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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. Rather than displaying a URL in the search results or a domain name, Google has begun to display a website name or a website name and a breadcrumb of the website’s page. The Domain Name System. Spammers.

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. They’re not all the same length, and I am not sure what exactly these domains mean.

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. Well, if you are in this situation, and you need to protect your trademark(s), especially if a rogue website is using your trademark on their website, first I would go ahead and look up the whois data for the domain name. DOMAIN NAME PROXY SERVICE, INC. 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 will be available at many registrars, including GoDaddy,,, and 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. Registration fees alone for domain names would be at least $15,000. Domain Name

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

Custom Short URLs for Google+ At Last!

Janet Fouts

Tired of explaining why you have a long string of numbers as the URL for your Google+ page? Then you’ll be as excited as I am to hear Google+ is finally rolling out custom URLs for both personal profiles and pages. The next time you log in you’ll notice a bar across the top of your browser with their suggested new name. Other options. to create a shortcut like this.

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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. When I’m talking about whois from a search engine optimization perspective, I’m talking about who owns your domain name. The older the better.

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. You can follow their domains by looking to see which domains are indexed.

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Facebook Page – get your own Facebook URL name

Laurel Papworth

You can also add URL names for Applications, not just Pages. Make sure you spell your brand name correctly. KyleMinogue has 200,000+ fans but her name is spelt KYLIE Minogue. You must have at least 100 fans, I believe, to score your own URL. Facebook Page – get your own Facebook URL name is a post from: Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy.

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Even Huge Institutions Can’t Move Their Sites Properly to a New gTLD

Bill Hartzer

As you may already know, I am an advocate of the New gTLD domain names. Whenever possible, I recommend moving away from a.COM domain name to a New gTLD domain name if that new domain you’re moving to is “better” Meaning that if you can get a keyword-rich domain (with the keyword in the ending), that ultimately will be the better choice for your site.

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Search Engine Optimization Tip: Include Keywords in URLs

Bill Hartzer

They should also be found in your URLs. Here is what Matt Cutts says about Keywords in URLs: Your domain name is a big place to start. If you aren’t at that point yet, you want to make sure you get a domain name that has powerful keywords in it. By doing so, you will quickly start to see many opportunities you have to put keywords into that domain name.

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Microsoft to Launch Microsoft Sway

Bill Hartzer

But based on the number of domain names that have been purchased recently by Microsoft and their private acquisition of the domain name leads me to believe that Sway is launching soon. Jamie Zoch, from Dot Weekly reports that Microsoft “used the domain buying service Brand Certified and has acquired the domain name

Apparently There Will Be No More Mobile Innovating At Microsoft

Bill Hartzer

Well, at least that’s the impression you get if you look at the domain names that Microsoft did not renew. Microsoft, obviously on purpose, has chosen not to renew this group of domain names, as they will soon be available for anyone to register: Domain names in domains can now be registered. Domain Names

Google Plus Recognizes new gTLDs as Links in Posts

Bill Hartzer

If you were to include the URL of a new website that you just put up on a new gTLD, then would Google Plus include that URL in the post and change it so it’s a clickable link? Well, I made a post with a list of URLs of 14 of the new gTLDs that are now available to the public for registration, and I am happy to report that Google Plus actually recognizes them.

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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).


Microsoft Buys Domains with Hyphens, Skips Domains without Hyphens

Bill Hartzer

Well, by now you probably know about how I feel about domains with hyphens in them. If you don’t, then you may want to read my post about a test that was done regarding domain names with hyphens. That certainly opened up my eyes, and now I prefer domains without hyphens in them. Just recently, Microsoft registered these two domain names. Domain Name

Facebook Recognizes New gTLDs in Facebook Posts

Bill Hartzer

If you were to include the URL of a new website that you just put up on a new gTLD, then would Facebook include that URL in the post and change it so it’s a clickable link? Not only that, Facebook will see that you’ve included a URL in your post and will automatically visit it and attempt to grab an image from the site and post it as a thumbnail and a link.

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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. And they’ve been buying these nonsensical domain names and setting up web hosting for at least 6 months now. Registrar URL:

Facebook Acquired

Bill Hartzer

It appears that Facebook has recently acquired the domain name. Checking the name servers and the whois data for, there was a recent change to the name servers: from to, and the registrant is now Facebook. And as of today, the domain name now is associated with Facebook. Domain Names

Twitter Not Recognizing New gTLDs in Tweets

Bill Hartzer

The first one was obviously mine, and Twitter is NOT converting those perfectly legitimate URLs into links. But, on the other hand, URL that includes a dot gov or a dot com URL is automatically made into a clickable link. Notice how the URLs are [link] that I bought today, and [link] which resolves to a website. Twitter doesn’t change those URLs into links.

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Did Microsoft Just Buy, a Typo Domain of Verizon?

Bill Hartzer

Did Microsoft just register a domain name that is a typo (a typo domain) of Verizon? I know this might be a stretch, but I am really curious about one of the domain names that was just registered, and was set up on Microsoft’s name servers: Well, most likely it was NOT Microsoft that registered this domain name.


Mozilla Media: Answer to Google’s Chromecast Device?

