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Domain registrars plead for data as websites go dark thanks to whois verification requirements.It has been almost a year since most large domain name registrars have been required to verify certain elements of domain name whois information.
For now, it’s pretty simple. Your registrar sends an email to the whois contact on your domain and asks you to click a button to verify.
It’s simple in theory, anyway. The reality is that people aren’t seeing and aren’t getting these verification emails, which are sent for new registrations and when changes are made to whois records. Over one million domain names have been suspended because their owners didn’t verify.
Suspended domains equal broken websites.
Domain name registrars have been pleading with ICANN to get law enforcement to say what good this is doing. How is this helping them stop criminals? It it helping them enough to justify taking down over one million domain names? Click to continue reading…
GoDaddy’s amended s-1 filing shows that it paid $42 million plus up to $3 million in bonuses for email marketing firm.
GoDaddy filed an amended S-1 with the SEC yesterday.
Most of the changes from the previous S-1, filed in August, are subtle. The latest filing does not include third quarter results.
The most notable change in the new filing is the disclosure of its purchase price for email marketing firm Mad Mimi. The filing discloses that it paid $42 million for the company, plus up to $3 million in performance-based bonuses. The acquisition closed in August.
Other changes in the amended filing include: Click here to continue reading…
ICANN is forecasting 15 million new TLD registrations during the current fiscal year.
ICANN has slashed the number of new top level domain name registrations it expects during this fiscal year for budgeting purposes, but is its picture still too rosy?
That’s a question that members of the Registrar Stakeholders group asked ICANN’s board last week in Los Angeles.
In May, ICANN set a draft proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which runs from this July to June 2015. Its revenue forecast from new top level domain names included a startling number of second level registrations under new TLDs: 33 million.
It has since revised the forecast down 55% to just 15 million.
Given results so far, it hardly seems likely that 15 million new domains will be registered in new TLDs before next summer — even if you include registrations occurring before the fiscal year began. There are currently about 2.8 million registrations.
Domain registrars are concerned that they’ll get stuck holding the bag if revenue comes in below target.
New TLD registries pay ICANN a fixed fee of $6,500 per quarter ($25,000 per year). If they have more than 50,000 “transactions” in a year, they pay 25 cents per domain. Transactions are actually domain-years, not registrations, but ICANN’s budget refers to a number of domains registered as an assumption in its forecast. I’m not sure how ICANN calculates this in the budget; they must be assuming a certain number of TLDs cross this threshold.
Should domain registrations come in below forecast, then ICANN will have a revenue shortfall. The easiest place to make that up, the registrars fear, is by increasing the variable registrar fee on domain name registrations. That’s the 18 cent “ICANN Tax” you usually see passed on to the customer.
ICANN’s latest FY2015 budget cites the number of new TLD registrations as a risk factor. In fact, it mentions the risk of a “lower number of transactions per registry” as “high”, and lists the likelihood of a “higher number of transactions per registry” as low.
It certainly seems that ICANN should be planning for a lot fewer registrations than are in its budget.
TopCoin enables registries to pass rebate credits directly to registrants.
I caught up with Michael Blend last night here in Los Angeles. Blend sold his company to Demand Media and was then an executive with the company for many years.
He’s currently working on a number of startups, and one of these is applicable to the domain name industry: TopCoin.
It’s billed as a cryptocurrency for digital goods. Click here to continue reading…
Customer losses stemming from botched transition was rather limited in first month.
ICANN has just published the monthly registry reports for June, the month that Moniker switched to an entirely new platform.
The switch caused numerous problems for Moniker and its customers. But it looks like — at least for the first month — the damage in terms of domain outflows was rather limited. Click to continue reading…