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  • What I think about Donuts’ bold 80% renewal forecast

    1. BY - Nov 26, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Last Friday, Donuts CEO Paul Stahura posted on CircleID an argument for strong renewal rates in new top level domain names.

    He even put a number on it: “…we conservatively predict an initial renewal rate of greater than 80% for Donuts gTLDs.”

    First of all, kuddos to Donuts for sticking its neck out there with a prediction. It might have its own motivations for doing so, but a lot of TLD registries are backing off of public predictions of any kind after their initial registration predictions were way off.

    I’ve had many conversations over the past few months about what renewal rates for new TLDs will be. I’ve talked to domainers, registries and registrars.

    I think I can make an intelligent argument for all three scenarios: renewal rates below existing TLDs, renewal rates comparable, and renewal rates higher.

    Stahura makes a pretty good case for the latter, and you should read it in its entirety before reading on. Click here to continue reading…

  • GoDaddy announces Super Bowl ad plans

    1. BY - Nov 24, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Danica Patrick to once again star in GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial.

    GoDaddyGoDaddy announced plans today for its 11th consecutive appearance in the Super Bowl.

    GoDaddy’s 2015 Super Bowl ad is called “Journey Home”, and will focus on GoDaddy’s small business offerings.

    Patrick, who already holds the record for most Super Bowl appearances by a celebrity, will star alongside a puppy. Apparently, the commercial will appear to be a Hallmark-style commercial, and then have a twist.

    Under GoDaddy’s new leadership, you can rest assured the ad won’t tease you to visit GoDaddy in order to see Danica strip, either.

    GoDaddy typically runs two Super Bowl commercials, but next year it will just be one.

    The 2015 ad was created by Barton F. Graf 9000.

  • Rightside shares hit new low

    1. BY - Nov 20, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Domain name company isn’t getting much love from Wall Street.

    RightsideShares of domain name company Rightside have dropped 15% this week, and hit an all time low of $8.33 in trading yesterday.

    Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is trading for $8.55 per share this afternoon.

    It’s unclear what caused the sharp drop this week. Rightside reported earnings after the bell on November 6, and shares climbed the next day. The company filed its 10-Q with the SEC last Friday. I could not find anything in the SEC filing that seemed like new news.

    NAME shares started trading on the NASDAQ on August 4 after the company was spun off from Demand Media. Shares started trading at $15.82 that day, so they’re down about 45%. Rightside’s market cap is now $158 million.

    B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha has a $15 price target on the company’s shares.

  • GoDaddy’s DomainFinder App advances domain name selection

    1. BY - Nov 19, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    App makes it easier to narrow in on the best domain name.

    GoDaddy recently released an iOS app for finding and registering domain names called GoDaddy DomainFinder.

    Many of its features are similar to what you find on and other registrar sites. For example, the app lets you filter by price, TLD, and length.

    Yet some features are new and different, mostly when it comes to whittling down the large list of results you receive. You can easily “favorite” domain options or eliminate them.

    After trying out the app, I asked GoDaddy Senior Vice President and GM Mike McLaughlin if the app’s new functionality will become part of’s website. Click here to continue reading…

  • GoDaddy reports Q3 earnings in SEC filing

    1. BY - Nov 17, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Revenue up nearly 25% compared to same quarter last year.

    GoDaddyGoDaddy filed an amended S-1 with the SEC today, in which it discloses its results from the third quarter.

    Here are some financial highlights:

    • Q3 2014 revenue was $356.9 million, up 5.4% from Q2 and 24.7% from Q3 2013.
    • Domain revenue kept growing, but its percentage of GoDaddy’s overall business continues to shrink. In Q3 2012, the domain business accounted for 65.7% of GoDaddy’s business. This past quarter it was down to 54.5%. Hosting and Business Applications are becoming a bigger part of the equation.
    • Both operating and net losses shrunk considerably. Q3 operating loss was $6.8 million, compared to $18.4 million in Q2 and $31.1 million in Q3 of 2014. Net loss was $27.6 million, compared to $37.5 million in Q2 and $47.3 million in Q3 2013. GoDaddy’s adjusted EBITDA bounced back nicely after slipping in Q2, hitting $71.6 million for the quarter.
    • Click here to continue reading…