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GoDaddy is a privately owned, Internet-based company that provides a variety of services including domain name registration, web hosting and e-business software sales. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, was founded by Bob Parsons. Parsons previously owned a financial services software company, which he sold in the mid-1990s upon retirement. He came out of retirement in 1997 to form Jomax Technologies, the predecessor to GoDaddy.

Since it’s inception, GoDaddy has risen to become the largest domain registrar in the world, with tens of million of domains registered to its clients. The company ranks as the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar; it’s approximately four times larger than its nearest competition. Recent corporate acquisitions include Outright, Locu, Afternic, and Media Temple.

GoDaddy has redefined Internet hosting services, and it has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. Among these awards are the 2001 Arizona BBB award for Business Ethics and the 2011 SC Magazine award for Best Security Team. In 2011, it ranked number four in the Phoenix Business Magazine list of “Best Places to Work in the Valley” and it made the 2012 Forbes list of “Best 100 Companies to Work For.”

Known for its sometimes controversial commercials and interesting spokespersons, GoDaddy also sponsors a number of charitable causes in support of domestic violence and child abuse awareness, and sports events, including NASCAR and the Super Bowl. In 2013, the company shifted its advertising strategy to focus more on small to medium sized business owners (SMB). Reflecting this change, its commercials and advertising materials shifted from “sexy” to smart.

Phishing Email Alert: “GoDaddy invoice #”

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It looks like a phishing email targeting people who own domain names at GoDaddy is making the rounds. This email was first reported on NamePros a week ago, and I also received the email over the weekend.

If people fall for a phishing email, they could have their domain names stolen and/or their GoDaddy-hosted websites compromised. Most domain registrars recommend using 2 factor authentication on all domain registrar accounts to enhance security. Some registrars also offer additional security features that can be implemented (such as DTVS at GoDaddy) to protect accounts even further.

One thing readers need to keep in mind is that phishing attempts tend to evolve and change over time. The senders could easily change their targets and attempt to impersonate eNom, Tucows, Network Solutions, or any other domain registry or even a domain registry.

If in doubt about the validity of an email, it is always best to call a domain registrar to confirm the email is legitimate.

Here's the content of the email with the embedded → Read More


ThePlayers.com: UDRP Filed Against NameFind Name

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The PGA Tour has filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for ThePlayers.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2017-0746.

ThePlayers.com is a domain name that has a creation date of January 22, 2003. It appears that the domain name was registered prior to that, but it was dropped and acquired by another party. This domain name is now owned by NameFind, a company that is owned and operated by GoDaddy. Based on the Whois History (via DomainTools), I believe the domain name was acquired in the large Marchex domain name acquisition made in 2015.

If you visit ThePlayers.com, you can see that the domain name is parked with a "for sale" message at the top. When I did a Whois search at DomainTools, I saw that the domain name appears to have a $45,000 asking price on Afternic. There are currently golf-related PPC links showing on the automatically generated landing page.

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I am not much of a golf fan, but when I did a Google search for "The Players" and "PGA Tour," I learned that the PGA has an → Read More


NameFind Lists Names for Sale via GoDaddy Auctions

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If you visit GoDaddy Auctions regularly, you probably noticed a banner on top of the page announcing a special auction of domain names that "have never been at auction."

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Clicking through the link takes visitors to a page with 21 domain names listed for sale. Whois records show that these domain names are part of GoDaddy's NameFind portfolio. A cursory check shows the starting prices (and some reserve prices) are below the price level the company had been asking.

At the time of publication, several of these domain names have hit their reserve prices and will sell to the highest bidder, including the following: (more…) → Read More


GoDaddy New gTLD Registration Number is Telling

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GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world. According to its About Us page, GoDaddy has "more than 63 million domain names under management." Based on my own intuition and experience, I believe GoDaddy is the most recognizable domain name registrar brand in the world.

When it comes to the new domain name extensions, GoDaddy lags far behind in registration volume. nTLDStats.com shows that GoDaddy ranks #6 when it comes to new gTLD domain names under management.  As of this morning, there are 1,560,490 new gTLD domain names registered at GoDaddy, which is 5.45% of all new gTLD domain names. Considering that GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world (probably the largest retail registrar, too), I think this figure is quite telling.

For whatever reason, it does not seem like retail buyers are purchasing the new domain names. There are certainly examples of (more…) → Read More


GoDaddy Comments on Uniregistry Price Increase

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GoDaddy LogoSince reading about the reported price increases on some new domain name extensions operated by Uniregistry, I emailed a few people at industry companies to get their take on the news. I have not received many comments yet, but this afternoon, I heard back from Rich Merdinger, VP of Domains at GoDaddy who had this to say about the reported news:

"It's unfortunate that Uniregistry is going with such a dramatic price increase. Regardless of the economics, it's an extremely poor customer experience. If our customers plan on staying on these domains, we encourage them to renew for as far out as they can before the prices change. If they want to move to do a different domain name, we'll do our best to assist them."

As I wrote earlier this morning, I think that domain registrars like GoDaddy are the companies that will get the most flack for the increasing prices. Although the number of extensions that are facing these large price increases is relatively small compared to the entirety of the new gTLD program, it will likely cause anger → Read More


GoDaddy Sells BS.com

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In a tweet published yesterday afternoon, George Kirikos reported that GoDaddy sold the valuable two letter BS.com domain name:




I reached out to Paul Nicks, GoDaddy GM & VP of the Aftermarket, and he confirmed that the company sold the domain name. Unfortunately for those who are interested, the sale price is not being reported by the company. Paul told me that GoDaddy did not have a buy it now price set for this domain name, but they "were entertaining offers north of $1M."

The new registrant of BS.com is based in China, according to current Whois records. At the time of publication, (more…) → Read More


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