Bill Hartzer https://www.billhartzer.com Bill Hartzer is a search engine optimization consultant based in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area that provides SEO Audits and Link Audits of websites. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:11:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google Shows Bing Search Results URLs as Links in Google Webmaster Tools https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/google-shows-bing-search-results-urls-as-links-in-google-webmaster-tools/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/google-shows-bing-search-results-urls-as-links-in-google-webmaster-tools/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:41:42 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5944 In Google Webmaster Tools, Google is reporting Bing’s search result URLs as actual backlinks to a website. Google has as history of sometimes making a mistake and indexing Bing’s search results, like I found a while back. But this is the first time that I have seen that Google is actually telling webmasters that there […]

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In Google Webmaster Tools, Google is reporting Bing’s search result URLs as actual backlinks to a website. Google has as history of sometimes making a mistake and indexing Bing’s search results, like I found a while back. But this is the first time that I have seen that Google is actually telling webmasters that there is a link to their website: and that link is a Bing search result URL. Google shows Bing search results URLs. Definitely something that I don’t think Google planned on.

Take a look at what I’m seeing in Google Webmaster Tools. I was investigating the crawl errors, and noticed that there was a page that supposedly had an error (and it does) so I clicked to see where that URL is linked from. And low and behold, it’s linked from Bing’s search results:

Google shows Bing search results as link

I’m not going to reveal the actual URL that Google has linked in this case, as it would reveal a client’s URL and some other information that I don’t think is relevant in this case. But here is a sample of the Bing search result URL that Google says is linked:

https://www.bing.com/search?q=bill+hartzer&qs=n&form=QBRE&pq=bill+hartzer&format=rss

By me linking to that URL, let’s just see if Google picks it up and indexes it, as they have done in other cases.

Notice that the URL is a result of a search query for my name, bill hartzer. I took added &format=rss to the end of the search results query and that brings up an RSS feed of the Bing search results. That’s actually useful, as you could put that URL into your RSS reader if you so desired, to monitor the search results at Bing (if you wanted to do that).

But nonetheless, somehow Google has decided to index or crawl the Bing search results (they had to crawl that URL in order to actually have the URL in their index… ) in order to tell me that it’s a link to my site in Google Webmaster Tools?

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How To: Filter Referrer Spam in Google Analytics https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/how-to-filter-referrer-spam-in-google-analytics/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/how-to-filter-referrer-spam-in-google-analytics/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:10:55 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5938 Well, apparently there is a new referrer spammer out there, called 4Webmasters.org that has started showing up in Google Analytics as a referral source. If you suddenly see an increase in traffic on your site, check to see which sites are the referral sources. Hopefully the source of new traffic to your site is something […]

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Well, apparently there is a new referrer spammer out there, called 4Webmasters.org that has started showing up in Google Analytics as a referral source. If you suddenly see an increase in traffic on your site, check to see which sites are the referral sources. Hopefully the source of new traffic to your site is something positive, like better search engine rankings. But, it might actually be referrer spam. I noticed that 4Webmasters.org just started a lot of referral spam in the past few days, as I’m seeing it in the Google Analytics accounts of several different sites.

Your traffic could look like this:

4webmasters.org referral spam

If it looks like that in Google Analytics, first go to the Acquisition section and then click on “Source/Medium” in Google Analytics. There is a list of referral sources (the sites that referred traffic to you or the sites that people clicked on to get to your site). If you see 4Wwebmasters.org then that is FAKED, SPAM traffic. They want to you check out their site, which is a “rank tracking” type of software. They have some sort of bot that is going to your site making you think that there were a lot of visitors from their site to your site. But there isn’t. That’s how they “advertise” their service. Pretty shady, if you ask me. And it’s just flat-out wrong.

If you see this, then you need to filter out that traffic so that it doesn’t show up in your Google Analytics reports anymore. Here is how to filter referrer spam sites that you are seeing in Google Analytics.

In Google Analytics, at the top you’ll see “Admin”. If you have the correct type of access to Google Analytics (you are an admin level) then select the right account and property. In this case below I’m choosing my billhartzer.com site. Then click on Filters:

google analytics choosing filters

Once you select Filters, then you can set up a new filter, like this:

google analytics excluding referrer spam

Make sure you save the filter and you might want to test it (you can verify to make sure that the filter is set up correctly).

That’s it! If you see any other referral spam sites or sites you would like to exclude, you can add more filters.

