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.

Why A Great Domain Name Goes A Long Way

Idaconcpts

His full name is Christopher Ahston Kutcher. When it comes to Internet sites, it is equally important to choose the right name. A Great Domain Name Can Make All The Difference. Pick a Name and Stick to It. Business & Marketing choosing a domain name domain nam

Yahoo!’s Domain Name Auction

Small Business Mavericks

listed more than 100 domain names for auction at Sedo. was in the domain name business. Some of these domain names are actually pretty valuable and whoever ends up with them will have great keyword-based domain names that should do well in the search engines for years to come. For instance, what do you think of these names? Now is the time you want to put the domain name of your choice on your watch list.

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? 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.

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. Domain Names

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.

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”?

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. Domain Names

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. Is.Com Better than a New gTLD Domain Name?

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. I am not sure how long Google has been promoting Google Domains on Twitter, but this is certainly the first time that I’ve personally seen this promoted Tweet. Domain Names

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. B.NS.APPLE.COM (has 4,169 domains). Domain Names

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.

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.

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. I thought that I’d tell you about my experience with Google Domains so far, and how it’s been going.

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. Then, I opened it and Gmail automatically made those domains (well only certain ones) clickable links. Domain Names

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. What ZDNet failed to do was properly check out the domain name.

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. Domain names generally have been removed from the mobile search results. The Domain Name System.

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. They used three different domain names: – frictionlessowls.com – site had content rich with relevant keywords.

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 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. That is the price of this domain.)

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. Domain Names

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.

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. I always feel like if I can actually find an affordable name, it’s more likely that I’ll see them through.

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. as real domain names, either! Domain Names

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. GoDaddy’s domain name auctions are pretty popular, and apparently the site is down.

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. Here’s the entire list of domain names that I found, these are all pointing to an Amazon cloud server.

Microsoft Buys 26 Contosoyams Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

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.

Godaddy Caught Registering Domains Names After Availability Lookup

Bill Hartzer

Godaddy , the domain name registrar, has apparently been caught registering domain names after someone has looked up the availability of a domain name. This guy claims that he looked up a domain name to see if that domain name was available.

Facebook Registers 21 Instagram Direct Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

In an offensive move, Facebook has registered twenty one new domain names in conjunction with their launch of Instagram Direct. Here is the list of domain names that Facebook registered recently. 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. In case you missed it, I wrote an SEOs guide to the New gTLD domain names.

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. more focused on educating the visitors about the value of a good domain name.

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. In this case, you can clearly see that the owner of the domain name has the domain name under “privacy whois”, and probably for good reason. 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.

List of New gTLDs – New Domain Names Coming Soon

Bill Hartzer

Very soon there will be a lot more choices when it comes to registering and owning a domain name. There has been a big debate in the domain industry going on, and I recently covered the Namescon conference recently held in Las Vegas that I attended. 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.

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.

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. Domain Names

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

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. Here are the typo domain names that Google registered today.

Facebook Recovers Typo Domain Names

Bill Hartzer

Most likely a result of Facebook having sued a whole lot of cyber-squatters recently, Facebook has recovered 44 domain names that are typos of the Facebook brand. As you might recall, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I previously reported about Facebook suing a group of domain name cyber squatters , people who owned typos of the Facebook.com domain name. Domain Names