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Domain Name Scam Alert: ICANN Does NOT Provide Domain Name Appraisals

Bill Hartzer

There is a pretty nasty domain name appraisal scam going around that you need to be aware of if you own domain names. The scammer’s only intent is to make money from a domain name appraisal service, which is fake. This is a scam, and domain name owners should not fall for this online scheme. They never plan on buying your domain name.

I Just bought Bill.Ninja Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

As you may be aware, I am a big fan of the new gTLD domain name extensions, there are hundreds of them already in General Availability. So, I was hunting around today, using the technique below, to find available domain names and names that I wish to pre-register. consider that a huge win for me, as it’s a great, short, domain name.

Apple Deletes Over 500 Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Apple has deleted over 500 domain names this week, and decided not to renew these domain names. Most of these domain names were registered by Apple exactly one year ago, and after coming up for renewal they have not renewed them. To be exact, 527 domain names owned by Apple were not renewed on December 11th, when they came up for renewal.

Never Use a Hyphenated Domain Name for Your Website

Bill Hartzer

It’s solid proof that the right keyword rich domain name will out-rank a hyphenated domain name in the search results every time. silktide did an SEO challenge where they used 3 different domain names and web sites and saw if nonsensical content or real keyword rich content would rank better. have a few keyword rich domain names for sale.

ZDNet Buys Domain Name: Immediately Gets 2 Year Old Trusted Site Banned in Google

Bill Hartzer

ZDNet recently bought a new domain name from the domain name aftermarket (a domain name auction), and almost immediately got their trusted, authoritative, 2 year old website banned in Google. Here’s how ZDNet bought a domain name, redirected their trusted, authoritative site to this new domain name, and then got their website banned in Google.

Registering Domain Names with Google Domains

Bill Hartzer

For a few months now, I have had the opportunity to have access to the Google Domains program, where you can buy (and transfer in) domain names. Google has been a domain name registrar for many, many years now, but has only recently opened up their registrar services to the public. – Enter the AUTH Code at the new registrar, in this case Google Domains.

The New gTLD Domain Name Extensions Explained, Using Pizza

Bill Hartzer

So, here are the new gTLD domain name extensions, explained using pizza. Then came along the New gTLD domain extension, giving us so many more awesome choices: Hawaiian, vegetarian, mac ‘n cheese, pizza rolls, breakfast pizza, stuffed crust, and the hot dog in the crust pizza. Domain NamesReally, it’s pretty simple: 1.

Google Activates Their First New gTLD Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

Google has activated their first New gTLD domain name, which is nic.google. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a big fan of the New gTLD domain names, but not because I just “like them” or like the way they sound. For example, I did some New gTLD research that pitted some.COM domains with some new GTLDs. Domain Names HTTP/1.1·302·Found

Apple Registers 682 More Nonsense Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

nonsense domain names. I’ve been following these nonsense domain name purchases since they started purchasing them a while back. Here are a few of the domains on the latest purchase: agruimjfsklcyp.com. It looks to me like these are both.com and.net domains. They’re not all the same length, and I am not sure what exactly these domains mean.

Laureate Education Sues Domain Name Proxy Service for Trademark Infringement

Bill Hartzer

is suing Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. The Domain Name Proxy Service, Inc. 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. DOMAIN NAME PROXY SERVICE, INC. Domain Names

How to Know if You Should Renew Your Domain Name?

Bill Hartzer

If you own domain names, then you are inevitably going to have answer the question: should I renew this domain name? Well, as someone who owns a considerable amount of domain names, I frequently have to make that decision on a regular basis–and have come up with my own internal checklist that helps me decide whether or not I should renew a domain name.

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

Bill Hartzer

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). Domain names will be available at many registrars, including GoDaddy, Enom.com, Name.com, and 101Domain.com. Domain Names

5 Great Tools For Finding A Domain Name

Jason Yormark

Needless to say that often has me frequently looking for good names to inspire me enough to go through with those ideas. always feel like if I can actually find an affordable name, it’s more likely that I’ll see them through. Of course it goes without saying that finding a good domain name is incredibly hard these days. Very nice layout and intuitive. Great search tools.

