Well, by now you probably know about how I feel about domains with hyphens in them. If you don’t, then you may want to read my post about a test that was done regarding domain names with hyphens. That certainly opened up my eyes, and now I prefer domains without hyphens in them. So, when I saw today that Microsoft registered two domain names with hyphens in them (multiple hyphens), and they didn’t purchase the domains without hyphens, I cringed. [Read more…]
For more photos of the event, I’ve uploaded them here on Google Plus.
The first annual Domainer’s Choice Awards were presented this evening, June 28, 2014, at the Dana Point Yacht Club, in Dana Point, California. There were three nominees in each category. The official winners were:
Kevin Allen is helping set up for the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards [Read more…]
Google is getting ready to launch Google Domains, where you can get a website, web hosting, and a website editor like Wix.com (which is very SEO-unfriendly, by the way). And, Google is pitching the purchase of a shiny, new gTLD (Top Level Domain). But, instead of calling them what they really are (gTLDs), Google describe them like this: [Read more…]
When it comes to playing by the new rules, Microsoft apparently has thrown in the towel. There apparently aren’t any new rules anymore. And Microsoft has decided, for whatever reason, that they don’t want to play by the new rules anymore. At least when it comes to domain names.
Of the 19 domain names that Microsoft has failed to renew in the past 24 hours, there are three that apparently Microsoft doesn’t want anymore. They haven’t renewed these names, meaning that you soon can “play by the new rules”: [Read more…]
Back in mid May, right after the European ruling came down related to the “right to remove” your details from Google, a mysterious domain name called CookieChoices.org was registered. The whois record showed that it was, in fact, owned by Google and pointed to their name servers. [Read more…]
Well, I find this kind of odd, to be honest with you. Facebook, who relies on Facebook promotions and ads for their revenue, failed to renew a domain name that they owned, FacebookPromotion.com.
There are reports that ICANN is now taking websites offline because of failures to verify ones’ email address. A popular website, JitBit.com, was recently taken offline because they failed to verify the site’s email address as listed in the whois record.
According to Jitbit.com, their website was offline for nearly 30 minutes, and showed the following:
I’ve written before about how Twitter, Facebook, and even recently how Google’s Gmail were or were not recognizing the new gTLD domain names as real domain names. Now today I have discovered that Apple’s iPhone email does not recognize the new gTLDs, as well. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize .biz, .info, and .tv as real domain names, either!
IPhone email doesn't recognize gtlds either. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/H4yivvuAe8
— Bill Hartzer (@bhartzer) May 22, 2014
When I refer to these companies or their apps (or sites) not recognizing the new gTLDs, I am referring to the fact that when one of these domain names (e.g., billhartzer.expert) is listed in a post, a tweet, or in an email, the domain is (or isn’t) turned into a clickable link. I know this is a technicality, but these are real domain names, and if someone is going to buy one of these domain names and use it for their website, you have a right to expect that most apps and websites will recognize them as being “real”, just like .com or .net or .org. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
Today, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 10:00am Central Time, the non-eap registration started for the gTLDs .photos, .recipes, .shoes, and .careers domain names. That means that you can freely go register any available domain names that end in .photos, .shoes, .recipes, or .careers and you don’t have to pay the “premium” price that was previously offered. [Read more…]
In the past 24 hours, Disney Enterprises, Inc. registered a few new domain names. I normally monitor the domain names that are registered by major companies on a regular basis. Disney doesn’t register a whole lot of domain names. But, they currently own 15,000 domain names total. In the past 24 hours, though, they registered three new domain names: [Read more…]
In the past day or so, Facebook has registered “Content Fellowship” related domain names, possibly indicating that they have a plan to offer a content fellowship. There are several domain names that they’ve registered that seemingly would protect a new possible project that they’re working on. [Read more…]
According to George Kirikos, the domain name JD.com sold for an estimated $5 million in 2012. Mr. Kirikos was browsing through EDGAR, and was able to discover that their SEC filing referenced domain names. Looking at the recorded public data, he was able to concur that the amount paid for domain names rose from 2.6 million RMB to 36 million RMB as of December 2012.
