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November 21, 2019 16:36

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GoDaddy to host NamesCon auction with ROTD, submissions now open

Submissions open for January’s domain name auction, which will take place on GoDaddy’s auction platform. The annual live domain name auction at January’s NamesCon will be hosted on GoDaddy’s platform rather than NameJet. Right of the Dot (ROTD) is organizing the auction as in past years. This year’s auction will include names such as, […]

Read more closes at $68,000 and another interesting story expired at GoDaddy auctions and just closed at $68,000. This sale should go through at some price at least it can’t be renewed. Back in September closed at $14,294 but apparently some people didn’t pay and the name was eventually settled at $504. Someone I know confirmed the non paying bidders and must […]

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.Com Winners & Losers: Dynadot surges

Dynadot returned to the top 10; Chinese registrar Chengdu West plummets. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers July 2019. There was a shakeup in the top ten registrars for monthly .com volume. Chengdu West fell out of the top 10. Dynadot surged […]

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The HD bot and GoDaddy Auctions

It’s no secret to anyone active in the expired auction scene that Huge Domains and their bot are a big deal on GoDaddy auctions. A thread titled, HUGE DOMAINS SNIPING GODADDY CLOSEOUTS got things going on Namepros. The thread has 21,000 views and 430 replies. It’s a long read and an informative read, if you […]

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GoDaddy to do a share buyback of $500 million

GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) is up 16% today, the company announced strong earnings yesterday and a share buyback. CNBC broke it down Key Points GoDaddy on Wednesday announced its biggest ever share buyback of $500 million. The company reported a 12% rise in quarterly revenue as the web hosting company earned more per user, sending its shares up […]

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GoDaddy reports Q3 earnings; Website builder has 1 million paid users

Website builder hits key milestone as revenue continues upward climb. GoDaddy reported third quarter 2019 earnings this afternoon. Total revenue was $760.5 million, up 11.9% year over year, or 13.3% on a constant currency basis. The revenue number hit the midpoint of GoDaddy’s forecast for the quarter. Domains revenue was $345.3 million, up 11.6% year […]

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US official Heineman joins GoDaddy

Former US government official Ashley Heineman has joined the staff of GoDaddy. Heineman was until quite recently a policy specialist at the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the US representative on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. But GoDaddy confirmed to DI today that she’s now left NTIA and joined the market-leading registrar. I don’t […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly – GoDaddy Auctions 2019 Edition

Back in 2016 we started a series here that looked at the best and worst about companies in the domain industry. Over the last 30 months a lot has changed at many companies so we are revisiting the good, the bad and the ugly. Each post will deal with just one company, readers are encouraged […]

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I don’t want to invest in the #domain, says #GoDaddy customer

Some people expect to get a domain name for free, and aren’t too keen on investing in it. Quite often, a company’s low level manager, middle executive, or IT department head honcho, will attempt to demonstrate their corporate loyalty with a fixation onto a domain name lawfully owned by someone else. The first step is […]

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Berkens says new gTLDs mostly suck but geos suck hardest

Ever since he cashed out his massive portfolio of domain names in a bulk sale to GoDaddy three and a half years ago, domain investor Mike Berkens has been dabbling in new gTLDs, and so far he’s not impressed. In a recent conference speech and blog post, he revealed some of his experiences parking and […]

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