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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.

BabyPhat.com Expires & Up for Auction

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It looks like the BabyPhat.com domain name has expired and is currently up for auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The domain name had been associated with the once popular Baby Phat clothing and footwear brand.

If you visit BabyPhat.com right now, there's a message on the domain name indicating that it is currently in auction after it expired and was not renewed in December:

BabyPhat.com Domain Name

Here's what Wikipedia says about Baby Phat: (more…) → Read More


“Embarrassing” and “Inappropriate” Domain Name in Auction

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Every now and again, various websites produce lists of "embarrassing" or "inappropriate" domain names that are used by companies. These domain names typically have an embarrassing, humorous, or off-color meaning when words are mashed together in a domain name format.

This morning, I was looking through a list of domain names coming up for auction on GoDaddy when a domain name stood out: molestationnursery.com. Why the heck would someone ever think this domain name was a good idea?! Making it even more interesting is that the domain name was created back in 1999 and has been renewed for all of these years! Further, why would anyone bid on a domain name like this at auction?!

I thought about it for a second and remembered seeing this domain name on a few lists of embarrassing and accidentally inappropriate domain names. According to Snopes.com, (more…) → Read More


GoDaddy to Advertise in the 2017 Super Bowl

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GoDaddy LogoAccording to a report in Variety this morning and shared by some GoDaddy employees on Twitter, GoDaddy will be advertising again in the Super Bowl. I believe the Super Bowl is the most watched television show each year, and last year was the first year GoDaddy didn't have a Super Bowl commercial since it began advertising during the game in 2005. Apparently, the company will use the commercial to advertise a new product, although no details about that product were shared in the Variety article.

GoDaddy really made a name for itself as a result of its regular advertising presence during the Super Bowl. The company had provocative advertising campaigns prominently featuring attractive women. The advertisements regularly received scrutiny, but they helped to make GoDaddy a well-known brand name. The publicly traded company now has a market cap of nearly $6 billion.

During the past few years, GoDaddy has done quite a bit to clean up its brand image. The company's advertising focuses more on its product and service offerings, and it → Read More


GoDaddy Comments on Domain Portfolio Acquisition

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GoDaddy LogoI noticed that quite a few domain names transferred to NameFind this morning from a company called Traffic Names, Ltd. The portfolio has many high value domain names, and my guess is that this was an 8 figure acquisition. Jamie Zoch wrote about the acquisition earlier this morning.

After seeing the domain registrant changes and Jamie's article, I sent an email to Paul Nicks, Vice President of the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. I asked him for an official comment about the acquisition, and I also asked him if the company acquired the entire portfolio or a portion of it. Here's the official GoDaddy statement about the acquisition:

"We can confirm that GoDaddy has acquired another great domain name portfolio. This is a high quality portfolio and will help deliver customers their ideal name. The seller asked we keep their identity private, so we will not be disclosing that information."

In addition to this statement, Paul also confirmed that GoDaddy acquired the entire portfolio. DomainIQ indicates that this is somewhere in the ballpark → Read More


Blake Irving on CNBC Today

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GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving was interviewed on CNBC this morning, and part of the interview is embedded below. In news announced this morning, GoDaddy has entered into an agreement to acquire Host Europe Group, "the largest privately-owned web services provider in Europe."

In the video interview below, Blake discusses tech jobs in light of President-Elect Trump's incoming administration. Blake also discusses the acquisition news.

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TS.com Sold by GoDaddy / NameFind

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namefind-logoBased on a Whois record change I saw this morning, it looks like the TS.com domain name has changed hands. It appears that the new registrant of the domain name is based in China, although the Whois information for TS.com is now private. The domain name was previously owned by GoDaddy's NameFind.

Unfortunately for curious people like myself, GoDaddy doesn't generally report sale prices. If I were to guess, I would say TS.com sold for low 7 figures or possibly high 6 figures. TS.com currently forwards to MXXZ.com, which is a fairly basic landing page with a QR code on it and a few domain names listed below the QR code.

I believe TS.com was originally acquired in a portfolio acquisition last year. According to Jamie Zoch, the company had "23 confirmed 2 letter .com domain names acquired in the portfolio with the potential for that number to climb to 26." I am not sure if Jamie (more…) → Read More


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