My two cents on new domain extensions

First all let us give you a big picture on new GTLDs. There are currently over 1500 new domain extensions available for registration or pre-registration with yearly fees starting at two or three time the cost of registering a Dot Com domain extension…

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The total number of registered domain names passed 250 million in the last quarter of 2012, and more than 6 million domain names were registered in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total to 252 million worldwide. The basic dot com domains, make up the majority of registered domain names. By the end of December users had registered 106.2 million .com domains, as well as 14.9 million .net addresses. The .com and .net top-level domains (TLDs) also accounted for the majority of newly registered domain names. In total, 8 million .com and .net TLDs were registered during the fourth quarter of 2012. Additionally about 21 percent of .com and .net websites, are just one-page sites and 15 percent are registered but don’t point to a working site at all. Country code top-level domains grew 21.6 percent year-over-year to a total of 110.2 million domain names, with China driving quite a bit of this growth. (Source: Verisign).

What about new domain extensions? Well, according to Domain Incite, as of March 5, there were just over 200,000 domain names registered in the new gTLD extensions. ( this is around 0.08% of the total registered domains). Consider that an important amount of them where defensive registrations from Companies that run their business using the traditional dot com extension and some others that are registering for brand protection.

So, what about the idea that the new gTLDs will change the Internet forever? In the new internet era (with more than 1000 extensions), will shorter domains using new gTLD extensions become good brandable domains as well? And more importantly, will new domain extensions (assuming they run websites with relevant and fresh content) show up on top in search engines? These are some questions that still don´t have a concrete answer. And not having an answer at all, new gTLD’s should be considered a high risk investment.

We will start taking registrations for new domain extensions at Cheap Group Domains very soon (it´s almost all set), however we suggest you follow some of the following tips:

  • If you happen to find a single character domain name (or up to two or three letters) it might be a good asset in the future.
  • Same applies for single word names (non brandable) that are related to your business.
  •  If your domain name currently includes a word that equals the new domain extension, you can consider registering a shorter version of the domain name you are currently using. (example: if you own yourclub.com you might consider registering your.club)
  • Meanwhile there are still plenty of available dot com domains still waiting for your registration at a very convenient yearly price.

Good Luck!!

Your Naked Domain Has Less Internet Traffic

Consolidate Your Website Traffic In A Single Domain – SEO Rule 1

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According to Google® a “naked domain” is a Domain Name without its “www” prefix (for instance “cheap.group” would be the naked version of “www.cheap.group” (which would be the “non-naked” version of the Website).

There’s a possibility that Search Engines measure traffic going to the naked version of your Domain Name (“domainshotdeals.com”) and traffic going to the non-naked version of your Domain Name (“www.domainshotdeals.com”) as traffic belonging to two different Websites.

Even more, for some of its applications used in combination with your Domain Name, Google® only allows the use of the non-naked version of your Website (“www.cheap.group”).

More importantly, Google® itself redirects its own name to the non-naked version (i.e. If you type in google.com in your browser it will redirect to “www.google.com”).

It means that if you are not redirecting your naked domain to your non-naked domain, your real traffic may be underestimated by Search Engines and Website Traffic Evaluation tools.

The simplest way to redirect the naked version of your Domain to its non-naked version is by using the .htaccess file.

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Although .htaccess is only a file, it can change settings on the servers and allow you to do many different things, the most popular being able to have your own custom 404 error pages. .htaccess isn’t difficult to use and is really just made up of a few simple instructions in a text file.

You may be wondering what .htaccess can do, or you may have read about some of its uses but don’t realise how many things you can actually do with it.

There is a huge range of things .htaccess can do including: domain redirection, password protecting folders, redirecting users automatically, custom error pages, changing your file extensions, banning users with certian IP addresses, only allowing users with certain IP addresses, stopping directory listings and using a different file as the index file.

Creating a .htaccess file may cause you a few problems. Writing the file is easy, you just need enter the appropriate code into a text editor (like notepad). You may run into problems with saving the file. Because .htaccess is a strange file name (the file actually has no name but a 8 letter file extension) it may not be accepted on certain systems (e.g. Windows 3.1). With most operating systems, though, all you need to do is to save the file by entering the name as:

“.htaccess”

(including the quotes). If this doesn’t work, you will need to name it something else (e.g. htaccess.txt) and then upload it to the server. Once you have uploaded the file you can then rename it using an FTP program.

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Who Wants To Be A Domainer?

Is anyone becoming a millionaire just selling domain names? 

Who wants to be a domainer?

A Domainer is someone who makes huge profits selling the domain names that are not in your selling portfolio…

The following is a basic beginners list for anyone who wants to become a Domainer:

1. In the beginning you want to keep it simple so register all of your names at the same registrar. Have all of your names in one place where you can keep track of them and sell them on the auction platform. Major Domains registrars have very simple platform for beginners.

2. Try to use the big registrars promo codes to register your Domain names. You can cut that standard pricing by half if you search for all the available promo codes that you can use in a brand new account.

3. A soon as the 60 days blocked transfer period is over, list your domains portfolio with the three main aftermarket sites (Godaddy, Sedo and Afternic). Nobody is going to email you about your domain names.

