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  • syndication with GoDaddy is over

    1. BY - Mar 31, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 33 Comments

    Today is the last day domains listed on will show up for searches on GoDaddy.

    Today is the last day that Sedo listings will be syndicated to GoDaddy.

    It turns out it’s also the last day for listings on the site. [Update: while March 31 was supposed to be the last day for DNS syndication on GoDaddy, GoDaddy has kept the listings up while it finishes a transition for Afternic listings in the registration path.]

    That means that after today, the only way for the typical domain owner to get domain names in the registration path at GoDaddy is to list them on Afternic or directly through GoDaddy.

    Until now customers searching on could fill out a lead form if they were interested in a domain that was on DNS charged a 20% commission to clients if it resulted in a sale. The average sales price for a DNS domain sold through GoDaddy was over $15,000.

  • Sedo domain names get kicked off GoDaddy on Monday

    1. BY - Mar 27, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 6 Comments

    Domain sales partnership comes to an end next week.

    GoDaddy AfternicLast November GoDaddy announced it was ending its syndication agreement with Sedo effective the end of March 2014. That date is just around the corner: Monday.

    Domain names listed with SedoMLS will no longer show up on GoDaddy Auctions and, more importantly, in the registration path at

    The move comes in the wake of GoDaddy’s acquisition of rival domain marketplace Afternic last September. GoDaddy is encouraging customers to add their domain names to Afternic if they want continued exposure on GoDaddy’s sites.

    It will be interesting to see what this does to sales numbers for both Afternic and Sedo. I understand that Sedo’s sales through GoDaddy are meaningful. So in the short run this move might hurt both GoDaddy’s and Sedo’s domain sales.

    In the long run, of course, GoDaddy hopes the move will pay off by converting Sedo customers to Afternic.

    There’s some good news for domain name sellers. The next step in GoDaddy’s integration of Afternic is to enable “fast transfer” for domains listed on Afternic. That should increase sales volume for domain owners that list their domains at Afternic’s premium level.

  • United Internet taking market share from GoDaddy in new TLDs

    1. BY - Mar 26, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 6 Comments

    After slow start, company is grabbing share in recent TLD launches.

    United Internet, a group of companies that includes 1&1, Sedo, InterNetX, and United Domains, appears to be taking a good chunk of the new TLDs market share away from GoDaddy.

    United spent about $50 million advertising pre-registrations for new top level domain names. Yet GoDaddy was kicking its butt in registrations for the first batches of new TLDs that hit the market.

    That has shifted in recent weeks. has released updated numbers for the latest batch of Donuts domain names released today, and United led the way on each one.

    United Internet
    *Only includes registrations under 1&1 and United-Domains.

    These numbers don’t include all of United’s brands, just the ones advertised most heavily for pre-registrations.

    You’ll note that 1&1 beat GoDaddy on three two of the five, and when you add United-Domains it won each match up except .builders.

    I’ve noticed similar numbers from other launches in recent weeks.

    A number of things could be going on here.

    1. United has improved its technology for getting domain names when there’s competition. Pre-registrations are essentially like drop catching.

    2. 1&1′s cut rate pricing is attracting customers from GoDaddy. 1&1 is offering the first year at about half of GoDaddy’s prices.

    3. United is promoting new TLDs more heavily on its home page and email marketing channels than GoDaddy.

    When you look at overall market share of new TLDs, GoDaddy is down to about 30%. 1&1 and United-Domains each have about 10%.

    GoDaddy’s overall numbers weren’t helped by sitting on the sidelines for .Berlin, which is the second most registered new TLD so far. (1&1, on the other hand, gave .berlin registrations for free for a year to local customers.)

    Of course, we’re also really early in the new TLD rollout process.

    What do you think has caused this shift?

    [Editor's note: this story has been updated with a new chart and comparison based on nTLDstats' revised numbers for the first day.]

  • End user sales are part of Afternic’s big $2.1 million sales week

    1. BY - Mar 22, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 2 Comments

    Pharmaceuticals company, non-profit, and garage door repairman are among end user domain buyers.

    GoDaddy and Afternic teamed up to sell $2.1 million worth of domain names last week, led by at $100,000. Following are some of the sales that were made to end users.

    You can end user sales from previous weeks here. $9.750 – Hussman Foundation, which just launched the Hussman Institute for Autism.

    Renta.Limo $1,776 and Chicago.Limo $1,625 – $1,005- Michael Baker in York, South Carolina $2,000 – Sled rental company Haliburton Sled Rentals $16,500 – Grunenthal Pharma S.A. A new drug name? $2,000 – Snap Fitness in Chanhassen, Minnesota $1,500 – Cloud storage company GreenQloud, which has a product call QStack. $2,188 – Best Bronze in Brazil, which uses the matching domain name. $1,000 – Harbourside Custom Homes in Florida. $3,120 – Sunset Motors in Milan, Tennessee. They use as a web address. $1,540 – Canadian engineering firm Groupe Alphard Inc. It’s a nice upgrade from $1,500 – Histogen Aethetics in the UK. $10,000 – RentHaus, LLC. Their website isn’t working but I assume they’re a vacation rental company. $2,100 – Vision Property Management in Columbia, South Carolina. $2,500 – Waynesville Auto Group in North Carolina. $1,100 – Cincinnati area garage door repair company that uses FixMyGarageDoor.ORG $1,025 – State Bank & Trust

  • 20 end user domain name sales

    1. BY - Mar 13, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 1 Comment

    Companies that upgraded from a .cc domain name and a (gasp!) domain name among those end users buying domain names last week.

    Afternic and GoDaddy combined to sell $1.9 million worth of domain names last week. Here are some of the sales that were to end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $1,000 – a CSC client $10,807 – Avus Capital Ltd. in Bulgaria. It currently uses for its web address. $4,900 – A big upgrade for Mobility Smart in the UK, which has been using the domain name $1,377 – Another company upgraded from a lowly domain (actually a third level domain): $1,500 – Online Central Reservations LTD, a hotel booking company. CR is short for “Central Reservations”. $2,488 – New Jersey Institute of Technology $1,250 – Career and brand consultants Ilumity Coaching $2,489 – Bloom Community Midwives in Vancouver $9,760 – ECBlend, seller of e-cigarette liquids, bought the plural of its name. $1,988 – the owner of Fox2h.Com $1,100 – Gener8 Digital Media Corp. in Vancouver $2,588 – Investment firm CCSD Funds $1,500 – Staffing company Edifice Studio $2,000 – Candy Direct, Inc. $4,000 – Self-publishing company Hillcrest Media Group $10,000 and $1,888 – RJL Wealth Management in San Diego $1,200 – San Jose Custom Mfg., which sells university-themed jewelry $4,800 – Kwench Library Solutions Pvt Ltd in India, which owns the matching .in $4,750 – The Gutter Boys in Ohio dropped the the from