GoDaddy Airo: An AI-powered successor to Afternic?

Afternic is dead – Long live Airo! GoDaddy has rolled out Airo, an AI-powered engine that takes textual descriptions as input and creates available domain names that best match it. The Airo tool by GoDaddy provides added assistance for both new and established businesses. This includes features such as tailored email campaigns with recommended content […]

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GoDaddy: Strong Q4/2023 and full year 2023 results

On February 13, 2024, in Tempe, Arizona, GoDaddy reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2023. In Q4 2023, GoDaddy Inc. experienced a 13% increase in Applications & Commerce revenue. The company achieved a Q4 net income margin of 103%, which includes non-routine items, and a Q4 Normalized […]

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Afternic rolls out Snail Slow Transfer domain service

Afternic, the self-professed world’s leading domain aftermarket, announced the availability of a new option for domain transfers following a sale. Snail Slow Transfer is the tongue-in-cheek name that was chosen to reflect a slow, yet safe and secure pace of completing sales on Afternic. “With Snail Slow Transfers our sellers can rest assured that their […]

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GoDaddy monetizing Dan.com parked domains with PPC ads

Update: GoDaddy and Dan.com are not running any A/B testing on new PPC features; the hybrid lander feature requires one to opt in. A bug that allowed deleted domains that were re-added on Dan.com to inherit the previous owner’s Cashparking settings has been identified. More information here – original article follows. — GoDaddy is running […]

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GoDaddy NameFind auctions: Game over!

Late last year, GoDaddy listed a good chunk of its NameFind portfolio for sale, in an extended auction event that spanned the better part of December. The GoDaddy Auctions involving previously expensive or unavailable NameFind domains did well: Domains were bid on and some were eventually cherry-picked after the end of the auction. On December […]

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AaronWolf.com: Domain got “repoed” then listed on Dan, according to previous owner

The domain name AaronWolf.com was listed on Dan.com, according to a recent review on the Trustpilot platform. The review was made by a guy named “Aaron” who laments the loss of the domain’s ownership, at an unspecified time frame: “Godaddy/Dan.com is an absolute scam and has been for years. I registered aaronwolf.com through godaddy years […]

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GoDaddy NameFind auctions: BIN price added to domains at year’s end!

In mid-December, GoDaddy auctioned off a tiny portion of its NameFind portfolio of domain names. These domains were acquired over the years at various times, such as the Marchex and Elite Domains portfolios along with that of Frank Schilling’s. If you think that the auctioned domains were not exactly spectacular, you are not alone. The […]

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GoDaddy + Namefind domain auctions: Wow or meh?

GoDaddy executives found a new, creative way to add more revenue to the year’s books, by rolling out a series of weekly domain auctions. Pulled from the million-plus strong domain portfolio of Namefind, the repository of GoDaddy-owned domains, these auctions are taking place on GoDaddy (beta) Auctions. A few dozen domains each week add up, […]

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Uniregistry made domain investors tear up with final Tweet

Long after Uniregistry was acquired by GoDaddy, the company continued to provide excellent services to domain investors as a registrar and brokerage. Eventually, Uniregistry (Uni) shut down both as a domain registrar and its Uni Marketplace team moved to GoDaddy, aiming at finishing the job on Afternic 2.0. The Uni app was discontinued, DomainNamesales.com was […]

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NameFind: Domain portfolio available for LTO but not on Afternic

Afternic announced today that the NameFind portfolio of domains has gained a lease to own (LTO) option. NameFind is the registrant of record and manager of the GoDaddy-owned domain portfolio of approximately 1 million domain names. How did NameFind acquire these domains? Very simple: Through private acquisitions of domain portfolios from several companies, such as […]

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It wasn’t so hard now, was it?

Dan.com announced via Twitter that a fresh release of its platform code fixes the lack of a switch for the estimated value, or GoValue as GoDaddy calls it. The changes add a switch that toggles the view on and off. While this appears to work, there are a couple of issues: First, the switch’s logic […]

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GoDaddy auctions: A “fundamentally flawed” domain bidding platform

Scammers continue to abuse the GoDaddy auctions system by taking advantage of its flawed policies on non-paying bidders. Tens of thousands of dollars in revenue  are effectively lost daily, as an apparently organized and persistent ring of unscrupulous bidders gang up on legitimate GoDaddy bidders. Time and again, the non-paying winner and their accomplishes “force” […]

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