Rightside stock up 50% this year

Shares rebound from tough 2014.

2014 was miserable for owners of Rightside stock. Its shares sank 58% from $15.82 after being spun off from Demand Media to $6.72 at the close of 2014. Ouch.

2015 is seeing a big reversal. Shares opened today at $10.11, up 50% from the January 2 open of $6.76.

The fundamentals of the business don’t seem to have changed, but people are buying the stock. I suspect a lot of the sell-off in 2014 was from people who invested in Demand Media and didn’t care to own a pure-play domain name business. They went ahead and took the tax loss. It’s worth noting that most domain name stocks had a weak 2014.

Here’s a chart showing Rightside’s stock performance.

Rigthside owns eNom, Name.com, a large domain portfolio, half of NameJet and Rightside Registry.

Weebly introduces program for domain name registrars and hosts

Reseller program allows hosts and registrars to offer Weebly website builder tools.

weeblyWebsite builder Weebly launched a new program for domain name registrars and webhosts today, enabling them to offer Weebly’s website creation tool to their customers.

NameCheap and Endurance International Group (which owns a number of hosting companies and Domain.com) are initial customers of the new Weebly for Hosts.

Weebly for Hosts is essentially a reseller program, allowing companies to offer a simple website builder in order to sell more domains and hosting packages, as well as retain customers with a sticky product. Resellers can also offer customers paid packages as a new revenue source.

Weebly claims to be used by over 30 million entrepreneurs, and competes with companies such as Wix.

Former eNom VP Chris Sheridan joined Weebly earlier this year.

GoDaddy sets IPO range, plans to raise $400M at up to $3B valuation

Company sets anticipated range in SEC filing.

GoDaddyGoDaddy revealed a planned IPO range of $17.00-$19.00 per share in an SEC filing this morning.

At the mid price point of $18.00, GoDaddy will raise $396 million. If it prices at the high end, and its underwriters exercise and option to purchase 3.3 million more shares, it could reach $481 million.

If it prices at $19.00 per share, the IPO would value GoDaddy at just shy $2.9 billion. On the low end it will be about $2.6 billion.

The private-equity investment in GoDaddy three years ago is rumored to have valued the company at $2.25 billion.

GoDaddy will trade under the ticker GDDY on the New York Stock Exchange.

Promoting Top Level Domain Names with Google Ads

Verisign is promoting an article about .com when users search for “domain names” on Google.

I saw an interesting Google Adwords ad today when searching for “domain names”.

Most ads for this search are usually for domain name registrars such as GoDaddy. But this one caught my eye:

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The ad links to this story on CBSNews.com, and was clearly promoted by .com registry Verisign to keep .com top of mind. Click here to continue reading…

.Com’s biggest winners and losers

Uniregistry wins and Moniker loses when it comes to .com domain name transfers in November.

ICANN has published the most recent monthly report from ICANN showing .com transfer wins and losses from November.

Uniregistry had the biggest net inflow of transfers for a public registrar, while Moniker had the biggest net outflow. As bad as the number was for Moniker (23,847 lost to only 3,136 gained), it wasn’t as bad as its October outflow.

Here are the top 5 winners*, measured by net transfers-in (transfer gain minus transfer loss): Click here to continue reading…