Initially, I was a little shocked to hear that Godaddy.com is up for sale. I have been a Godaddy customer for many years now and although the interface is a bit rough, the upselling is annoying and the site a tad slow, I still use it as the registrar that holds the lions share of my portfolio. Over the last day or two my shock has turned to disappointment, I just don’t think anyone will run Godaddy as well as Bob Parsons. He’s a crazy intense business person that put the pedal to the metal, he took this industry by the balls and never looked back.. until now.
Well, starting as soon as my next renewal comes up at Godaddy I’ll be transferring my domains out. WHY? It’s over for Godaddy, they want out.. They are going to sell. Bob wouldn’t make the pitch and not follow through imho. The problem is that a new or existing player will probably want to handle the business so much differently. Most likely prices will be adjusted, marketing and customer service changes will follow, rebranding, you know the rest. If Godaddy sells by 2011 and starts changing things up (which is inevitable, nobody does biz like Parsons) I predict we’ll see an existing company emerge as the top domain registrar in the world within the two years.
What’s this mean for the industry? It really depends on who buys Godaddy. I just refreshed the domaining.com page and saw Mike Berkens publised a post titled “What a Godaddy Sale Could Mean For the Industry” a few minutes ago. I’ll let him take it from here. 🙂