Bill Hartzer

Mozilla Media domain names were just registered by Mozilla. Here is the whois record, and it’s registered through Mark Monitor: Domain Name: Registry Domain ID: Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: [link]. Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited. Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is Now Called Globe Life Park in Arlington

Bill Hartzer

The Texas Rangers baseball team has reached a naming-rights deal for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Back in 2004, the Texas Rangers sold the naming rights to a company called Ameriquest Mortgage Co. Globe Life Stadium,, was registered on January 28, 2014, on Godaddy: Domain Name: GLOBELIFESTADIUM.COM. Registrar URL: [link]. Domain Names


How Not to Spam Your Customers

Engaging Brand

Relevant domain names are also highly important. Too many keywords in a URL is another form of keyword stuffing and is immediately apparent to visitors. A URL such as can sound kind of like used car salesman talk, and it will tip off visitors that you are desperate for traffic. Contrariwise, is a legitimate-sounding domain name that is great for a resource site geared toward helping students choose an online school. Here is her take on how NOT to spam customers. Yet there are also spam Web sites.


5 Online Marketing Terms You Should Know

Small Business Mavericks

That said, here are five Internet marketing terms every small business owner should know: Domain Name – I still talk to people who don’t have a clue about what a domain name is. If you look in your Web browser, at the top of the browser where the website address is, that’s the domain name. HTTP:// is the domain name of this website. Small Business Internet Marketing blog domain name e-mail marketing keywords online marketing Social Media website address

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. Registrar URL:[link].

15 Common Social Media Questions & Answers

Sprout Social

Inevitably, someone will tag your Twitter name on Instagram or your Instagram name on Twitter and you’ll miss opportunities for engagement. Today it’s not only domain names that matter; usernames are just as, if not more, valuable in terms of digital real estate. And it’s okay if your social media usernames are slightly different than your URL.

4 Steps to Segment Social Media Traffic in Google Analytics


“Direct Traffic&# is visits from people who clicked a bookmark to come to your site or who typed your site URL directly into their browser. Instead of using the domain names or URLs of the most popular social sites (e.g. Step 3: Test and name your segment. In this case, there were 72 visits from sources that include “twitter&# in their URL.

Google Change of Address Tool Still Broken After 3 Months

Bill Hartzer

Granted, in many cases where the site’s webmaster has set up a redirect from the site’s real home page to an internal URL on the site, they don’t know how to change the default home page on the server. For example, in the screen shot above I’m redirecting one domain name to a new gTLD domain name, and that site uses MediaWiki as its CMS.

How To: Make Your Links Do Follow Links in Google Plus

Bill Hartzer

You’ll notice in the screen capture above that the link to Ruud Hein’s profile and the URL is highlighted in red. They tend to just copy and paste a URL in the Google Plus post field in order to share it. Instead of copying and pasting the URL, you need to click on the “add link” icon and actually paste the URL into the field provided.

Spring Cleaning For Your Blog – How A Little Work Can Drive Search Engine And Social Media Traffic

SocMed Sean

If you have changed your permalink structure or your domain name, you might even have some old links out there that need fixing because they point to the old URLs.If you need a good tool to redirect user from an out-of-date URL to a new one, check out the Redirection plugin for WordPress. "Spring" via promanex on Flickr under creative commons license. Ahhhh Spring!

Which is the Best Permalink Structure For Your Blog?


This article will surely help those who have been struggling to choose the right URL structure, as I’ll discuss the best options for you and your site. Permalinks, or permanent links, are URLs to individual pages and posts, as well as category and tag archives on your website. WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives.

Google Continuing to Allow Alternative Characters in Title Tags

Bill Hartzer

– usage of https and a long URL to hide the URL in the SERPs. – usage of new gTLD domain names for search engine spam. That last one is interesting–why so much interest in using a new gTLD domain for search engine spam if Google wasn’t giving new gTLD domains any weight in the algorithm? – turning off the Google cache.

Don’t Pay for Search Engine Submission

Bill Hartzer

I just received one recently, and it is actually a notice that would appear that you might be paying for domain name registration. Our services provide submission and search engine ranking for domain owners. This offer for submission services is not required to renew your domain registration. The search engines crawl the web, trying to find all sorts of URLs that they can find. In fact, just registering a new domain name most likely will get your domain name/site crawled by the search engines. Google says that it is free.

Google’s Change of Address Tool is Broken

Bill Hartzer

I’ve used Google’s Change of Address tool plenty of times, and I can honestly tell you that I’m considered one of SEO’s premier experts on site migrations (from one URL to another). I’ve helped plenty of businesses moved from a.COM domain to a New gTLD domain name with no issues. It generally works for most website owners as it should.

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

Have a Unique Domain Name To Create a Brand. It is advisable to have unique, undefined domain names for websites, as observed in case of big brands like Quicksprout and Backlinko. Stick To Either www or non-www Domain. Thus, it is important that you create a xml sitemap and submit its URL to your Google Search Console. The structure of a URL matters.

Google’s Own Mobile Results Ranking in Google

Bill Hartzer

Take a look: The search query for “Laureate Education Sues Domain Name Proxy Service” (without quotes) shows my article, then a tweet about the article, and then Google’s own mobile search results from Google Plus. Looking at the actual URL that’s ranking, I see the following from the URL: (their mobile version showing up on desktop).

Two New gTLD Domains Show Up in Alexa What’s Hot

Bill Hartzer

One of the things that I monitor on a regular basis is the Alexa What’s Hot (on the web), formerly called the Alexa Hot URLs. So, when I looked at the list of top 20 URLs on the web in terms of traffic, I was surprised to see two new gTLD domain names there on the list. Essentially there is one particular URL (a redirect) that Alexa is monitoring.

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Google Index: 6 Ways to Get Your New Website Added Fast


In general, we cannot make predictions or guarantees about when or if your URLs will be crawled or indexed.”. Google states that they will crawl the URL using this method usually within a day, however, I’ve seen web pages and blog posts show up in the SERPs in less than 5 minutes of using this tool.”. Select the domain name you want crawled. Google indexing factors.