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Verisign gets patent for predicting domain name renewal rates

A crystal ball for estimating domain name renewal rates.

VerisignThe U.S. Patent and Trademark office has granted patent number 9,094,467 to Verisign for “Method and system for predicting domain name registration renewal probability”.

Simply: take a number of factors about the domain name and its history to calculate the chances of it being renewed.

Verisign has to run these calculations frequently, and not just for its own forecasting. Because of the renewal grace period, it can’t give final renewal rates until 45 days after a domain expires. As a public company, it gives some guidance to analysts on each quarterly investor call even though it’s not 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Some of the factors the patent embodiments consider: Click to continue reading…

3 “New” Risks to Verisign’s Business

Company includes additional risks in its most recent quarterly filing.

.Com registry Verisign released its earnings and filed its quarterly report with the SEC yesterday.

Using Intelligize, I compared Q2’s SEC report to Q1 to look for changes. I found three interesting risk factors added to the most recent report. Some of these aren’t new risk factors, but they weren’t disclosed in the Q1 report.

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Verisign to hike .Net prices 10%

Domain registration bills increasing.

Verisign announced that it is raising its wholesale price for .net domain names in February.

The current fee is $6.79, and this will jump 10% to $7.46 effective Feb. 1, 2016.

Verisign is able to increase the price of .net domain names annually. A 2012 contract extension for .com domains keeps that price fixed at $7.85 for the duration of the contract. Click here to continue reading…

Voting begins in Verisign .Com Contest: See the videos

Winners make their cases in videos.

Internet Official VerisignVoting has opened to pick the grand prize winner in Verisign’s Internet Official contest.

The fifteen winners so far each received $5,000. The grand prize winner will pick up a cool $30,000.

Each of the winners was asked to create a video about why they picked their domain name. I just watched all fifteen, and I have to say there’s a wide gap in quality. But voting won’t just be about which video is better…I suspect social media promotion will win the day.

I think running this contest was ingenious. Verisign was able to show that good .com domain names are available for registration (even if they’re hard to find). Some of the winners have domains that match new domain name extensions, too.

Honestly, I think some of the new TLD operators should have thought of and executed on this idea first. It would have made a huge impact having people ask their friends on social media to vote for their domain names based on new TLDs.