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  • GoDaddy gets patent for “Domain name hijack protection”

    1. BY - Jun 10, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Patent is mostly about whois proxy email services.

    USPTOThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 8,751,685 (pdf) to GoDaddy for “Domain name hijack protection”.

    The patent, applied for in 2010, is actually a divisional patent of an application I wrote about in 2008. The earlier patent application hasn’t been granted yet.

    The majority of the patent is about whois proxy services (e.g. DomainsByProxy) rather than domain theft prevent; It’s a divisional and continuation patent to a number of proxy related patents GoDaddy has filed.

    As for “domain hijack protection”, the patent describes a way of blocking transfer requests sent by email. Although the language isn’t quite clear, it sounds like the patent is describing the old way of transferring a domain name: the losing registrar would send a confirmation email to the registrant and the registrant had to click a link in that email to accept the transfer.

    The patent suggests that a whois proxy service could stop that transfer notice from ever reaching the domain owner, thus preventing an unwanted transfer.

    Of course, clicking a link in an email to confirm a transfer is no longer required. It’s the opposite, in fact. Now an email is sent to the domain owner informing them of the transfer. The transfer will go through if they do nothing. Blocking a transfer email from reaching the domain owner would be a bad thing.

    As of the end of March, GoDaddy had 127 issued patents and 176 pending, according to the S-1 statement if filed yesterday.

  • 8 Things We Learned from GoDaddy’s IPO filing

    1. BY - Jun 09, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    GoDaddy filed its S-1 today to go public. I’ve skimmed the 250 pages to compile these seven data points that weren’t previously known.

    1. GoDaddy has a lot of customers: 11.548M, to be exact.

    2. The company had 2013 revenue of $1.13B. It breaks down like this: $672M from domains (and add-ons like privacy), $381M from hosting and $77M from business apps. Oh, and 24% of the revenue comes from its Customer Service reps selling to customers.

    3. Its GAAP loss was $199.9M last year, but its adjusted profit was a positive $199.0 million.

    4. GoDaddy paid $94.48M in cash for hosting company Media Temple last year.

    5. We don’t know how much it paid to buy Afternic last year. The company grouped its four acquisitions last year (other than Media Temple) into one group in the filing, stating that it paid close to $70 million in cash and equities for the lot. The only hint at Afternic’s size is that GoDaddy paid about $2.1 million in third party commissions last quarter to Afternic partners.

    6. It paid $17.8 million cash plus $1.9M equity to acquire Outright in 2012.

    7. Bob Parsons told me he was the largest single shareholder after the private equity deal, and that’s still the case. By ten basis points. Parsons owns 28.1% of the company. Investors KKR and Silverlake own 28.0%.

    8. New(ish) CEO Blake Irving gets paid a $1 million salary with a target bonus that doubles that. Throw in the value of options and his total pay package is over $10 million.

  • GoDaddy files to go public (again)

    1. BY - Jun 09, 2014
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    GoDaddy says “It’s Go Time” for IPO.

    GoDaddyGoDaddy has filed its S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    This will be the company’s second attempt at an initial public offering. It originally filed to go public in 2006, but later shelved its plans.

    The company found another way to exit in 2011 when it found an investor in KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

    Parsons remained the individual single shareholder in the company after the investment.

    The company brought in ex-Yahoo and Microsoft exec Blake Irving as CEO at the beginning of last year.

    More to come…

  • EDR: A look at 150 expired domain name auctions from the past week

    1. BY - Jun 05, 2014
    2. Expired Domains
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    This week’s Expired Domain Report from Joseph Peterson has close to 150 expired domain name auctions from last week. As always, some of the prices paid are head-scratchers.

    One thing organizations are good at … is dropping the ball.  Take this week’s top-selling expired domain auction, for instance.

    MobiLoans.com seems to have purchased MobileLoans.com in December, 2011.  Last April, the domain expired; and now NameJet has sold it for a whopping $30k.  Although there were 126 bids from 56 bidders, only two were competing beyond $6,500.  My hunch is that MobiLoans, LLC, found itself bidding against someone who wanted to sell their former domain back to them for even more than $30k.

    But that wasn’t the only expired auction at NameJet last week:

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    MobileLoans.com 30099 Taking.com 7255
    Canan.com 5050 Run.tv 2900
    SignatureHealth.com 2300 HNIP.net 2055
    Fearsome.com 1600 SVMoms.com 1551
    LetJusticeRoll.org 1511 PerfectVacation.com 1418
    7456.cc 1100 VHDL.com 966
    ThisWorld.com 807 CEMT.org 777
    JWF.org 776 TrophyWives.com 760
    Jollys.com 689 MyrtleWood.com 646
    RPHG.com 619 DayInTheCloud.com 529
    VVY.net 511 LongViewInstitute.org 461
    LuxuryDesks.com 454 Spicy.tv 442
    GlynisSmy.com 360 CDUS.com 298
    MOTG.com 290 SimHost.com 285
    BGNA.com 210 MedicalInsurancePlans.net 99

    Canan.com has a surprising number of end users for a domain I first interpreted as a typo for the Biblical land of milk and honey.  It’s a Turkish TV show, a law firm, a Gaelic language service / graphic design agency (rolled into one), a photographer, and the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans.

