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Google to sell domain names

Discussion in 'Google' started by free, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. #1
    I found this article at http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article.php/3649306

    Google is partnering with GoDaddy.com and eNom to add domain registration services to its Google Apps for Your Domain product.

    GoDaddy President and COO Warren Adelman told internetnews.com he had to take the fifth on whether Google will make a cameo appearance in any Super Bowl commercials this year.

    In the meantime, Google said in a statement that it plans to charge customers $10 per domain, per year. It's a price that includes private registration to protect personal information.

    Ten dollars per year is about four dollars less than what GoDaddy.com currently charges for private registration, but Adelman said he isn't worried the deal will undercut his company's business.

    "We see this growing the overall market awareness and market importance of the domain name," Adelman said.

    Google said it supports .com, .org, .net, .biz and .info. and that it expects to support more over time.

    When users register their domain, Google will automatically configure it with the services available through Google Apps for Your Domain.

    As internetnews.com previously reported, Google Apps for Your Domain includes tools for communicating and collaborating in the enterprise, such as Gmail Web e-mail, instant messaging, voice calling and collaborative calendaring.

    In November, Google added a new start page based on Google's Custom Home Page to the Apps product. The service also includes Web page design, publishing and hosting via Google Page Creator.

    The standard Google Apps for Your Domain package also includes 2 gigabytes of e-mail storage for each user, customization tools and help for administrators via e-mail or an online help center.

    Most of the applications included in Google Apps for Your Domain sport a Google search bar, but Google has not announced plans to split advertising revenues with domain owners.

    Google became an accredited registrar with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2005, paying a $2,500 initial application fee and $7,000 accreditation fee to access the database of .com, .net., .org, .pro, .info, .name and .biz extensions.
     
    free, Dec 17, 2006 IP
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  2. jdR!pper

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    Wow! Google is really gonna take over the entire net now... I'm not sure if that's good though. Monopoly is never good.
     
    jdR!pper, Dec 17, 2006 IP
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    $10 is above the current market price. I wonder how they plan to grow?
     
    ReadyToGo, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    I don't seem to agree with this plan, it is costlier than other domain providers. So definitely it does not interest me at least for now unless it has some special advantages :)
     
    ketan9, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    Endurer Well-Known Member

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    Well as far as privacy protection is included in the plan.. I have no reason to say no. I don't hope that they will accept paypal though. Perhaps G's checkout.. but not paypal.
     
    Endurer, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    quite a good deal with just 10$ to keep my registration name secret.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
    toby, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    It's an interesting move, but until they accept paypal (which will be never) or lower the price I'll go elsewhere.

    Skinny
     
    Skinny, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    I think this is a great idea on Googles part. Its also isnt a bad price for private domain ect.
     
    CedarCity, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    The price for private registration is actually less than the usual price in Go Daddy. But I'm still not excited by the tought of google taking over the entire net.
     
    jdR!pper, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    I think the next step will be Google Supermarkets. You can buy the following items there:

    Google Milk
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    Google Coffee
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    pretty expensive though
     
    hereyago, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    The question is why would Google need to partner with GoDaddy? They can write the software used by GoDaddy over 2 weeks with a team of 10 programmers. Nothing tricky there.

    I guess Google does not want to deal with actual customer care issues and the like. They are focusing on their marketing powers. It will not be pleasant for competition.
    Currently the top 3 free spots for "domain registration" are taken by:
    Register.com
    Networksolutions
    GoDaddy

    GoDaddy has the top spot on AdWords followed by Register followed by DomainsPricedRight.com

    It is interesting to see how the rankings would look in a month or two once Google actually starts selling the service. I bet domains.google.com would take first spots on paid and free search results. The only question is how long would it take?
     
    acclaim, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    Or google just wants to have everything. And I won't be surprised if domains.google.com will reach the first page in one month.
     
    jdR!pper, Dec 18, 2006 IP
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    I think its a good deal if private domain registration is included in 10 $!

    Also, don't forget that Yahoo! (the biggest rival of Google), is also in the Domain registration business. So, its interesting to see the outcome of this.
     
    koolmale, Dec 19, 2006 IP
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    Seems too expensive - domain at godaddy is $2 + $7 private registration
     
    PSU, Feb 25, 2007 IP
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    Well I dont think the main idea of google in becoming a domain provider is to sell domains thought its a side idea. I think the main idea is to improve their search algorithms by accessing all the data about the domain ownership.
     
    earncef, Feb 25, 2007 IP
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    10$ is a bit expensive, but i think many people will buy from them to see the Google tag attached ;)
     
    QuEST, Feb 25, 2007 IP
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    Don't worry lot's of people will buy from them ...
     
    w3bmaster, Feb 25, 2007 IP
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    its a little expensive....before I register I have to see if the added services are worth the extra bucks
     
    oseymour, Feb 25, 2007 IP