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Are Exact Match Domain Names Good or Bad?

What is an Exact Match Domain Name? Exact Match Domain Names are just that–domain names that contain an exact match of a keyword or keyword phrase. So, an instance of an exact match domain name would be “books.com” or “travel.com” or perhaps Keyword1Keyword2.com exactly where “keyword1″ is 1 word and “keyword2″ is an additional keyword. It’s extensively recognized in the Search engine optimization industry that having one of these keyword-rch exact match domain names will astronomically increase the chances the website will show up around the 1st page of the search results for a keyword search that consists of these keywords or keyword phrase. Currently, this “additional ranking benefit” is only valid for .COM domain names that don’t contain hyphens. The only other caveat is the fact that the domain name should really be a live web site on the exact same topic because the keyword. Ideally, the house page should about the subject of the keyword and it should be “optimized” for that keyword phrase. Read more »

Should You Renew Your Domain Name? How to Tell?

How do you know whether or not you should renew your domain name? I personally tend to think that if you’re in doubt, you should renew it. But, there is a better way. Here are fourteen questions to ask yourself to help you decide on whether your should renew your domain name or not.

Domain Names for Auction on Godaddy

I have recently posted 24 internet domain names (most are keyword rich domain names) for sale on Godaddy’s domain name auction service. These domain names are going to go to the highest bidder, with no reserve on them. There are a few pharmacy-related domain names, including DallasPharmacies.com, AirportPharmacies.com, and even AustraliaPharmacies.com. There are a few others, including Tyler-Texas.com (a great geo domain name of a fairly large city in East Texas) as well as a great Search Engine Marketing / Pay Per Click domain name PayPerClickReview.com. There are also a few domain names that have are in the financial industry, as well

Google Quietly Acquired +.com on Domain Name Aftermarket

Google recently quietly made what I would call a “significant” domain name, plus dot com (+.com) (the plus symbol dot com). This is an IDN domain name. The problem is that +.com, aka xn--dra.com is not allowed. It’s an illegal domain name under the current IDNA2008 rules. In fact, pretty soon, that character will not be technially allowed in the .com TLD. This as spawned quite the controversy on how verisign will handle IDNs in the .COM TLD. Read more about what Domain News has to say about this IDN .com domain name.

Google Acquires Illegal Google Plus +.com IDN Domain Name

In an effort to protect their Google+ Plus social network, Google recently acquired +.com. The problem is that +.com, aka xn--dra.com is not allowed. It’s an illegal domain name. IDN characters are not allowed or available in the .com TLD. Google, what were you thinking when you purchased this IDN .com domain name? I hope you did not pay too much for it. I hope Google realizes that +.com most likely cannot be renewed under Verisign rules.

Domainer Buys and Returns Domain Name to Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos

It is not very often that you come across a situation like this. The domain name JeffBezos.com has been sold at a domain name auction and then promptly returned to its rightful owner: Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. I recently interviewed Bob Olea, the guy who bought the JeffBezos.com domain name and returned it to Mr. Bezos in a thoughtful gesture of good faith and good will. Read my exclusive interview of Bob Olea about the Jeff Bezos domain name on my blog.

3M Files Trademark and Anti-Cybersquatting Lawsuit Over Domain Names

3M Corporation has filed a trademark infringement and anti-cybersquatting lawsuit over domain names that appear to be similar or confusingly similar to their trademark. But in this case, it appears as if they’re suing everyone, not just the domain name owners.

Microsoft Moves Synsup Labs Domain Names

In April 2011 I first reported that Microsoft had acquired 47 domain names related to something (a brand or a company) named Synsup Labs. Those domain names had previously been pointed to the Bing.com search results. Now, the total number of domain names related to Synsup Labs that Microsoft owns is an even 50 domain names, and a name server has been set up for each one.

Microsoft Acquires 47 SynsupLabs Domain Names

In an interesting acquisition today by Microsoft, the company acquired 47 domain names and has pointed them to the Bing.com search engine. I usually watch the list of Microsoft domain names and have not seen such a large acquisition of new domain names in a long time. Perhaps this is the indication of a new product, a new service, or upcoming project at Microsoft?

Google Working on Google Deal Advisor Service?

Overall, today Google registered 40 domain names. There are a few domain names that have piqued my interest today, including several domain names that are related to a possible Google deal advisor service, where Google may advise you on the best deals. Of course, this is only speculation on my part.

Chase Bank Mining Whois Data, Ignoring Whois Privacy in Pursuit of Credit Card Customers

Chase Bank is mining domain name whois data in the pursuit of credit card customers. When they encounter whois privacy on a domain name, they are ignoring it and instead sending the credit card offer to the domain name’s web hosting company instead.

Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Buy a Domain Name

The Frager Factor has a interesting blog post today, featuring yours truly, where Owen Frager talks about domain names. It’s all about domain name questions. Before you buy a domain name, it is extremely important to ask yourself five questions. You may think that you can just go out and buy a domain name, but did you know that there are domain name questions that are critical that you ask yourself so that you spend your money wisely?

Popular Domains Suspended Due to Invalid Whois

I just posted a blog post about invalid whois and the problem with people putting false information on their domain name record of ownership. If you are not aware of this, you might be interested in knowing that there is a rule by ICANN that says that you have to have accurate data in your WHOIS record. If you do not have accurate information there, such as an accurate name, address, phone number, and email address, then your domain name can be suspended or given up to someone else. In the case of Nikki Craft, 20 of her domain names were recently suspended due to invalid whois data. The websites did not go down, but the domain names were taken offline due to an invalid email address. In her case, the domain names were suspended for about two weeks until she was finally able to move to them to another registrar. Don’t let this happen to you, you need to make sure that your whois data is accurate and you do not have invalid whois data.

Infoseek Search Engine Trademark Auction December 8th

Want a chance to own the trademark and domain name of Infoseek, a former internet search engine? Here is your chance. The Infoseek trademark and domain name will be part of a trademark and brand name auction being held on December 8, 2010. Learn more about the auction of this former search engine by reading my latest blog post about how you can own the Infoseek trademark and domain name.

Dallas Cowboys Fire Wade Phillips, Screw Up Domain Name Again

Wow, what a day it has been. First, the Dallas Cowboys somehow forgot to renew their internet domain name DallasCowboys.com and now they have fired coach Wade Phillips right in the middle of the football season. The Dallas Cowboys domain name fiasco brings back memories of their other Dallas Cowboys Domain Name incident and how they screwed up that, as well. By the way, I have heard that cowboys.com is back on the market, it is for sale again.