Domain Registrars

    • GoDaddy revenue tops $1.8 billion in 2016

      Kevin Murphy, January 27, 2017, 12:46:59 (UTC), Domain Registrars GoDaddy today said that its revenue for 2016 topped $1.8 billion. In a preliminary disclosure to the markets ahead of its formal February 15 earnings announcement, the registrar said that annual revenue for 2016 is expected to come in at $1.84 billion. That compares to $1.6 billion in 2015.

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    • Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

      Tucows yesterday reported an 11% increase in revenue for 2016, driven partly by an acquisition, but warned that its more recent acquisition, eNom, may be shrinking. The company reported revenue for 2016 of $189.8 million, up from $171 million in 2015. Net income was up 41% at $16 million. For the fourth quarter, revenue was up 9% year-on-year at $48.8 million. Net income was down 9% at $2.

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    • GoDaddy sold over $1 billion of domains in 2016

      GoDaddy’s domain sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year, CEO Blake Irving told analysts this week. The milestone was revealed as the registrar reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings late Wednesday. In the fourth quarter, the company had a net loss of $800,000, compared to a year-ago loss of $500,000, on revenue that was up 14.2% at $485.9 million.

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  • GoDaddy Super Bowl ad results “best ever”

    … GoDaddy said its Super Bowl commercial, which aired yesterday, resulted in its “best ever” Sunday for new customers. The company said in a press release it had seen its “its best-ever Sunday for attracting new customers in the books”. That doesn’t necessarily mean it sold more domains than its previous Super Bowl efforts, nor that it made…

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  • Complaints about registrars dip in 2016

    … There were slightly fewer complaints about domain name registrars in 2016, compared to 2015, according to newly published ICANN data, but complaints still run into the tens of thousands. There were 43,156 complaints about registrars to ICANN Compliance in 2016, compared to 45,926 in 2015, according to the data (pdf). That’s a dip of about 6…

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  • Celebrity cybersquatting to feature in Super Bowl commercial [video]

    …-largest domain registrar, that Squarespace acts as a reseller for. Here’s the ad: In reality, Malkovich owns the the .com of his full name. He sells clothes there. However, he’s reportedly currently suing the owner of malkovich.com in France. Tweet Tagged: cybersquatting, malovitch, squarespace, super bowl, tucows …

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    … Tucows is to become “the second largest registrar in the world” by acquiring eNom from Rightside, paying $83.5 million. The deal will give Tucows another 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 resellers, giving it a total of 29 million DUM and 40,000 resellers. That DUM number, which appears to include ccTLDs, makes Tucows…

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  • Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

    … A company accused of the domain slamming scam made over $5 million over three years tricking companies into buying domains they didn’t need, it has been alleged. Consumer Affairs Victoria, an Australian state government watchdog, has reportedly taken Domain Register Pty Ltd to court, claiming tens of thousands of people had been conned by fake…

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  • ICANN terminates penis pill pimp registrar

    …, not brands. DomainersChoice had about 27,000 domains under management at the last count, which ICANN will now migrate to another registrar. It’s not known how many of those were self-registered domains and how many were being used nefariously, but LegitScript CEO John Horton estimated (pdf) at least 2,300 dodgy pharma sites used the registrar. Tweet Tagged: compliance, domainerschoice, fake pharma, ICANN, Nanjing Imperiosus, termination, typosquatting …

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  • Registrars off the hook for silly ICANN transfer policy

    … Domain name registrars have been assured that ICANN Compliance will not pursue them for failing to implement the new Transfer Policy on privacy-protected names. As we reported late November, the new policy requires registrars to send out “change of registrant” confirmation emails whenever certain fields in the Whois are changed, regardless…

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  • Free .shop domains until Christmas

    … The new .shop gTLD is likely to see growth over the coming week or so, as registrars begin to offer them for free. Two retail registrars in the Key-Systems stable — Moniker and domaindiscount24 — said today they will offer a free .shop to each of its customers until December 23. The offer is limited to one domain per account, so we’re…

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  • GoDaddy will pay $1.79 billion for HEG in major Euro expansion

    … GoDaddy is to substantially increase the size of its European operation with the $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group. The market-leading registrar confirmed yesterday earlier reports that it was on track to buy HEG, which counts several big-name British and German registrars among its brands. The deal is worth €1.69 billion ($1.79…

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  • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

    … Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company. DropCatch…

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  • Transferring domains gets more complex this week

    …. The policy change is the latest output of the interminable IRTP work within ICANN’s GNSO, and is designed to help prevent domain hijacking. But because the changes are likely to be poorly understood by registrants at the outset, it’s possible some friction could be added to domain transfers. Under the new Transfer Policy, you will have to respond…

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  • GoDaddy in talks to buy massive registrar Host Europe – report

    … GoDaddy is reportedly talking to Host Europe Group, one of Europe’s largest registrars, about an acquisition. Reuters today reported that the deal, should it go ahead, could be worth as much as $1.8 billion. GoDaddy has been favored over rival bids from United Internet (owner of United-Domains) and buyout firm Centerbridge, Reuters said…

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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    … Tucows4109,782,941 COREhub409217,776 Crazy Domains405631,186 Network Solutions4016,555,354 1&1 Internet4005,845,447 GoDaddy.com39753,948,610 Soluciones Corporativas397128,998 PublicDomainRegistry.com3916,113,121 There’s no real correlation between the number of gTLDs carried and the total domains under management for the registrar. GoDaddy…

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  • Registrar accused of pimping prescription penis pills

    … ICANN has implicated a Chinese domain name registrar in the online selling of medications, including Viagra and Cialis, without the required prescription. The organization’s Compliance department filed a contract breach notice with Nanjing Imperiosus, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, today. The move follows an allegations from…

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