All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Domains’

GoDaddy Launches Domain Investor App

GoDaddy Launches Domain Investor App

GoDaddy announced the launch of a new mobile app for domain investors, aptly called GoDaddy Investor. It’s now available on iOS and Android, and enables investors to watch and bid on domains at auction and stay on top of their current bids. As the company rightly notes, aftermarket domain auctions are highly competitive and time-sensitive, so this app seems like …

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Google Domains Adds Custom Email Addresses, New Domain Endings, Ownership Transfer

Google Domains Adds Custom Email Addresses, New Domain Endings, Ownership Transfer

Last year, Google launched Google Domains on in limited beta before opening it up to everyone in the U.S. in January. This week, Google announced some new features. Websites on Google Domains can now get custom email addresses, choose from over 90 new domain endings, and transfer domain ownership. You can create an email address along the lines of you@yourdomain …

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Alphabet Doesn’t Own Its Obvious Social Media Pages, Domains

Alphabet Doesn’t Own Its Obvious Social Media Pages, Domains

Late Monday afternoon, Google announced a major reorganization, and the establishment of a new parent company called Alphabet. For a more in-depth look at that, check here. Long story short, Larry Page is now the CEO of Alphabet, which now controls Google, Nest, Calico, Fiber, and all the other companies that used to be under “Google”. Sundar Pichai has been …

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Google Gives An Update On How It Handles New gTLDs

Google is letting webmasters know about how it handles new top level domains. The company says that as many new generic TLDs become available, it wants to provide some insight into how they’re handled in Google search as it has seen and heard a lot of misconceptions about the topic. The most important thing to note is that Google will …

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Hillary Clinton Is Getting Domain Trolled Too

Head on over to HillaryClinton.net. Oops – that’s not Hillary. The frontrunning Democratic candidate for President is the latest to fall victim to some domain trolling. Hillary Clinton has HillaryClinton.com on lockdown, but her name dot net redirects to GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina’s campaign page. From BuzzFeed: No one in the press seems to have noticed that Clinton failed to …

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Rick Santorum Still Has a ‘Frothy’ Search Problem

It looks like there’s a good chance that former Senator Rick Santorum is going to jump into the fray. He appeared on Fox News Wednesday to discuss his plans with Greta Van Susteren, which at this point is only an announcement to make an announcement. RickSantorum.com asks you to “save your seat for a special announcement on May 27. The …

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Rand Paul Spent $100,000 to Gain Control of RandPaul.com

Before Rand Paul first announced that he was seeking the Republican nomination for President, his official campaign site was RandPaul2016.com. RandPaul.com was a barebones supporter site. Rand Paul’s campaign team has since acquired the RandPaul.com domain – and it apparently cost him over $100,000. National Journal reports that federal campaign records show that on March 27, Paul’s Senate reelection committee …

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Carly Fiorina Forgot to Register CarlyFiorina.org, and Now She’s Getting Trolled

“Yes, I am running,” said former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina this morning on Good Morning America.” “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world; who’s in it.” Apparently, one of those people in the world is a little upset at Fiorina’s managerial maneuvers. Here’s what you’ll see …

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Significant Marketing Efforts Still Needed For gTLDs

It appears that the both the domain name industry and businesses opting to use new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) may have a great deal of marketing to do to spread awareness about gTLDs. Most consumers are not familiar with the initiative to get sites using over 1,300 new domain options, and at the same time, they don’t like going to …

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Ted Cruz Didn’t Lock Up TedCruz.com, and Now He’s Getting Trolled

Someone is trolling Ted Cruz. Fundraising likely began a while ago but begins in earnest today, as Senator Ted Cruz has announced he’s officially entering the 2016 Presidential race. It might behoove the Senator to use some of that money to gain control of TedCruz.com. Check out TedCruz.com. Here’s all that’s there: It’s unlikely this is the from the official …

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Google May Start Offering .App Domains

One of the hottest generic TLDs up for grabs by some of the Internet’s biggest companies was .App. According to reports, Google has now won that TLD, and is paying a whopping $25 million for it. According to Domain Name Wire, that’s likely a record-breaking price for a TLD, and Google has been battling 12 other companies, including Amazon, for …

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Here’s What Sites Are Doing With Google’s New .HOW Domains

Google announced that Google Registry is now offering .HOW domain names. This is the third domain Google has launched following .みんな (which means “everyone”) in Japanese and .SOY (which means “I am” in Spanish) for U.S. Hispanics. .HOW is aimed at sites looking to show people how to do stuff. The company said in a post on the Google and …

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What You Get With Google Domains (Now Open To All In The U.S.)

