Company responds to question about .xyz giveaway and threat from Google becoming a domain name registrar.
Web.com held its quarterly conference call yesterday. Analysts asked the company about Network Solutions’ .xyz domain name giveaway and the threat from Google becoming a domain name registrar.
The answers below are from David Brown, CEO.
And then finally on the xyz, we have a long history of offering domain names at very low price in order to attract customers. And then after a year with us, if they choose to renew, we have some additional revenue. And we’ve been testing this process for years. It has worked for us and allowed us to be very competitive in an extremely competitive and marginalized business. And so xyz could have been an example of that.
This is a peculiar response to .xyz. The domains were given to existing customers. I guess the hope is that some of them will renew.
On Google as a competitor:
So let’s just hit the Google thing head-on. We don’t see any competitive threat from Google relative to domains. Google is a fantastic company, growing at a fantastic growth rate in a number of high-priced categories, and we don’t see them shifting their focus to a commoditized, low-growth industry anytime soon. However, we do see them taking advantage of new top-level domains in specialty areas, and good news, we’re partnered with them. We’re going to be one of the registrars that helps them distribute those into the marketplace. So we’ll benefit, actually, from Google’s entry into the domain space, but we don’t see Google shifting their business model into the domain industry in any meaningful way. We, on the other hand, are one of the — already one of the most significant do-it-for-me partners for Google in our online marketing space. I commented earlier, we’re the only domain name and hosting company that’s a premier partner for Google, and we have been for years. So we think we can benefit from them working in the new gTLD space because they’re going to be possibly creating opportunities for people to grab new domain names, and that creates opportunities for us in the online marketing space and even in the DIFM website space.
Brown addressed Google in his prepared remarks but kind of beat around the bush. His answer to the analyst was more direct. Web.com doesn’t think Google is going to go all in on the registrar side of the business. They might be right.
(Transcript quotes from SeekingAlpha)
Sometimes $30 is more shocking than $20,250.
GoDaddy Auctions’ sale of Exotica.com for over $20k comes as no surprise. There were already 97 bids up to $6,700 after day 1 (with 8 days remaining); and, by the penultimate day, those numbers had risen to $15.5k and 153 bids. From there, it only took 15 bids more to nudge up to $20,250. “Exotica” has been used with adult connotations but also denoted a style of music popular in the 1950s. I don’t see a revival coming, but “Exotica” is just one of those brand names that’s destined for success. Maybe you’ll book a tour through Exotica, watch a new season of “Exotica”, or be driving the fully equipped 2015 Exotica. We’ll see.
WorldCard.com at $7k makes sense. Travel and credit cards are big business. Even BeatCarmageddon.com at $2.2k is understandable, since video games are a lucrative industry. But I come up with nothing for ZeroPair.com. Are pairs like -5 and +5 or -3.14518 and +3.14518 worth $5k to someone out there?
To continue the gaming theme, last week also saw expired auctions for PlayThisThing.com ($1.8k), GameBreak.com ($1.6k), and the dirt-cheap GameFlavor.com ($65).
Another familiar niche — marijuana — was represented by SmokingCannabis.com (a steal at $1.4k), BongWorld.com ($405), and possibly also GoSmoke.com ($1k). CannabisConsultants.com ($500) was a lot cheaper than Cannabis.consulting, which runs about $795 per year.