4. Remember that dot com domain names extension is still kings of the internet and there are plenty of new names combinations available to register. Instead of performing manual searches save time using some instant domain search tools. Your can also check a value estimation of the domain names that you are about to register at valuate.com and estibot.com.

5. Try to stay away from using hyphens and check if you are about to register trademarked names at Legalforce.com.

6. Put realistic prices on your domains. Domainers know that you just registered a name for a few dollars with a promo code and you are asking for 10K for it. List them for sale for a few hundred dollars. If any of your domains sells at that price, then you know you are on the right track. If it doesn’t, then you need to rethink your process process for choosing Domain names.

7. Make sure the name you are about to register makes sense. Perform manual searches using the name you are about to register and see if you get a reasonable amount of search results.

8. In the beginning just spend a few hundred bucks on hand registered domains. This will help you get excited about domaining. Ask others on Namepros and DN forum (and other domainers forums) what they think. Most are willing to help and will give their honest opinion. Change direction if you receive poor feedback.

9. Watch the videos on DomainSherpa.com. There is so much information in these videos.

10. Become a member of Namejet.com and follow the auctions. Study which names have lots of bids and why. You can learn a lot by just watching the auctions. Once you have a feel comfortable with for the process then you can start investing more money in single domain names.

11. Visit Domaining.com daily for the latest domaining news and become a reader of DomainInvesting.com, DomainNameWire.comDomainSherpa.com, and DNjournal.com and learn the basics from Igoldrush.com. Go back through the archives at these sites for lots of great info.

12. Don’t get caught up in the new GTLDs. Just go with what works right now.

13. Don’t get discouraged in the beginning and have fun.

Internet And Bloggers Are killing Journalism.

The Internet is full of words for which it never paid.

The original conception of a Journal or a Magazine was based in a traditional principle: writing an article and getting paid for it.

Today, in the Internet Universe, a journalist writes an article and in most cases he doesn’t get paid for it.

This new rule of the game seems to be killing journalism as a profession.

Music and Arts have also been impacted for this change.

The only Art creations that still are safe are those that cannot be downloaded or copied from the Internet.

First Fact: Without words the Internet would be meaningless, so it managed to get stuffed with words and has never paid for them.

Internauts pay for products and services that they buy thru Internet, but all the contents that live there are free of charge.

The Second Fact is that journalism never managed to develop and impose a system to charge for articles published on the Internet.

This is leading to a terminal crisis for journalism, because many times journalists don’t get paid for the articles that they write and get published. Since the compensation that they get isn’t enough for them to survive, at the end of the day journalism is no longer their main source of income and they spend less time researching for the articles that they publish. This is why the quality or the published articles is lower than decades ago.

Today in the Internet Era, a typical News Website sustains its budget mostly from incomes coming from advertising, rather than the quality of the news that they publish.

In this new paradigm, Internet generates every day more money for hardware manufacturers and software developers instead of rewarding those who create contents.

Internet, because of its open and public condition, offers unlimited opportunities to anyone who wants to have its own news website and wants to publish contents.

This leads to a continuous degradation of journalism on the Internet: If you don’t get rewarded for the articles that you publish, you can´t invest to keep the best writers in your staff.

Bloggers are more than happy with this situation, because with the degradation of the contents quality in the News Websites, they are starting to see an increase of the visits that they get in their blogs.

However this is temporary, their visitors will leave very soon if your blog contents don’t get refreshed and improved.

There’s also a strong competition coming from social networks, a place where nobody needs to legitimate what gets posted.

We live in an absolute democracy of the instantaneous contents. Literally a chaos.

The practice of stealing copyrighted material and “copy/pasting” someone else’s stuff is widely accepted and “legitimated”.

All this is killing journalism, because internauts think that they know about everything and what they don’t know can be searched and considered valid information.

It is time for the Internet to find creative ways to compensate journalism for its efforts or the quality and accuracy of information will continue to deteriorate.

Is Blogging An Art Or A Science?

How can you attract more traffic to your blog?

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An image can tell more than a thousand words… or more than that, can give you thousands of visits to your blog post. You can do much better, you can attract visitors to your blog just because you post matters of interest to the vast majority of internet surfers and use images as an “eye catcher”. But today we are not going to talk about images. Let´s talk about content…

How can you attract more traffic to your blog? How can you make your blog rank on top of the popular keyword searches? How can you fulfill your dreams of making your blog a profitable business?…

First of all, let me tell you that if you are a blogger who posts on a regular basis, you are already one step ahead. Search engines will always give more credit to “fresh content” and if you have original and unique points of view on popular and trending topics you have many chances of ranking close to the typical “static” web pages that stay on the same top positions just because they have been there
for many years and they have lots of genuine links to their sites.

Additionally, if your blog allows and encourages comments (genuine and non-spammy comments) moderated and sometimes answered by you, some of your posts can rank even higher.

It looks like a piece of cake, right? It looks like if you are a good writer, and if you post on a daily basis to trending topics you will become very popular and you can live of your “blogging business”.

