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

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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

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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

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

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:

 

nsi-dot-events

 

New York Times Reports On Godaddy IPO: Its Go Time

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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.