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GoDaddy Up For Auction 191

An anonymous reader writes "GoDaddy.com, the closely held website that registers Internet domain names, has put itself up for sale in an auction that could fetch more than $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said. The company, which currently has more than 43 million domains under management, is well known for its edgy advertising, including Super Bowl commercials and ads featuring different 'Go Daddy Girls,' including racing car driver Danica Patrick."
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GoDaddy Up For Auction

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  • Ugly UI (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, 2010 @10:40AM (#33544934)
    Will bidders for GoDaddy have to use the same sort of hideous web interface that they make their users use? Shame that they will have to forgo that lovely experi- FOR EXTRA $5,000,000 YOU CAN HAVE 50% AOL STOCK IN OUR SuperStock Special Plus++ Plan!!!!! CLICK >HERE!
    • Ugh. I used them for a year or two. Sure, it was easy signing up...but when I had multiple domains to renew every year I had to uncheck a dozen "option packages" on 4 different pages just to renew a domain. Transferring out to another registrar is even more of a pain. Despite following the exact steps required Godaddy still denied the transfer saying I had not responded.

      I made sure to tell them the sole reason for my transferring my business to another registrar was solely based on their annoying websit

  • by Compaqt ( 1758360 ) on Saturday September 11, 2010 @10:44AM (#33544968) Homepage

    of GoDaddy's deep dark secrets?

    Like the way they (supposedly) steal customer domain ideas after you whois a domain?

    Somebody on the inside? How about it?

    Also, does anybody have the link for that story from Slashdot a couple years ago, I can't find it.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, 2010 @12:10PM (#33545652)

      Domain tasting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_tasting) essentially doesn't exist now. Back in Aug 2009 15 million domains were being tasted per month. Currently it is down to less than 60,000.

        Icann adopted a 20 cent charge for each domain that was tasted. Beyond that, a number of TLDs upped the charge to several dollars.

      It went from a totally free way for companies to check the value of domains to being a very expensive way.

  • Let's buy it! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, 2010 @10:45AM (#33544984)

    I'm sure we could scrape together 1-2 measly billions. Who wants to setup the PayPal account for donations?

  • Going... (Score:2, Funny)

    by shikaisi ( 1816846 )
    ... going... Gone Daddy
    • Re:Going... (Score:5, Funny)

      by tomhudson ( 43916 ) <barbara.hudson@b ... u d s o n . c om> on Saturday September 11, 2010 @11:55AM (#33545496) Journal
      Already taken. gonedaddy.net is available, and so is gonedaddy.org

      Domain Name: GONEDADDY.COM [gonedaddy.com]
      Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
      Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
      Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/ [networksolutions.com]
      Name Server: NS.ARTNET.NET
      Name Server: NS2.ANET.NET
      Status: clientTransferProhibited
      Updated Date: 21-jun-2010
      Creation Date: 23-jun-1999
      Expiration Date: 23-jun-2011

      goatdaddy.com [goatdaddy.com] is also taken (no, I am NOT going to click on the link and see where it leads), foedaddy.com, gomommy.com, nogodaddy.com, goaddy.com, g0daddy.com, but h0daddy.com is availabile, and so is goatdaddie.com. Knock yourselves out.

      • by SpzToid ( 869795 )
        Yeah. Internet domain names are like most of the women out there. All the ones that I could probably have any serious, long-term interest in, worth committing to, well they were already spoken for and taken a long time ago.
        • Yeah. Internet domain names are like most of the women out there. All the ones that I could probably have any serious, long-term interest in, worth committing to, well they were already spoken for and taken a long time ago.

          And women say "All the good men are either married or have boyfriends." :-)

          It's simply not true that all the good domain names are taken. Sure, I've seen people register longdomainnameatsoandsoplaceihavenoida.com because they have no imagination, but the supply of good short names is

          • I just picked up an 8 letter and a 5 letter .com domain, both totally easy. As far as women, it could be that SpzToid lives in the Man Jose Area.
            • A 5-letter. Sweet!

              While I *did* come across a 5-letter, I settled for the 6-letter one instead because I just knew people were going to mis-type it (and the 6-letter was available for all 3 of the "good" TLDs, and had never been registered before, whereas the 5-letter was a lapsed registration).

              I ignore anything that's not com|org|net; if I get the com, I don't really care about the other 2 - they're just a bonus, and if I can't get com, I won't bother with the other 2 anyway.