Back in June, Google launched Google Domains on an invitation-only basis, effectively making the search giant a domain registrar. Noting that 55% of small businesses still didn’t have a website, Google set out to make it easier for them to get one. At first, Google invited a small number of people to “kick the tires” on the service. It partnered …

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Ebola.com Sold for Over $200K to Russian Weed Company

Ebola.com, a domain which, at this point, can only boast a few Ebola-related articles and a couple of ads, was just sold for over $200,000 in cash and stock. Just last week, a man named Jon Schultz announced that he was prepared to sell Ebola.com for $150,000. He told The Washington Post that he felt the price was more than …

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Google Launches .SOY, Its First U.S. TLD

Google announced the launch of its first US top-level domain – .SOY. The company is targeting a U.S. Hispanic audience, saying the TLD “opens up a new place on the web for everyone to celebrate Hispanic culture – regardless of country of origin or language preference.” Soy means “I am” in Spanish. Google says in a blog post: .SOY is …

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Amazon Buys .Buy Domain for $4.6 Million

In yeah that makes a lot of sense news, Amazon has reportedly purchased the highly-coveted new .buy top level domain, and apparently the company beat out Google in the process. Domain Name Wire reports that Amazon bought the .buy domain for $4,588,888. Other companies in the running in ICANN’s auction were Google and Famous Four Media. Google also lost out …

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Sarah Palin Forgets to Cover All Her Domain Bases

Earlier this week, Vice Presidential runner-up and Facebook celebrity Sarah Palin launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online television channel that will “go beyond the sound bites and the media’s politically correct filter to get to the truth,” according to Palin. The truth will run you $9.95 a month. The site features a video, various blog entries, ‘Sally’s Word of …

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ICANN To Court: ccTLDs Aren’t Property

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) told a U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, that a ccTLD (country code Top-Level Domain ) can’t be considered property. For this reason, it says, it can’t be attached by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, when they’re trying to obtain assets of countries they say have supported terrorism. ICANN General …

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Facebook Connects Mobile App Ads To Pages

Facebook announced that it is aligning mobile app ads to other ad formats by connecting them to Facebook Pages and adding social context, such as indicating when a friend like a Page. It’s also adding like, comment, and share buttons. Facebook’s Calvin Grunewald said in a blog post, “Desktop (canvas) app ads, have always included like, comment, and share buttons, …

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GoDaddy To Try This IPO Thing Again

Set to go public, GoDaddy has filed its S1 with the SEC, proposing an initial public offering of shares of its Class A common stock. Rumors had been heating up earlier this year that the company would move ahead with an iPO, but it’s now official. From the press release: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and …

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Google’s ‘Rules Of Thumb’ For When You Buy A Domain

Google has a new Webmaster Help video out, in which Matt Cutts talks about buying domains that have had trouble with Google in the past, and what to do. Here’s the specific question he addresses: How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to …

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Cutts On How Google Views “Sister Sites”

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google, Matt Cutts takes on the following question: Is there any way Google identifies “sister” websites? For example, relationships between eBay.co.uk and eBay.com? Does linking from one to the other taken as paid or unnatural? And I’m strictly talking about good, genuine ccTLDs for businesses? “It is the case that we try to …

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WordPress.com Now Offers 12 More TLDs

WordPress.com is now offering users twelve new top-level domains. You can now register domains with the following TLDs for new or existing sites: .com.br .net.br .info .biz .mobi .mx .es .nl .be .fm .tv .in WordPress.com now offers a total of seventeen TLD options for those buying domain names. The others are .com, .net, .org, .me, and .co. You can …

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ICANN: Over 175 New gTLDs Delegated So Far

ICANN announced on Monday at ICANN 49 in Singapore that the number of new gTLDs that have been delegated has surpassed 175. The month of March has seen the approval of .NYC, .Cologne, .AXA, .Webcam, .Trade, .Jetzt, .世界 (xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie,” .DNP, .Ink, .机构 (xn--nqv7f) – Chinese for “agencies/institutions,” .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e) – Hindi for “organization/sangathana,” .组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema) – …

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Demand Media Earnings Continue To Suffer Google’s Wrath

Demand Media reported its financial results for Q4 and fiscal 2013 on Tuesday. The company continues to suffer at the hands of Google algorithm changes (it just so happens that this week marks the three-year anniversary of the Panda update). While things seemed to be going better for Demand Media after it navigated around its initial Panda obstacles, somewhere down …

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Google To Well-Established Sites: Don’t Coast On Your Laurels

Google has released some new advice to webmasters of well-established businesses with domains that have been around for a long time. Keep up with the times, or you’ll be left behind. Said advice comes in the form of a “Webmaster Help” video from head of webspam, Matt Cutts. A webmaster asked, “I have been in business for over 14 years …

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Demand Media Further Prepares For Rightside Domain Spin-Off

Demand Media announced that it has filed a Form 10 registration statement with the SEC in preparation for the spin-off of its domain services business, which it recently announced would be called Rightside. “The Form 10 filing marks another key milestone for the planned separation and spin-off in 2014, as we have steadily been making progress in establishing Rightside as …

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Google: Your Various ccTLDs Will Probably Be Fine From The Same IP Address

Ever wondered if Google would mind if you had multiple ccTLD sites hosted from a single IP address? If you’re afraid they might not take kindly to that, you’re in for some good news. It’s not really that big a deal. Google’s Matt Cutts may have just saved you some time and money with this one. He takes on the …

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Webmasters Think Google Has Eased Up On EMD Sites

Back in 2012, Google launched the EMD update, which the company described as a small update, affecting 0.6% of English-US queries to a noticeable degree. It was designed to demote low quality exact match domain sites. We don’t really hear that much about the update anymore, but there were quite a few complaints from webmasters hit by it when it …

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This Small Company Is Battling Amazon For The Next .COM

XYZ.com is bringing the new domain extensions .xyz and .College to the Internet as part of the new gTLD program. It’s also in a battle with Amazon and others to bring .Now to market. Do you expect to get any domains with new gTLDs? Anything in particular you’re leaning toward? Let us know in the comments. The company consists of …

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