Mug shots (and their removal) are a niche some notable domainers have explored. DailyMugShot.com seems to have been around for awhile, based on its 2007 Twitter handle. Since people pay for reputation repair, the $2k price makes some sense — although the “daily” angle is lost on me.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Exotica.com 20250 WorldCard.com 7200 ZeroPair.com 5100 BusinessDebt.com 3550 BeatCarmageddon.com 2247 DailyMugShot.com 2025 ClubNX.com 1975 PlayThisThing.com 1825 Danpu.com 1700 GameBreak.com 1625 AppliedMedicalServices.com 1557 WinCom.com 1450 SmokingCannabis.com 1425 WOTT.info 1375 LeisureTours.com 1136 BriefHealthPrograms.com 1125 GoSmoke.com 1075 SEOForBlogger.com 970 SecondWaveSystems.com 930 Enviro-Engrs.org 920 GoldenBaseball.com 910 30Z.com 820 AGLMH.org 811 LeadingIndicators.com 810 LVNVLawyer.com 770 Rainier-RedCross.org 760 Aditel.org 730 80108.com 721 SpaHiFive.com 721 CapitalX.com 665 CasaVieja.com 665 FeteParadiso.com 637 SnapLoans.com 635 SafeBit.com 615 JoomlaMafia.com 610 QHomeDecor.com 610 Acme-SuperStore.com 608 SWRNN.com 570 FreeCounselingHelp.com 565 WDesign-It.com 560 EarPlug.cc 530 CW9.com 530 TheHarteOfMarketing.com 520 LiveWithDepression.org 517 DVDA.org 510 VacationTraditions.com 509 ECOL.net 504 NobamaNetwork.com 500 CannabisConsultants.com 500 BhamWeekly.com 495 BalticRobotSumo.org 466 InwoodParkApts.com 466 Resave.com 460 ImagesOfBlackWomen.com 455 ValAir.com 444 LifeMile.com 410 Ayojak.com 410 T3I.com 407 CrazyForLiberty.com 407 BoycottTheHomeDepot.com 405 1660.cc 405 VeryBeCareful.com 405 CanadianTourismNetwork.com 405 BongWorld.com 405 MesParolesSEnvolent.com 393 HomeDecorInteriorDesign.com 382 OpenCompositing.org 375 HoustonBackSurgeon.com 355 GoldPawnShop.com 335 OrangeExposure.com 330 SliceOfJustice.com 326 DentTech.com 317 AdventurePoint.com 311 VideoSpark.com 305 HowToUseSEO.com 305 BergmanORama.com 305 TackleDesign.com 288 WomenOfTheGreenGeneration.com 261 Scottsdale-Resorts.com 255 LuxuryStores.com 255 MonsterOffers.com 252 Yokia.com 230 DropcatchDomains.com 205 MobilePayDay.com 205 FilmHD.com 203 Hallucinet.com 185 ElSiglo.net 175 ToSave.com 161 Kenetix.net 145 GoldOil.com 138 SEOHeader.com 100 PhotographyTeam.com 77 GameFlavor.com 65 SeniorCoupon.com 30
Spanish expired domain sales included CasaVieja.com ($665). Literally it means “old house”; but in practice it’s already used as the brand name of multiple restaurants, lodges, and one tequila. American domainers tend to undervalue Spanish domains.
For the benefit of people outside the USA, I’ll point out that LVNVLawyers.com ($770) refers to Las Vegas, Nevada. While I’m mentioning things miscellaneously: VeryBeCareful.com ($405) itself foot own shot in has. Hopefully the same buyer as GrammarMatters.com ($135)!
In case you’re worried about drinking too much OJ, you can relax. OrangeExposure.com would pertain to Vietnam and the disturbing repercussions of chemical weapons.
The “-orama” suffix in BergmanORama.com is an incongruous tail to pin on the donkey of cinematic genius Ingmar Bergman, who is mainly associated with earnest existential angst. But there’s already a Pinterest page of that name.
By far the best purchase I saw at GoDaddy was SeniorCoupon.com for a mere $30. Not only is it the perfect intersection of 2 money-making sectors, but there’s already a developed website to sell to at SeniorCoupons.com. If you’re a domainer, kick yourself right now!
Even at 4 words, TheInternetOfThings.com is a domain I’d value above its $3.9k NameJet price. Cisco ads for “The Internet Of Everything” have been everywhere, and this tech trend is expected to continue growing.
Since giving gifts involves spending money, GiftGiving.com should make back its $2.6k purchase price in short order. Interestingly, auctions for BuyGift.com ($1.2k ) and UsefulGifts.com ($471) took place also. I much prefer GiftGiving.com.
Obviously the spinach-loving buyer of SAAG.com was undeterred by my warning last week about malware on the domain. As of today, Chrome still blocks the domain for me. If that buyer knows a way to scrub an infected domain till Google declares it clean, hopefully he’ll share that method.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Compliance.net 5099 TheInternetOfThings.com 3933 Webbe.com 2988 AGBC.com 2980 GiftGiving.com 2569 SAAG.com 2500 OURE.com 2102 BlitzMedia.com 1905 Geology.org 1769 Pates.com 1629 FrenchDesign.com 1555 Sirop.com 1455 PowerRack.com 1300 BuyGift.com 1221 LandMineAction.org 1201 CESP.com 1009 AVEI.com 932 PRT.net 880 Tierramerica.net 820 HOBC.com 780 IBCGroup.com 760 EphemeraWeb.org 610 LocationGuide.com 601 TimesWRSW.com 600 GSHA.com 600 VOOJ.com 585 OMF.net 555 SCFL.com 520 ASNF.com 510 UsefulGifts.com 471 InceptionMicroAngelFund.com 445 TYPI.com 431 GuavaJuice.com 375 MControl.com 370 OrionProgram.org 360 ManufacturedHomeLoans.com 345 MultiFaith.org 283 QuoteADay.com 282 AMRD.com 262 Vectar.com 232 IndianFootball.com 230 AlaskaResorts.com 211 TravelerVideos.com 209 Aktivity.com 160 RemodelingBids.com 150 Nete.net 100
The word “resorts” typically conjures up images of swaying Caribbean palms or Mediterranean sunbathing, but apparently AlaskaResorts.com ($211) exist too. I, for one, would love to go — or, failing that, watch someone else’s TravelerVideos.com ($209).
