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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. I 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.

Google Activates Their First New gTLD Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

Google has activated their first New gTLD domain name, which is 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

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

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


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.

A Domain Name Related Contest

Bill Hartzer

I was just interviewed by Borja for the Money Diver podcast about domain names and choosing the right domain name. As a part of this podcast, Borja and I put together a domain name related contest. If you want to learn more about choosing the right domain name, take a look at this article. Domain NamesWant to participate?

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Domain Name


When there’s more than 284 million registered domain names online, you’re going to want yours to stand out. It’s very easy to buy a domain name that you come to regret later. You might take what you can get if your favoured domain is already taken, only for that to expire later on and you’re stuck with one you don’t like. Right?

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. Domain Names

Microsoft Buys 8 Search Engine Optimization Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Microsoft has purchased eight domain names related to search engine optimization (SEO). Microsoft purchased 49 domain names today, and eight of the domain names were related to “search engine optimization&# for their search engine: All of these domain names are,org, 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

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. There may be a lot of low quality, unnatural, or inorganic links pointing to a domain name that then redirects to the website. I use quite a few different tools to find all a website’s backlinks: - Majestic SEO (full disclosure: I’m a Majestic SEO Ambassador). Google searches for the domain name (usually in quotes). to find more domain names. -

Oklahoma Tornado Relief: Domain Name and SEO Services Charity Auction

Bill Hartzer

From the combined efforts of Domain Boardroom (of which I am a proud member), , and myself, along with my buddy Elliot , victims of recent Oklahoma Tornado tragedy will benefit from money raised during an online auction. Domain Boardroom members have donated domain names, gift certificates, and services towards this effort. Happy Bidding! blogs

Do You Make These 6 Domain Name Mistakes?


I’m regularly asked about the mistakes I made when starting out with blogging and the first two words that usually spring to mind are ’Domain Names’ Most of the early mistakes I made (and some of the more recent ones) have revolved around domain names. Not Getting My Own Domain Name. Having your own domain name is beneficial in many ways.

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

Bill Hartzer

This is only one SEO tip out of many search engine optimization tips I have been providing over the years. 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. The older the better. Digg this! Tweet This!

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

Why’d You Choose That Domain Name?


It all dates back to the mid 1970s, when a man name Albert Bandura, the guy behind Social Cognitive Theory , examined how we seek to replicate success we see in our surroundings and in media, often at all costs. Now I’ve got my first domain and I have no idea how to use it.” Your first domain name most-likely had a.blogspot or.wordpress in it. And why?

7Search, Others, Accused of Traffic Stealing in Domain Parking Research Paper

Bill Hartzer

7Search , a leading Pay Per Click Search Engine Advertising and Affiliate Network, along with a few other search and domain parking companies, have been accused of traffic stealing in eye-opening research paper titled Understanding the Dark Side of Domain Parking. Clearly, the parking services kept the rightful share away from us as the owners of the parked domains. The idea.

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 (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 Name

How New gTLDs Will Create New Search Opportunities

Small Business Mavericks

One way that new search opportunities will be created in the next five to ten years is with the advent of new generic top-level domain extensions (gTLDs). The search engines of course will have to adjust to the volume of new domain names. Several of these new gTLDs have already received thousands of applications for domain names in anticipation of the coming explosion. Geotargeted gTLDs – such as.NYC – will open lots of doors for the search marketing industry to better geotarget based on these domain extensions. Some of them already do.

35 Speakers to See at NamesCon 2015

Bill Hartzer

From January 11 to January 15, 2015, the NamesCon 2015 domain name conference is being held in Las Vegas. In the “Quality Destination – The Psychology of a Click : SEO, TLD and Lead Generation A-Z” session, we’ll have a panel if experts talking about ?”SEO How does a domain name impact search? Colin Campbell.CLUB Domains, LLC, CEO.

51 Profitable SEO Niches to Dominate with Low Competition

Viper Chill

When an SEO guy tweets a G Trends screenshot of how fast one of your niches is growing and you hope noone else saw it. In two of the search terms above, exact match domains are performing very well with very few backlinks. I was able to pick up a few exact match domains myself so they’re definitely still available. RD in the screenshot stands for Referring Domains.

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A Guide to Multilingual SEO Strategy


With foreign languages experiencing exponential online growth, it’s important to consider whether or not multilingual SEO might be of benefit to your company. There are still many opportunities to carve out niche footholds in foreign language sectors by utilizing top performing keywords to attract international attention, in domain names, URLs and within the content of your website itself.

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How to Properly Redirect a Domain Name and Get Link Credit

Bill Hartzer

I recently received an email from Duane Long asking a question about redirecting a domain name that he had recently purchased. He is trying to redirect the domain name so that he can get the proper link credit; so that the links from the domain name he bought is credited to his current, live website. I recently purchased an expired domain name to take advantage of it’s many incoming links. However, the majority of the links to that domain name are links to pages on the site (to pages other than the home page).


5 Ways to Improve your SEO Today

Puzzle Marketer

Yes, I’m talking about SEO , or search engine optimization. SEO is less of a demand creating technique and more a demand capture technique. Compare keywords about products, product categories, industry terms, and your own brand name. Methods include adding a Meta Tag, adding a file to your root directory, or creating a DNS (Domain Name System) record.

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Does Your Domain Name Need To Be Exact Match?

Small Business Mavericks

Is it necessary that your domain name be an exact match for your primary keyword? Many SEOs still believe that it does, and many of them teach their clients that it does. However, many websites have been successful without exact match domain names. I would consider it a partial match domain name since we do cater to small businesses, however, we provide online marketing services for small businesses. That makes the domain name a partial match, not an exact match per se. Here are a few: Google. Facebook. Yahoo! Twitter. YouTube.


