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GoDaddy adds woman to board and her background might signal a coming IPO.
GoDaddy has appointed Betsy Rafael to its board of directors. She is the former Chief Accounting Officer at Apple and Finance VP at Cisco Systems. Rafael also serves on the boards of Echelon and Autodesk.
Rafael is the first woman on GoDaddy’s Board of Directors, although the company has a number of women in leadership roles including the CMO, CTO, Chief Communications Officer, and General Counsel.
Looking beyond the key headline of GoDaddy adding a female board member (which is somewhat rare at tech companies), this may be another sign that the company is gearing up for an initial public offering in the future. Before Rafael joined the board it consisted mostly of GoDaddy’s investors. Rafael adds outside accounting and finance board leadership, as she serves on the audit committees of the other two boards she is on.
I’d Laugh out Loud at being paid twenty grand for LaughOutLoud.com.
Afternic and GoDaddy teamed up to sell just over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here’s a list of some of the sales to end users. You can see previous end user sales lists here.
LaughOutLoud.com $20,800 – a company called Codeblack Enterprises, LLC. Is it connected to this entertainment company?
BoatTransport.com $16,000 – auto transport company Showroom Transport.
HealthShield.com $10,000 – LegalShield, previously known as Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. I guess they’re getting into the health insurance business.
ServiceDogCertification.org $1,000 – Service Dog Certification of America.
AdventureTrips.com $6,500 – iTravel, LLC. in Ely, Minnesota.
WestparkBaptist.com $1,100 – West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. They use the matching .org domain name.
HaywardRoofing.com $1,000 – Hayward Roofing and Construction in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They already own HaywardContracting.com.
MetalDecks.com $2,000 – Commercial Siding & Maintenance in Houston.
SiteAlerts.com $5,300 – Marketing software company HubSpot.
SummervilleNissan.com $1,000 – Advanced Dealer Systems, most likely for a client.
ShoreToShoreRealty.com $1,200 – the admin email of the buyer is STSRealtyCorp.com, which I assume stands for “Short to Shore”.
SeeItNow.org $1,596 – The Motion Picture Association.
FondationBeyeler.com $4,750 – Beyeler Museum AG in Switzerland.
HealthData.org $1,500 – Health Metrics And Evaluation at The University of Washington.
AssetLock.net $2,500 – Jenkins Wealth Management Group in Centennial, Colorado.
IDCamps.com $1,000 – iD Tech, which organizes summer technology camps.
ShaleMag.com $1,000 – Shale Magazine, which covers the oil and gas business.
OkinawaTravelInfo.com $1,750 – the owner of okinawa-travel.info.
Jen7.com $1,250 – clothing brand 7 for All Mankind.
Prysma.com $4,500 – FHA lender Prysma Lending. They use PrysmaLending.com.
MedicineStores.com $1,500 – appears to be registered by a pharmacy in Aledo, Texas.
WashingtonPrime.com $2,000 – a CSC client.
OceanStore.com $4,500 – Inversiones Oceans GSM, S.A. in Panama.
A California organ donor group bought DNW.org and a 3D printing company buys a shorter domain name.
GoDaddy/Afternic sold $1.8 million worth of aftermarket domain names last week. Here are 17 that were purchased by end users, including the .org version of this blog’s DNW.com shortcut domain.
You can view previous end user sales reports here.
DNW.org $7,000 – This one obviously caught my eye given that I use the .com version. The buyer is California Transplant Donor Network. I can’t find any use of “DNW” with this group, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
MortgageMD.com $1,800 – a CSC client
TheHomeBakery.com $1,488 – Gracie Moon Pie & Company, a cake baker in Georgia.
StockMarketAlternatives.com $1,488 – Tri-State Financial Solutions Inc. in Houston.
TheDropBox.com $2,650 – This is a great example of how a common term adopted as a brand can still have multiple generic uses. The buyer is Pine Creek Entertainment, which is affiliated with conservative organization Focus On The Family.
RewardConnection.com $1,588 – Texas Disposal Systems, a trash company in Austin. It will be interesting to see how this is used.
PrintME3D.com $1,500 – this 3D printing company upgraded from the undesirable domain name PrintME3DUK.com.
VictorySquare.com $4,500 – Gaming company Victory Square Games shortened its domain name from VictorySquareGames.com
DogFoodAdvisors.com $3,425 – the owner of DotFoodAdvisor.com bought the plural.
