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One household cashes in twice in Verisign Contest

Twice the cash for Florida household.

Verisign Internet Official contestVerisign recently released the second batch of winners in its Internet Official contest. Here are the five that each took home $5,000:

KidsCookDinner.com – Kate K, New York NYC
SkinnyLA.com – Sarah G Los Angeles, CA
SoldiersOnly.com – Alfred M, Jacksonville FL
LastSecondFlights.com – Michael S – Wilton CT
SeniorBride.com – Terry S., Port Charlotte, FL

I couldn’t help but notice that there are now two winners from Port Charlotte, Florida. Last month Nancy Kevorkian, also of Port Charlotte, won with SecretSnitch.com. I figured perhaps the people knew each other through some connection and Nancy told Terry about the contest.

Knew each other might be an understatement — both have the same exact address! I’m not sure how they’re related, and neither returned my phone calls from earlier this week. (Perhaps they’re out at a nice dinner courtesy of Verisign.)

Let’s take a look at this month’s winning domain names and their history: Click here to continue reading…

Verisign wants patent for “Searchable Web Whois”

Company files patent application for improved whois searching across multiple registries.

Verisign has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “searchable web whois”. The application was filed in 2012 and just published today.

The patent application suggests that current whois search, especially across multiple registries, is hard. It claims that current services only search a single registry per search request, it’s difficult to index whois records in real time, it’s hard to make sense of whois data compared to other types of indexed documents, and parsing words in domain names is a challenge.

While these things are difficult, I imagine some whois services will argue that they’re doing a pretty good job of it.

The application goes on to explain Verisign’s better system. I can’t quite figure out how it solves all of the problems the company identifies, at least any better than what other companies have already done. Perhaps this is one of those patents with a few unique claims. You can be the judge: Click here to continue reading…

Verisign reports earnings, 1.51 million net adds

Company reports continued growth in domain name registrations and base.

Verisign reported first quarter earnings after the bell today, including some fairly solid numbers for new registrations and net additions in .com/.net.

8.7 million new .com and .net registrations occurred in the first quarter, up from 8.6 million in the same quarter last year. It’s not a big jump, but it’s headed in the right direction. That netted out to 1.51 million more names after accounting for deletions.

Revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% compared to Q1 2014 to $258 million. Earnings dipped from $94 million to $88 million.

If I were an analyst on today’s conference call, I’d ask what the average revenue per registration for a new .com domain is after taking out direct marketing payments to registrars. I’ve seen lots of promotions on .com lately, including one registrar offering unlimited .com domains for $5 toward the end of last year. It makes sense for Verisign to do this. But for anyone modeling the business, it would be good to understand how much the company is getting for a new .com domain name these days.

The history of Verisign’s Internet Official contest winners

Verisign contest hits its goal in first round.

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Verisign’s first five winners fit its message perfectly.

Verisign has announced the first five winners in its Internet Official contest, a promotion designed to show that good .com domain names are still available. The domain names selected have interesting histories.

The first five winners, who will each pick up $5,000, are:

1. ChooseYourTattoo.com: Registered by Tom H. of Niles, Mich.
2. ElectricMotorcycleClub.com: Registered by Adam Y. H. of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
3. PerfectHairstylist.com: Registered by Zvi A. of Rego Park, N.Y.
4. SecretSnitch.com: Registered by Nancy K. of Port Charlotte, Fla.
5. StressDetector.com: Registered by Jeffrey H. of Baton Rouge, La. Click here to continue reading…

Verisign: China is trending

Chinese terms dominate trending words in .com registrations last month.

Much of .com’s growth has been fueled by Asia recently, and the top trending keywords in .com and .net from last month bare this out. Verisign released numbers on March yesterday:

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It appears that 7 of the top 10 trending terms in .com are in Chinese or related to China.

Verisign creates this list by looking at the fastest growing terms from one month to the next. This prevents the list from being full of terms that are always popular, such as “online”.