Paul Nicks is the Director of Go Daddy's Domain Name Aftermarket. I oversee the future of Go Daddy's domain name parking products and the domain name aftermarket. I work closely with our product development teams, customer care and marketing to ensure Go Daddy's customers' needs are understood and addressed.
What is the usage of Go Daddy Auctions by those outside of the domaining industry? Would you say many companies use the platform to buy domains ?
In talking with Go Daddy aftermarket users, many of the frequent bidders want their identity hidden. We adopted the mindset that a person needs to know how many people they are bidding against, but not necessarily the identity of those people.
Do you guys pay attention to those who exploit loopholes in the auction system. For example we have written about how there are people who see an auction close for four figures, then contact the previous owner to get them to renew and buy the domain from the previous owner. Do you follow this, we read on Namepros one member said their account was suspended. What is the Go Daddy policy on this?
We have sophisticated fraud checks in place to ensure that our platform remains fair to both bidders and sellers. Although I can't discuss our policies publicly I can say that we are doing everything we can to uphold the integrity of the auctions.
Another source of frustration for many bidders is winning and waiting for the name. Sometimes the name gets renewed and they are out the name and have to wait for the refund. Could you make a system where when the auction ends the bidders wins the name with no possibility for the previous owner to renew the name ?
Premium Listing payments are made within 45 days after the last day of the month in which the sale occurred. For instance, if a domain name sold August 25, it would be 45 days after August 31.
I would like to thank you for taking the time Paul to do this interview and continued success to you and Go Daddy.
Thank you, Raymond. I'm always happy to chat via email or in person at the various industry conferences. Have a great day.