Well…unfortunately it´s not THAT simple…

There are millions of active blogs out there, and with SEO experts  (Search Engine Optimization)  knowing what they need to do to rank higher in search engines (and believe me, they know by far better than you and me),  they are intensive bloggers covering all the popular topics related to their own business and using all kind of technical tricks to cheat search engines. As a result of this you will see them rank usually higher than your blog.

You can tell when a SEO expert is conducting a blog just by looking at their posts. It looks like they are not talking to you. In fact they are stuffing “search keywords” and “search arguments” into their text. This is why the whole blog seems to be written by some sort of artificial intelligence.

Internally (or in the background) they also do a lot of work to improve the value of the their posts by using Hyper Text Language to make search engines pay attention to relevant phrases or keywords and have their blog mapped to show on top of many specific search arguments that will drive people to their business. Unfortunately, this is a legal trick. And to some extent search engines encourage that just to have these SEO guys test the efficiency of their “Webmaster tools”.

SEO bloggers are also clever enough to build a network of loyal followers and posts commenters,  just to trade comments that will bring more value to their posts. They know they can no longer buy or trade links (search engines will sooner or later figure it out and penalize them), so their new trade values are comments. This is why you see lots of forums that share a set of common blogs that usually rank high in searches. Typical comments are questions that drive answers from the community and more and more people interacting. The answer is usually a commercial recommendation without a direct link (remember they cannot build a “link nest” because they will get penalized), but they rely on the fact that people read the comments and will probably feel the curiosity of visiting the commenters recommendation. Besides, it is safer to type in a website name in your browser rather than clicking into a link of a comment.  Additionally and just to give you an idea of their popularity they use all the likes and pluses of the social networks, so that you can think: “if they trust him…”.

After reading all this, you may be telling yourself:  “I’d better quit blogging…someone else is already there and is doing much better than me…”

DON’T QUIT.
There’s just one thing that will make you become a successful blogger: TIME.

Keep writing for the people. Show you care about them by sharing your honest thoughts and opinions. You can do this in a formal or colloquial speech, but try not to write for search engines.

Average readers will understand what you post, so there’s no need to repeat or over explain what you are trying to post. This can be annoying. 

Keep writing on a regular basis, daily, weekly or monthly. If you are no longer posting in your blog you´d better close it and erase it contents.

If you use Twitter®, Facebook®,  Google+® or any other social button associated to your blog try to keep it up to date in connection to your blog contents. Someone may think you don´t care about it or even worst you are no longer there.

Don´t copy/paste articles someone else published and then modify it. Search engines will soon figure it out. You should better read the articles, keep them in mind and then start writing your post with your own thoughts. And of course then you can mention about that article you read and place a courtesy link for your readers.

If you are in a competitive business, and you don´t have other option than repeat content related to your business, you are at the risk of being considered as “duplicated content” for search engines. In this case remember that less is more. Don´t think that just because your post will include ten thousand words about your offering you will rank higher. Search engines will see you as a keyword spammer. On top of your short description of the products or services you sell,
use your own words, what’s in your mind.  Also try writing posts that may not be directly tied or related to your business that can give value to your readers.

Sooner or later you will succeed. Remember that, although search engines are not clever enough to understand “value” you readers do.

Finally keep in mind that you should not expect and immediate reaction to that stuff you post. Everything runs fast on the Internet, but you may have to blog for months or even years till you get some reasonable amount of readers andcommenters. Are you ready for this?

Good luck with your blog.

Dot Com Domains Are Still The Internet Kings.

Dot Com Domain Name Extension Still Reigns On Internet

 

As of December 31, 2012, the base of .com registered names reached 106.2 million

According to Verisign six million domain names were added to the internet in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to a little more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs).

The .com and .net domains totalled around 121.1 million at the end of 2012, representing a growth of 6.4 per cent year-on-year. As of December 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million, while .net equaled 14.9 million, VeriSign, said in a statement.

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Domains And Search Engine Optimization.

Some Basic Rules of Search Engine Optimization For Domains

Keeping your Website contents original and fresh while complying with SEO rules and techniques is almost impossible unless you turn it a permanent improvement process.

It’s impossible to stay on top of all your competitors.

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As your Website traffic increases, the greater the chances of falling drastically.

Social marketing is a key element in your SEO strategy.

An image can tell more than a thousand words…but how can you make search engines understand this?

 

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Every year there are higher chances that your SEO strategy will fail and that you will start loosing traffic coming from organic searches.

If you keep making the same mistakes with your SEO strategy, you will probably end up being qualified as a spammer and penalized by search engines.

When using SEO tactics, less is more.

If you don’t use SEO techniques al all, your Website traffic will go down. So you will have to take the risk of implementing a SEO strategy to survive.

If you keep feeding your Website with “copy/paste” stuff (text, images, etc.) from other Internet Pages, you will end up being considered as a spammer by search engines and get a drastic reduction in your organic traffic (even if you credit the originating Sites by linking to them).

When using SEO techniques to increase your organic Internet Traffic, it can take weeks or even months until you start seeing results, so you cannot do many changes simultaneously.

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