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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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.

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.

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.

Chase Ignores Domain Name Whois Privacy, Sends Credit Card Offers to Web Host

Bill Hartzer

Chase Bank is mining internet domain name whois data in the pursuit of credit card customers. When they encounter whois privacy on a domain name, they are disregarding it and alternatively sending the credit card offers to the domain owners’ web hosting companies.

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? My first online voyage was in 1994, working with my college pals at Internet Direct, Arizona’s first Internet company (and also the inventor of virtual Web hosting, ultimately sold to Mindspring). Domain names were free, and brands didn’t even know what the World Wide Web was in many cases (given that graphical browsers.

Disney Registers Star Wars Master the Force Domain Name

Bill Hartzer

registered a few new domain names. I normally monitor the domain names that are registered by major companies on a regular basis. Disney doesn’t register a whole lot of domain names. But, they currently own 15,000 domain names total.

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). – Easy domain forwarding.

Are Web-Based Free Hosts Good For Business?

Small Business Mavericks

I won’t name names. I’m talking about the free web-based website hosts. If you remember a website by the name of Geocities where you could sign in and build a website, then you might remember that it was just a couple of years ago that Yahoo! And all those people who had websites hosted by Geocities had to move their sites, or lose them. It costs less than $20 per year for a domain name and less than $15 per month for good hosting.

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. Expires on – Is your domain name going to expire soon?

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.

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. I mean, really–take a look at all of the domain names and companies that 3M is suing.

Why I Gave a Domain Name Back to Its Former Owner

Bill Hartzer

I 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. Tags: Domain Names

Apple Owns Mystery Domains, Hosted on Amazon Cloud Server

Bill Hartzer

owns a bunch of nonsensical domain names that use Apple’s own DNS, but are hosted on Amazon’s cloud server. These domains continue to be registered on a regular basis, some as late as last week. Both of these domains appear to be owned by Apple, Inc.:

More Proof Apple Moving to.Apple TLD Soon?

Bill Hartzer

Is Apple going to finally move to their new TLD (Top Level Domain).Apple Well, if new domain name registrations are any indication, there are 10 new ways that may show proof of that. Apple recently registered 10 new domain names that all end in their brand name, Apple.

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How to Set Up an Email Account that Uses Your Domain Name


Most of the people who are new to web design and blogging don’t understand the capabilities that come free with their domain, so they don’t take advantage of them. Why not use the domain email which is free with your hosting account? The bottom line is that if you have paid money to own a domain then you should, at the least, buy from a domain registrar that offers email forwarding for their accounts (we prefer Godaddy ).

Google to Retire Hosted Domains Product within AdSense

Bill Hartzer

Google has decided to retire the “hosted domains” product that they have through the Google AdSense program. According to an email directly from the Google AdSense team, they have evaluated the benefits of their partner network and decided to retire the Hosted Domains program with Google AdSense. In the future, undeveloped domain names will only be served through their existing Google AdSense for Domains distribution network.

PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker Domain Names Seized

Bill Hartzer

In addition, restraining orders were issued against more than 75 bank accounts utilized by the Poker Companies and their payment processors, and five Internet domain names used by the Poker Companies to host their illegal poker games were seized. Domain Names

217: 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Domain Name


4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Domain Name for Your Blog. Today I’m talking about what to consider when naming your blog and choosing a domain name for it. I’ll share four things to consider when choosing a domain name. Domain names have an impact on SEO.). I’ll also talk about legal implications of choosing a domain name, because it’s important to stay within the law.


49% of the world’s top 100 blogs are using WordPress

The Way of the Web

You can debate whether Technorati is still a decent ranking system, and it doesn’t include 8 sites for which information wasn’t available, but 40% of the sites with available information are on self-hosted WordPress (with 9% on’s hosted alternative).

How to import Posterous to self-hosted WordPress

The Way of the Web

We tend to always recommend self-hosting if your site is important to you and your business, partly because third-party services can close or change, and partly because it gives you a lot more control over backups. Setting up self-hosted WordPress: To set up your site, you need 2 things.

The Complete Bloggers’ Guide to Web Hosting


Blog hosting can be a confusing thing to navigate , particularly if you’re new to the blogging game or just striking out with your own domain. Just because one host is one man’s meat, it could be another man’s poison. What makes a good web host? Do hosting reviews matter?

Tools 21 and Hacked, Hosting Malware on Site

Bill Hartzer

It looks like and , the search engine for domain names, has been hacked, and apparently is hosting malware on their web site. Typically, when users begin seeing messages about a domain name hosting malware notices, it’s from Google.

