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CentralNic Launches BuyDomains.London, Domain & Website Included For £39.00 A Year

July 7th, 2014 Comments off

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CentralNic announced today that they have launched the BuyDomains.London A “website for Small SMEs to obtain their .London domain names” taking aim “at the “75% of London’s 841,000 SMEs that will fail to register for a .London domain name before the 31 July deadline”.

For only £39.00 per year, Londoners and London-based businesses will get from BuyDomains.London:

- A .London domain, which tells local customers and visitors alike that you’re located in London

- A professional two-page website which allows you to publish content for free, with no technical knowledge

- Responsively designed to look great on computers, tablets and phones

- Features including a choice of customisable templates, integrated Google Maps, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn widgets

- Free hosting

- Plus you can redirect your emails to your new .London domain name for free too

CEO Ben Crawford commented

“London has the potential to be the global capital of the 21st century – to the immense benefit of Londoners, and importantly SME owners. The fact that so few London businesses have their own websites is therefore a lamentable lost opportunity for London’s SMEs to participate in the internet revolution. Having your own website is not only the gateway to doing business globally, it’s also increasingly become the key to doing business locally, as London residents and visitors armed with smartphones and tablets now use the internet to look up a shop’s address, to find a tradesman, book a mini-cab or order a takeaway. Small businesses in London need their own websites just to keep their existing customers, and to have any prospect of winning new ones.”

Buydomains.london, is an official partner of Dot London, and has launched the campaign to run throughout July 2014, aiming to “Get London businesses online”.

All London-based SMEs that sign up for a .London domain name via BuyDomains.London will receive a free professional one-page .London website.

The benefits of this free website will allow the registered businesses to publish free content online with no prior technical or internet content experience. Ben Crawford hopes that this campaign will encourage more London SMEs to get online, and improve their marketing potential by kick-starting their online presences.

This campaign is being launched by London-based CentralNic plc through a strategic partnership with British web design company BaseKit.

If you’re thinking that BuyDomains.London may run afoul of Name Media, Inc. trademark in the United States, Name Media’s trademarks seems to be on the term BuyDomains.com rather than just “Buy Domains.”

IPOFinancial: “No Way Godaddy’s IPO Can Move Forward As Is With Google Entering The Market”

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

I chatted with David Menlow, who is the founder IPOfinancial.com yesterday about Godaddy’s planned IPO and Google’s announcement this week  that they were entering the domain name registrar business

“I don’t see how  GoDaddy’s IPO could “move forward.”

“If  it does, the valuations of this deal has to be radically”

“Whatever valuation models were being thrown around had to be completely redone”

IPOfinancial.com  “has been serving the investment community with information on IPOs and Secondary offerings since 1990″

Mr. Menlow says his company specialize and is retained by investors and investment companies for its opinion on how IPO shares will trade once the open on the market.

I pointed out to Mr. Menlow that Godaddy has a dominant market share of around 50% of the domain registrar market, which  isn’t as big as Google own market share of Search, still very substantial.

I also pointed out that Google hasn’t released many details of what Google Domains will be offering, what domain names they will be carrying or what the pricing will be.

“It doesn’t matter that there are no details regarding Google Domain offering”

“Google is not the 800 lbs Gorilla in the room, its the 800 ton Gorilla.”

I asked Mr. Menlow if he had any advise for Godaddy with Google coming into the market

“I would turn the lights off in the office and go into the fetal position”

Endurance Issues A Statement Claiming Google Domains Will be Good For Their Business

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

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Endurance International (EIGI) issued a statement on Google (GOOG) announcement yesterday that it is testing a new domain service.

Shares of Endurance recovered nicely today, as shares wound up being down only a little of 5%, closing at $15 a share.

Endurance had traded as low as $13.38 during the day.

Endurance said they “expect Google’s new initiative to stimulate demand for hosting and web presence solutions by increasing the number of domains that are created and actively used.

“Endurance is a Google partner and sees the active involvement by Google in stimulating interest in and distribution of web domains as a benefit to the industry.”

