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  • A summary of really interesting information in Rightside’s Investor Presentation

    1. BY - Dec 10, 2014
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    Investor presentation shows initial results from five of Rightside’s TLDs, explains how the company picked TLDs to acquire, and describes the method used to identify premium domain names.

    RightsideOne of the great things about having publicly traded domain name companies is that we can get more data from the companies than we can from private ones. Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is a prime example.

    Rightside held its first Investor & Analyst Day last Friday. You can view the entire presentation with audio here. Or, if you don’t have 2+ hours to spend, you can read my summary of interesting points below. Click here to continue reading…

  • Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data

    1. BY - Dec 10, 2014
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    Latest published data shows August performance of Moniker and other domain name registrars.

    ICANN just published Verisign’s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint.

    I’ve been checking these reports over the past few months to see how many domains Moniker is losing after changing its account interface. What I thought would be massive hemorrhaging has proven to be just a slow bleed, at least as far as .com is concerned.

    Still, as the chart below shows, Moniker is losing a lot more domains than are being transferred in: Click here to continue reading…

  • GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent

    1. BY - Dec 09, 2014
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    Patent covers using comps for domain name evaluation.

    GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals.

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued patent number 8,909,558 for “Appraising a domain name using keyword monetary value data”.

    The patent basically covers using comps for a domain name appraisal, i.e. looking up sales of other domain names including similar keywords and using this to determine value.

    GoDaddy has a number of related patents, and this patent application was a continuation of many of them. Last year the company was granted patents for “Appraising domain names using comparative data” and “Domain appraisal algorithm”. These patents discussed using five “p’s” for domain valuation: precision, popularity, presence, pattern and pay-per-click (PPC).

    GoDaddy employees Paul Nicks and Pat Lutwitze are listed as inventors on the patent.

  • Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside

    1. BY - Dec 09, 2014
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    After Rightside investor day, analyst says forecast is on target.

    B. RileyB. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new top level domain names and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is currently trading for $8.29.

    Sinha forecasts that 29.1 million registrations will be made under new to level domain names by the end of 2016. Based on 3.4 million domains registered to date, he believes his forecast of 3.6 million by the end of this year is on target.

    As for Rightside, Sinha set the price target by applying a 1.25x multiple on his 2015 revenue forecast. He believes Rightside is well positioned thanks to its vertically-integrated business. Name.com, Rightside’s retail operations, has averaged about 10% of sales so far, he noted.

    Sinha is the only analyst I’m aware of covering new TLDs and Rightside.

  • Oops: Moniker account balances are apparently borked

    1. BY - Dec 08, 2014
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    Incorrect balances shown on accounts dating back to October.

    The hits keep on coming for Moniker…and its customers.

    When the domain name registrar switched to a completely new registrar platform over the summer, it lost all previous invoices that customers used to be able to view within their account.

    Customers got access to new invoices, and could see an up-to-date balance, but couldn’t see their transactions from before the platform switch.

    Then, some time around October, it appears that customers’ balances got mucked up. Click to continue reading…