Verisign Q3 2014 Report: 1.15 Million New Domains Added Ending Quarter With 130 Million

verisignVeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today reported financial and business results for the third quarter of 2014, including stats on .com and .net domain names that are on the rise.

Third Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $255 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 4.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $95 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $81 million and diluted EPS of $0.53 in the same quarter in 2013. The Continue reading

New .COM & .NET Video Campaign by Verisign

gtldsVerisign, the registry operator for .com, .net and other domain names, is releasing a series of short, humorous videos this month promoting .com and .net domain names

You can see the first 2 videos, Cake in a Club and Fish on a Bus below. Continue reading

August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.

These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

Donuts: “.COM has become diluted and meaningless. It adds nothing to an identity.”

Donuts, a New gTLD registry with more than 200 strings already released or coming soon, posted an article on it’s official blog with the title “The Importance of Semantics and Affinity, and the Meaninglessness of .COM”. The article has many flaws…

The article starts by explaining what semantics is: “the term semantics is about meaning.”

Approach ten people on the street and ask them what .BIKE is about. Even if they haven’t heard of new domain names the chances are very good they’ll say, “It’s about bikes.” Same goes for .CAMERA, .EMAIL or .REPAIR. All these new domains are semantically meaningful because they refer to something specific that consumers want. Specificity is where Internet addressing is headed, and it’s a big reason Donuts got into this business.

Ask those ten people what .COM means, and you’ll get a puzzled stare, because it doesn’t mean anything to them. In the old days it was there to tell you you’re looking at a website address—before everyone learned the dot itself means it’s a web address. .COM has become semantically forgettable and meaningless. In the context of new TLDs, it means “miscellaneous.”

People doesn’t know what .com means because .com has been synonymous with the Internet for 20+ years now. The fact that people don’t know what it means and despite that they visit .com websites everyday without even thinking about what it means speaks for itself. .Com is embedded into people’s minds. They don’t have to think about it and they type it. It is a habit and habits die hard. Continue reading

Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.

In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.

These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

10 .COM Hand Registrations Versus 10 New gTLD Hand Registrations

I thought about posting my 10 latest .com hand registrations but then I thought why not include 10 of my New gTLD hand registrations as well for comparison? I am always looking to buy domains and sometimes I am surprised as to what I find free.

I was part of a hand registration contest that Elliot run on his blog. I came 3rd in the contest and wrote an article with my chronicle in the contest: My adventures in “Domain Name Hand Registration” circa 2014.

A lot of my latest .com hand registrations were inspired by New gTLD domains or while searching to buy New gTLD domains. Here are 10 of my latest .com hand registrations:

ClinicalAgency.com ( I got clinical.agency as well)
OpticsGlass.com (optics.glass was bought for $12,500 on EAP day 1)
AbuDhabiCompany.com (AbuDhabi.Company was bought for $1200 on EAP day 3 and is a $50 premium)
CCtldDomains.com (CCtldDomain.com is taken since 2000, cctld.domains was taken by Mike Berkens on EAP day 5)
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Verisign Q1 2014 Report: 128.5 million .com and .net domains, 4% increase from Q1 2013

VeriSign, Inc., the global leader in domain names, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014.

First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $249 million for the first quarter of 2014, up 5 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $94 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $85 million and diluted EPS of $0.52 in the same quarter in 2013. The operating margin was 56.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 56.4 percent for the same quarter in 2013.

First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the same quarter in 2013. The non-GAAP operating margin was 60.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 59.6 percent for the same quarter in 2013. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.

“Results of the first quarter demonstrate the fundamental soundness of our strategy and discipline in execution,” commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of Continue reading

Infographic: 271 million domain names registered worldwide

Here is the infographic Verisign published announcing that 5 million domain names were added to the Internet in Q4 of 2013, bringing the registered domain names to a total of 271 million worldwide. Compared to last year, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million (7.3%): Continue reading

Verisign: 271 million domains worldwide (7.3% increase in 2013)

Verisign today announced that five million domain names were added to the Internet in Q4 of 2013, bringing the registered domain names total to 271 million worldwide. Compared to last year, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million (7.3%).

Think .com is dead? Think again:

  • New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 8.0 million in 2012, which is a 5% increase year over year
  • 47.7% of four-character domain names, over 95.3% of five-character domain names and more than 99.8% of six-character domain names are still available as of Dec. 31, 2013

Furthermore, Verisign shared that its average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 82 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 100 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 6.4% and the peak decreased 19.2%.

Here is the complete announcement: Continue reading

And the big winner of the first New gTLDs is: ‘Guru.com’

Guru.com, a freelance marketplace, is the big winner from the first New gTLDs roll out in the past couple of weeks that included the .guru New gTLD. Up until now .guru is by far the most popular New gTLD and this will have a more than positive effect on guru.com.

Guru.com took advantage of this added attention, that was bound to happen, since Donuts announced it’s application for the .guru New gTLD. The guru.com website was completely redesigned and was revealed on the 2nd of February 2014. That was just 4 days after .guru was made available to the public. Donuts New gTLD .guru entered the Early Access Program (EAP) general availability on the 29th of January and the proper general availability on the 5th of February.

This was certainly not a coincidence. A redesign of this caliber was planned months in advance.

Since .guru is aimed at consultants, experts, bloggers and freelancers it is more than certain that guru.com will get a lot more traffic since it targets the same demographic. New .guru registrants will discover what guru.com can offer to them and many visitors searching for a .guru website will end up at guru.com and find the freelancer they are looking for.

Guru.com made a small announcement on it’s Twitter feed on February 6th:

gurucom1The new design is a big upgrade from the previous one:

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Guru.com is a freelance marketplace. It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. It was founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and still headquartered there. eMoonlighter.com bought the Guru.com domain name and logo from Unicru, and eMoonlighter was renamed Guru.com. Guru.com directly connects businesses and employees in 160 different fields.