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19 Speakers to See at Pubcon Austin 2015 https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/19-speakers-to-see-at-pubcon-austin-2015/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/19-speakers-to-see-at-pubcon-austin-2015/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:15:07 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5933 Every so often, when I attend and speak at conferences, I put together a list of speakers to see or speakers that I want to meet at that conference. So, since the Pubcon Austin conference is on April 20, 2015, being held, of course, in Austin, Texas, and since I’m speaking and moderating, I thought […]

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PubCon Austin 2015

Every so often, when I attend and speak at conferences, I put together a list of speakers to see or speakers that I want to meet at that conference. So, since the Pubcon Austin conference is on April 20, 2015, being held, of course, in Austin, Texas, and since I’m speaking and moderating, I thought I would post my personal list. By the way, don’t forget to go to the Search and Social session, where Mindy and I am going to talk about Search and Social Strategy. I personally am going to give some really awesome social profile building tips, and share some insights into my April Fool’s 2015 joke, which most of the SEO industry “fell for”. There was a lot of social going on, and there was also some pretty interesting search benefits just from that “content marketing piece”.

So, without further adieu, here is my personal list of speakers you should see at Pubcon Austin 2015:

Brett Tabke

Tim Ash

Tony Wright

William Leake

Joe Laratro

Michael Black

Jake Bohall

Christi Olson

Loren Baker

Brian Combs

Eric Enge

Arnie Kuenn

Stoney deGeyter

Sean Jackson

Matt Siltala

Mindy Weinstein

Sean Dolan

Damon Gochneaur

Kevin Adams

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Matt Cutts Comments on My April Fool’s Prank https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/matt-cutts-comments-on-my-april-fools-prank/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/matt-cutts-comments-on-my-april-fools-prank/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:21:58 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5929 By now, you probably heard about the April Fool’s prank that I came up with this year–and with the help of Jeff and Amanda on our Globe Runner team, I think we pulled it off. So much so that we had trouble keeping the website up and running that weekend. And on April 1st, we […]

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By now, you probably heard about the April Fool’s prank that I came up with this year–and with the help of Jeff and Amanda on our Globe Runner team, I think we pulled it off. So much so that we had trouble keeping the website up and running that weekend. And on April 1st, we followed up with another post, welcoming the other team members who recently joined Globe Runner, Darth Vader and Elvis Presley. By the way, if you haven’t seen the post, it’s titled “Globe Runner Welcomes Matt Cutts as Director of Search“.

On the April 8, 2015 “This Week at Google” Twit.tv show with Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis, Matt Cutts commented my our April Fool’s prank. I’ve edited the video to pull out Matt Cutts’ comments so you don’t to have to listen to the whole entire hour-long show.

Here are Matt Cutts’ comments:

Leo Laporte: I was really disheartened that a couple of weeks ago that you left Google. You are still on hiatus, right?

Matt Cutts: I am, I am still on leave, yes.

Leo Laporte: So this is why it was a little credible, it was a few days before April Fool’s, an SEO company announced that they had hired you.

Matt Cutts: Yes, and they also had a picture of me from some search conference a few years back, so it looked relevant…

Leo Laporte: It was very credible… except for one thing: I knew… i just thought, that can’t be… No!!!!! That would be like the most massive sellout ever.

Matt Cutts: Ha, Ha…(laughing) well and uh for the first five minutes I thought it was REALLY funny and I was going to let it ride for a few days. And even though they didn’t talk to me or ask me, I was like “hey, that’s pretty well done”. But then I got an email from someone pretty high up at Google who’s like, “this is April Fool’s, right?” And so I am like, let me go ahead and clarify it just so people don’t get stressed out and go crazy or something like that.

Leo Laporte: It just didn’t seem possible. We should explain that your job at Google is fighting web spam and search results and spam. And you speak, as this company mentioned, a lot at SEO conferences and so forth. But the idea of you going to work at an SEO….”

So, it sounds as if Matt Cutts did think it was pretty funny, and was going to let it ride for a few days… but then he had to come out and make it clear that it was an April Fool’s prank (he linked to the post on his Twitter account which, again, subsequently took down the site) after he got the email from someone at Google.

What’s interesting to note that since we had all of this traffic, social shares, buzz, and, of course, tons of natural links, the site’s traffic has gone down, but still remains at a pretty good level. Rankings and overall traffic/page views are way up since before this “content marketing” piece was posted. Can I call it “content marketing”?

