That's what I see under the NameCheap listing, which is number 2, Wikipedia is #1, with GoDaddy at #3.
The GoDaddy listing doesn't seem to have any +1s under it.
Could this be the effect of Google using G+ data to influence its search results? Thus, by giving more weight to G+, plus, GoDaddy's sinking popularity "socially", equals, a drop in its rank.
Try "hosting" and you'll see what I am talking about.
For instance, if I search for "how to learn Castillian", it might replace that with Spanish since that also describes what I'm looking for and will get more results.
i.e. having registered example.com with NC, can you set up ns1.example.com to be the nameserver for example.com free of charge? Many registrars charge a fee for this (when they really shouldn't)
Seriously? Downvotes? It's just a question. There WAS a company that does that, it was mentioned here on HN during the great GoDaddy exodus, but I cannot recall which.
Indeed, it's the _inverse_ that is somewhat rarer, which is providing DNS services for a domain for free. Not all registrars provide free DNS services in addition to being a registrar.
Name.com offers this service for free to domain registrations: http://www.name.com/faq/create-my-own-name-servers
EDIT: I stand corrected, please see: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3869727
They also support all record types.
Several prominent, white hat companies have even went missing in the Google's rankings for their [brand name] this week: https://plus.google.com/111294201325870406922/posts/NhssnKgf...
Not buying this as a long lasting rankings change until it sticks around for several weeks.
I also work with a larger number of sites and have seen all kinds of crazy things in a number of different industries the last few weeks. Fllow SEOs at other agencies are seeing the same fluctuations.
Well at checkout for some reason the PayPal button was missing and I didn't feel like typing in my CC (I know thats pretty lazy) so I decided to check and see NameCheap's price and with private registration (which was free) it was going to be $8 cheaper than GoDaddy. Needless to say I'm going to start moving my domains over.
IIRC you get 2 years of private registration for free when you transfer to NameCheap, but it won't stay free after that period. When your privacy service runs out, renewal costs around $2 per domain per year. But then again, you can use the WGSPECIAL coupon to make that 99 cents. Those two coupons always work.
Except for your IP address, along with all of the information sent along in your user agent string (browser, operating system, etc....)
I don't know how Google takes advantage of any of that, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's no real way to get a 'canonical' unfiltered search at all... and even if you can, it makes this kind of statement 'X overtakes Y' rather meaningless if most searches have the potential to be so heavily filtered/bubbled.
Namecheap was #2 and GoDaddy was #3. I think the author was referring to the fact that while Wikipedia has always been #1, GoDaddy & NameCheap had switched spots.
EDIT: I'm in Sweden (Europe)
And search from an Incognito Window, so your Google Cookie is not sent along with the search request.
As I mentioned, I used a different computer to see non-personalized results. You can check it out on a proxy search tool like NewIPNow.com to see unpersonalized results.
Incidentally, I have 100+ names at Godaddy and bid on their auctions, while I do not have an account at NameCheap.
The point was that people wrote a ton of negative articles about GoDaddy then, and since that day forward virtually no one will recommend GoDaddy anymore, and instead will (probably) recommend NameCheap or someone else. I would expect the GoDaddy exodus to continue in the next few years.
My guess is that this change is temporary and that someone at GoDaddy is calling their Google rep...and we'll see a fix shortly.
GoDaddy actually uses Adwords(and they rank #1...so they spend the most)...NameCheap doesn't appear to be(at least for the domain name search term). And they have a valid claim for being the biggest domain registrar...so Google loses nothing by playing the game and getting them to rank higher
The reason? If you're trying to make a commission for referrals, then Godaddy still whoops NameCheap. Far more domain buyers will use Godaddy, so more chance for commission.
Are you boycotting every company that supported SOPA, including many many book publishers, Nike, Ford, Nintendo, Disney, and Wal-Mart? Do you refuse to watch movies produced by members of the MPAA? Have you stopped purchasing music from record company members of the RIAA? If not, then "don't sell out," and more importantly, don't tell the grandparent commenter what to do.
It's your own personal decision about what you want to support in this world, but everybody gets to have an opinion about it esp. if you announce it on the internet.
Inertia because inertia is not an argument, it's just what inertia is. When you shop at companies that do things that are morally reprehensible to you, while avoiding a million other options, that just sounds like apathy.
But really... my customers want to use Godaddy. If I can get a couple bucks per registration, who am I to tell them no?
I don't think it's selling out. I give my customers choices, and they pick Godaddy.
Plenty of people get domain ideas from my site, but then don't click on my BUY link. I can determine this because I see multiple domains get registered on the same day as I list them by the same person -- highly unlikely otherwise.
So based on approx 20,000 listings that have been registered, around 40% of those registrations go to Goddady. But for the vast majority of those registration, I didn't get a referral. Or even a click.
So, people use Godaddy a lot more than any other registrar. And I put it on the left. Based on usage pattern mentioned above, I don't think it's because it's on the left.
Trust me, the site is truly just a hobby. :) Except that every once in a while, I make a bunch of money when I buy a domain myself that the site finds, and resell it.
I get to see the daily listings before anyone else, so ... I do feel a little bit bad about that, though.
I don't see Wikipedia or NameCheap. I don't see any search results at all.
What I see above the fold is exclusively advertisements. In the center column are huge AdWord ads including deep links. And in the right column is another stack of 160px Adword ads.
Then there are some internal Google links (sign in, Why these ads?, +You, etc).
That's it! Well done, Google.
They do use it as a loss-leader because most people starting a new site search for domain names over hosting when starting out.
Four months ago: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3383817
Nine months ago: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2753471
A year and a half ago: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1766439
1. Easy to use interface. Very straightforward. So much better than GoDaddy's mess.
2. Prices are negligible.
3. What else do I need from a registrar?
Bonus - Their CEO doesn't kill elephants.
While at it, convert all links you may have to crummy places to plaintext.