New gTLD Domain Name Forum Launched

Bill Hartzer

A New gTLD Domain Name forum has recently launched. As you may know by now if you haven’t been following my blog, I’m a big fan of the new gTLD domain names, and especially the keyword-rich opportunities they provide. Right now, there are domain name forums out there and they have areas to discuss the new gTLD domain names.

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: Why UDRP Reform is Needed

Bill Hartzer

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking is “a disgusting practice…”, according to Rick Schwartz (aka the Domain King), and co-founder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. “I always think about the mom and pop with one domain and their entire lives wrapped up in it. Not to protect domainers, but to protect the masses.” What is Reverse Domain Name Hijacking?

Beware of Domain Name Parking Scams and Schemes

Bill Hartzer

If you own a domain name, and you don’t currently have a live website on that domain, then one option is to park that domain name and potentially earn revenue from it. Keep in mind, though, that if you park a domain name, and plan on eventually using it as a live website with real content on it, you may want to think twice before you park the domain.

Don’t Try to Sell a Celebrity Their Domain Name on Twitter

Bill Hartzer

There are several reasons that I can come up with right off the top of my head why you shouldn’t try to sell a celebrity a domain name on Twitter. Especially if that domain name is their brand or their name. And especially if you’re a cyber squatter, looking to profit by selling the domain name. Domain Names deadmau5.

The Importance of Securing Your Domain Name

Idaconcpts

On February 19, 2013, TV personality and restarenteur Guy Fieri became the poster child of the importance of securing your domain name. Does Fieri really have a dish named “Guy’s Big Balls”? Guy Fieri didn’t register his restaurant’s domain name, so I picked it up. Wait a second. He doesn’t. guysamericankitchenandbar.biz.

GoDaddy Domain Name Auctions Are Down

Bill Hartzer

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. Domain Names

New Search Engine Launched: Only Searches New gTLD Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

There’s a new search engine out there that apparently has ditched the legacy.COM,NET and.ORG TLDs (Top Level Domains) and only show New gTLDs in its search results. Using Google’s Custom Search Engine, Newgle has done what no other search engine has ever done before: only show search results from websites on New gTLD domain names. Search Engines

Microsoft Fails to Renew Engyro Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

Microsoft failed to renew the domain name Engyro.com recently when it came up for renewal. The domain name doesn’t currently resolve (at least not for me). Here are other domain names that Microsoft did not renew on April 7, 2014: diagram.biz. especially like these domain names, which I am surprised that Microsoft failed to renews.

Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Best Domain Name for Your Site

Idaconcpts

It sounds so simple: Just choose a name for your brand-new website. Just go with “name of your business dot com” and you’re done. You’ve finished building the site and are ready to register the domain name, but there is already a website with that domain name. To save time, use a site name generator to try different combinations and see what’s available.

Google Thinks Domain Names Are Like Guns

Bill Hartzer

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. domain names. Domain Names Google Search Engines

How to Host Your Domain Name with Bing.com For Free

Bill Hartzer

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. How to host your domain with Bing. Then, log into the domain manager, the interface where you see all the domain names you own.

Exclusive: Domainer Returns Domain Name to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Bill Hartzer

Domainers, those who buy and sell domain names for a living, are not all evil. There are plenty of domainers that are smart business people, and then there are those who have a heart–like Bob Olea, who recently bought the domain name JeffBezos.com at an aftermarket domain auction and returned it to its rightful owner: Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com.

Regions Bank Fails to Renew Domain Name – Web Site Goes Down

Bill Hartzer

Regions Bank , an FDIC insured bank with 1,700 branches and 2,400 ATMs across a 16-state network in the South, Midwest, and Texas, failed to renew their domain name. One of your employees didn’t do their job–they didn’t renew the regions.com domain name. My recommendation here: renew your domain name for several years if you care about it.

