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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. 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.

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 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

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.

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!

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.

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

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?

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

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 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,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. So, in order to fully clean up the link profile, one must first find all of the backlinks 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).

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?

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

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.

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. I’m personally speaking in two separate sessions, and will be attending the conference all week. 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

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. The post 5 Ways to Improve your SEO Today appeared first on Puzzle Marketer. Originally posted here at

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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. 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). Digg this!


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.

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. 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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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


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.

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. When Panda 4.0 Since a high in April their stock has dropped 29%. Airbnb. GoPro.

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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. I had nothing to hide and told him as such. This blog is not really known at all outside of the SEO ‘circles’ online. love Gmail. Soundcloud.

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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. While I’m certainly not the only one to catch on to this, it’s always a good sign when you see exact match or nearly exact-match domains ranking well in Google. If nothing else, this could be a good niche just to test your SEO skills. Washington.

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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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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?

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. 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.

How to Pick the Right Domain Name for your Business

Bill Hartzer

And when it comes to driving more traffic to your website later on, if you have chosen the right domain name then you will have a huge advantage over your competitors. , I’m the guest speaker on July 9, 2009 at in their online chat area, come by and we can chat one on one about domain names and SEO. And then there’s the domain name. Never ever underestimate the power of the domain name. The domain name you use could quite possibly make or break your business. What if you wrote about Domain Names.

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.

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.