Verisign reports earnings, 1.51 million net adds

Company reports continued growth in domain name registrations and base.

Verisign reported first quarter earnings after the bell today, including some fairly solid numbers for new registrations and net additions in .com/.net.

8.7 million new .com and .net registrations occurred in the first quarter, up from 8.6 million in the same quarter last year. It’s not a big jump, but it’s headed in the right direction. That netted out to 1.51 million more names after accounting for deletions.

Revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% compared to Q1 2014 to $258 million. Earnings dipped from $94 million to $88 million.

If I were an analyst on today’s conference call, I’d ask what the average revenue per registration for a new .com domain is after taking out direct marketing payments to registrars. I’ve seen lots of promotions on .com lately, including one registrar offering unlimited .com domains for $5 toward the end of last year. It makes sense for Verisign to do this. But for anyone modeling the business, it would be good to understand how much the company is getting for a new .com domain name these days.

The history of Verisign’s Internet Official contest winners

Verisign contest hits its goal in first round.

Verisign Internet Official

Verisign’s first five winners fit its message perfectly.

Verisign has announced the first five winners in its Internet Official contest, a promotion designed to show that good .com domain names are still available. The domain names selected have interesting histories.

The first five winners, who will each pick up $5,000, are:

1. ChooseYourTattoo.com: Registered by Tom H. of Niles, Mich.
2. ElectricMotorcycleClub.com: Registered by Adam Y. H. of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
3. PerfectHairstylist.com: Registered by Zvi A. of Rego Park, N.Y.
4. SecretSnitch.com: Registered by Nancy K. of Port Charlotte, Fla.
5. StressDetector.com: Registered by Jeffrey H. of Baton Rouge, La. Click here to continue reading…

.Com’s biggest winners and losers

Uniregistry wins and Moniker loses when it comes to .com domain name transfers in November.

ICANN has published the most recent monthly report from ICANN showing .com transfer wins and losses from November.

Uniregistry had the biggest net inflow of transfers for a public registrar, while Moniker had the biggest net outflow. As bad as the number was for Moniker (23,847 lost to only 3,136 gained), it wasn’t as bad as its October outflow.

Here are the top 5 winners*, measured by net transfers-in (transfer gain minus transfer loss): Click here to continue reading…

Glitter & Hemp among last month’s hot .com domain names

Throw some glitter and order some hemp oil. That’s what domain name registrants did last month.

Verisign has started a monthly feature of the top 10 “trending” keywords used in new .com and .net domain name registrations.

The trending keywords are calculated based on the biggest growth in that keyword in new registrations, thus avoiding having “online” be the number one keyword each month.

Last month’s trending .com’s include glitter because of ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com getting lots of press as well as hemp. Click here to continue reading…

How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts

Verisign signs transliteration TLD contracts, discusses the state of .com.

There was a lot of interesting information in yesterday’s Verisign quarterly investor conference call.

First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of IDN.com domain names might be close to getting their hands on IDN.com-as-IDN domains.

I say might because Verisign isn’t willing to put a date on it and hinted that the end is not near. The company said it’s asking for a modified sunrise period (reserving for matching brands in .com) and this could take a while if they get pushback.

Interestingly, Verisign CEO James Bidzos, discussing how these transliterations will be marketed, said “We’ll simply be notifying existing registrant brands that the transliteration of their .com registration is available to them.” Click to continue reading…