hope a winter coat is included in a relocation package!

      In reply to Paul Nicks | April 25th, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Paul Nicks

      This is why we are moving him up when the weather is nice. We want him to get settled in before winter hits and he remembers why AZ is so popular.

      In reply to Elliot Silver | April 25th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Aaron Strong

    Is Alan Shiflett part of the “Secret Domain Society” run by DomainBoardroom? Are you, Elliot, a member of this group?……This group is under scrutiny for a handful of unethical business practices, including auction manipulation at all auction platforms. Industry insiders involved in this group needs to become transparent in order for investors not to be a victim of the fraud and manipulation….So I ask you again Elliot, are you a member of the DBR Secret Domain Society?

    April 25th, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Elliot Silver

      Are you trying to be humorous?

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Aaron Strong

      No…All serious. Are you unaware of the developments that have come forward regarding the DBR “Secret Domain Society”?…There are some serious accusations that could become criminal regarding this society…Manipulating auctions is no small crime……..Are you a member? Do you support Shane or the Secret Domain Society?….. The development of the Secret Domain Society has astonishing ripple effects on the whole domain industry. I for one will no longer purchase domains at auction, as the prices are manipulated by the Secret Domain Society…

      In reply to Elliot Silver | April 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I still can’t tell if you are being serious or trying to be funny.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Brad Mugford


      Once again you have proven that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. You have just made wild claims that are not based in reality. I would address your claims point by point but frankly the claims have no merit.


      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Brad Mugford


      What accusations have been made, other than the BS that you just started?


      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Warren Royal

      @Aaron: Are you seriously making accusations of criminal fraud or of some kind of criminal investigation, although none exists? Or are you just making this up or making some stupid joke? I think you better get pretty specific pretty fast, these are serious accusations with serious consequences.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Aaron Strong

      Elliot and Brad, Please don’t discredit my seriousness….I asked some serious questions. If you can’t answer the questions just take the fifth…..As far as the ill intentions of the Secret Domain Society,there has already been some admitting of wrongdoing…Now we are trying to find out how manipulative this society is and what the effects have been….Can you answer or address the concerns?

      In reply to Brad Mugford | April 25th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Mike H

      Aaron, is available for registration!

      Oh and a well deserved congrats to Alan!

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Aaron Strong

      So is

      In reply to Mike H | April 25th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Marcia Lynn

      Are you high, Aaron Strong?

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Adam Strong aka NOT Aaron Strong

      dude. Can you just post as Aaron S or something ?

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Aaron S

      Yes, I will do that…..Adam are you part of this society or do you “stand with Shane”?

      In reply to Adam Strong aka NOT Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Kevin M.

      Alan – Congrats to you on the new position. Drinks on you at the next convention!! (keep in mind- It snows in Boston!!) 😉

      Aaron, get a life and stop insinuating and spreading lies. (If you don’t know what you’re talking about..Don’t!)

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      The Real Adam Strong

      Shane is my friend and Donna is my friend.
      I am also a member of DBR. Thanks for asking.

      In reply to Aaron S | April 25th, 2014 at 2:51 pm


      I stand with Shane. #StandWithShane

      In reply to Aaron S | April 25th, 2014 at 6:06 pm
      April 25th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Marcia Lynn

      BWAHAHAHA sorry that was too funny not to laugh my butt off 🙂

      In reply to Elliot Silver | April 25th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Shane Cultra

      You’re not alone. I’m now even thinking of taking you to Namescon

      In reply to Elliot Silver | April 25th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Charles Christopher


    As a member of DBR I am taking your comments very personally, to the point of slander.

    Please contact me at so that we may discuss your concerns about me in full detail. I do NOT represent DBR, only myself.

    I will be awaiting your email.

    Charles Christopher

    April 25th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Aaron Strong

      Charles, with all due respect, part of the problem is transparency so I would wish you address your response publicly. Private and “whisper” talk has no integrity at this time….. If you take my comments personally, maybe you should refer to the company you keep……

      In reply to Charles Christopher | April 25th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Charles Christopher

      Now you are claiming to be my mother, and inform me what company I should keep?

      And who are you to even suggest *I* share my PRIVATE MATTERS with you?

      You seem to be confusing me with some government official, which I am not. I am a businessman like others in this industry. To claim I owe you ANYTHING is absurd!

      You want something? Work your ass off as hard as hard as I have to EARN and DESERVE what YOU have! Do not play mind games on others to suggest I owe you ANYTHING!

      Do not apply your sense of entitlement and victim mentality on me, claiming *I* have engaged in illegal acts. You need to lookup the definition of slander, and do so fast!

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 12:49 pm


    @Aaron and your credibility and information comes from? That’s what I thought – you’re delusional imagination. You would be best served by retracting your false statements.

    April 25th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Brad Mugford


    Congratulations on the new position.


    April 25th, 2014 at 12:40 pm


    Congrats to Alan. Interesting to see what new things you can come up with for the platform.

    April 25th, 2014 at 12:53 pm



    Congrats on the new position.


    April 25th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Elliot Silver

    I apologize to Alan that comments have gone way off track here.

    Alan has worked hard in his role at GoDaddy, and he deserves better.