“Endurance expects Google’s new initiative to stimulate demand for hosting and web presence solutions by increasing the number of domains that are created and actively used. ”

“Endurance focuses its business on providing these hosting and web presence solutions, which are aimed at helping businesses succeed online, and which can include such elements as security, back-up, eCommerce, and online marketing assistance”

“While Endurance offers domains, it also provides web solutions for domains registered with other providers.

“Endurance and Google partner in the mission of helping businesses benefit from the Internet. The companies have worked together since 2013 through Google’s Get Your Business Online (GYBO) program. The GYBO program provides small businesses with a customized domain name, an easy-to-build website, and presence on Google Maps and on Google+. ”

“Endurance is the hosting provider for this program and also offers additional web presence products.”

Endurance provides Weebly, WordPress, and a number of other web building tools to its customers to help them build websites quickly and effectively.

“By providing choice to meet the varying needs and technical sophistication of users, and products to help customers achieve their goals from the web, Endurance is able to tailor solutions to meet individual customer needs. “An organization with the clout of Google increasing the number of domains registered in the world should boost demand for web solutions,” commented Hari Ravichandran, Chief Executive Officer of Endurance.”

Quick Poll:What Will Google Domains Market Share Of The Registrar Market Be A Year After Launch?

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

Yesterday news that Google is launching a retail domain name registrar, generated a ton of press outside the domain industry.

There is a lot of speculation of how successful he entry of Google into the registrar business will be, how much market share will Google Domains will gain and how it will effect other registrars, mostly Godaddy whose is going public this year.

As we know Godaddy is the worlds largest registrar, with its sister registrar Wild West Domains also in the top 10

Web.com registrars of Network Solutions and Register.com both in the top 10

Demand Media’s Enom, which includes NameCheap.com numbers is number 2.

Here is the top 20 domain name registrars according to RegistrarStats.com:

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So the question is what do spot do you think Google will be on this chart one year after Google Domains is live to the general public?

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TechCrunch Covers The New Google Domains Registrar & Google Talks About New gTLD’s

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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TechCrunch.com just covered the new Google Domains name registrar.

The only surprise for TechCrunch is that its taken Google so long to get into the business:

“The move makes enough sense that it’s actually kind if surprising that it’s taken Google this long. ”

“While domains aren’t generally considered a massive-margin business, they’ve always seemed like a glaring omission in Google’s offerings; a missing puzzle piece, almost.

Need email for your domain?

Google does that.

Need analytics for your domain?

They do that too.

Now they will soon offer domain registrations.

The one thing the story didn’t mention at all is the new gTLD’s even the 100 or so Google applied to operate.

However Google, not only mentions the new gTLD’s they only domains they talk about on their site:

A” domain name, your address on the Internet, says a lot about who you are and what you do. ”

“New domain endings like .guru and .photography can help you find a meaningful address that stands out on the web.”

“Every domain includes easy forwarding, branded email (you@your_company.com), simple management tools and other helpful features.”

According to SlashGear.com Google’s own  research says “55% of small businesses don’t have a website”, which SlashGear says “doesn’t make a lot of sense in 2014.”

CentralNic to Acquire Internet.BS In A Deal Worth Up to $7.5 Million

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

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CentralNic plc,(AIM:CNIC) acquired Internet.BS, a top 30 domain name registrar for a maximum consideration of USD 7.5 million.

CentralNic said it will pay $5.2 million when the deal closes, with $2.7 million due in cash and $2.5 million to be paid in the form of 2.1 million new CentralNic shares.

An additional $1.8 million payment is deferred.

It is to be paid over 12 months and can be adjusted higher or lower depending on the acquisition’s performance.

The maximum amount that can be paid is $2.3 million

CentralNic shares were Tuesday quoted at 71.95 pence, up 2.1%

You might remember that Demand Media, Inc. paid $18 Million for Name.com.

The company put out a press release early this morning

Internet.BS is a profitable, cash generative business delivering unaudited operating profits and profits after tax of USD $730,000 for the year ending 31 December 2013.

