As you know, I am a pretty big fan of the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that are out, and even ones that have not been released to the general public yet. There are quite a few that I like, but then again there are some that I just don’t understand. So far, there has been a good response to them, and there have been some issues. For example, Twitter at first didn’t recognize the new gTLDs, but they later fixed that. What is concerning me, though, is that Gmail, so far, is NOT recognizing any of the new gTLDs that are out. Google Plus does recognize them, though. [Read more...]
In what looks to me like a possible response to the European Union’s ruling this week about the right to be forgotten, Google has just registered the domain name CookieChoices.org. I am going out on a limb here and speculating, but Google could use this website to inform the public about how to delete cookies and their private personal information.
Here’s the domain name whois for the CookieChoices.org domain name that Google has just registered:
AOL is reporting a serious security breach with their email service, which I believe is a wake-up call for a lot of us. This latest email security breach involved people trying to make email appear that they’re from people you recognize: to get you to click on a link. This has happened countless times with other services, including Yahoo! email accounts. [Read more...]
Tired of having to pay for web hosting and don’t want to park your domain name with a domain name parking company? Well, you can (temporarily) host your domain name with Bing.com for free. Yes, that’s right, all you have to do is set your domain’s name servers to Microsoft’s name servers and your domain name, when typed into a web browser, will automatically redirect to a keyword search at Bing.com. [Read more...]
Did Microsoft just register a domain name that is a typo (a typo domain) of Verizon? I know this might be a stretch, but I am really curious about one of the domain names that was just registered, and was set up on Microsoft’s name servers:
Well, most likely it was NOT Microsoft that registered this domain name. Here’s why. [Read more...]
Microsoft failed to renew the domain name Engyro.com recently when it came up for renewal. Engyro was a company that Microsoft acquired in 2007, was based in Cincinnati, and made the Product Connector Suite which helped enterprises with event sharing and synchronization between Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and other management tools.
Based on archive.org, the Engyro.com domain name was redirecting to a Bing.coms search result for “engyro” back in December 2013:
The Engyro Connectors Solution Center, however, is still live on the Microsoft Support site:
However, clicking on the first link, “Engyro Product Connectors”, on that page, brings you to a page on Engryo.com, whose domain name wasn’t been renewed. The domain name doesn’t currently resolve (at least not for me).
One of the whois services that I checked this morning (which obviously wasn’t updated) shows that the domain name expired on March 27, 2013:
If that’s the case, then it appears that Mark Monitor still held the domain until just recently, when it was apparently then deleted on April 7, 2014. However, it looks like it was just recently renewed. A whois check a few minutes ago appears to show that the domain name was, in fact, renewed, since it shows a registration expiration date of March 27, 2015:
Microsoft may have realized their mistake and they may have now renewed the domain name.
Here are other domain names that Microsoft did not renew on April 7, 2014:
I especially like these domain names, which I am surprised that Microsoft failed to renews. I could see someone else (another company, perhaps) providing online advertising workshops:
GoDaddy, the domain name registrar, not only is a place where you can register domain names, but they also sell domain names on the aftermarket. So, that means that when someone doesn’t renew their domain name, GoDaddy will frequently sell it at auction and add an additional year on the renewal for the top bidder. GoDaddy’s domain name auctions are pretty popular, and apparently the site is down. [Read more...]
Google soon will revoke access to all websites’ Not Provided keyword data normally viewed via Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics, and Google AdWords, and offer 100 percent of the keyword data exclusively to site owners who move their websites to the new .Google gTLD and make their websites secure. According to an unnamed Google source, this is one of the marketing tactics that Google is using to encourage website owners to move their websites from a .COM, .NET, or .Org TLD to the new .Google Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).
According to my sources at Google, the company’s overall goal is to get as many website owners to move their website to the new .Google gTLD. Google intends to woo site owners into making the change by using incentives such as providing unprecedented access to keyword referral data, as well as advanced access to Google Analytics and Google AdWords features and free secure server certificates for the first year of domain registration. [Read more...]
When it comes to search engine marketing, one issue that many people struggle with is the domain name. There’s some confusion out there regarding domain names and how they effect a site’s ability (or inability) to rank well in the search engines. I thought I’d talk a little bit about domains in general, mention some issues involved when it comes to domains and rankings in the search engines, and how one might go about searching for and evaluating domain names.
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Domain Names in General
Several years ago (I actually don’t remember exactly when it changed, so if you know please comment to let us know), the keyword in the domain name had an effect on rankings. So, before 2003 or so, if you had your main keyword in your domain name and your site was about that subject, then you had a good chance of ranking well in the search engines for that main keyword.
Nowadays, after 2003, having your keyword in the domain name really started to not be as significant. It kind of stopped being a factor when it came to the actual search engine rankings. Many people still say that having your main keyword phrase in your domain name is a big factor when it comes to search engine rankings. However, this effect can be confused with the fact that many other sites link to that domain name with the keyword phrase because the site is about that subject. Anchor text still is a big factor. Let’s take, for example, a site like www.companyname.com. The site tends to rank for that company name because the majority of links pointing to that site use the company’s name as the anchor text. So, it’s going to be difficult to “out rank” a company for the company name; because of the anchor text, not because a company owns “companyname.com”.
Domain Name Age
Some say that an “aged” domain name, one that has been in the search engine’s index (mainly the Google search engine index), is a help when it comes to search engine rankings. So, when some consider domain names there’s a big push now to buy domain names that have been “aged”, domain names that are a few years old.
There’s a lot more on the subject of domain name aging, and Google has a patent out there that explains how Google might be using domain age as a part of their search engine algorithm.
There are a few things that can effect search engine rankings; someone can buy an older domain name that has links and traffic and is “aged”; they can buy it at an auction or just buy it from its current owner. They can continue to use that domain name that they buy. Or, they can purchase the domain name at an auction and set up a 301 Permanent Redirect from that domain name to their current site.
Domain Names and Rankings
When it comes to analyzing search engine rankings, you might consider going to Yahoo! and performing the following search on a domain:
This search at Yahoo! will show all of the links from other websites that are pointing to the domain name. By adding the -site command to the search, it excludes internal links on that domain name. [Read more...]