              .aero, .biz, .coop (let'

              • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

                Amazingly, chicken.coop is actually a website about a chicken-processing co-op.

                I can think of one other .coop worth having, but can't see why I'd want to spend the $8. :)

                • Someone actually wasted money on s.coop They're trying to palm it off as a url-shortening service (though it would have been cooler to be either an ice cream or news site).

                  I can think of one other .coop worth having, but can't see why I'd want to spend the $8. :)

                  It's more like $74.00 [encirca.com], $120.00 [domains.coop], or $90.00 a year [goodluckdomain.in]. And in their stats section, you'll see that a state that has 14 coop domains registered lists the same domain a dozen times (Alabama - I picked the first state in the list). Talk about puffing up

                  • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *


                    Okay, I can see spending the money for what chicken.coop is, because that one makes sense (good pun, appropriate content), but otherwise... this falls under More Money Than Brains.

                    But so do most of the alternative TLDs... or else under "What were they thinking??!"

                    So if you want to register flewthe.coop, feel free, cuz I ain't gonna do it ;)

                    • flewthe.coop - nice, but not $80 a year nice. Definitely in the More Money Than Brains department. Still, I remember when everyone had to go through netsol - back in the $100 per year per domain days.

                      When I let it lapse because I had no further use for that project, someone else bought it, let it lapse after they couldn't sell it, and now someone else has been trying to sell it for the last decade (which will be kind of hard - they don't even have the name resolving to a parked site, which tells you how l

                    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

                      I picked up one of my .coms (that I actually use for regular stuff) after some squatter let it lapse, tho the .net is still squatted -- but apparently to no great success as like your example, it isn't even parked anywhere. I gather bulk domains can cost as little as a buck per year, but still, I'd think it hardly worthwhile to keep a stable of stuff that's not even worth a parking page, so it's not even advertising itself. I wonder if some such domains just get lost in the shuffle when a squatter has thous

                    • I only look for domains that I think I might have a use for at some future date, so my searches are pretty narrowly focused. Then, when I have some spare time, I'll get around to doing something with it. For example, it took me a year to get around to actually using alphagfx.com and I ended up using it for something different from what I originally intended. Funny how that works out.
                    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

                      Yeah, I've had the same thing happen... no plan survives contact with the internet ;)

                      And I don't go grabbing a bunch just to have 'em; I've only got a dozen or so and at least have SOME notion what they're good for, or else they're a word or businessname that is already associated with me (like my longtime usernames). And a couple I manage for other folks.

                      If everyone did like us, there wouldn't be this squatter market in the first place. It occurs to me to wonder how much of GoDaddy's billion-dollar value i

                    • Just look at all the parked domains that are "monetized". Google has over 20 million domains under adsense for domains [google.com].

                      Throw in the others, and you've probably got 20% to 30% (there are private companies that also have millions of domains "under management") of the internet that's typo-squatting or otherwise "monetized." Often without the owners knowledge - they registered it, but never got around to using it, so instead of serving up a "not found", the registrar squats it.

                      Then add all the affiliate mar

                    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

                      I've run into a lot of those forgotten domains being "montetized" by the registrar... nothing but damned irritating, they are... all of mine are at least pointed at *some* real site.

                      I had fun with one SEO outfit that tried to sell me some keywords... while the Nice Young Salesman was giving me his spiel, I looked up their company's own website's traffic, and it was only about 10% of what I already get on my main site. (A datum which rather flummoxed said NYS.) And here's the big question: if my site is so h

    • ... and nothing of value was lost.

  • I've got about a half dozen domains registered with them. What the hell do I do now?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by jeepien ( 848819 )

      I've got about a half dozen domains registered with them. What the hell do I do now?

      I dunno. What the hell have you been doing up till now?

    • Transfer them to Domainsite.com

      Good price points, and customer support there rocks. The company owner has actually called me a few times when I had database trouble with their backend.

  • Advertisements (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fermion ( 181285 ) on Saturday September 11, 2010 @12:15PM (#33545682) Homepage Journal
    I don't normally complain about advertisements posing as articles, but as many of us know Godaddy is well known for board line ethics in the drive for profits and no regard for customers. There is nothing wrong with this, but I simply choose not to do business with them. All my domains have been resisted elsewhere for years. This sale, I suspect is the result of such shady er edgy, business practices.