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When Sending a Sales Letter, Grammar Counts! https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/when-sending-a-sales-letter-grammar-counts/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/when-sending-a-sales-letter-grammar-counts/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:43:04 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5925 Whenever sending a sales letter to someone, even an unsolicited sales letter (aka spam), then you will have a lot more success if your grammar is correct. From time to time I get emails from people who try to sell me search engine optimization services, and sometimes I write about them. And then there are […]

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Whenever sending a sales letter to someone, even an unsolicited sales letter (aka spam), then you will have a lot more success if your grammar is correct. From time to time I get emails from people who try to sell me search engine optimization services, and sometimes I write about them. And then there are the emails I have been getting from LinkedIn, which also are spam messages, as well. Like this one here, from some guy in Dallas. I’m in Dallas.

linkedin fail grammar

I got yet another LinkedIn message today, and, well, the grammar sucked. I don’t buy leads, but if I were to do something like that, then I probably wouldn’t buy this guy’s services either:

Exclusive Leads

james walter

April 6, 2015, 9:50 PM
Hi
My name is James Walter We specialize in providing Hot SEO, Internet Marketing Leads, Web and Graphic Designing, Application Development Leads. The Leads we provide are all exclusive and Unique which means your Leads would not be shared with anyone. The Leads would be as fresh as 24 hours old and our rate is also the best in market.

All I’d like to know is if you would be interested in Increasing your client base and target potential Leads that would be Sales. Can I call you to discuss your needs?

Thanks & Regards,
James Walter

Hey James Walter, well, your grammar stinks. I don’t know what Hot SEO is, so if you would be so kind to explain what Hot SEO is, that would be great. I tried to Google “Hot SEO” and couldn’t figure out what it is!

hot seo

So, when sending a sales letter, please check your grammar. I recommend you use even a tool like Microsoft Word to check your grammar if you aren’t a good speller or don’t know how to use proper grammar. It’s not that difficult, people!

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Google Adds April Fool’s Tag to Search Results https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/google-adds-april-fools-tag-to-search-results/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/google-adds-april-fools-tag-to-search-results/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:39:24 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5916 I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but today I was looking through the search results and am seeing a new tag in the search results called “April Fool’s Prank”. This appears to be similar to the “Mobile Friendly” tag, whereas Google is flagging certain sites that are “mobile friendly.” Here is a screen […]

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I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but today I was looking through the search results and am seeing a new tag in the search results called “April Fool’s Prank”. This appears to be similar to the “Mobile Friendly” tag, whereas Google is flagging certain sites that are “mobile friendly.” Here is a screen capture of the search results, where a recent post of mine about Matt Cutts shows up (look for it around the 2nd page of the SERPS for “Matt Cutts”:

April Fool's Prank tag

If you look closely at the search results, you will see that my post that appeared recently on the Globe Runner site is tagged with “April Fool’s Prank”.

Then, below that, you will see other sites that are shown as “mobile friendly”.

So, apparently this new April Fool’s tag trumps the “mobile friendly” tag, as I know that Globe Runner’s site (and that page is, in fact mobile friendly. I have checked it before today, April 1st. But now, Google is flagging or “tagging” pages on the web that contain April Fool’s pranks.

Let’s take a look at another search result, one that we know if also an April Fool’s prank, and see if the same tag is there, as well:

April Fool's Prank Tag

Again, we see that this is Barry’s April Fool’s prank, and it’s tagged again with the “April Fool’s Prank” tag.

I am not surprised, personally, about the fact that Google is doing this. In fact, with their semantic search and ability to measure sentiment, as well as other stuff like social shares and content, they can truly see what is an April Fool’s prank and what is not.

Let’s look at another search result:

april fool's prank tag

Does Google care about their users so much that they are now flagging April Fool’s pranks so that they don’t have to click on the search results listing and go to other pages instead?

You decide. I’m going to keep a watch on this search result to see if it changes. But in the meantime, search for “Matt Cutts” and see if you see my blog post about Globe Runner SEO Hiring Matt Cutts.

