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  • No more GoDaddy/Afternic sales reports during Quiet Period

    1. BY - Jun 18, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 5 Comments

    Quiet period eliminates weekly data on aftermarket sales.

    GoDaddy AfternicGoDaddy’s planned initial public offering means no more weekly domain name sales reports for a while.

    Afternic has long sent out weekly aftermarket sales reports including total sales numbers and specific domains with sale prices. GoDaddy took over that responsibility when it acquired Afternic. These reports are the basis for Domain Name Wire’s end user sales reports.

    With GoDaddy’s IPO filing, the company is officially in the “quiet period”. It’s technically in place until SEC staff declared the registration statement effective. Then there’s a 40 day quiet period after the IPO.

    I imagine that GoDaddy could continue to disclose some of its weekly sales without violating these rules, but companies tend to play it safe in this situation.

    That means we’ll have just one weekly end user sales report going forward based on Sedo’s sales.

  • GoDaddy End User domain name sales

    1. BY - Jun 12, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 1 Comment

    A slow week in the aftermarket.

    GoDaddy and Afternic sold just $1.3 million worth of aftermarket/expired domain names last week, a far cry from the usual $1.8M-$2.0M it turns in.

    It may be a hanghover from the holiday weekend in the U.S. a couple weeks ago. An additional reason might be the temporary loss of Afternic on its Premium level distribution. Both Afternic and Sedo had to temporarily remove Moniker due to its ongoing problems. GoDaddy’s registration path itself is a bit in flux as it integrates Afternic.

    Here’s a list of end user domain names sales. See previous end user lists here.

    Want to learn how to sell your domain names on GoDaddy and Afternic? Download this report. $9,850 – Relished, a Chicago-based home food delivery service that operated at, changed its name to HomeChef. $9,000 – Polyurethane coatings company Polycoat USA. $4,000 – OtoMetrix Medical Technologies, a hearing technology company. $4,000 – Hat company STAMPD, which has been using $1,000 – Sunset Sound System in San Francisco. $1,077 – Naked Dog Software, which has been using $2,088 – PA Medical Society $1,099 – New York Center for Child Development $6,000 – Population Media Center, which “uses entertainment-education to tell compelling stories that address important health and social issues.” It uses as its web address. $1,750 – McGregor Homes LLC in Oklahoma. They use the matching .net domain name. $1,549 – Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Santa Ana, California

  • GoDaddy gets patent for “Domain name hijack protection”

    1. BY - Jun 10, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 3 Comments

    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
    3. 14 Comments

    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
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 1 Comment

    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…