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11|30|2014 05:12 pm EDT

The week in Domains (Week 49/2014)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

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“The week in domains” summarizes the domain name industry news on a weekly basis. Not enough time to check all the news on all the blogs? This is what you want to read. Updated throughout the week/days.

Domain Name Sales



Domain Names for Sale

Internet Governance


10|29|2013 05:30 pm EDT

Go Daddy/Afternic and Sedo’s reported sales for the week ending on Oct 28th, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Over the past week, 705 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1,3m. Go Daddy/Afternic’s total domain sales for the week summed to  $1,696,432.

Over 47% of total sales at Sedo were the result of Buy Now listings.

The top seller on Sedo’s list, for 45,000 USD was a SedoMLS sale that came through Go Daddy.  The domain was owned by Frank Schilling.

The top ten sales in the week ending on October 28th, 2013 were:

  1. $45,000 USD (Sedo)
  2. $28,000 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  3. $20,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  4.    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  5.    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  6. $14,900 USD (Sedo)
  7. $14,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  8.    $13,500    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  9. $13,500 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  10. $10,500 USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)

See all of the reported sales after the jump.


10|22|2013 11:50 pm EDT

Go Daddy/Afternic Sales Report for the Week ending Oct 20th, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Go Daddy and Afternic reports $1,625,205 USD in sales for the week from 10/14/13 – 10/20/1.

The top six reported Sales at Go Daddy / Afternic this week were:

  1. for $19,000 USD
  2. for $12,000 USD
  3. for $9,950 USD
  4. for $7,500 USD
  5. for $7,500 USD
  6. for $7,500 USD

See the domains included in the report after the jump.


10|09|2013 11:38 am EDT

Microsoft’s Office 365 further integrates Go Daddy Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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According to a blog post by the Office 365 team, customers can now purchase their domains from Go Daddy directly through the product’s interface. The domain will then directly be enabled for use with Office 365 by setting up the correct nameservers and DNS records at the time of registration

Anybody got an Office 365 account? We’d be interested in seeing if this implementation includes premium/aftermarket domains. Let us know in the comments below.

[via TheNextWeb / Microsoft Office Blog]

09|19|2013 12:50 pm EDT

Go Daddy Acquires Afternic [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Acquisitions

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So here’s the official Press Release for the acquisition of Afternic and Smartname by Go Daddy from Namemedia.

GoDaddy Acquires Afternic – Primes Domain Aftermarket For New TLDs

Move Also Delivers Improved Service, Selection & Speed to More Aftermarket Customers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 19, 2013) – GoDaddy, the world’s leading domain name provider, has acquired Afternic, one of the industry’s leading domain name aftermarket companies based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The move creates an unprecedented level of domain name aftermarket inventory from one source and a frictionless marketplace – enabling buyers to purchase registered domain names offered for sale quickly and easily.

The move also bolsters ICANN’s upcoming Top Level Domains (TLD) program by fueling a more diverse aftermarket. Afternic’s Domain Listing Service (DLS) displays domain names at more than 100 different registrars – including 18 of the top-20. This gives new TLDs registries and resellers the best chance and easiest way to showcase their aftermarket domain names. As an example, instead of choosing a single registrar to sell an already registered name like Pizza.NYC – the name can be offered across the entire DLS network – giving the seller the most exposure and customers the best experience.

“Having the right domain name is vital, no matter your venture,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “GoDaddy is working to bring the ‘domain aftermarket’ together with new registrations and make both super-simple to access. Our customers need an easy way to buy the name they want, regardless of whether it’s new or has been registered previously. This acquisition forms a registrar-led process that creates faster and more trusted transactions across the board.”

DLS gives buyers a more diverse range of results and affords sellers more exposure to customers searching for domain names. A domain name can be listed at a single registrar and also displayed across the registrar network – without any more work from the domain owner. GoDaddy plans to incorporate the DLS into its domain search results and add its aftermarket domain name inventory to the DLS in the coming months.

“The success of the new TLDs and the aftermarket relies on a tight-knit group of diverse registrars and Afternic has done tremendous work to bring everyone together,” said GoDaddy Vice President and General Manager Mike McLaughlin.

Industry partners, operator of Network Solutions and, and fully support GoDaddy’s new registrar-led model. “This is a terrific move by GoDaddy and a real milestone for the domain industry,” said Tucows CEO Elliot Noss. “Making it easier for customers to find, buy and manage aftermarket domain names is important. That is why GoDaddy, Tucows and other large registrars are working together for the industry and for customers.”

Afternic’s Fast Transfer network completes the transaction instantly, and will leverage the full security of GoDaddy’s world-class architecture, without requiring days for a domain name to transfer or having to negotiate confusing industry regulations.

