Flights To Safety Have Yet To Include Domains

While clearly an asset class, domains have not become a safe harbor investment just yet, despite growth of the industry. Domains, as an investment class, have yet to garner the same kind of respect as normally seen in traditional safe harbor investments, as evidenced by the recent upswing in precious metals prices. Investors are running to gold and silver, particularly, and there are even flights to energy commodities, as fears of oil shortages in the…

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Hard Lessons In SEO Manipulation

Black Hat Tricks Lead J.C. Penney To Search Obscurity Here is an SEO story that is worth keeping alive, because so many of our clients wonder about our “SEO Capability” when we first bring them on board as website design clients. First I refer them to the notion that stable, gradual increases in rankings have more long-term value than the kind of short-term “tricks” used by many alleged “experts” in the field. The next thing…

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How Demand Media Could Ultimately Fail

Low Pay For Poor Content Does Not Make For Relevancy I have been going through the new-writer resources at Demand Media, and I have to say, they have a variety of good resources to help an aspiring writer emerge as a true author, journalist or publisher. With the IPO a few weeks ago, one must wonder whether Demand Media will be able to meet a long-term obligation to provide relevant content. Here is what I…

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Big Brother Rears Ugly Head In Gamesmanship Called “Protect Consumer Privacy”

New Bill Could Prevent Marketers from Collecting Your Information, But Leaves Government Wide Open To Know Everything About You Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has introduced a new piece of legislation that ostensibly aims to protect users’ privacy rights online. It would do so by preventing companies like yours and mine from collecting even the most basic information about users without giving them the option of opting out of the data-collection process. Rep. Speier is shown…

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Defensive Domain Registrations And Trademark Cry Babies

UDRP Reform Is Underway, And Trademark Holders Will Endeavor To Rob You Deaf, Dumb and Blind! It amazing me how people who own trademarks do not take the time to register domains associated with the trademark. Even if the trademark is a long-tail domain name, why not spend the extra $10 or $20 to register the domain name. After all, the trademark holder just shelled out, at minimum, $275 for the damned trademark application process,…

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How The Internet Just Changed History, Again!

Twitter, Facebook, Social Media and “Satellite Television” combine to bring ouster of Hosni Mubarak It’s only been a short while since it was announced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would, paraphrasing here, “give up his rights” to the presidency. This story is developing rapidly, and at the time of this writing, not even U.S. President Obama had been able to go on the air with a response. But there is no doubt about how this entire…

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Facebook Capitalization Could Mean Leak of Facebook Financials

NY Times Reports $500-Million Investment In FB By Goldman Sachs and Private Russian Investor Facebook.com has reportedly received a massive infusion of capital, according to the New York Times today, in a $500-million investment from Goldman Sachs and a private Russian investor. No word about whether the investor is also vested in Facebook’s Russian counterpart,VKontake.ru. The deal puts the value of Facebook at $50-billion. The size of the investment will likely mean the people at…

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Dead Wrong: Our 2010 Prediction That Fell Flat

Facebook May Be A Phenomenon, But Google Still Has Far Greater Traffic With the New Year cheer comes the new year pie: humble pie. We were dead wrong about Facebook overtaking Google, in terms of overall, regular traffic. Our post on February 4, 2010, which you can┬áREAD HERE, was bold, considering Google has pretty much had a lock on traffic for years. They continue to innovate in ways that keep traffic coming, too; although, their…

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Lunar Eclipse On Solstice!

Totally Unrelated to Anything Web, And Yet … The first total lunar eclipse to happen on a Solstice, in the age of the Internet, is about six minutes past peak totality. However, we must admit the totality will last for a quite a while longer. I feel sorry for our friends in Europe and South America and Africa, who got to taste the eclipse just before the sunrise in their part of the Earth. For…

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Domains Versus Websites

Does The End User Understand Domain Investing Versus Website Design? Getting people to understand how the Internet works has been a tricky thing, and getting to understand it, myself, has been tricky. Be mindful of the fact I’ve been maintaining and building websites since 2000. In that regard, I’m a bit of a late bloomer, hardly a pioneer. But I’m not a newbie, either. Understanding what a domain really is, understanding its value, is where…

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