Donuts, Inc. Adds 7 Generic Top-Level Domains

Bill Hartzer

a registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), has added seven new generic top-level domains that will soon be available for new registrations. There will be 13 registrars where you can register a new domain name using any of these 7 new gTLDs. Domain Names

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. Set up web hosting for the domain.


What to Expect When Moving WordPress to New Hosting


I would actually suggest that if you have a self-hosted blog or website that you sign up for a free account with Pingdom. No crash = you’re paying an obscene amount for hosting or you’re not getting enough attention to your launch.

Website Registration And Beyond


The process of launching a successful website begins with the registration of a domain name. It is important to realize that the domain industry is very competitive. Checking Availability of Domains. Each domain name is linked to an owner and hosting company.

Infoseek Trademark and Domain Name to Be Auctioned December 8th

Bill Hartzer

Do you want to own the trademark and domain name of a former search engine? The trademark and domain name of Infoseek , a search engine originally founded in 1994 by Steve Kirsch and the first search engine to sell advertising on a CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions) basis, will be put up for auction on December 8, 2010. The Infoseek trademark and domain name will be part of a brand name auction being held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Google Hosts Low Quality Article Directory with Links They Want Us to Remove

Bill Hartzer

Google is hosting the very articles that contain links that Google is telling us that they want removed. So, how is it that Google is hosting low quality article directories and then actually penalizing websites for having links from a site that they’re hosting?

Twitter Whois Record Hijacked, Syria Electronic Army Claims Responsibility

Bill Hartzer

Take a look at the whois record, as I just got a screen capture from Domain Tools: Domain Name……… Organisation Name… Twitter, Inc. Admin Name……… SEA SEA. Tech Name………… SEA SEA.

Host yourself: Don’t leave your digital space in someone else’s hands


When it comes to running a small business or blogging about your recent travel adventures to Spain, anyone who works online understands the need for speedy and effective Internet hosting service. So, about web hosting services? Web hosting companies provide several features that vary.

How to Manage an Enterprise Hosting Solution

Ari Herzog

I often get a lot of questions about enterprise hosting solutions – and for good reason. Most beginning web masters will understand how to get a domain name. The same domain name that can support five pages on the Internet can support millions of pages. However, hosting depends on the amount of space you need. Where most people get tripped up is actually managing an enterprise hosting solution. Enterprise Hosting Software.

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Would An Online Presence Save Your Business?

Small Business Mavericks

That’s a domain name, hosting, a decent web site and blog thrown in. Small Business Internet Marketing domain names Internet advisers online presenceThere’s been a rather large contraction of the retail sector around the country, in fact, around the world. At the same time, there has been a huge explosion in online buying by consumers.

AOL Security Breach: Emails Accounts Compromised

Bill Hartzer

” If you’re using an email address that is provided by a service, it might be a good time to get your own domain name (the name itself can be as cheap as about $10 per year), and hosting for it would run you $5 a month or higher, depending on the hosting service you use.

Yahoo 12 Caught Hijacking Non-Existent Subdomains

Bill Hartzer has been caught hijacking non-existent subdomains in an effort to send the traffic to domain parking pages–where they make money from the clicks. So, Jonathan explains that he moved his domain names over to while still showing the domain name.

5 Big Hosting Mistakes Bloggers Don’t Know They’re Making


But what a lot of bloggers seem to forget is that our blog hosting setup is an extremely crucial piece in the puzzle. Setting up on a free host instead of your own. Not choosing a host with live support. A screenshot of the live support wait time at Blue Host recently.

Rogue Snapnames Employee Bids on Domain Name Auctions, Drives Up Prices

Bill Hartzer

Snapnames, an aftermarket domain name auction service, has reportedly discovered that a rogue employee set up an account and bid against other bidders. Specific domain name registration policies for employees. Domain Gang has their say as well.

Why Become a Web Hosting Reseller?


Web hosting reselling entails renting a server from another web hosting company and leasing out bandwidth, hard disk space, and processing power to other customers at a lower rate. In turn, you can place ads on the websites of people you host on your private server.

Apple Pay Supplies Coming for Merchants?

Bill Hartzer

Based on several domain names that have been registered by Apple in the past 24 hours, it appears that Apple could soon offer Apple Pay supplies to merchants. Apple registered back on February 3, 2015, but the domain name currently does not resolve.