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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. ZDNet wrote a scathing article on their site, blaming Google for the error, claiming that Google got it all wrong. But, that’s not the case.

Google Using Twitter to Promote New gTLD Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Google is using promoted Tweets on Twitter to promote the use of new gTLD domain names. — Google (@google) February 19, 2016. If Google is behind the new domain endings, well, there is a better chance that everyone will start to accept that they’re here to stay. Domain NamesLet’s get down to.business https://t.co/NOY3XODgaj.

Google Removing Domain Names From Search Results Increases Internet User Vulnerability

Bill Hartzer

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Google announced that they are beginning to remove the domain name from the mobile search results. Rather than displaying a URL in the search results or a domain name, Google has begun to display a website name or a website name and a breadcrumb of the website’s page. What Google Tells Site Owners.

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.

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.

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

Bill Hartzer

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. 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Google Plus does recognize them , though. When you send an email to someone who uses Gmail, and you include a new gTLD in the email, Google does NOT make it a clickable link. Domain Names billhartzer.tv.

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!

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.

Google Registers Google Analytics Domain Name Typos

Bill Hartzer

On a regular basis, I watch the domain names that Google registers, as sometimes it is an indication of things to come–sometimes the registration of a domain name may indicate a future project. It is interesting to note that Google today registered a lot of typo domain names related to Google Analytics , their web analytics service.

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? Say you typed ‘tax rates’ into Google. Domain Names

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.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Domain Name

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When there’s more than 284 million registered domain names online, you’re going to want yours to stand out. But you also want to be easily remembered, have a URL that accurately describes your business, and it would help if it ranks well in Google. It’s very easy to buy a domain name that you come to regret later. Domain Extensions. Right?

Big Reddit Changes Coming? Conde Nast Purchases 285 Reddit Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

As you may or may not know, I typically watch the domain name purchases of many of the web’s biggest brands online. When a large group of domain names is purchases by an organization that is popular on the web, it usually indicates something big is coming. Conde Nast Digital purchased 287 domains all at once, on the same day. Post on Google Buzz.

Privacy Fail: Network Solutions Reveals Identities of Domain Name Owners Despite Whois Privacy

Bill Hartzer

Networks Solutions , a popular domain name registrar, is revealing the real identity of the domain name owner even though the domain name owner has opted-in and paid for their domain name privacy service. When a domain name is registered, buyers have the option of paying $9.99 per year extra to keep their domain name ownership private.

High Profile Domain Names Suspended Due to Invalid WHOIS Data

Bill Hartzer

After further investigation into the issue, she learned that the domain names had been suspended by the registrar due to invalid WHOIS data on the domain name WHOIS record–here web server was not down. Craft is among many domain name owners whose domain names have been suspended due to invalid WHOIS data. recently spoke with Statton Hammock, Senior Director, Law, Policy & Business Affairs, of Network Solutions , about invalid WHOIS data and how Network Solutions deals with invalid WHOIS on domain names. Digg this!

Google Buys Illegal +.com Domain Name on Domain Aftermarket

Bill Hartzer

Google , in an effort to protect their interests in their new Google+ Plus social network, has recently acquired the International Domain Name (IDN) [b]+.com[/b], com) is an illegal domain name–the domain name violates IDNA2008, as published by IETF. Here is a list of the TLDs (Top Level Domains) that are “allowed&# to have IDNs.

Microsoft Buys 8 Search Engine Optimization Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Microsoft has purchased eight domain names related to search engine optimization (SEO). I am not quite sure about the reasoning behind this move by Microsoft, the owner of the Bing.com search engine. What I find particularly interesting, though, is that there aren’t any.COM domains on the list. All of these domain names are either.net,org, or.info domain names.

