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  • Rightside rings NASDAQ closing bell [Photo]

    1. BY - Dec 08, 2014
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    Domain name company holds investor day and rings closing bell.

    On Friday, domain name company Rightside rang the closing bell on the NASDAQ.

    The company became listed on the NASDAQ earlier this year after being spun off from Demand Media. Rightside trades under the ticker ‘NAME’.

    Earlier in the day Friday, Rightside held its first Investor & Analyst Day event at Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. Rightside is pitching new top level domain names as the future, and is trying to explain the potential growth in the market (and the upside for companies like Rightside) to investors.

    Rightside owns eNom, Rightside Registry,, and part of NameJet.


  • CentralNic sells $2.5 million worth of premium domain names

    1. BY - Dec 08, 2014
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    Sales were from the company’s portfolio of domain names.

    CentralNic plc, (AIM:CNIC) announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group’s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new top level domain names.

    The company did not disclose which domain names it sold.

    CentralNic also cited delays in new top level domain names coming to market for lower-than-expected sales in new TLDs. In its most recent interim report, the company cited delays in the rollout of new TLDs as well as lower-than-expected interest for the performance. In this release, it just mentions the delays in the rollout for the results.

    The release touts CentralNic’s #2 position in terms of backend registry providers for new TLDs based on registrations of domains it manages. That’s primarily driven by .XYZ’s 730,000+ registrations.

  • Cyber Monday propels .Rocks to 17% daily gain

    1. BY - Dec 02, 2014
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    Rightside markets .rocks heavily as it finds an audience.

    It’s interesting watching for anomalies in new top level domain name registrations. Consider yesterday, when the zone for Rightside’s .rocks top level domain grew by almost 17% (3,817 new domains in the zone, per DomainIncite).

    That’s a lot of new domains, even when you consider Rightside registry as a whole. Here’s a chart from nTLDstats showing Rightside’s daily registration volume across all of its TLDs.

    rightside-rocks-chart Click here to continue reading…

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

    1. BY - Nov 26, 2014
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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
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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.