    Those are some aggressive dictionary words: Fearsome.com + Taking.com.

    Notice the LLLL .NET for $2k … an LLLL and LLL .ORG within $1 of each other at $777 … an NNNN .CC over $1k … and 4 LLLL .COMs between $210 and $966.  Short domains have had a good week.

    At GoDaddy, I could barely take a step without tripping over LLLL .COMs with active bidding.  Selecting domains based on their mid-auction bids, I ended up with 255 / 802 = 32% domains that happened to be 4-letter .COMs this week.  That’s unusual.

    My lists are never comprehensive — meaning they leave out whatever I don’t look at.  Some auctions become active while I’m not paying attention; and I miss those.  Even so, my sampling turned up 5 LLLL .COMs at GoDaddy that sold in the $401 – $1035 range, another 28 from $150 – $307, and 54 more above $100.  The top 100 of those LLLL.com’s had a median price of $115 and a mean of $163.

    For the most part, these weren’t CVCV’s or domains following other patterns beloved by domainers.  On the contrary, DZPM.com + GQPX.com + JLSQ.com surpassed $1000 between them.  That too is unusual.

    Normally, if someone suddenly dumps a large inventory on the market, prices are diluted.  Instead I saw an increase in quantity of domains, an increase in bids, and an increase in prices.  Some of you probably noticed the same phenomena.

    GoDaddy’s big sale, however, was an anti-Google domain: Scroogle.org.  Raymond Hackney pointed out earlier this week that the domain was once an ad-free Google alternative, relinquished by the owner due to DDOS attacks, among other things.  I have wondered whether the auction might have been a bidding war between Google and Microsoft, since the latter operates Scroogled.com — another anti-Google domain.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    Scroogle.org 17100 LosAngelesPlumbers.com 4261
    SCWurl.com 3733 SMTP.net 3550
    PCDownloadStation.com 3464 NgorongoroCrater.org 3050
    FeelGreat.com 2800 MatterNetwork.com 2500
    PropogandaPanda.com 2175 MillionDictionary.com 2125
    StopCreditors.com 1725 FXBook.com 1713
    TheDateList.com 1461 PressReleaseSpider.com 1385
    AsiaPower.com 1358 MyGiving.com 1291
    MyUniversalFacts.com 1280 Farm255.com 1261
    Cupidtino.com 1251 2244.net 1235
    SEOForums.com 1195 Solarise.com 1170
    OrganizersDB.org 1125 TPOT.com 1035
    Sportaneous.com 1035 SolverFoundation.com 1035
    PGEU.org 1009 GorillaArcade.com 1008
    CirtyOilsands.org 990 GIAL.com 839
    OfficeLetter.com 821 iGlucose.com 810
    Avikroy.org 800 TheVoyager.net 741
    6TG.com 732 PDASD.org 720
    USNiff.com 680 FactorySupply.com 677
    HoloLauncher.com 669 GlobalCorruptionReport.org 640
    Alyafie.com 611 DZXSW.com 610
    ReadingTree.org 610 WorldFootball4u.com 610
    ResourcesForAttorneys.com 610 ABCDating.com 600
    Fisioterapia.org 600 GamePublic.com 585
    RamenRentResumes.com 585 5TF.com 580
    FreshCoffee.net 565 IsraeliPalestinianProCon.org 565
    WineWiki.com 550 JS6.com 532
    Historic.net 530 NiceAir.com 510
    Balkanika.com 504 WeLoveToIllustrate.com 502
    DZPM.com 501 GaysTubes.com 501
    TheOrigins.com 493 YesMusic.com 491
    TornadoHockey.com 465 BI0.com 460
    PlymouthMosquito.com 450 USBX.com 449
    MothersDayFreeCards.com 449 KindnessGrewUp.com 447
    ChicagoMomsBlog.com 445 AWORK.com 441
    PaulFestival.org 440 PlayTeam.com 435
    BestMothersDayCrafts.com 426 BookFetish.org 415
    OpportunityAwaits.com 410 MothersDayArts.com 405
    PublishingWorks.com 403 MRXW.com 401
    Aawaaart.com 395 Chimed.com 384
    EIEI.cc 360 97098.com 351
    Kuntu.org 351 PrimeBacklinks.com 345
    OrangeApple.com 330 Aragia.com 310
    eFlick.com 306 MNTrees.org 306
    ListingLTD.com 305 NewSpirituality.org 305
    GQPX.com 300 LightningRifle.com 293
    InsuranceDen.com 275 MobileHealthExpo.com 275
    08998.com 272 MediaSoul.com 271
    BarbadosMaxwellBeachVillas.com 271 7866.cc 261
    UnmadeInChina.com 260 BinaryOptionsComplete.com 256
    688881.com 245 15138.com 237
    VPSI.org 235 CoffeCorner.com 230
    WebDive.com 220 ObsoleteTheBook.com 205
    Oooooouch.com 200 AndyGriffithShow.net 183
    YJX.org 135 BlueWaterFilmFestival.com 126
    InsideForex.com 100 JustPrice.org 80
    CoverYourCough.com 47 Apples-N-Oranges.com 35

    What have we got here?  A $4k plumber domain that wasn’t .PLUMBING.   Three Mother’s Day domains between $405 and $449, two of which were 4 words long.  BookFetish.org versus ObsoleteTheBook.com.  $230 wasted on misspelled “coffe”.  Ooooooouch.com!  ($200)  We’ve also got Andy Griffith, tornado hockey, a lightning rifle unmade in China, and oxymorons such as OrangeApple.com and MediaSoul.com.

