Tucows releases “Tiered Access” Whois request data

2,100 requests for Whois data so far. Most Whois data requests are related to trademark infringement. Domain name registrar Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released data today about requests for Whois information under its tiered access program. The company started the program following the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Policy (GDPR) last year. At that time, Tucows masked Whois records for all domain names on its platform. People could still ask for Whois data through…

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Executive changes at GoDaddy

Four notable changes at GoDaddy. GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer, Fara Howard GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) announced several executive changes before the weekend. Steven Aldrich, Chief Product Officer, is stepping down effective the end of February. Arne M. Josefsberg, Executive Vice President, Chief Infrastructure Officer and Chief Information Officer, is retiring at the end of June. The company promoted Andrew N. Low Ah Kee from Chief Revenue Officer to Chief Operating Officer as of February 25. Finally,…

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Tucows sold $3.2 million of domains to GoDaddy (and more from earnings call)

Tucows reveals portfolio sale price and data center plans. Domain name, mobile and internet services company Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released earnings for Q4 and full-year 2018 yesterday. In its pre-recorded commentary about the earnings, the company disclosed that it generated about $3.2 million from a bulk sale of domains from its portfolio in Q4. Elliot Silver reported on this transaction with GoDaddy in December. The two companies completed a similar transaction in Q4 2017 but…

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Q&A with NameSilo CEO Kristaps Ronka

NameSilo CEO explains the background of the fast-growing registrar. NameSilo seems to have come out of nowhere. The domain name registrar doubled its domains under management in just one year. It is usually among the top ten registrars each month in terms of new .com registrations. So where did the registrar come from and how has it grown so quickly? I asked CEO Kristaps Ronka some questions to find out the story. DNW: What’s the…

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Google Domains tops 2 million .com domains

Google’s registrar now the ninth biggest for .com domain names. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers October 2018. As forecasted, Google Domains has surpassed GMO to become the 9th largest registrar for .com domains. As of the end of October it had over 2 million .com domains under management. Starting this month I’m combining United Internet’s main registrars to include more than…

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Wix returns to Super Bowl with Karlie Kloss ad

Website builder makes last-minute ad buy for Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII. Website builder and domain name company Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) will have a commercial in this year’s Super Bowl, making it five Super Bowls in a row for the company. It was a last minute ad buy so it is repurposing a previous ad with supermodel Karlie Kloss. The Wix Super Bowl commercial will promote Wix’s SEO Wiz and Pro Gallery tools. Both Squarespace and…

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“Domain Name” is a pay-to-play search term on Google

Just about everything above-the-fold is ads. For all of Google’s talk about how website owners need to provide good content above the fold, not just ads, Google.com has become a bunch of ads. Today I was searching for “domain name” (no quotes) and this is what I saw above the fold: There are four ads on top. The only organic content is from Wikipedia. It’s no wonder that registrars (including Google itself) are paying to…

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How the competitive domain registrar market keeps prices down

No matter what Verisign charges them, registrar profits on .com are limited by competition. Last year the U.S. Government granted the ability for Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to raise prices on .com domain names pending approval from ICANN. Where does that extra money go? As the sole wholesaler of .com domain names, every penny that Verisign raises the price of .com domain names goes to its bottom line. Domain registrars do their best to pass the…

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NameSilo acquires domain registrar and expired domain company NamePal

Deal will give NameSilo more tools to target domain investors. NamePal’s Fetch is a domain backorder aggregation service. Domain name registrar NameSilo (PINKSHEETS: NTCEF, URL:CSE) has acquired NamePal, a small domain name registrar with an expired domain backorder platform. The all-equity deal is for up to a 1.75% interest in NameSilo, with the equity payments not starting until 6 months after completion of the acquisition. At today’s market cap, that’s only a few hundred thousand…

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NameSilo hits $20 million in bookings for 2018

Domain registrar continues to show solid growth. Domain name registrar NameSilo (PINKSHEETS: NTCEF, URL:CSE) is reporting that it had US $20.1 million in bookings during 2018. It defines bookings as cash received from new domain registrations, renewals and other services. Fourth quarter bookings were $5.4 million. The registrar has been on a tear in recent years, especially after it was acquired last year. It is often among the top ten registrars in terms of new monthly .com…

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