Here’s what Mr. Kirikos told me: [Read more…]
After seeing that Twitter doesn’t actually recognize the new gTLDs as real links in Tweets, I was curious to see whether or not Facebook recognizes the new gTLDs as links in posts. If you were to include the URL of a new website that you just put up on a new gTLD, then would Facebook include that URL in the post and change it so it’s a clickable link? [Read more…]
UPDATE: This was a post that I wrote back in February. At the time, Twitter was NOT recognizing the new gTLDs. But, I’m happy to report that it appears that Twitter has fixed the problem that I wrote about.
I noticed today that Twitter is not recognizing the new gTLDs in Tweets. While there are already several new gTLDs that are already available now for anyone to register, and they are getting indexed in Google’s search results already, Twitter has yet to recognize the new gTLDs.
A few days ago, I uncovered the fact that Apple owns a bunch of mysterious domain names, most of which are resolving to a default Linux setup page on Amazon’s cloud.
But today, after I reported that one of these mysterious domain names, trollqtkhoverlaysbynk.biz, was registered and then deleted, was just re-registered yesterday. [Read more…]
The Texas Rangers baseball team has reached a naming-rights deal for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will now be called Globe Life Park in Arlington. Globe Life is based in McKinney Texas.
Back in 2004, the Texas Rangers sold the naming rights to a company called Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and renamed what was then The Ballpark in Arlington to Ameriquest Field in 2004. [Read more…]
While doing some digging around today, I noticed that Apple, Inc. owns a bunch of nonsensical domain names that use Apple’s own DNS, but are hosted on Amazon’s cloud server. These domains continue to be registered on a regular basis, some as late as last week. And they’ve been buying these nonsensical domain names and setting up web hosting for at least 6 months now. I’m not sure what they’re up to, and it could be just them testing. But whatever it is, it doesn’t make much sense as of now.
On January 29, 2014, Apple registered two different domain names that appear to make no sense (at least to me): [Read more…]
There’s a glitch in the GoDaddy app that causes domain names purchased with the app to suddenly appear in someone else’s account. Not only do domains purchased with the app go to someone else’s account, the purchaser’s credit card details are being added to the unsuspecting account holder’s account, as well. [Read more…]
Very soon there will be a lot more choices when it comes to registering and owning a domain name. We’ve all be used to using .com, .net, and .org as TLDs (Top Level Domains) but there are actually are a lot more, including .travel, .biz, .info, and even the ccTLDs (Country Code TLDs), such as .ca for Canada and .co.uk for the United Kingdom. [Read more…]
Network Solutions has auto-enrolled one of their customers in some sort of new “WebLock” program, and will soon charge his credit card $1850. Furthermore, this is a program where the customer is auto-enrolled in the program. They have to call Network Solutions in order to opt out of the program, thus not be auto-charged $1,850. This is for two domain names that the customer owns.
Brent Simmons received an email from Network Solutions: [Read more…]
.rest and .bar is looking to integrate more meta data into the content on the TLDs.
Daniel Negari, who has .xyz and .college. They are trying to give people from emerging markets to register a domain that meets their needs.
.luxury is a different business model. They want to make an internet for the luxury industry, different than the rest of the internet. They want to aggregate the luxury industry online. There is a place for mass products, but there is a place for people who want to reach those that dream, want to live on the top, or who are living on the top. The sunrise is beginning in a few weeks. [Read more…]
We are a world class city, she came here in 1964 from the East Coast with here husband and she has been here 50 years. It was the gambling meca, with the best entertainment. She came here and there were 100,000 and now there were 40 million tourists here last year. Lots of people come for shopping and for the gaming. Gaming is everywhere, and Las Vegas is the number one tourist and convention destination. [Read more…]
Jennifer wrote a book called Domain Names Rewired, and is a keynote speaker here at NamesCon 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jennifer is frequently hired to to consult and educate executives and brands about the new TLDs. CEOs want to know how to deal with big data. Whose budget is this coming out of? The IT folks, marketing, CEOs need to think differently. [Read more…]
Jothan Frakes introduced NamesCon here at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. There are a lot of statistics about the conference presented during his introduction:
70 percent of domain industry is here at conference.
