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  • Times have changed: GoDaddy CEO to speak at women in computing event

    1. BY - Oct 01, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    CEO of company known for sexy commercials to speak on panel at women in computing conference.

    GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving

    GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving is speaking at an event celebrating women in computing.

    GoDaddy’s CEO is speaking on the “Male Allies” panel at next week’s Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event.

    Let that soak in for a moment.

    Such a role for a GoDaddy CEO would not have been imaginable five years ago. The company, known for its objectifying TV commercials, has rankled women for the past decade.

    But the man behind those commercials is no longer at the helm of GoDaddy*. Blake Irving is now running the show and wants to change the company’s image. That includes ending the controversial commercials (a move that was underway before he took the CEO gig). Click to continue reading…

  • My .website results: Hexonet wins the day

    1. BY - Sep 19, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Hexonet did remarkably well with my .website pre-orders.

    .WebsiteOn Wednesday, I wrote about the challenges I had pre-registering domain names at various registrars.

    I was specifically trying to pre-register .website domains. .Website was supposed to launch Wednesday, but was delayed a day for technical reasons. This gave me another 24 hours to go after the domains I wanted. Click here to continue reading…

  • Big news: GoDaddy now fully functional with Afternic

    1. BY - Sep 10, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    Fast Transfer integration is good news for all domainers that sell domains with fixed prices.

    Afternic GoDaddyIt’s been almost a year since GoDaddy acquired Afternic, and domainers can finally realize a huge benefit of the acquisition.

    Starting later today, GoDaddy will be fully integrated with Afternic as a “Fast Transfer” partner.

    This means two things for domain name investors: …Click here to continue reading

  • Christine Jones’ gubernatorial bid ends in primaries

    1. BY - Aug 27, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Former GoDaddy exec places third in Republican primary.

    Christine JonesChristine Jones, former general counsel for GoDaddy, lost her bid to become the next governor of Arizona in the Republican primary yesterday.

    Doug Ducey, current Arizona treasurer and former CEO of ice cream franchise Cold Stone Creamery, took 37% of the vote in the primary. Jones finished third with 16.7% of the vote.

    GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons contributed over $1 million to fund attack ads against Ducey. Parsons told reporters his commercials were in response to Ducey claiming Jones was a “line employee” at GoDaddy; as general counsel she was one of the company’s top executives.

    Running in a Republican primary in Arizona, Jones and the other candidates leaned pretty far to the right to attract voters. Unsurprisingly, one attack against Jones was her cameo in a risque GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial.

    Jones’ 16.7% take in a crowded field was probably a lot better than people expected when she threw her hat in the ring. Her newly found name recognition should help her in business, or should she decide to run for another office.

  • This week’s expired domain report: Got .info?

    1. BY - Aug 21, 2014
    2. Expired Domains
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    Expired Domains

    “Water, water, every where,
    Nor any drop to drink.”

    That would be Coleridge — his ill fated sailor thirstily contemplating the vast seawater. But I doubt “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was the that just sold at GoDaddy Auctions for $12.8k. Aside from that archaic spelling of “rhyme”, we have “rime” as the hoarfrost that forms from a fog in winter. Nope. Not it either. My bet is on the Play Station game, Rime — whose trailer is oddly reminiscent of Coleridge’s poem with its sea scape, gulls, curse, and isolation. I’d go beyond that and wager that this shared mythos — far from being a coincidence — probably inspired the game’s name. sold for $8.4k, by the way. Oh, yeah … Another maritime masterpiece (by Herman Melville) sold a domain last week: ($510) will probably go to a seafood restaurant somewhere.

    Speaking of thirst, Middle Eastern deserts had an exceptional showing in last week’s expired auctions — and all of them .INFOs. Highest of these sales stands the home of the world’s tallest building, ($7.1k). Accompanying that modern tourist destination were 2 more ancient: ($86) and ($280).

    Other .INFOs did well too. For starters, ($570), the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.5 million. But then we have a string of non-geo domains: ($294), ($166), ($136), and ($65). Those are all strong keywords, and .INFO (which already sells regularly on the aftermarket) seems to me more promising than most new TLDs being introduced this year. ($2.95k) and ($3.5k) are no surprise. .ORG is perfect for the first one. I’m taken off guard, however, by a $1.9k sale of After all, Canadians would prefer .CA and .COM to .ORG, one would think. As for at $5.5k? Haven’t got a clue! If I read this as Italian, then it means “His / Her / Its Direct Current”. (DC = CC, “corrente continua”.) That Italian explanation is beyond far-fetched, especially when .CC is only really loved in China and the registrant’s in Vancouver. $5.5k is quite high for .CC. So your guess is as good as mine.