“GoDaddy’s adoption and endorsement of Afternic as the standard for Fast Transfer will accelerate the growth of the domain aftermarket across the entire industry,” said Afternic SVP of Business Development Bob Mountain – who will remain Afternic’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Registrars around the world are realizing that the aftermarket presents a significant opportunity for revenue growth. GoDaddy’s acquisition and investment in Afternic is a win for registrars, domain owners, and customers, and will provide the necessary scale to grow the aftermarket for years to come.”

“Afternic and GoDaddy share a vision for creating a unified domain aftermarket,” said Kelly Conlin, the Chairman and CEO of NameMedia, Afternic’s parent company. “By operating Afternic with the interests of the registrars and their customers first and foremost, this transaction not only fulfills this vision, but reinforces that registrars are the very best place to find all available domain names.”

GoDaddy plans to keep the Afternic staff in the Boston area.  GoDaddy is also acquiring SmartName, a domain parking service, as well as NameFind, a new service for helping entrepreneurs brainstorm a brand name for their business. NameMedia will continue to operate its marketplace of proprietary domain names and its website development group. Conlin will remain Name Media’s Chairman and CEO, while also becoming a strategic advisor to the Afternic management team following the acquisition.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

To see Afternic’s inventory – visit
GoDaddy’s expired domain name auctions will be held at

[via Press Release]

09|19|2013 09:52 am EDT

Go Daddy to acquire Afternic and Smartname from Namemedia

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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As announced in an email to members of AfterNIC and Smartname, Go Daddy is to acquire the two platforms from Namemedia.

Afternic and Smartname will continue to operate as separate brands and the business terms are going to continue to be the same. Go Daddy will be joining Afternic’s Fast transfer network.

For details see the full text of the emails after the jump:


11|13|2012 12:36 pm EDT

Media Options Hires Tess Diaz Former Go Daddy Asset Advisor

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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Panama City, Panama – November 13, 2012 – Tess Diaz, one of Go Daddy’s most tenured and trusted Executive Account Managers for the past 6 1/2 years, has accepted a new Coordinator of Business Development position with the Domain Name Brokerage Firm Media Options. In addition to offering premium domain brokerage services, Media Options operates one of the most popular domain investment newsletters in the industry.

Media Options CEO Andrew Rosener told DNN, “I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to work even more closely with Tess. For the past 6 years Tess has been a critical advisor and assistant to our business in her role at Go Daddy as our Executive Account Manager, but now that we have her full time and attention, I look forward to the improvements and innovation she’ll bring to the team.”

In her new role, Tess will be responsible for streamlining Media Options’ business systems and operations including client communication and outreach, as well as growing Media Options’ online business properties such as and In addition, Tess will be focused on identifying strategic opportunities and partnerships in and outside of the domain industry for Media Options.

Tess shared, “I’m delighted to join the Media Options team. Media Options is such a responsible and respected leader, particularly in increasing end-user perceptions on domain value via education and their own portfolio of online businesses. Together, our clients can expect to experience Media Options’ established results through our ongoing commitment to improving efficiency and effectiveness.”

Media Options is based in Panama City, Panama and is a leader in premium domain name brokerage as well as discreet and professional domain acquisitions. Media Options is currently brokering for sale domain names including:,,,,,,, and Visit to learn more about Media Options or to sign up for their newsletter.

[via Press Release]

09|10|2012 02:29 pm EDT

DNS Denial of Service Attack takes down Go Daddy and their customer’s sites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars, Up to the Minute

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Member of Anonymous claims responsibility

As reported by a number of sources and experienced by ourselves, Go Daddy appears to be experiencing a Denial of Service Attack on their nameservers, taking down customers websites as well. TechCrunch reported on the issue and Anonymous Own3r has claimed responsibility. Go Daddy has acknowledged that they know that there is a problem and that they are working on it.

04|21|2012 01:30 pm EDT

This Week In Domains (week 17/2012)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

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Want to know what happened in the 17th week of 2012 week in the world of domain names? As reported…

Here at DNN

By other domain industry blogs

Press releases and the like

and elsewhere


What do you think were the top stories in the domaining world this week? Let us know in the comments.



02|17|2012 02:52 am EDT

Secret Service Takes Down Hosted Form Service For a Day

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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As reported by Wired, it appears that domain seizures are no longer the domain of the ICE alone. It appears that registrar Go Daddy took down the hosted webform service by changing the domain name’s nameservers. Even though an update to a blog post about the suspension on the site’s blog mentioned that the site is back online, DNN has not been able to access it under it’s old domain name at the time of this post.

  • The Domain was suspended on February 15th, 2012
  • JotForm asked their users to switch their form integrations from to
  • The company operating JetForm (Interlogy Internet Technologies) switched their other domains from Go Daddy to Namecheap and Hover.
  • The nameservers were switched back at Feb 16th 5pm EST
  • 2 million user generated forms by hundreds of thousand of users were affected by the take down
  • Interlogy Internet Technologies has yet to receive an explanation for the shutdown of the site

Last year the ICE seized, which runs a free DNS service, and shut down 84,000 subdomains for two days while they were targeting a single site within the network.

[via Wired]