CentralNic gave some talking points on how the acquisition will affect their company going forward:

Impact of the Acquisition

“”The acquisition of Internet.BS is a strategic step for CentralNic, which will position the Company as a vertically integrated platform offering domain names at retail as well as wholesale – one of the key objectives announced at admission to AIM in September 2013.”

“Key strategic drivers for the acquisition include:

- Gaining a proven retail platform already supporting 28,000 users in eight languages, including sophisticated administrative tools for domain portfolio owners;
- Enhancing the revenues and profits of CentralNic with an additional cash generative business retailing domains to consumers and other domain name retailers; and
- Optimizing the earnings opportunity for CentralNic presented by the new Top-Level Domains by giving it access to the retail margin for sales of these domains.
The Board believes that the deal terms are attractive, at under 10x EBITDA, with 35% of the consideration settled in shares.”

We continue to see consolidation in the domain space and this is a trend that will most likely continue in the future.

Free Domains Anyone? .Berlin Adds 70K Domains & Tops 116K; .XYZ Adds 27K & Tops 145K

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

A huge day in the new gTLD program as .Berlin in its first day of offering free domain names,  added some 70,000 domain names, more domains than were registered in the extension in the three months since .Berlin was launched.

.Berlin passed .Club to become the 2nd most registered new domain extension (new gTLD).

.Berlin which had been hanging around 48,000 registrations for weeks, shot up to 116,638 registered domains

.Berlin launched around March 19 and got some 32,000 registrations in its first day.

It took .Berlin basically three more months to get to 48,000 registrations.

.Berlin added 70,000 domains yesterday in its 5 day free domain name program exceeding its previous total by 50% in one day.

The registrar PSI-USA, Inc. d/b/a Domain Robot, now has over 70,000 .Berlin domain name registrations, over 60% of the .Berlin market.

.XYZ wanother new gTLD had another nice boost today ending the day with over 145,000 registered domain names,  125,000 being registered by Network Solutions or over 86%.

.Club is now in third place, with over 71,000 domain names.

.Guru is in 4th place with over 62,000.

.Photography rounds out the top 5 with 38,000 registered domains.

In all there are now more than 1,185,000 domain names registered.

Godaddy has just over 21% of the domain registrar market, with over 253,000 domain registrations.

Network Solutions which at one time before .XYZ launch only had 2% of the new gTLD domain registrar market is now number 2 in terms of domain names registered at 143K registrations, 125K of which are .XYZ.

Enom, is in 3rd place of new gTLD domain name registrations

PSI-USA (the number one .Berlin domain registrar) is now in the 4th spot.

1 and 1 rounds out the top 5 of the domain registrar market for new gTLD’s

The top 5 new gTLD domain name registrars have over 50% of the new gTLD market.

All stats are supplied by ntldstats.com.

 

 

Network Solutions Promotion For .Events; 2 of 3 Featured Domains Are Reserved and NA

June 10th, 2014 Comments off

NetworkSolutions.com has done it again.

A new promotion going out to all of their customers is marketing the new gTLD  .events. The promotion features three domains, two of which are reserved by the registry thereby not available.

We have written about this issue before.   If registrars are going to email their customers to get them to register, or pre-register a new gTLD domain by highlighting  three domain names they should at least make sure the domains are actually available to be registered and not on the reserved or collision list.

Again its only 3 domains guys, you should be able to check those.

The promotion as you can see below,  features three domains under the heading “Get great domains like”: Sports.Events, Music.Events and Conference.events

Sports.Event and Music.Events are registry reserved.

Not avaliable to be pre-registered or registered.

Conference.Events is not reserved and is still available as of  publication

Here is the email:

 

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New York Times Reports On Godaddy IPO: Its Go Time

June 9th, 2014 Comments off

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The New York Times is reporting that talk of a Go Daddy IPO is  just like their new slogan states, Its Go Time, as it filed it S-1 with the SEC today.