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April Fools Joke: Not Provided Keywords Are Not Expanded to Google Webmaster Tools https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/april-fools-joke-not-provided-keywords-are-not-expanded-to-google-webmaster-tools/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/april-fools-joke-not-provided-keywords-are-not-expanded-to-google-webmaster-tools/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:51:44 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5911 The Not Provided keywords are NOT being expanded to Google Webmaster Tools. In only what I can call an “April Fools prank posted days before April Fools”, Search Engine Watch posted this article that says that Google is expanding the Not Provided keywords to Google Webmaster Tools, taking away even more keyword data from site […]

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The Not Provided keywords are NOT being expanded to Google Webmaster Tools. In only what I can call an “April Fools prank posted days before April Fools”, Search Engine Watch posted this article that says that Google is expanding the Not Provided keywords to Google Webmaster Tools, taking away even more keyword data from site owners.

This is absolutely a prank article, and you should not believe it.

We have confirmation from Google’s John Mueller regarding this:

"Not Provided" Keywords Expand to Google Webmaster Tools

And here is even more proof that the Search Engine Watch article is a joke:

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In the article, the author states that it’s a privacy issue, and that’s Google’s reasoning behind it:

Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) used to show all important SEO keywords your site ranks for. Where Google Analytics showed a 90 percent keyword “not provided” in your organic search traffic, GWT used to provide various insights. That has all stopped now. Under the cloak of “privacy regulations,” GWT now apparently shows only the search traffic for people that weren’t logged into any Google account.

Well, just because it’s on the internet, doesn’t mean that you should believe it. And especially around April Fool’s Day, as even sometimes I get into it as well. You see, maybe the author of this Search Engine Watch article really read my April Fool’s joke from last year:

Google To Make Not Provided Keywords Exclusively Available to .Google Domain Names

And decided that it was so good, that he would change it up and put a twist on it? Hmmm, it does have to do with Not Provided keywords.

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In-House Search Engine Marketing and Social Media Job Opening in Dallas https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/in-house-search-engine-marketing-and-social-media-job-opening-in-dallas/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/in-house-search-engine-marketing-and-social-media-job-opening-in-dallas/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:08:07 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5907 I have a friend who currently has a job opening for a Search Engine Marketing / Search Engine Optimization / Social Media job in the Dallas, Texas area. This is a full-time in-house marketing position, and the person will handle all of the marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, and search engine optimization for […]

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Dallas social media, marketing, seo, ppc job opening

I have a friend who currently has a job opening for a Search Engine Marketing / Search Engine Optimization / Social Media job in the Dallas, Texas area. This is a full-time in-house marketing position, and the person will handle all of the marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, and search engine optimization for the company’s two websites.

The company is a family-owned business located in the Design District in Dallas, which is close to Downtown Dallas. It’s easily accessible from Interstate 35E and the DART light rail system.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

– Two years of marketing, social media, and internet marketing experience
– Familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Instagram
– Customer Service experience
– Familiar with the Microsoft Office product suite
– An Associates or Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, or similar specialty
– Experience with HTML, WordPress, or similar website CMS tools
– Excellent communication and writing skills.

If you’re interested in the position, please use the contact form here on my website or send me your resume to Bill (at) BillHartzer.com and I will send you the contact information of the hiring company.

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Google’s Own Mobile Results Ranking in Google https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/googles-own-mobile-results-ranking-well-in-google/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/googles-own-mobile-results-ranking-well-in-google/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:13:35 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5901 Well, um, this is embarrassing. Especially at a time when Google is pushing the mobile version of websites, wanting all of us to make sure that our websites are mobile friendly by April 21st. A recent search this morning revealed that the mobile version of Google.com is ranking well in Google’s own search results. I […]

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Well, um, this is embarrassing. Especially at a time when Google is pushing the mobile version of websites, wanting all of us to make sure that our websites are mobile friendly by April 21st. A recent search this morning revealed that the mobile version of Google.com is ranking well in Google’s own search results. I searched for the title of a blog post I wrote on Saturday night about a lawsuit. And, low and behold, Google’s mobile version (of Google Plus) is ranking #3 for that search query. Take a look:

Google mobile version ranking

The search query for “Laureate Education Sues Domain Name Proxy Service” (without quotes) shows my article, then a tweet about the article, and then Google’s own mobile search results from Google Plus. What’s interesting, is that I tagged a Google Plus post with the hashtag #lawsuit when I posted about that lawsuit.

What I didn’t expect, though, was Google to show that post in their “related” mobile version, and that mobile version to actually show up (rank well) in Google’s search results. I am searching from the desktop, NOT from a mobile device.