50 percent of new TLD applicants are here at NamesCon.
Registries, Registrars are here.
Lots of domain developers here.
Service providers are here. DNS providers, research tools, transaction and escrow.
Search engines are here, including Bing.
How is search going to be impacted by new TLDs? [Read more…]
January 13 to 16, 2014, I’m attending the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas. This domain name conference is going to be amazing one, especially because of the speakers, the sponsors, and the attendees. Conferences are about who is there, and not just because of the type of conference it is. Nonetheless, now is a very critical time for the domain industry as a whole, as the new gTLDS are launching soon.
I wrote yesterday about the 19 People Who I Want to Meet while at NamesCon. But what about the sponsors? There are a lot of great sponsors coming to NamesCon, and here’s my list of companies that I want to meet with during NamesCon: [Read more…]
Microsoft may be getting ready to launch a “Small Business Deal” hub if their plans correspond with the domain names that they recently purchased. Microsoft recently purchased MSSMBDealHub.com and MSSMBDealHub.net, two domain names that might indicate that they’re going to offer a deal hub for SMB (Small and Medium Sized Businesses). [Read more…]
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to register new domain names that have a new extension. Rather than the traditional .COM, .NET, .ORG domain extensions we are all used to in the past, you’ll be able to register a domain name like domain.luxury, domain.land, domain.bike, and even domain.cab or domain.computer. These are the new gTLDs. Here’s a list of a few of the new gTLDs that are being offered: [Read more…]
Do you have a domain name that you just don’t want anymore? Maybe you had an idea for a really good website. And you bought the domain name. But you ended up realizing that the domain name wasn’t so good after all. [Read more…]
In an offensive move, Facebook has registered twenty one new domain names in conjunction with their launch of Instagram Direct. The Instagram Direct service is a new way to send photo and video messages to friends. It allows you to send photos or videos directly to a group of people (followers) or only certain people. [Read more…]
The new generic TLDs (top level domains) are coming soon. You’ll be able to buy a domain name other than they ‘typical’ .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz domains. Some of these include .bike, .clothing, .luxury, and soforth. In fact, ICANN received applications for 1,930 new gTLDs. So, with all of these new TLDs, will these new domain names carry any extra weight when it comes to search engine rankings? Absolutely Not. But that doesn’t stop some people from declaring that Dot Com is Dead. [Read more…]
As you might know by now, one of the things that I follow on a regular basis is the domain names that companies register. Quite often, when companies register domain names, they’re related to upcoming products, services, or other future plans that the company has. Sometimes those plans get changed, or the domain registration is just an offensive move to make sure that someone else doesn’t register the domain. [Read more…]
So, here’s an interesting question: when are domain names like guns? Well, apparently if you are searching Google, then domain names are so related to guns that Google shows a popular domain name registrar along with search results related to, you guessed it: guns. [Read more…]
Donuts Inc., a registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), has added seven new generic top-level domains that will soon be available for new registrations. There will be 13 registrars where you can register a new domain name using any of these 7 new gTLDs. [Read more…]
Based on recent domain name registrations by Facebook, it looks to me like the social media network is up to something related to prepaid. Facebook has acquired several domain names related to prepaid. And typically, major brands such as Facebook will acquire the domain names that describe new service offerings. So potentially this could mean that Facebook is getting into the prepaid business. Just exactly what they are going to do with these domain names is still up in the air. [Read more…]