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.)

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.

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

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.

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 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

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.

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. 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? Here are fourteen questions to ask yourself to help you decide on whether your should renew your domain name or not. 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. I always feel like if I can actually find an affordable name, it’s more likely that I’ll see them through.

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

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 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: It looks to me like these are domains.

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.

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?

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. You don’t have to pay to park your domain names. Domain Names

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. Domain Names

The Importance of Securing Your Domain Name


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”?

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.

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.

Microsoft Fails to Renew Engyro Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

Microsoft failed to renew the domain name 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:

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.

How to Host Your Domain Name with 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 for free. How to host your domain with Bing. Domain Names

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. Domain names that are not renewed are oftentimes put up for auction by the domain’s registrar–before that domain name is released to the general public again for registration.

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.

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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 domain name.

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.

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? What if they allowed businesses headquartered there to have their own domain name?

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 gTLD, has decided to price domain names at $3,0000 US dollars each. Domain Names

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.

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

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.

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.

Does It Really Matter What Domain Name You Choose?


If so, you’ll want to be extremely careful about the domain name that you choose for your new official company website. The wrong domain name is one that could haunt you for years to come. On the other hand, the right domain name can help you get a healthy start and advantage over your competitors. When it comes time to check available domain names , keep this in mind: In the world of the internet, perception can very quickly become reality.

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.

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. Frankly, the new top-level domains (TLDs) really have no chance of ranking anytime soon.

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).

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.

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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.

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, which was reportedly a stolen domain. Domain Names