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Rightside earnings: 15 TLDs generate $2.5 million, strong eNom performance

Rightside grows its eNom business, new TLDs generate $2.5 million in revenue as of end of Q3.

RightsideRightside released third quarter earnings after the bell today.

Revenue for the third quarter came in at $48.8 million, up from $45.5 million in the same quarter last year and $46.7 million in the second quarter of 2014.

The company swung to a profit with a $4.1 million bottom line. However, its adjusted EBITDA — which presumably is a key metric it wants to be valued on — was ($0.6) million.

A particular bright spot for the company was moving the needle in its domain name registration business. Organic growth (excluding the acquisition) in domain services was 10.5% due to onboarding more eNom wholesale partners. Rightside had been having trouble growing this fairly mature business.

On the new top level domain front, Rightside recorded a gain of $8.6 million for withdrawing seven applications for new top level domain names.

As of the end of the quarter, Rightside had 15 top level domains out in general availability for an average of 89 days each. The company had generated over 80,000 registrations with almost $2.5 million in total cash sales. That’s an average of above $30 per domain name. While many of its domains have a wholesale price of $20, its initial sales include sunrise and landrush/EAP pricing. It also sells some domains for premium prices.

eNom and sign 2013 RAA

Demand Media gears up for new TLDs by signing new registrar agreement.

eNomDemand Media’s eNom and domain name registrars have signed the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), the company announced today.

That makes four of the top 10 domain name registrars who have signed the new agreement. In addition to Demand Media, other top ten registrars that have signed the agreement include GoDaddy, 1&1, and Melbourne IT.

Signing the new agreement is required before domain name registrars can sell new TLDs, and so far only a handful of registrars have executed the agreement. The updated RAA places significantly more burden on domain name registrars than the previous agreement, including whois verification.

Demand Media was among the companies that was at the negotiating table to help craft the 2013 RAA. With the exception of Key-Systems, all of the registrars that were part of the negotiating team have now signed the agreement.

Google makes domain verification easier with eNom and Go Daddy

eNom and Go Daddy customers can verify ownership from web based interface.

Google has just introduced a speedier way to verify your domain ownership for use with certain Google tools.

You have to verify that you own a particular domain name in order to use some Google services with the domain, e.g. seeing search queries for your web site in Webmaster Tools. Until now the process has been kind of difficult for people without technical skills.

The new service allows eNom and Go Daddy customers to complete a simple sign-on process to verify to Google that they own a particular domain. To verify a domain, you basically provide your registrar login credentials within an interface and grant it permission to verify your ownership.

Google plans to extend the feature to BlueHost customers soon.

Site covering Bo Xilai scandal led to DDoS, eNom rejects domain as well and eNom play hot potato with domain name. got hit with a massive distributed denial of service attack at the end of last week, and it appears this is because a site covering the downfall of Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai was registered with its service.

The domain registrar had received an anonymous email saying it needed to drop, reports The Washington Post. Shortly thereafter it was hit with a DDoS. then received a message that the attack would continue “unless we handed over the domain to the attackers and told the original owner that it was stolen.”

As far as I can tell was not hosting the site; it was just the domain registrar. I have reached out to for comment. (Update: said it was also hosting the site. Update 2: Turns out they were just the registrar. Never mind.) quickly dumped the problem on eNom by helping’s owner transfer the name there. eNom didn’t want to have anything to do with it an fobbed it off on German domain registrar 1&1. That’s where the domain is at the time of writing.

[Update 4/24: has posted about the DDos and how it responded.]