Awareness still a challenge for new top level domain names

Even at a webhosting conference…

Leaders from five domain name companies took the stage at yesterday’s WorldHostingDays conference in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

The most interesting moment was during Q&A. Someone in the back of the room said he’d never heard of .Club before, and registered a few domains during the session. He had a question about an error message he got from a registrar about not being able to register a domain name — it sounded a lot like this 1&1 “illegal” message. Click here to continue reading…

GoDaddy finds it harder to grow top line

Revenue growth slowed in first quarter.

GoDaddy’s headline revenue number in Q1 was up 17.5% year-over-year, but the quarter-over-quarter number isn’t as pretty.

Here’s GoDaddy’s revenue growth each quarter-over-quarter, going back as far as its S-1 filed with the SEC discloses:


Q1 2015 was up just 1.2% compared to Q4 2014. Q4 2014 wasn’t a a huge quarter, either. In Q1, revenue increased about $5 million compared to the previous quarter. The lowest gross change in any quarter over the past two years prior to now was $10 million.

Of course, revenue isn’t the only important number and can be a difficult measure for a subscription business like domain names and hosting. Revenue is recognized over time, not all up front.

GoDaddy releases first earnings report as public company

Company posts 17.5% year-over-year growth in first quarter of 2015.

GoDaddyGoDaddy has released its first quarterly earnings as a public company and will hold its first quarterly investor call later this afternoon.

The company posted revenue of $376.3, up 17.5% compared to the first quarter of 2014. Revenue was up just 1% quarter-over-quarter.

The net loss was $(43.4) million, which isn’t as bad as the same quarter last year but is worse than last quarter’s $(26.8) million.

GoDaddy added about 400,000 customers during the quarter and increased revenue per user by $10 over the past year.

Revenue in the Domain Name business was up about 10% year-over-year while the company’s growth lines, Hosting and Business Applications, were up 21% and 53%, respectively.

Tucows gets $1.5 million for marketing .Online domain name

Registrar gets even figure sum to promote .online for three years.

Tucows’ withdraw from a partnership to run the .Online registry has resulted in a $1.5 million gain for the company in return for lending marketing support to the new TLD for three years.

The domain name registrar had formed a partnership with Radix and NameCheap to go after the .online top level domain name. The parties ended the partnership earlier this year, allowing Radix to own the top level domain name by itself.

Tucows and NameCheap got their capital contributions back from the partnership and also entered into a marketing agreement.

Using Intelligize’s filing comparison tool, I found that Tucows revealed the financial consideration it is receiving for the marketing efforts in its most recent 10-Q filed with the SEC: Click here to continue reading…

Tucows reports continued growth as mobile services boom

Ting helps Tucows continue to post strong growth.

Tucows reported continued revenue growth in an earnings release after the market closed today.

The company posted $40.5 million revenue, up from $34.4 million in the same quarter last year and $38.8 million last quarter.

Tucows’ Ting group, which offers mobile phone services and is moving into high speed internet, continues to be the growth driver for the company. Quarterly revenue from these services has nearly doubled in the past year and hit $12.9 million last quarter.

The domain name business is treading water. Domain Services revenue, which includes the Tucows reseller network, Hover and sales/monetization of its domain name portfolio, is essentially flat year-over-year. The retail Hover business is up slightly from Q4 with $2.9 million revenue in the three months ended March.