    What practices? The most telling is the holding of domain names hostage. Any expired domain is held hostage for an amount of time until someone pays the release fee, above and beyond the registration fee. Some business will fall for this tric, but I suspect it is mostly the small user that gets hurt, losing a domain because in the pressures of family and work a domain was not renewed prior to expiration. What same person would work with such a company? Is it any wonder they are selling?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Their ads are not edgy, they're moronic. Slutty girls have been done before, oh like a trillion quintillion times. GoDaddy is a terrible registrar; their service stinks and they are spammer-friendly. If they are acquired, the purchaser is going to inherit a lot of problems.

    • by Zorque ( 894011 )

      The best part is that the ads aren't even titillating, and I can't think of a single person who would go watch their "UNRATED" stuff when there's probably nothing going on that can't be shown on TV (I don't know, I've never wasted my time checking). Whoever is in charge of the marketing is either a man who has a low opinion of other guys or a woman who doesn't really understand what we find erotic.

  • by Brad1138 ( 590148 ) <brad1138@yahoo.com> on Saturday September 11, 2010 @12:41PM (#33545870)
    I like scantily clad women as much as the next guy, but the Go Daddy commercials are the worst commercials I have ever seen, regardless of how many bimbos they put in them. I was very disappointed in Danica Patrick for selling out to them. She completely lost all respect she had earned as the best or most prominent female Indy/Nascar driver (for the most part, I don't watch Car racing). But more to the point, the commercials are so blatantly, "we must be great, we show bimbos on TV". Hopefully they will go way with new ownership.
    • like scantily clad women as much as the next guy, but ...

      I submit that you do not.

      • I submit that you do not.

        Hey, I am married... so........, maybe you are right.... :)

        It is about how the commercials are done, there is no tact what so ever, they just throw them up there for the sake of throwing them up there. If I want to look at nearly naked or naked women, I can do a lot better than their commercials or web site.

    • I was very disappointed in Danica Patrick for selling out to them. She completely lost all respect she had earned as the best or most prominent female Indy/Nascar driver (for the most part, I don't watch Car racing).

      Turns out Danica was overrated. My daughters (who live in Indianapolis, and therefore are constantly exposed to motor sports) all seem to like Sarah Fisher more than Danica because Sarah just drives. And owns her own team.

  • In up to my pits.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuperCharlie ( 1068072 ) on Saturday September 11, 2010 @02:14PM (#33546522)
    I have 20 or so domains registered there.. a lot for my personal biz stuff.. and any time you mess with the technical stack of bb's it makes ya nervous. Yes, their web interface is a gaudy heavy wtf nightmare, yes their hosting is hell in a handbasket, but I have never had a problem with their registrar services and once I set up or change a domain name it propogates usually in less than an hour and never has any problems afterwards and they have always always been one of the least expensive options for registering domains. It makes me terribly nervous to see this go up for sale.
    • I'm of about the same opinion as yourself. Everyone here seems to be talking a lot of shit about GoDaddy but they've been cheap and they've worked for me for at least five years now. Their web interface isn't great, but it does the job. I've never needed to call them.

    • I'm no security expert, but as far as I can tell GoDaddy SSL is as good as anyone's SSL, except it's way cheaper.
  • I despise Godaddy's upsell hell interface and their advertising is crude. Anyone here have recommendations or share experiences on alternatives?

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      If you don't mind a german registrar, I use Joker.com. I used to have some problems with them, but for the last several years, it's been smooth sailing.

      • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

        Joker.com isn't German, it's Swiss. (They do speak some German in Switzerland, though.)

    • gandi.net is a much better registrar, and DreamHost is a much better host (and registrar as well).

      Dump GoDaddy, make the switch, you'll be happier.

  • No surprise here (Score:3, Informative)

    by grikdog ( 697841 ) on Saturday September 11, 2010 @05:08PM (#33548030) Homepage
    Bob Parsons sold his previous company, Parsons Technology, purveyors of home accounting, home Bible concordance, home taxes, home legalese software, to Intuit (who sold it to Brøderbund) after Microsoft passed on the deal, so it's not surprising GoDaddy is on the block. He blazed a few new trails through the personal computing woods, I'll give him that, but he was more of a Davey Crockett than a Daniel Boone. Has a penchant for Alamos.
    • Bob Parsons was at the right place at the right time and sold a 2nd rate Tax Software package to Inuit who was afloat in internet bubble money. He took the 250 million or so, gave half to his ex-wife and burned through almost $125 million dollars before making GoDaddy.com profitable. He's not a Davey Crockett or a Daniel Boone -- he's bad business man who got lucky once and is still living off the fats of others' labors.

