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The Private Domain Registration & Google Dilemma

The Search Engine Roundtable scoop has drawn our attention towards the fix situation that is faced by the majority of online marketers regarding the registration process of their domain names.

ICANN Domain Names Attacked

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says that it has been the recent target of online attacks.

ICANN is the organization that regulates the use of domain names. The organization says the domain names icann.com and iana.com were briefly taken over allowing the hackers to direct those Web sites to other locations.

GoDaddy Auction VP Gets Slashdot Treatment
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There’s nothing improper about the VP of aftermarket domain auctions bidding up domain prices, says GoDaddy, but they’ve banned employees from participating in the future anyway, just to make everybody happy.

And likely, to make the all the dirty looks go away.

What looked like an idle comment in NamePros.com’s domain forum stirred up the hornets nest a bit. The comment from a senior forum member going by Stevie read this way:

Domain sales get cheesy in France

Some of the domains available for an upcoming auction during the EuroDNS Domainer Meeting in Paris include a selection of cheese-related dot-coms, and a couple of other intriguing domains.

Narnia Estate Chronicles Lawsuit Over Domain
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CS Lewis’ estate is furious over the registration of narnia.mobi by an individual in Scotland and wants the domain reassigned.

Hong Kong Sites Called Riskiest

When it comes to dangerous domains Hong Kong is the leader according to a new report from McAfee, "Mapping the Mal Web Revisited."

The report found that 19.2 percent of all Web sites ending in the .hk domain pose some kind of security threat to Internet users. China (.cn) took the second spot with 11 percent.

Price Increase for .org Domains
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This year brings bad news for .org domain owners. Public Internet Registry (PIR), the company that operates the .org domains, is raising its rates by 10% or $.60.

Is Harmony.com Worth $5 Million?
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Shortly after Fund.com raked in $10 million, reportedly a record-breaker for a straight domain price, Jay Westerdal, the 30-year-old CEO of Name Intelligence, Inc., put up Harmony.com at the starting bid of $5 million, a sale that went live officially today.

Is Google Driving Down the Value of Domain Names?

Robin Cannon in Search Engine Journal asks the somewhat puzzling question, ‘Is Google Trumping The URL?‘ Apparently more and more people use Google to find websites than type in the URL in the address bar of their browser. As he says:

The Return of Google’s WHOIS Feature
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Google had launched an application in January 2004 called WHOIS, that was later withdrawn. However, now according to Matt Cutts, the WHOIS feature has been released again.

By entering a simplistic web address such as whois google.com, a user would be able to know the creation and the expiration date of the domain.

Advertising To The Non-Web-Savvy Population

Now suppose you wanted to buy your special someone a nice diamond ring. You’d probably type "diamond ring" into Google, right? So would I. But what would your not-so-savvy dad do? Is it possible that he’d type "nicediamondring.com" into the address bar of his browser? Read on to find out how you can advertise to folks like your dad.

Domain Frontrunning: A Ghost In The Machine
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The domain frontrunning issue isn’t exactly an open-and-shut case. In fact, it’s more like an X-Files case. ICANN can’t find evidence the practice really exists, and the one entity who says he has proof won’t provide that proof.

It’s not like enacting policies against ghosts, exactly. You don’t need proof of the existence of frontrunning to enact a policy against it. But in this case, proof might have helped Network Solutions not look so bad.

Network Solutions Backs Down, A Little
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After a fiery uproar, Network Solutions (NetSol) is backing down some from the recently instituted practice of automatically registering domains customers search for on the company’s site. If available, NetSol would hold the domain for four days and sell it for $34.99.

Network Solutions Charging For Protection
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Controversy is brewing about domain registrar company Network Solutions’ newly instituted practice of automatically registering domain names users search for and then jacking up the price during ICANN’s return grace period.

Critics call it "extortion," but Network Solutions calls it a service to protect customers from the practice of "front running." The extra charge is, assumedly, the protection fee — you know, just like the one the mob offers.

Domains & Branding
In the past any large company could use subdomains as an effective reputation management strategy.

PubCon – Effective Domaining Strategies
Today’s domain picture is multifaceted and complex. This session will look at effective processes and strategies for successful domain buying today.

Google Shuffles Lots Of Domains

The DNS admins had plenty to do at Google this week, with a lot of domain names being moved to Google’s servers.

Google Picks Up GTaxes, More Domains

Gary has a long list of domain names transferred to Google name servers in the last week, and there are some interesting ones. The most thought-provoking domains:

Study Looks at Mistyped Domains & Typosquatters

A new study by a major internet security company is taking aim at typosquatting, the practice of buying a misspelled domain name in the hopes that someone will mistype the name and land on that site.

If someone then clicks on an text ad on the site the domain owner and the parking company will make money.

While the internet security company is trying to point out the problem of typosquatting, a problem that I do not necessarily agree with, they seem to be implying that the domain parking companies are part of the problem.

Compete: Biggest Gaining Sites Share Content

In analytics firm Compete’s measurement of the top 50 domains by unique visitors in September, five of the ten top gainers involve some type of content sharing.

Yee-hah! Dallas Cowboys Clueless On Domains
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Poor Jerry Jones, first his ‘Boys get curb-stomped by the Patriots, then it turns out the attorney representing them at a domain name auction has no idea about the starting or ending price.

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