ManufacturedHomeLoans.com ($345) may be long, but home loans are worth more than $345. Getting a mortgage for that manufactured home probably entails its own challenges, which could make an informational site a magnet for people looking for high-value transactions. This was a smart buy, in my view.
Next week, you can squat on the name of a popular 1990s band, Ben Folds Five. I’d advise against it, but I’ll be watching out of curiosity. Why not sell FermentedFoods.com instead? While they’re unfamiliar to many palettes, there are a lot of them out there worth trying at least once. The Japanese love their Natto.
Domain Name Venue Domain Name Venue AdultOnline.com NJ Pre BenFoldsFive.com NJ Pre CoolSports.com GD DistanceLearning.org NJ Pre DopeShit.com NJ Pre ExerciseMore.com NJ Pre FermentedFoods.com GD FuneralSolutions.com NJ Pre HealthyStore.com GD Important.org GD InternetGaming.com NJ Pre InventorPitch.com NJ Pre LetsMusic.com NJ Pre Load.us GD MobileDating.com PD Mutty.com NJ Pre PrivacyTips.com NJ Pre TechieAwards.com GD
Mutty.com is a good pet brand name, “mutt” being a dog whose breed is indeterminately mixed. You’ve also got your pick of various large industries: AdultOnline.com, InternetGaming.com, and FuneralSolutions.com.
Shows like “Shark Tank” have made inventor funding pitches popular, which could make InventorPitch.com a popular site … given the right idea.
I’m not cool enough to own DopeShit.com. Are you?
Et tu, Amazon?
Amazon.com is now offering domain name registration in conjunction with its web services.
This move is not similar to Google’s recent foray into the retail registration market. Instead, it’s similar to what Google did many years ago — offer domain name registration through partners.
Web services providers understand that domain name registration is a key part of getting online. Making it easier to get and integrate a domain name makes it easier to use web services.
Amazon’s domain name registration is offered through its Route 53 Domain Name Service (DNS). It’s actually a reseller deal with ICANN-accredited registrar Gandi. .Com domain names cost $12 a year.
Google has offered domain names in this fashion for many years through partnerships with GoDaddy and eNom. In June it decided to enter the retail domain name registration market directly, no doubt because it will soon be the registry for dozens of new generic top level domain names.
Amazon.com also applied to run dozens of top level domain names. Could its entry into the retail domain name registration market be far behind?
(hat tip: @GeorgeKirikos)
AWS.com is available? If only…
Web.com’s Q2 revenue numbers don’t hit company’s target.
Web.com, which owns Network Solutions, Register.com and SnapNames, released earnings after the bell today.
GAAP revenue for the second quarter was $138.2 million. Adjusted revenue was $144.7 million. Although that’s up 10% year-over-year, it’s below the company’s guidance range of $146.0 million to $147.5 million.
The company added 38,500 subscribers last quarter.
The earnings press release does not mention the number of registered domain names. It will be interested to hear if registration numbers are discussed on the earnings call this afternoon; the number would be inflated by free .xyz registrations.
Web.com also announced the acquisition of Scoot today. With over 400 websites, Scoot is the largest online only business directory network in the United Kingdom.
New service will launch next week.
The company behind Estibot is launching a new domain name service called domainIQ next week.
domainIQ provides reverse whois (all the domains owned by a person or company), historical whois, and other intelligence about domain names.
Many of the features are currently found in DomainTools, and some are also found in the free service Whoisology. domainIQ will certainly compete with these services, depending on what level of detail and data the customer is looking for.
Reverse whois lookups at domainIQ include a bunch of data including the list of domains, categories they fall into, extension break down, language, registrar, valuation break down, keyword density breakdown and more. You can view a video of how it works at domainIQ.com.
Prices range from $24.95 to $149.95 per month. Each package includes unlimited reverse whois lookups, but the levels display a different number of results. For example, the mid-level $49.95/month package will show up to 100 results per lookup.
Estibot rolled the service out to some of its long-time customers today. It will debut to the public next week.