    April 25th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Kevin Allen

    Congrats on the new position Alan! P.S I think your mom spelled your name wrong on the birth certificate. 🙂

    April 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Alan Shiflett

      Thanks Kevin, Alan is a first name, Allen is a last name 😉

      In reply to Kevin Allen | April 25th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Aaron Strong

      Alan Shiflett, I apologize if you have no idea about the recent developments regarding the DBR Secret Domain Society. I could see how the question could be taken as a “joke” if you are unaware of the circumstances. However, the Secret Domain Society is real and is under scrutiny for mischievous actions…..To avoid a conflict of interest I feel you should mention your affiliation with this group for the integrity of the industry….

      In reply to Alan Shiflett | April 25th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Marcia Lynn

      “I apologize if you have no idea about the recent developments regarding the DBR Secret Domain Society.”

      1) What recent developments?

      “the Secret Domain Society is real and is under scrutiny for mischievous actions”

      2) Where’s the proof it’s real?

      3) Who/what has it “under scrutiny”?

      4) What mischievous actions?

      If you refuse to answer these 4 simple questions with specifics, it’ll be obvious to everyone that you are just a troll fabricating stuff for attention.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Brad Mugford


      What “recent developments” or “mischievous actions” are you even talking about? All you are doing is making outlandish claims without anything to back it up.

      It is making yourself look foolish, again.


      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 4:10 pm


    Congratulations! We have talked a few times at conferences and I have heard many great things about you from many domainers.

    Sorry, you have to move to Boston. But at least you can make Elliot bring you out to dinner. 🙂

    April 25th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Elliot Silver

      HAHA… I took Alan to dinner before the WS… next one is his treat!

      In reply to Donny | April 25th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    The Real Adam Strong

    Congrats Allen Shiftleft. I look forward to reduced commissions and superior services 🙂

    April 25th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Aaron S

      Do you get those reduced commissions and superior services for being a DBR Secret Domain Society member?

      In reply to The Real Adam Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Kevin M.

      Pretty lonely there in that rubber room, eh Aaron? But you can see ‘why’ now. Just take the meds they tell you to take, and that glass of anti-freeze, and all will be ok again. And ‘maybe’ you’ll keep at least one domainer as a friend, cause you sure made yourself toxic to the rest today.

      In reply to Aaron S | April 25th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Aaron Strong

      I did not cause the toxic mess, I only recognize it……….

      In reply to Kevin M. | April 25th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I wish there was an ignore button on my blog.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 4:36 pm


      what toxic mess? You still haven’t elaborated on what the mess is? and yes I belong to DBR as well. So you better have your clarification points on target just as Charles suggested. I commend Elliot’s patience with all of this and I shouldn’t feed this troll but it just angers me to no end, the slander and conjecture against good, hardworking, like minded people, such as myself. Step very lightly Aaron…very very lightly….

      “Rumour is a pipe
      Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures
      And of so easy and so plain a stop
      That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
      The still-discordant wavering multitude,
      Can play upon it.”
      ― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Adam S


      Also what happened to Aaron S ? PS I think you should start your own blog

      In reply to Aaron S | April 25th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Aaron Strong

      “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.” – Ronald Reagan

      In reply to Charlotte | April 25th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Critical Thinker

      Aaron – Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Marcia Lynn

      “I did not cause the toxic mess, I only recognize it”

      Can you clean up all the GMO crap while you’re at it, Aaron S?

      How about the freaking sludge from fracking?

      And, *please* don’t forget the dead birds from wind turbines!

      Thanks for caring, buddy!

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Jack Handy

      It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 25th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Aaron Strong

      “Ladies and gentlemen. The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago, that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are are cited to justify it.” – JFK

      In reply to Critical Thinker | April 26th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Critical Thinker

      It must be really depressing to be so obsessed with something, and then to realize that it is something that you can never experience. So sad! I feel for you brother. That probably explains your behavior here. Just let it go… You’ll feel much better, I promise.

      In reply to Aaron Strong | April 26th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Godady - Red Sox Fan

    Congrats Alan!

    April 25th, 2014 at 3:14 pm


    Congratulations Allen! Fair Winds and Following Seas! Enjoy your new adventures and work opportunities!

    April 25th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Ken Hansen

    Congratulation to Alan on the big move to Boston. We will not hold that Red Sox fan thing against him.

    April 25th, 2014 at 5:12 pm


    I just want to say I have nothing to do with all this. Congrats to Alan and it’s too bad the comments have been hijacked.

    Again, not affiliated with anything going on here. I may have unwillingly started it but I’m over it. I am hard at work selling plants. Too busy to be part of all the silliness today


    April 25th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Bill Marcks

    Congrats again, bro! I’m proud of ya’!

    April 25th, 2014 at 9:31 pm


    Well again you can now see that I have already said I think unfortunately the whole Domaining World is now getting very political indeed in view of such vile comments made in many posts. Perhaps I would also like to mention the fact that I feel proud most probably being the only person with total deafness from birth and full grammar school education to make some success and love domaining after only two years despite already retired some ten years ago, so I only rely on emails or texts not voice phone calls and therefore do not expect such blatant discrimination. Thank you.

    April 26th, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Elliot Silver

    Comments are now closed. I am sorry to Alan that comments got so off track.

    I wish him all the best and congratulate him on this big move.

    April 26th, 2014 at 4:16 pm