Unwanted Domain Name? Join the Web Domain White Elephant Exchange

Bill Hartzer

Do you have a domain name that you just don’t want anymore? And you bought the domain name. But you ended up realizing that the domain name wasn’t so good after all. So, you just want to get rid of that unwanted domain name. Daniel Zarick has started the Web Domain White Elephant Exchange program. Domain Names

Prove You’re Rich with a Dot Rich Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

I’ve been writing a lot about the new gTLD domain names , and many of them I really like as an alternative to the dot com domain TLD. the registry for the.rich gTLD, has decided to price the.rich domain names at $3,0000 US dollars each. know plenty of people who have really good, brandable domain names for sale for under $3,000. Domain Names

Will Brand Domain Names Be A Small Business Opportunity?

Small Business Mavericks

I know Frank Reed says a recent ICANN ruling that will allow large corporations to purchase their own domain name extensions for their brands will only be available for the big guys – small businesses won’t be able to afford it. Where there are domain name extensions, there will be domain names. Who will be allowed to have a.samsonite domain name? I’d imagine anyone that Samsonite allows to. large corporate brand could conceivably purchase its own domain name and sell domains to anyone willing to pay their fee.

How to Evaluate an Expired Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

A friend recently asked me about a domain name he was thinking of buying. He mentioned that one of the websites he owns and has developed is the name of a city: and he noticed that there is a ‘related’ domain name that is for sale. Domain names can be very pricey nowadays, well into the thousands of dollars, or even more than that. Yahoo!

Gmail Not Recognizing New gTLD Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

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. TLDs, Gmail turns them into clickable links in the email when it was received, whether the sender made the domain name a clickable link or not. Domain Names Google Plus does recognize them , though.

Microsoft Buys 26 Contosoyams Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Microsoft is up to something. I’m not sure what, but I am really curious as to why Microsoft recently registered 26 domain names at once: all related to the word contosoyams. The whole reason I bring this up is that Microsoft doesn’t normally register a lot of domain names all at once like this. Domain Names contosoyams.net. contosoyams1.com.

What is the Value of a Domain Name?

Bill Hartzer

Do domain names make good investments? Domain names are the real estate of the internet. In fact, with millions of people getting online, the value of a domain name can only go up. The leader in domain name sales, Domain Name Sales , founded by Frank Schilling, just redesigned their website. Domain Names

Apple and Afilias Special Projects Register 1800 Nonsense Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Ever since I originally noticed that Apple was registering nonsense domain names, I have been intrigued about why they would be registering and then not renewing nonsense domain names. And it’s not just one or two domain names, or a dozen of them. Registration fees alone for 1800.info domain names would be at least $15,000. Domain Name

Apple Registers Another Set of Nonsense Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

And it’s been a while since Apple has registered a set of nonsense domain names. On December 31, 2015, they did it again, they registered 62 new domain names that consist of just nonsense characters. Here are a few of the domains that they recently registered: abolfvfpvyma.com. B.NS.APPLE.COM (has 4,169 domains). C.NS.APPLE.COM (has 4,169 domains).

Will New Domain Name TLDs Carry Extra Weight in the Search Engine Rankings?

Bill Hartzer

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. So, with all of these new TLDs, will these new domain names carry any extra weight when it comes to search engine rankings? It’s a new domain name. Domain Names

Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Wikipedia , the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has just registered 11 new domain names in the past 24 hours. Usually moves like this indicate upcoming projects, especially because Wikipedia does not have a history of regularly registering new domain names. Here is a list of the new domain names registered by Wikipedia; voyagewiki.com. Domain Name

Apple iPhone Doesn’t Recognize New gTLD Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

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. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize.biz,info, and.tv as real domain names, either! Domain Names Amazing. billhartzer.net.

dot coma – Are Domain Names Even Relevant Now?

Convince & Convert

When I started, domain names were free , because why would anyone pay money for something of no consequence? Domain names were free, and brands didn’t even know what the World Wide Web was in many cases (given that graphical browsers barely existed). Domain names ending in.net were reserved for telcos and Internet providers (like us) exclusively.

Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center ADNDRC Publishes UDRP Findings; Includes Complainant’s Credit Card Number

Bill Hartzer

The Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center ADNDRC today published their findings on a UDRP Domain Name Dispute for the domain name 6543.com, which was reportedly a stolen domain. In the findings documents, the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center scolded Godaddy but went on to publish the complainant’s credit card number.