So, since I’m on my laptop, why is Google ranking their MOBILE search results from Google Plus in the desktop version of Google.com?

Looking at the actual URL that’s ranking, I see the following from the URL:

m.google.com (their mobile version showing up on desktop)
partner id &partnerid=operamini1104 (looks like they’re indexing the Opera Mini 1104??)
Title Tag: Google+

Here’s a screen capture of the actual page that’s ranking in Google. Keep in mind that it’s the MOBILE version of a page, which I really don’t think is appropriate to show when you’re using the desktop version of Google.com:

google mobile version

I have a few questions for Google:

If I have a mobile version of my site, will the mobile version of the site rank well in Google when people are searching on a desktop? Frankly, what I’m showing is a bad user experience. Google should be showing the desktop version of Google Plus (if that’s appropriate to show) rather than the mobile version.

Why and how did a “related” page on Google Plus get indexed and why is it appropriate for a “related” page on Google plus to show in the search results?

Why is the Opera Mini 1104 version getting indexed?

Here’s the really long URL that is ranking in Google’s search results:
https://m.google.com/app/basic/s/%23Lawsuit/related?cbp=1snpy1ae3jqnb&partnerid=operamini1104&sview=27&cid=5&soc-app=115&soc-platform=1&sri=0&spath=/app/basic/110742110595815316379/posts&sparm=cbp%3D1jjgflxryxmip%26partnerid%3Doperamini1104%26sview%3D28%26cid%3D5%26soc-app%3D115%26soc-platform%3D1%26spath%3D/app/basic/s/%252523%2525EB%2525B0%2525A9%2525EC%2525BD%252595/related%26sparm%3Dcbp%253D1qenpn9zqr9ab%2526partnerid%253Doperamini1104%2526sview%253D27%2526cid%253D5%2526soc-app%253D115%2526soc-platform%253D1%2526sri%253D0%2526spath%253D/app/basic/107333151478414781361/posts%2526sparm%253Dcbp%25253D18k1x7fw5kmo0%252526partnerid%25253Doperamini1104%252526sview%25253D27%252526cid%25253D5%252526soc-app%25253D115%252526soc-platform%25253D1%252526stct%25253DEgkIuPqI_MTawAIo0NSqxtbnwAIwsubo2arpwAI4AkAC%252526spath%25253D/app/basic/s/%2525252523%25252525EA%25252525B1%25252525B4%25252525EA%25252525B0%2525252595/related%252526sparm%25253Dcbp%2525253D16tnzzgt2l2sq%25252526partnerid%2525253Doperamini1104%25252526sview%2525253D28%25252526cid%2525253D5%25252526soc-app%2525253D115%25252526soc-platform%2525253D1%25252526sro%2525253D%2525252523%25252525EC%2525252586%2525252594%25252525EB%25252525B0%25252525A9%25252525EC%252525259A%25252525B8,%2525252523%25252525EC%25252525B9%2525252598%25252525EC%2525252595%2525252584%25252525EA%25252525B1%25252525B4%25252525EA%25252525B0%2525252595%25252526sri%2525253D2%25252526spath%2525253D/app/basic/%252525252B%2525252525EA%2525252525B9%252525252580%2525252525EC%25252525259D%2525252525BCSNS/posts%25252526sparm%2525253Dcbp%252525253Dkmu333s2mb1l%2525252526partnerid%252525253Doperamini1104%2525252526sview%252525253D27%2525252526cid%252525253D5%2525252526soc-app%252525253D115%2525252526soc-platform%252525253D1

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Laureate Education Sues Domain Name Proxy Service for Trademark Infringement https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/laureate-education-sues-domain-name-proxy-service-for-trademark-infringement/ https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/laureate-education-sues-domain-name-proxy-service-for-trademark-infringement/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 03:11:38 +0000 https://www.billhartzer.com/?p=5895 Laureate Education, Inc. is suing Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. for alleged trademark infringement. Case number 2:15-cv-00879, a suit was filed on March 20th in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. address is in Louisiana, therefore Laureate Education decided that it was appropriate to […]

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LAUREATE EDUCATION, INC. v. DOMAIN NAME PROXY SERVICE, INC.

