Enduring and Fleeting Business Models Amid The Facebook Revolution

Wall posts do not necessarily make for sound policy, but there is potential for some business benefit, if only a little. This is a bit long, as blog posts go, but it was a necessary response to the vital stimulus provided by the Domain King, Rick Schwartz. His blog entry of May 11, 2011,┬áThe Birdie in the Domain Mines: Singing or Dying?, is an excellent study in business fundamentals. My compulsion to respond was, for…

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Saving America’s Economy, One Domain At A Time

Consumer Spending Shifts to Online In The Wake of Higher Gas Prices and Long Winter MasterCard has released a report this morning that shows consumer spending has slowed as a result of a late Easter this Spring, coupled with a lingering Winter and a recent spike in gas prices. What is interesting about the report, detailed in the Associated Press, is that it shows consumers shifted some of their discretionary spending rather than eliminate it,…

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Domains, Gold, Farm Land or Oxygen: Which Is The Best Investment Going Forward

As the Dollar becomes less valuable, where will you put your hard-earned assets to work? A lesson in macro economics hardly seems congruous with a website development and domain development blog, but bear with me; the information herein is quite important. CNBC, which is my favorite business news channel, landed a protracted interview with Warren Buffet this morning, and the information gleaned from that interview will have me thinking for weeks and years to come,…

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Trademarks, Cybersquats and UDRP, OH MY!

When will aftermarket people get clue? Or is that asking too much? The email came through in the same fashion, and its arrival was announced in the same way, a submarine-type ping that is part of the Mac’s standard array of sounds. I like that sound. I can almost feel Sean Connery standing in the room. The receipt of the automated email was fairly mundane, but the content therein prompted the writing of this blog….

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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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