GoDaddy vs. Uniregistry – the Great Debate

Uniregistry is increasingly competing with GoDaddy, and stronger competition is good for everybody.

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Increasingly competing with each other for domain investors’ business.

Last week Doron Vermaat, a domain investor who writes the blog DNGeek, wrote a post explaining why he was moving his 600 domain names from GoDaddy to Uniregistry.

His post sparked a lot of comments, including from representatives of the two registrars.

That many of the “which registrar is best?” conversations now mention the relatively young Uniregistry instead of some of the more established registrars is a testament to the company’s aggressive marketing in recent years. It is active at domain conferences and sponsors many domain blogs. (Both Uniregistry and GoDaddy are advertisers on this blog.)

Year after year, the Domain Name Wire survey reveals that security, price and customer service are the most important factors when choosing a registrar. Much of the conversation about which of these registrars is best has focused on this. Click here to continue reading…

GoDaddy: Alleged discriminatory email not authentic

GoDaddy says it didn’t send email calling job applicant an obese Christian.

GoDaddy has formally denied allegations that it sent an email to a job applicant explaining that it wouldn’t hire him because he was an obese Christian. The denial included detailed steps the company took to determine the email wasn’t authentic.

Keith Connolly applied for a job with GoDaddy. He later received a rejection email. In addition to the form rejection email he received, he said the bottom included a forwarded email that read:

about keith he’s great for the job in skills but he looks worse for wear do we really want an obeese christian? is that what our new image requries of us. (sic)

I’ve been skeptical of Connolly’s story from the get go for multiple reasons: Click here to continue reading…

VIP Programs Court Domainers

Discounts and priority service are added perks for domain name investors.

VIPLast week, domain name registrar DirectNic unveiled its new VIP program, and domainers could be forgiven for having flashbacks to last decade at registrar Fabulous.

That’s because Mike Robertson, who made a name for himself in the domain name business by playing point man for many large domainers with portfolios at Fabulous, is now at DirectNic and is spearheading its VIP program. Click here to continue reading…

Had your eyes on a domain at Marchex? Might want to give GoDaddy a call

GoDaddy pricing the domain names at a more reasonable level.

One of the reasons GoDaddy acquired Marchex’s domain name portfolio (which was recently being sold under the Archeo brand) was that Marchex had steep prices on the domain names.

A friend tried to buy a domain name last year. He was initially told it would cost something like $30,000. Marchex later offered to sell it for something like $10,000, but my friend had moved on to a different domain.

GoDaddy said it would attach prices to many of the domains and sell them for prices that make them more liquid. We’re starting to see evidence of this.

RobbiesBlog.com has a story describing a case in which it bought a domain name quoted for $20,000 at Marchex for just $3,000 at GoDaddy. Based on a description of the negotiations, it appears that GoDaddy isn’t using past quotes/information from Archeo when negotiating sales.

GoDaddy also sold Beijing.com. I assume GoDaddy was willing to negotiate on this domain more than Marchex was.

So here’s a tip: if there’s a domain at Marchex that you had your eyes on previously, give GoDaddy a call and see if you can strike a good deal now.

GoDaddy finds it harder to grow top line

Revenue growth slowed in first quarter.

GoDaddy’s headline revenue number in Q1 was up 17.5% year-over-year, but the quarter-over-quarter number isn’t as pretty.

Here’s GoDaddy’s revenue growth each quarter-over-quarter, going back as far as its S-1 filed with the SEC discloses:

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Q1 2015 was up just 1.2% compared to Q4 2014. Q4 2014 wasn’t a a huge quarter, either. In Q1, revenue increased about $5 million compared to the previous quarter. The lowest gross change in any quarter over the past two years prior to now was $10 million.

Of course, revenue isn’t the only important number and can be a difficult measure for a subscription business like domain names and hosting. Revenue is recognized over time, not all up front.