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GoDaddy Hiring Marketing Manager for its Aftermarket

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There are quite a few people who are involved in the domain investment space and have an interest in working for a large industry company. I saw a job posting on Twitter that I want to share with readers who have an interest in the field of Marketing. GoDaddy is looking to hire a Marketing Manager for its Aftermarket.

Here’s what the job entails, according to the Jobvite description:

“As a Marketing Manager for the Domains Aftermarket at GoDaddy, you will be an integral member of a team charged with dramatically extending our leadership in the secondary domain market. GoDaddy has the largest marketplace in the industry helping organizations and domain professionals around the globe to buy, sell, and monetize premium domain names. You will design, plan and execute campaigns to accelerate revenue and audience growth, expand our distribution channels, improve our customer experience, and enhance GoDaddy’s brand presence within the industry. Intended for candidates with 5+ years of marketing experience.”

As you might expect, the company is seeking to hire someone with considerable marketing industry experience. Paul Nicks, Sr. Director and General Manager of GoDaddy’s Aftermarket, let me know that → Read More


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Was Registering 30,000 LLLL.net Domains a Good Idea?

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I received Giuseppe Graziano’s weekly domain brokerage newsletter this morning, and I was a bit surprised by one of his observations. In going through some recent domain industry developments, Giuseppe opined that “the most impressive development that I have seen is the registration of the remaining 30,000 Chinese Premium LLLL.net.”

Giuseppe later continued with some back of napkin calculations on why he felt this was a shrewd investment:

“Chinese Premium LLLL.com (also called “chips” – credit: Tim Schoon) have a current floor price of approximately $300, but their trading range is more in the $400/$600. If we play by the book and assign a value of 5-10% of the corresponding .com for each .net domain, we notice that, even if using the conservative 5% figure, all these LLLL .net should have a minimum value of ($300 * 5% =) $15 each. If someone registers a premium .net for $8, then they should be instantly able to turn a ($15 – $8) $7 profit per domain. Therefore, whoever invested the supposedly $240,000, should have an instant value capture of approximately ($7 * 30,000 =) $210,000, which is not a bad return for a day (or one hour) of tiring work”

In my opinion, → Read More


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Glitter Launches on Glitter.club

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Whenever I hear about a company or business using a descriptive brand name, I immediately wonder if they got the exact match .com domain name or opted for an alternative. I saw the tweet above referencing a TechCrunch article about a new app called Glitter, and when I checked the url, I learned that the startup is using Glitter.club for its website.

According to the article, “Glitter is a personal trading cards app, which lets users create mobile, tradable cards that feature all types of ‘ingredients,’ as the company calls it.” Sounds like an interesting concept.

I did some research on the Glitter.club domain name, and I saw that it was registered to .CLUB Domains, LLC (the.Club Registry) in March of this year. In April, the domain name changed hands and was registered to Betaworks. I reached out to Jeff Sass, CMO of the .Club registry, and he informed  → Read More


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The Problem is Not Just The New gTLD Program…

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Last month, a fake news report about Twitter appeared on a newly created website found on Bloomberg.Market. The website, created on a new gTLD domain name, had a design that apparently looked like the genuine Bloomberg website. The resulting confusion briefly caused a jump in the price of Twitter stock.

Shortly after this made the news, some people were quick to blame the new gTLD program. Yes, Bloomberg.Market was created using one of the new gTLD domain names, but no, I don’t think this is endemic to new gTLD domain names. I think this can be done on any domain name.

I just read an article on Boston.com about how → Read More


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Sol Orwell and Examine.com Written About on Forbes.com

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It’s not every day that I read an article on Forbes.com about someone I know personally! There’s a great article that was published on Forbes.com late last week about Sol Orwell and his Examine.com business. Elaine Pofeldt’s article is as much about Sol as it is about the burgeoning business he built on Examine.com. From the article:

“Orwell, who lives in downtown Toronto, says he generates seven-figure revenue through Examine.com, a site that sells reports on nutritional supplements. The success of the business, which he runs under the company Enthropia, Inc., enables him to travel three or four months out of the year.”

When Examine.com launched in 2011, I wrote about the domain name (it cost → Read More


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Howard Schultz Has His Domain Name(s)

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Domain names frequently take center stage at various times during an election season. A politician running for President can be burned if he or she doesn’t own the right domain names, especially if someone else owns them and uses them in a manner that goes against the campaign (for examples, see TedCruz.com, CarlyFiorina.org, JebBushForPresident.com, and many other domains that have been in the news).

According to a New York Times Op-Ed article by Maureen Dowd discussing Democratic Presidential primary candidates, “Potent friends of America’s lord of latte, Howard Schultz, have been pressing him to join the Democratic primary, thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer.” Although the article didn’t quote Mr. Schultz or discuss whether he has an interest in running for the US Presidency, he has access to the most important domain name for a campaign if he were to decide to run for President (or other public office for that matter): HowardSchultz.com.

HowardSchultz.com is registered to → Read More


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