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

    1. BY - Oct 01, 2014
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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
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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 Rime.com 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. Mythos.com sold for $8.4k, by the way. Oh, yeah … Another maritime masterpiece (by Herman Melville) sold a domain last week: MobyDicks.com ($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, Dubai.info ($7.1k). Accompanying that modern tourist destination were 2 more ancient: Pyramids.info ($86) and Sahara.info ($280).

    Other .INFOs did well too. For starters, Brasilia.info ($570), the 4th largest city in Brazil with a population of 2.5 million. But then we have a string of non-geo domains: Remodel.info ($294), Runners.info ($166), Mushrooms.info ($136), and AssistedLiving.info ($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.

    Inventor.org ($2.95k) and InvestmentBrokers.com ($3.5k) are no surprise. .ORG is perfect for the first one. I’m taken off guard, however, by a $1.9k sale of GoCanada.org. After all, Canadians would prefer .CA and .COM to .ORG, one would think. As for Suo.cc 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.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    Rime.com 12811 Mythos.com 8400
    Dubai.info 7100 Suo.cc 5050
    InvestmentBrokers.com 3561 Inventor.org 2950
    WholesaleKitchen.com 2509 GoCanada.org 1925
    Yaske.com 1802 Avnoma.com 1691
    SERCOnline.org 1466 Mocking.com 1302
    AppLife.com 1259 NextMontreal.com 1225
    1777.net 1071 SafeComputingTips.com 1045
    MyOpenBar.com 1025 SEOList.com 1025
    Clashe.com 1008 EffectiveMedia.com 999
    PerfectCut.com 996 ApplyWise.com 912
    NamePhoneLookup.com 891 TheLoop21.com 885
    CameraStrap.com 809 PHPFusionMods.com 771
    CodeJoomla.com 760 DiskDrives.com 723
    APleno.com 710 MagicSlimBlues.com 710
    IAMG.com 701 LoanToday888.com 625
    AWorldOfPossibilities.com 610 Dans-Arcade.com 601
    Brasilia.info 570 JosephDana.com 567
    Quilao.com 531 Dedicame.com 511
    AgriCart.com 511 MobyDicks.com 510
    GoToWorld.net 510 MilkweedFarm.com 505
    Yemis.com 500 FixieBikes.com 475
    Chatmola.com 444 TheLastMinuteBlog.com 442
    VirginiaBusiness.org 410 StayInNaples.net 410
    EscapesWithYou.com 405 SafeSpeedsGeorgia.org 405
    HelpingPsychology.com 405 MMORPGRealm.com 405
    AureaSF.com 401 StoryLine.net 397
    Business-Networking.com 390 FluPortal.org 385
    NewRock1019.com 375 WholeBodyVibration
    System.com
    365
    TsunamiBomb.com 355 ParisShortStay.com 355
    Top100Reviews.com 355 RobertOliver.com 355
    LettersInsideOut.net 355 Q8X.com 350
    SZMZ.com 339 MuslimBridalShop.com 337
    DragonRide.com 330 EmigrateTo
    Australia.com
    326
    PureGreenLiving.com 325 GetAPodcast.com 320
    CarolinePlanCode.org 315 MessagingTalk.org 315
    ElmsInn.com 310 BluegrassDay
    LilyGardens.com
    305
    MasteringBridge.com 305 SecurityAndMore.com 305
    AWorldOfPossibilities.org 305 BigKoreanTV.com 305
    TrackPackPA.com 305 HotCaptcha.com 305
    StayInZurich.com 305 Alabasa.com 301
    GMRoper.com 300 Remodel.info 294
    PositiveLove.com 290 ThePaperBoy-
    Movie.com
    286
    DCScripts.com 285 ECHR.org 284
    BrownstownHouse.com 281 DatePeople.com 280
    TweetBeat.com 280 Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com 280
    Sahara.info 280 InstaCollage.com 277
    Bad420.com 268 ElemNation.org 265
    1st-London-Hotels.com 265 StayInGeneva.com 265
    ARHS.net 265 OntarioClassic
    Cruise.com
    260
    0071.net 258 SocialCouture.com 255
    AutoSymphony.com 255 HoganBooks.com 255
    TimoteoCarpita.com 255 Mambo-Code.org 245
    HaystackNetwork.com 244 ElderlyTech.com 240
    Qwote.com 235 UmbrellasOf
    Cherbourg.com
    235
    StageForLearning.com 230 NYBlade.com 230
    SocialRevup.com 225 VisualApproach.com 223
    Goovite.com 215 WhiskeyDurham.com 215
    FilesClub.com 211 DianaVreeland-Film.com 210
    LyricsTrax.com 206 Braithwaite-Lee.com 205
    BuzzineFilm.com 205 Fantasy-Goddess-
    Art.com
    205
    WebPartsStore.com 205 ShopLungUSA.org 205
    MassBayFilmProject.org 205 Trailer1.com 205
    ArtLawTeam.com 205 IntelligenceRealm.com 204
    WorldTravelDirectory.biz 200 GamesTalks.com 195
    Alz-RochesterNY.org 190 TweenInk.com 185
    Delphi3000.com 180 MoneySweepstakes.com 178
    PeaceTech.net 176 ConcussionMovie.com 175
    AdaptiveTech.net 175 ALRF.com 172
    VirtuosityOne.com 170 ClubEstrella.com 170
    BethIsraelMalden.com 170 Runners.info 166
    FreshMonkey.com 165 SkyDelight.com 165
    MaineDep.com 165 Desordre.biz 164
    PrivateStage.tv 155 86596.com 152
    CannabisTravel.com 150 CaffeineMarketing.com 150
    HumanInvestment.com 150 TheShemaleTube.com 142
    GifIt.com 141 Mushrooms.info 136
    BeowulfAlley.com 135 Zangan.com 128
    Up440.com 125 DallasNorth
    Properties.net
    122
    10290.com 121 StayInBonn.com 115
    AfricanHolidaySafaris.com 111 KingCorn.com 108
    Postalz.com 106 Xpree.com 106
    ShoreLineFloridaKeys
    RealEstate.com
    106 Groovideo.com 105
    Wet.cc 105 AskGayMen.com 101
    PeaceAir.net 101 VHIX.com 94
    Buykinis.com 93 Pyramids.info 86
    AssistedLiving.info 65 Waybo.com 62
    22421.com 60 94091.com 46
    40497.com 46 10Facts.com 45
    DriveThroughDesigns.com 35 14829.com 35