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    Remember disk drives? Well, the .COM for that outdated computer technology just sold for $723. Frankly, I think that was a decent buy. Although domainers mainly chase future trends, older technology becomes more expensive the rarer equipment and technicians become. will have its day again! E-commerce product domains aren’t dead. claimed $809.

    Spanish domains did fairly well. ($710) means “to the full” and has various end users to sell to. ($510) is about declarations of romantic love, and there are a few developed active sites based around that concept and phrase, including and Other lower-valued Spanish domain sales (e.g. y are scattered in the charts.

    Some domain sales clump together. For instance, ($610) + .org ($305). Likewise, this quartet of European cities: ($410), ($305), ($265), ($115). Bizarrely, the highest of those was a .NET, while the other 3 were .COM. I suppose we can add to that list ($355).

    One clear argument in favor of some new TLDs is the ongoing pattern of awkward domain choices for movie releases. Every time I see an encumbering suffix like “-film” or “-movie” or “theMovie”, I must admit there’s room for an nTLD to step in and clean up. All the same, domains like ($210) and ($280) won’t simply go away. Thanks to all the back-links they accrued during promotional lead-ups to the films’ debuts, such domains retain SEO value, I guess. Names of the form ($175) or, better yet, ($108) (without any suffix) are preferable. But movie distributors clearly understand neither domains nor SEO. Otherwise, they wouldn’t continually be letting go of domains about their back catalogue! ($62) slipped right past most of the would-be cybersquatters and went astonishingly cheaply, considering the Chinese website is ranked #16 globally and #5 in China, according to Alexa. was also undervalued at $150. In the grand scheme of things, marijuana-focused travel is just a transitional phase. But right now, while recreational cannabis is legal in some U.S. states and illegal in others, people definitely do plan trips around getting high; and companies exist to help them. Meanwhile, a completely different motivation for travel shows up in another good buy: ($326).

    What else? 5-digit numerical domains continue selling but were down last week at GoDaddy. I counted 6 … and all between $35 and $152. ($94) may be short for “vehicles”. ($106) stretches a proud 30 letters long, whereas ($141) makes a short, ultra-catchy brand name for gif videos. ($235) is a hauntingly beautiful French musical (and film) by Michel Legrand — going by its English title in keeping with performance practice. anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Yes, you guessed it.  That $280 domain is Turkish for UX (user experience) design. sold at the appropriately introductory price of $101. ($93) is obviously about women’s swim wear. Less obviously, the .CO.UK is already in use. If neither of those is your image of ($290), there’s always ($142). But regardless of your sexual preferences, ($280) might prove a handy reminder if you find yourself infatuated with pets , pizzas, or furniture.

    Now for NameJet! passed $11.1k last week. Other expired auctions included 2 domains of social importance: ($3.1k) and ($360). ($2.7k) seems like a money maker to me. Unfortunately, the typo ($1.3k) will have to be written off as somebody’s loss.

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    I quite like ($450) as a version of “Bumper”. It’s got bounce. has the opposite — give. Another good brand name, in my view … ($381) is a strong term for housing, travel, or fashion. As for ($272), it’s simply one of the cheapest good dictionary-word .COMs I’ve seen for awhile. In contrast, 3-letter .NETs did consistently well at NameJet, based on ($860) and ($670). ($299), ($332), and ($2.5k) afford some useful comparisons with nTLD domains on offer — .LONDON, .CLUB, and .GALLERY. So do GoDaddy’s ($1k) and ($211).

    This week’s ($70) hearkens back to last week’s sale of ($180) seems like an obvious way for dating websites to push video marketing; so I was surprised by the low price. Maybe dating videos seem old fashioned. If you really want to see something antiquated, though, check out This directory website has scarcely been updated since the 1998 version.  I don’t mind seeing directory websites superseded, but it is disappointing to see something like, which dates back to 1998, displaced by PPC ads. This internet of ours doesn’t last.

    I’ll end with a riddle. What do George Bush Senior, acoustic guitars, offline advertising, conventional ovens, traditional Chinese characters, analog recordings, and Coca Cola Classic have in common? Hint: It’s a particular domain found in the charts above.