CECO.org $1,588 – Conductive Education Center of Orlando
GeoSSL.com $5,000 – GeoCerts SSL
DVAutoParts.com $1,101 – Auto Parts by Direct Vendors in Austin
KISSkit.com $1,000 – KISS Wedding, a site to “keep it simple” and plan a budget wedding.
NAC-Inc.com $1,099 – NAC Architecture in Spokane, Washington.
BWPinc.com $3,288 – Baltimore Waterproofing
HNBank.com $1,250 – Hiawatha National Bank in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.
USP.biz $2,488 – US Pharmacopeial Convention, which uses USP.org for its web address.
Registrars are slowly improving their search results to show new top level domain name options, but the experience is far from ideal.
Earlier this month I wrote about how domain name search at major registrars wasn’t ready for new top level domain names.
I admitted it was early, as Donuts’ domain names had just come on to the market. It represented the first batch of English-language domains to become available.
Now a few weeks later and over 100,000 new TLD registrations made, is search any better? Let’s take a look.
GoDaddy has made strides in search. On February 5th it didn’t show any suggestions related to the terms used in the search. Nor did it list any new TLDs in its suggestions.
Now the registrar is showing relevant domain names. Today I searched for “PlumbingGuru”. PlumbingGuru.com was taken, but here are the first four suggested alternatives:
I couldn’t replicate these types of suggestions with .photography and .lighting.
GoDaddy also isn’t “spanning the dot” with its suggestions. When I searched for “Fun Holdings”, one suggestion was FunHoldings.holdings, but not fun.holdings (which is available).
The search also has some difficulty parsing words to suggest new domain options. This is an age-old challenge that’s not unique to new domain names.
eNom appears to be more on top of things than other registrars.
Last time around it was showing decent suggested alternatives, although its highlighted options at the top of the page seemed to be hardcoded. Today I got the impression that these top results were somewhat based on the search term.
If I had spent $50 million on ads promoting new TLDs before they even launched, I’d sure as heck make it easy for customers to place orders on the day they launched.
Amazingly, 1&1 made it difficult to do so. If you searched for one of the new TLDs in the search box, you were told they were unsupported:
Now you can search for the domains on the main search box rather than going to a special new TLD page.
The user experience is a bit mixed. When I searched for “Baseballgame.guru”, 1&1 returned this:
It acknowledged the domain I was searching for. I’m searching from Texas, but I’m a bit confused as to why I’m being pitched .mx domain names for Mexico.
1&1 doesn’t appear to be considering search terms in suggested domains yet. When I did the PlumbingGuru and FunHoldings search, neither .plumbing nor .guru domains were offered.
Another interesting thing about their domain search: you can have any spaces. I see domain search moving from a string such as PlumbingGuru to terms such as “Plumbing Guru”. 1&1 returns an error message when you search like this.
Hover only appears to return new TLD options if you search for them, e.g. fun.holdings. “Fun holdings” did not suggest .holdings domain names.
Web.com’s registrars fall in to the bucket of “yeah, we aren’t ready for new domain names yet.” Much like 1&1 on the first day, the only way to register a new domain at NetSol or Register.com is to do it through a special new TLD page.
It’s as if some registrars had no idea new TLDs were coming.
Payment thresholds change for sales and parking platforms and rebate program ends.
Afternic and domain name parking platform SmartName have changed their payment thresholds and options in the wake of GoDaddy’s acquisition. Afternic has also quietly shuttered its Park & Sell rebate program.
For Afternic, the minimum domain sales payout for international wires is now $10,000 or more and comes with a $45 processing fee. Checks ($25 processing fee), PayPal, and direct deposit do not have a minimum payout. It seems that PayPal and direct deposit are really your two best options in most cases — assuming you live in a country where this is easy.
Domain parking platform SmartName has different thresholds. SmartName’s minimum payout for international wires is $2,500 or more (with the same $45 processing fee), $100 or more for checks ($25 processing fee), $25 or more for PayPal and $10 or more for direct deposit.
Park & Sell Rebate
Afternic has also quietly shut down its Park & Sell rebate program.
Afternic introduced the Park & Sell rebate program in 2010. If you parked a domain with Afternic and it sold through the platform, you’d receive a 5% rebate on the sales price. This effectively reduced commissions from 20% to 15%.
The program benefited Afternic in two ways. First, many domain names sell after someone clicks a “for sale” banner on a parked domain, so it increased sales. Second, it meant more parking revenue for the company. Apparently the costs outweighed the benefits.