SEO Isn’t Dead. The New SEO


People who are aware of what’s going on with Google, but aren’t mired in the details of SEO every day may have heard the oft-used-but-incorrect phrase, “SEO is dead.” ” My utter contempt for any phrase that says “ is dead” notwithstanding, SEO is anything but dead. What SEO Used to Be Like. Humboldt penguins mate for life.

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SEO Mega-Checklist: 75 steps to increased visibility for your site (infographic)

Almost nobody knows everything about how SEO (search engine optimization) really works. And, honestly, shouldn’t your business be focusing on things like increasing growth and revenue instead of dwelling on the right mix of SEO tactics that will benefit your company? Those who do this for a living have identified more than 200 SEO ranking factors that Google takes into account.

Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. Domain Registration Scam

Bill Hartzer

Unfortunately, there are still people out there, like Domain SEO Service Registration Corp., It’s a shame that these scams exist after all these years, as they have morphed from a search engine submission to even a domain name registration scam. Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. Domain Status:ok.

4 Outdated SEO Ideas

Small Business Mavericks

So does SEO. In fact, SEO is not the same today as it was 10 or 15 years ago. Below are 4 distinct SEO ideas that are no longer valid, yet I hear people talking about them all the time as if they are still good and valid ideas. You need a keyword-based domain name – It might help. This is just one ranking criteria, however, many websites rank well for keywords that are not in their domain name. Branded domain names work just as well. SEO for Small Business search engine optimization SEO Social Media It might not.

SEO and the Stock Market: How to Profit from Google Penalties

Viper Chill

While I don’t know every company on this list, their names tend to give away whether or not they’re likely to be heavily reliant on traffic from Google. While their brand name holds a lot of weight, they could still be affected to any big changes in Google’s and Baidu’s algorithm. Here was my posing scenario: “I’m an SEO expert. When Panda 4.0

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How to Get a Footer Link from (And Why I’m Continuing with “Dark SEO”)

Viper Chill

When I first started out with SEO I was determined to be as “whitehat” as possible. Matt emailed me privately to ask that my content was only preaching white hat SEO and that he wouldn’t regret linking to me. However, their practices and transparency when it comes to SEO leaves little to be desired for small business owners. For this I used Cognitive SEO.

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Apple Continues to Register Mystery Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

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,, was registered and then deleted, was just re-registered yesterday. Domain Names


There is Nothing About Negative SEO in Google Webmaster Guidelines

Bill Hartzer

There is nothing about Negative SEO in Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. After a review of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, from what I can tell, there are no actual references to the practice of Negative SEO. If there were references to Negative SEO, then the BBB could theoretically point these out to their member companies reminding them of it. Are you surprised?

The Difference Between SEO & SEM

Puzzle Marketer

For those of you just starting to dabble in online marketing, we wanted to provide a quick explanation as to the difference between SEO and SEM. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it refers to the process of increasing your website’s search engine ranking for a specific keyword or set of keywords. Said another way, search engines look for specific things on and off of your website that determines whether or not it’s relevant for a specific query, and SEO is the goal of doing those things. Paid Search Search Engine Optimization search engine marketing sem seo

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2 Million Backlinks and 15 SEO Answers from Google’s Matt Cutts

Viper Chill

I’ve covered some pretty controversial topics in recent weeks when it comes to SEO. They don’t really have to give any advice to SEO’s or webmasters; they can just ignore the whole lot and I honestly don’t think it would impact their search market share. 15 SEO Answers Directly from Google’s Matt Cutts. which Google geo-targets to small areas.

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Domain Name Appraisal Services and Domain Name Values

Bill Hartzer

Now, Leapfish has brought back a popular feature of their site, their domain name appraisal service. Type a domain name into their search engine and they will attempt to put a dollar figure on it, telling you how much it’s worth. I know they want to put a value on a domain name and it’s helpful to be able to find out how much your domain name is worth.

Audit Your Website for SEO

Puzzle Marketer

As SEO has become an entire industry in recent years, search engines such as Google have been communicating what they expect from your website. You can’t always get your keywords in the domain name, but try and put your most popular keywords in the file names and folder structures. The closer the file is to the root directory of the domain, the more weight it will hold on the website. Search Engine Optimization audit google image alt tag keywords link building meta description search engine optimization seo title tag zapposProbably not.

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5 Things to Pay Attention to When Considering Local SEO and Your Blog


People are always talking about how SEO affects the quantity and quality of traffic your blog receives, but you’ll rarely hear local SEO discussed in terms of blogging. Most people feel like local SEO is reserved for physical businesses, but your blog could also benefit from some strategic tweaks and adjustments. Understanding Local SEO. Domain authority.

Why SEO is Easier than Social Media Marketing

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

However, the number of SEOs I’ve come across are much fewer and farther between than social media marketers. In fact, I hear the same SEO names every day; I learn of a new “social media expert&# twice a day. When it relates to SEO, you can start right away. After all, you can’t learn SEO just by reading about it. Why, then, is SEO really easier?

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Wordpress SEO: The Only Guide You Need

Viper Chill

You are here: ViperChill » SEO » Wordpress SEO: The Only Guide You Need Wordpress SEO: The Only Guide You Need Written by Glen, this post has 175 Comments As many of you will know, I love Wordpress. For all the great things there are to be said about Wordpress, though, out-of-the-box SEO certainly isn’t one of its strong points. By default on older versions of Wordpress, post titles would display as “Blog Name >> Post Title&#. Instead of leaving things this way, I personally like to remove the blog name altogether. Thanks!