Cherokee Letter Domain Names for Sale – Owner Recommends Their Use in AdWords Campaigns

Bill Hartzer

This has to be what I would personally call the most bizarre domain name sales pitch I have ever seen. The owner of a bunch of Cherokee Letter domain names is recommending that you buy his domain names–and use them in a Google AdWords campaign to commit what I would call outright fraud and deception. Domain Names

Selling Your Domain Name with LeadRefs

Bill Hartzer

For those who like to do affiliate marketing, buying domains is a familiar subject. You never know what set of keywords will be the next big thing, so you buy several domains with several different combinations of keywords. Many affiliate marketers buy tons, and tons of these types of domains, and work to get those domains ranked in the search engines. Domain Names

During Link Cleanup, Don’t Forget Links to Redirected Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

With the Google Penguin algorithm update affecting so many websites, I have personally be involved in cleaning up a LOT of websites’ link profiles. This also involves cleaning up link profiles because websites have been manually penalized by Google because of unnatural and inorganic links pointing to a website. While cleaning up link profiles for Google reconsideration requests , it’s one thing that is often overlooked is the links pointing to domain names that redirect to a website. Google Webmaster Tools. ahrefs.com. Bing Webmaster Tools.

Google Cookie Choices Domain Name: Response to EU Ruling About Right to Be Forgotten?

Bill Hartzer

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.

Search Engine Optimization Tip: Check the Whois on Your Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

Technically speaking, Whois is is a query/response protocol which is widely used for querying an official database in order to determine the owner of a domain name, an IP address, or an autonomous system number on the Internet. When I’m talking about whois from a search engine optimization perspective, I’m talking about who owns your domain name. Post on Google Buzz.

Moving Your.COM to a.BRAND Domain? Google Says…

Bill Hartzer

Brands that have purchased their own.BRAND TLD (Top Level Domain) shouldn’t worry about moving their websites. recently asked Gary Illyes, the Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, about the effect on search when you move your website from a.COM domain name to a domain on your own.BRAND TLD. Branding Domain Names Google

3M Files Trademark and Anti-Cybersquatting Lawsuit Over Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

3M Corporation has filed a trademark infringement and anti-cybersquatting lawsuit over domain names that appear to be similar or confusingly similar to their own trademark. mean, really–take a look at all of the domain names and companies that 3M is suing. Domains By Proxy, Inc. Post on Google Buzz. Domain NamesFiled: June 10, 2011.

Why I Gave a Domain Name Back to Its Former Owner

Bill Hartzer

gave a domain name back to its former owner. The former owner called me on the phone, told me that the domain name I bought several years ago at a Godaddy TDNAM domain name auction, was their former family-owned website. still owned the domain name and he was wondering if there’s anything he could do. Post on Google Buzz.

Verified Domains Provides Comprehensive Background Checks for Domains

Bill Hartzer

This week, I’ve launched our new service called Verified Domains. Verified Domains is the first-ever service on the internet that provides comprehensive background checks for domain names. Before you buy a domain name and start using it for your website, I urge you to get your domain verified. Domain Names

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Google Calls New gTLDs Domain Endings, Offers Web Hosting

Bill Hartzer

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: New domain endings.

Domain Names, Developed Domains, and Expired Domains

Bill Hartzer

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. Looking right now for expired domains to register? Domain Names in General. Domain Names

Google Now a Part of Alphabet, Uses New gTLD Domain Extension

Bill Hartzer

Google has been officially moved to a new organization called Alphabet. Sometimes they do things differently because Google isn’t a conventional company. Google is now a part of a Alphabet, and Alphabet is a collection of companies. The story here is not that Google has moved to Alphabet. Alphabet is using a new domain extension,XYZ. Domain Names

Domain Names for Sale: Why You Should Buy a Keyword Rich Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

One of the best kept secrets of the search engine optimization and search engine marketing industry is the expired domain name auctions that exist out there. If someone does not renew their domain name, it is frequently put up for auction on by the registrar itself, like Godaddy. This is a great domain name to own, even though it’s a dot net TLD (Top Level Domain).