    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. DiskDrives.com will have its day again! E-commerce product domains aren’t dead. CameraStrap.com claimed $809.

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

    Some domain sales clump together. For instance, AWorldOfPossibilities.com ($610) + .org ($305). Likewise, this quartet of European cities: StayInNaples.net ($410), StayInZurich.com ($305), StayInGeneva.com ($265), StayInBonn.com ($115). Bizarrely, the highest of those was a .NET, while the other 3 were .COM. I suppose we can add to that list ParisShortStay.com ($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 DianaVreeland-Film.com ($210) and ThePaperBoy-Movie.com ($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 ConcussionMovie.com ($175) or, better yet, KingCorn.com ($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!

    Waybo.com ($62) slipped right past most of the would-be cybersquatters and went astonishingly cheaply, considering the Chinese website Weibo.com is ranked #16 globally and #5 in China, according to Alexa. CannabisTravel.com 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: EmigrateToAustralia.com ($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. VHIX.com ($94) may be short for “vehicles”. ShoreLineFloridaKeysRealEstate.com ($106) stretches a proud 30 letters long, whereas GifIt.com ($141) makes a short, ultra-catchy brand name for gif videos. UmbrellasOfCherbourg.com ($235) is a hauntingly beautiful French musical (and film) by Michel Legrand — going by its English title in keeping with performance practice. Kullanici-Eeneyimi.com anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Yes, you guessed it.  That $280 domain is Turkish for UX (user experience) design.

    AskGayMen.com sold at the appropriately introductory price of $101. Buykinis.com ($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 PositiveLove.com ($290), there’s always TheShemaleTube.com ($142). But regardless of your sexual preferences, DatePeople.com ($280) might prove a handy reminder if you find yourself infatuated with pets , pizzas, or furniture.

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

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    LiveSpace.com 11121 CapitalTrading.com 3300
    JustLaw.com 3101 CasinoTours.com 2700
    ImageGallery.com 2505 EnterWeb.org 1901
    Ultramed.com 1644 BookWare.com 1500
    BIATX.org 1410 BigJohns.com 1401
    AffiliateProgams.com [sic] 1280 SLE.net 860
    OutNorth.org 841 BlendedLibrarian.org 807
    CSCMail.net 761 RollWithIt.com 759
    Malva.com 711 EVR.net 670
    SHHB.com 666 TuxGames.com 650
    OpenSports.com 620 SkiHoo.com 565
    TheLockeInstitute.org 501 Bumpa.com 450
    HamFish.org 401 NHACD.org 391
    Boulevard.net 381 PalestineHistory.com 360
    DLCA.com 337 SandwichClub.com 332
    DessauSoprin.com 330 GymClassMagazine.com 315
    Retronimo.com 310 NetLondon.com 299
    FreeSolutions.com 275 Deviations.com 272
    Ahava.org 258 AIHR.com 256
    Kultuurikatel.org 205 DatingVideos.com 180
    CareerAdvice.org 90 JetBorg.com 70

    I quite like Bumpa.com ($450) as a version of “Bumper”. It’s got bounce. RollWithIt.com has the opposite — give. Another good brand name, in my view … Boulevard.net ($381) is a strong term for housing, travel, or fashion. As for Deviations.com ($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 SLE.net ($860) and EVR.net ($670). 

    NetLondon.com ($299), SandwichClub.com ($332), and ImageGallery.com ($2.5k) afford some useful comparisons with nTLD domains on offer — .LONDON, .CLUB, and .GALLERY. So do GoDaddy’s SafeComputingTips.com ($1k) and FilesClub.com ($211).

    This week’s JetBorg.com ($70) hearkens back to last week’s sale of AirBorg.com. DatingVideos.com ($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 EnterWeb.org. 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 TheLockeInstitute.org, 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.