    My favorites were FeelGreat.com, OpportunityAwaits.com, Historic.net, Balkanika.com, FactorySupply.com, Solarise.com, YesMusic.com, and Chimed.com.  Maybe the best deal was InsideForex.com at $100 — much cheaper than the $1713 paid for FXBook.com.

    Now for next week … Interweb.com is sure to get some notice.  I’m also curious about TheVillas.com, given the “Villas” brand portfolio Andrew Allemann has documented.

    Domain Name Venue Domain Name Venue
    AuctionBlowouts.com NJ Pre BlazeOfGlory.com NJ Pre
    Carlo.com NJ Pre CityCrawl.com NJ Pre
    ComQueen.com GD DailyKick.com NJ Pre
    DivorceLaw.net NJ Pre Dorkies.com NJ Pre
    ExtremeTraining.com NJ Pre EZTI.com GD
    FreeCreditReport.net NJ Pre FreshGo.com GD
    FXFF.com GD GrantArchives.com GD
    Grisham.com GD HardOfHearing.com NJ Pre
    Henriksen.com GD HolidayProperties.com NJ Pre
    IndoorTrack.com NJ Pre Interweb.com GD
    LabQuest.com GD MedicalInfo.com NJ Pre
    MerchantCard.com NJ Pre NameHeat.com NJ Pre
    NoContact.com GD NoLimits.org NJ Pre
    OCH.com GD Penner.com GD
    QTC.org NJ Pre Quinine.com GD
    RAU.com GD RawFoodRestaurants.com NJ Pre
    SciLine.com GD Shave.net NJ Pre
    ShootersBible.com PD SiteForRent.com NJ Pre
    SiteGauge.com GD SmartPhone.net GD
    TheVillas.com NJ Pre TodaysQuestions.com GD
    UAUU.com NJ Pre Vagoneta.net GD
    VeganFoods.com NJ Pre VegetarianGuide.com NJ Pre
    VLG.net PD Waibo.com NJ Pre
    ZIY.org NJ Pre Zozos.com NJ Pre

    Waibo.com is also very important.  In case you didn’t know, Weibo.com (with an “e”) is a Chinese website ranked #17 in Alexa.

  • What domain names Fujitsu and 18 others bought last week

    1. BY - Jun 04, 2014
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    19 end user domain name sales from GoDaddy/Afternic.

    Fujitsu finally got around to buying a domain to match a brand it launched last year. Here are details on that sale and 18 other end user sales that took place at GoDaddy/Afternic last week. (See previous end user lists here.)

    Compounding.com $25,000 – Pharmacy compounding company Medisca.

    Quina.org $3,688 – Lottoland in Gibraltar Quina is the name of a lottery in Brazil.

    RenovatingForProfit.com $4,000 – The owner of renovatingforprofit.com.au went global.

    Datisfy.com $1,800 – Datisfy Inc in Toronto.

    PaperStream.com $1,000 – Fujitsu, which launched an “intelligent image enhancement driver” called PaperStream last year.

    GTHLaw.com $2,650 – A California law firm currently using the domain GTLAttorneys.com

    GreenPC.com $1,388 – Greenpc S.A., an IT recycling company that owns the matching .lu domain name.

    SafeBee.com $3,600 – Mother Nature Network. It writes about bees a lot.

    HRNation.com $4,999 – California Chamber of Commerce, which has a human resources service called HR California.

    Ecowork.com $2,500 – Ecowork Inc. in Taiwan. It uses the matching .com.tw domain name.

    FluShotUSA.com $3,125 – Passport Health, a travel immunization company with clinics across the U.S.

    OurDentalOffice.com $1,500 – City Place Dental in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    QIHotels.com $1,800 – Real estate and resort company Castlewood Group Pte.

    BackToWork.org $1,035 – Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management

    LegacyRemodeling.com $2,000 – Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh. They use the domain LegacyRemodel.com.

    ThreadLogic.com $1,525 – Thread Logic, a custom ebmroidery company, dropped the hyphen from Thread-Logic.com.

    Dubuisson.com $1,000 – Beer company Brasserie Dubuisson

    ReligiousEducation.com $1,588 – Creative Ministry Resources, a web development group that caters to the Catholic market.

    Edicia.com $3,300 – EDICIA, which appears to offer security services. They own the matching .FR.