Laureate Education, Inc. is suing Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. for alleged trademark infringement. Case number 2:15-cv-00879, a suit was filed on March 20th in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. address is in Louisiana, therefore Laureate Education decided that it was appropriate to file there. While the lawsuit alleges that OnlineUAEUniversities.com is infringing on trademarks owned by Laureate Education (namely the Walden University and University of Liverpool trademarks), Laureate Education has filed suit against Domain Name Proxy Service because they couldn’t contact the real owner of OnlineUAEUniversities.com.

According to the lawsuit, “This is an action for false association or sponsorship in violation of section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a).”

“Laureate has learned of a website found at www.onlineuaeuniversities.com. This website advertises that it is a definitive guide to online education in the [Persian] Gulf. The site purports to be affiliated with a number of distance-learning educational institutions, including Walden and U of L.”

On the OnlineUAEUniversities.com website, I was able to find what appears to be a clear misrepresentation of an affiliation with Walden University. Take a look at the screen capture below, from their online brochure:

laureate Education vs. OnlineUAEUniversities.com

I don’t know whether or not there is an actual affiliation or not, but the lawsuit filed this week says that their is no affiliation.

Who Should You Sue

Well, if you are in this situation, and you need to protect your trademark(s), especially if a rogue website is using your trademark on their website, first I would go ahead and look up the whois data for the domain name. In this case, that’s what the lawyers for Laureate Education, Inc., did:

Domain Name: ONLINEUAEUNIVERSITIES.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1792785988_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.directnic.com
Registrar URL: http://www.directnic.com
Updated Date: 2015-03-06T16:54:04-06:00
Creation Date: 2013-04-10T16:11:56-05:00
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-04-10T16:11:56-05:00
Registrar: DNC Holdings, Inc.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 291
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: 
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8668569598
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited (https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited)
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited (https://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited)
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited (https://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited)
Registrant Name: Direct Privacy
Registrant Organization: Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc Privacy ID# 14148238
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 6592  
Registrant City: Metairie
Registrant State/Province: LA
Registrant Postal Code: 70009
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.5043550082
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: onlineuaeuniversities.com@domainnameproxyservice.com

Name Server: NS0.DIRECTNIC.COM
Name Server: NS1.DIRECTNIC.COM

In this case, you can clearly see that the owner of the domain name has the domain name under “privacy whois”, and probably for good reason. They don’t want to be found. However, in this case, the lawsuit filed says that the attorneys for Laureate Education, Inc. emailed Domain Name Proxy Service:

“Specifically, on July 10, 2014, Laureate’s counsel sent an email to Defendant at abuse@domainnameproxyservice.com and legal@domainnameproxyserivce.com. The emails were undeliverable, and it was not possible to get through to anyone via the telephone number.”

Well, if you look at the whois record (as I just showed above), the email listed is onlineuaeuniversities.com@domainnameproxyservice.com which I just emailed for a comment about his case. And so far it hasn’t bounced back to me. I don’t see where they emailed OnlineUAEUniversities.com, they just emailed the abuse and legal departments of Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc..

That said, most likely I would suspect that the attorneys knew this, and there would then be a court order issued that will cause Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. to reveal the true owner of the OnlineUAEUniversities.com domain name. But, in the court documents, Laureate is suing Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. because they assume that Domain Name Proxy Service is behind the infringing website, since they are listed on the whois record (and emails to them were undeliverable).

Laureate is looking for a trial, and to recover damages in the amount determined at trial.

“Defendant’s conduct has also damaged Laureate in an amount to be determined at trial. Such use has also caused Laureate to suffer irreparable harm, and Laureate will continue to be irreparably harmed unless and until Defendant’s unlawful conduct is enjoined. Laureate has no adequate remedy at law.”

I have reached out to OnlineUAEUniversities.com for comment, and have not yet heard back from them.

Additional Information
The following is additional information about the lawsuit that has been filed:

2:15-cv-00879 LAUREATE EDUCATION, INC. v. DOMAIN NAME PROXY SERVICE, INC.
Date filed: 03/20/2015
Date of last filing: 03/20/2015

Case Summary
Office: New Orleans Filed: 03/20/2015
Jury Demand: None      	Demand:
Nature of Suit: 840  Cause: 15:1125 Trademark Infringement (Lanham Act)
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
County: Orleans  Terminated:
Origin: 1 Reopened:
Defendant Custody Status:
Plaintiff: LAUREATE EDUCATION, INC. represented by Stephen M. Gele 	
Defendant: DOMAIN NAME PROXY SERVICE, INC.	

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