According to the New York Times, Godaddy had 57 million domains under management as of Dec. 31.

GoDaddy reported $1.1 billion in revenue for 2013, a 24% increase from the previous year but  continues to lose money as it reported a $199.9 million loss for 2013, which is narrower than its $279.1 million loss in 2012.

Blake Irving appears to have a $1million salary and it he meets certain targets that salary will double.

Founder Bob Parsons is still the largest shareholder with a 28.1 % stake in the company.

According to the New York Times  K.K.R. and Silver Lake each own 28% of the  company

According to Bloomberg Godaddy is seeking to raise $100 Million in the IPO

Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup are leading the offering.

Interpol Takes Down Over 10,000 Websites and Targets Rogue Registrars

May 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Interpol takes down over 10,000 websites and targets rogue domain name registrars. In what was the largest global operation ever for taking down bad pharmacies, Interpol included rogue registrars as one of the main areas used by those involved in illegal pharmaceuticals.

Here is the full release:

LYON, France – Nearly 200 enforcement agencies across 111 countries have taken part in Operation Pangea VII targeting criminal networks behind the sale of fake medicines via illicit online pharmacies. The operation led to 237 arrests worldwide and the seizure of nearly USD 36 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

In terms of the number of participating INTERPOL member countries, Operation Pangea VII is the largest-ever global operation targeting fake medicines. It resulted in the launch of 1,235 investigations, the removal of more than 19,000 adverts for illicit pharmaceuticals via social media platforms and more than 10,600 websites shut down.

In addition to interventions on the ground, which included the identification and dismantlement of  three illicit laboratories in Colombia, the operation also targeted the main areas exploited by organized crime in the illegal online medicine trade: rogue domain name registrars, electronic payment systems and delivery services.

Operation Pangea VII was coordinated by INTERPOL, with the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Permanent Forum of International Pharmaceutical Crime (PFIPC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies Working Group of Enforcement Officers (WGEO), the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) and Europol, with support from the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and private sector companies including G2 Web Services, LegitScript, MasterCard, Microsoft,PayPal and Visa.

As well as raids at addresses linked to the illicit pharmaceutical websites, some 543,000 packages were inspected by customs and regulatory authorities, of which nearly 20,000 were seized during the international week of action (13 – 20 May).

Among the 9.4 million fake and illicit medicines seized during the operation were slimming pills, cancer medication, erectile dysfunction pills, cough and cold medication, anti-malarial, cholesterol medication and nutritional products.

“The sole focus of the organized crime networks behind the sale of these fake and illicit medicines is to make money, and they do not care about the potentially life-threatening consequences of their actions,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Operation Pangea has again demonstrated that the joint efforts of law enforcement agencies around the world and with the support of the private sector can have a significant impact in helping to protect the public and turn back crime,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

Following the discovery of the illicit laboratories in Bogota, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Colombia issued the first ever INTERPOL Purple Notices – which seek or provide information on modi operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals – in relation to pharmaceutical crime.

NCB Bogota also requested INTERPOL Blue Notices requesting further intelligence regarding suspects in a criminal organization related to pharmaceutical crime in order to trace and locate them.

“The results from Operation Pangea VII are not just about the seizures and arrests, but also about demonstrating the growing commitment from member countries in tackling these crimes, and their increasing expertise,” said Aline Plançon, head of INTERPOL’s Medical Products Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) unit.

“The interceptions and seizures physically stop these potentially life-threatening medicines from reaching unsuspecting consumers, but equally as important is shutting down the online platforms used by organized crime to target the public,” added Ms Plançon.

Throughout Operation Pangea VII, INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon served as the central hub for information exchange among the participating countries and agencies. From this base, the WCO’s Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Western Europe coordinated activities between participating customs administrations via CENcomm and the Pangea team, and a mobile Europol office also conducted cross-checks.

Operation Pangea VII is part of INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime global awareness campaign, which aims to educate society about the ways in which organized crime infiltrates our daily lives, and to assist the public in protecting themselves.