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Godaddy buys Uniregistry. Uniregistry Names will be on Fast Transfer

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Godaddy acquires Uniregistry

Congratulations Godaddy and Frank Schilling at Uniregistry for the acquisition.

I have been customers of both for many years.  I hope they both learn from the things each has done well.

One benefit for me personally is Uniregistry names will be eligible for Fast Transfer at afternic.

From the extended press release. “We will be adding Afternic DLS Fast Transfer”

Now “when” could be 2 years, but I am hoping its quicker.

On consolidation.  My personal feeling is Godaddy has done less innovation since they started acquiring companies. They keep the registration platform and administration working, … Read the rest

Will Verisign Advertise or Embrace Investors? Or Page Predicts Registrations Could be Down in 2020.

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Verisign reported their quarterly results, the last before their projected price increases kick in. It looks like they will need the price increases.  The results are flattish to disappointing, and I don’t think that bodes well for the future unless they start marketing.  But marketing hurts margins, and every $.01 miss on earning punishes the stock, will they have the courage to spend on marketing? I hope so.  .COM is still the best global TLD.

Even though they “say” they expect the name base to to increase 2-4%, I don’t see how that is possible as the average duration of … Read the rest

Intro to 10 Things – The Biggest Myth in Domaining

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The Biggest Myth in Domaining

You Can Make Money by “Buying” Domain Names

Longer Read 9-15 minutes.

So I’ve fallen prey to this many times, so its time to get real. I’ve said it before, domaining can be a delusional business sometimes because you can buy a domain name, tell yourself you bought it at a discount to its true value, and go home that day booking mental profits, thinking you made money.  Walking tall, feeling good. Your Up!

They Told Me I Would Sell 1-2% a Year

So you hear you will sell 1-2 % a year, so buy

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Super Bowl Commercials – Big Brother Google Cares about Me?

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My personal take on the most important part of the Super Bowl, the commercials.

Today, the Google Commercial.  The voice-over is of an elderly gentlemen remembering his life and asking Google to help him.  The takeaway for me is Google isn’t a search engine anymore, its a life management app.  So I need a new search engine.

To hear the advertising spot, Big Brother is now concerned about us and helping us document our lives. I think not.  This was a wonderful, emotional, seemingly positive spin on one company learning everything about us – not so its can help us … Read the rest

NamesCon Pre-Show Day – Chilly, Optimism, Austin Shows Well and China Flu

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So my takeaways from the arrival day at NamesCon are Austin looks like a worthy host, a little nod toward China Flu concerns, and optimism coming from better results in early 2020. Arrival day is a great chance to see old friends, like a college reunion.

With a central US location, I think more attendees can take a morning flight on Day 1, so the old Sunday arrival day feel isn’t here this year…. missed.

Austin is a growing, popular and internationally welcoming city.  It is a little chilly (like Vegas has been) but the popular downtown scene, many hotel … Read the rest

Will Pettifogging be the New Covfefe? Impeachment Word of the Day

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In last nights late, late, late closing of the first day of the US Impeachment Trial of President Trump, a squabble ensued between the two groups of counsels.  The presiding officer, John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court – in his only real insertion into any of the days events beyond process – reminded both groups of counsels to “remember where you are”.

Decorum is to be upheld in the Senate, meaning at its core, respectful behavior towards to and in between Senators, Witnesses, Council and Staff. The guideline is Senators avoid speaking in a manner, and using language … Read the rest

Domain Investing on the Margin. Available doesn’t mean flip-able.

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How to know if the name you’ve picked is best name available. Registered Does Not Mean Valuable, And Available Doesn’t Mean Flip-able.

How does a customer tell what the best name available is for their website. How do investors decide what they can buy and flip. Right now you have to guess. As an investor or a business or website owner, you simply can guess a good name, and see if its available. That can lead to some wrong conclusions.

As an investor, we are up over 150,000,000 domain names but the domain name market is not a perfect market, … Read the rest

Page Howe’s Exclusive, In-Depth and Please Stop Laughing Guide to Namescon Prep. Wheres the Poker Game?

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Counting down the names to Namescon and here is my prep work I’m doing right now to be ready.

Hotel – Don’t tell anyone but there is some room at the Omni, and at friendlier price than the $450 a night you may see at other times.  Checkout the main site.  Tuesday and Wednesday are the tough nights. Thursday Friday possibly better. Good luck.

Hotel (Bonus) – Looks like you can do some conditional space available upgrades. Don’t hate me if I try to save a few bucks, (to buy some more domains) and grab some Club Floor Love for … Read the rest