  • The GoDaddy folks may just be reading the tea leaves...when you have judges saying that merely being on the 'net strips you of privacy while simultaneously all kinds of money and power are being brought to bear to strip the 'net of its neutrality, the value of the 'net as a means of discourse and information exchange may be about to plummet.

    How long is America going to want to pay the ever bigger bucks required for 'net access for the privilege of being legally spied upon and the ever increasing probabil
  • by GrantRobertson ( 973370 ) on Saturday September 11, 2010 @07:48PM (#33549118) Homepage Journal
    What a lot of people don't seem to know about GoDaddy is that they don't actually register your domain in your name. They register the domain in their name and then "license" you to use it. At least this is the way they worked several years ago. I discovered this when I was helping a customer set up his web site hosting. He had gone online and registered the domain with GoDaddy - because they advertise a lot - but could not figure anything else out on his own. When I checked into things to help him get the rest set up, I discovered that he wasn't even listed as the owner of the domain. I called GoDaddy's "customer support" only to have them explain that this was for their customer's "protection." They said it was to prevent anyone from stealing someone else's domain but he couldn't explain how it was any different with GoDaddy owning the domain instead of the customer. Over and over again, the "customer service" person tried to hard sell me while ignoring my questions about how I could get my customer's domain actually put in his own name. After intense grilling, the representative admitted that GoDaddy policies do (did) allow for them to assert control of your domains for almost any reason at all, yet he assured me that they would never actually do that. ... Ha!

    If they still have the same policy in place (and I will leave it up to others to check on that, as I am certainly not going to try hassling with them ever again) then this could be a disaster for anyone with a valuable domain name that is registered with GoDaddy. This "Sale" could amount to a cashing in on all those domain names they have collected. Domain names that they claim to own while only "licensing" them to the person who registered them. The new owner could easily claim they had bought all those domains and begin auctioning them off to the highest bidder. I'm not saying that they would, but it seems entirely possible and not worth the risk for anyone with a valuable domain name.

    Therefore, if anyone has any domain names registered with GoDaddy, then I highly suggest you get them moved to a different registrar ASAP.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by nacturation ( 646836 ) *

      I manage dozens of domain names all with GoDaddy as the registrar. I have never seen this once. The only exception is if you choose their privacy service, in which case it uses a GoDaddy contact so as to hide your information... but that's not required and every registrar that offers whois privacy services does exactly the same thing.

      • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

        Actually, the parent post is correct; that was why I chose NOT to use their privacy service even after it became free -- because when I read the fine print, I learned that GoDaddy became the OWNER of the domain, and held it for me as a sort of proxy. But I would no longer OWN it.

        Conversely, when I asked 1&1 (my current registrar) about "private" domains, I was flatly informed that I would still own it, they just hide my contact info (it still goes to me, but via an email proxy).

        • As I had said, it was several years ago when I discovered this. Perhaps, back then, all accounts automatically were "private." I don't know.

          But I would certainly not want my domains to be registered with them now, regardless of what they say now. Anyone who would EVER even consider such a policy is not a place I would ever want to do business with.
          • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

            No, domains weren't automatically private, but they pushed the feature hard in their upsell crap. Originally because it was an extra charge, later I'd guess as a convenient form of "customer loyalty, like it or not". I don't know if it was ever the default for new registrations, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was for a while, and many people would simply not notice yet another tickbox among the clutter.

            At any rate, what with their accumulation of bad policies, they've lost me for good; I spirited all my

  • After all the comments against GoDaddy, and I am sure a lot of them are based on fact, there is one thing I've got to say.
    I moved my domains from Network Solutions to GoDaddy and have been extremely happy with GoDaddy, and very unhappy with netsol.
    Network Solutions actually would lock you out from transferring "for your protection" and then force you to call on the phone, so that they could repeatedly try to sell you on staying with them. And they made it very hard. Twice I had to demand their superior just

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