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Will There Be Trust Issues Without URLs Showing in Google Mobile?

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There have been quite a few reports about Google removing the domain name from search results in some Google searches. I performed one important search from my iPhone, and here’s what I currently see:

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I did some research about this major change, and I found more information in a detailed blog post on Google’s Webmaster Central blog. According to the blog post, Google is “updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format.”

Based on what I’ve seen, it appears that I am not seeing the fully rolled out results, unless Google still prefers to refer to my website as www.domaininvesting.com. The second result for the “domain investing” search I performed is an article found on Forbes.com. As you can see from the above screenshot, Google is showing that result as “Forbes” rather than Forbes.com.

I understand why this might be helpful for well-known brands such as Forbes. Most people recognize the Forbes branding without needing to know it is Forbes.com. The same probably goes for Wikipedia, Google, Target, and countless other well known brands.

I have two issues that deal with trust that are caused by this change: → Read More


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GoDaddy Teams Up With MIT

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I have visited the Go Daddy and Afternic office in Cambridge, Massachusetts two times. One of the things I noticed when driving to the office was the close proximity to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. MIT is one of the leading engineering schools in the world, and it produces some talented graduates. The GoDaddy office is a stone’s throw away from MIT.

Perhaps a result of the closeness, GoDaddy and MIT have established a collaboration. In an article in the Phoenix Business Journal yesterday, it was announced that “GoDaddy Inc. and MIT Media Lab have announced a collaboration to explore and develop emerging technologies to help small businesses achieve success.” The article further stated that GoDaddy and “the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab will dedicate teams to research a range of projects on topics such as big data, user interface design, collaboration technologies and social research.”

I think this is a → Read More


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Weekly Domain Brokerage Listings – 4/15

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The weekly domain broker submitted listings are below. Submissions this week came from Media Options, Breathe Luxury, Domain Holdings, Igloo.com, and Sedo. Contact the broker directly if you would like to buy a domain name that is listed for sale.

Readers are welcome to submit one of their own domain names for sale. The domain name must have a price and must have contact information. Please do not post anything more than the name, price and contact info or the comment will be deleted. I ask others not to comment on listings.

Always do your due diligence before buying a domain name. You should also use an escrow service to transact securely. I do not review sale listings or confirm / verify ownership or other information, so buyers and sellers beware.

This post will be listed on Domaining.com for additional exposure to people who submit their domain names for sale.

This week’s domain names for sale offered by domain brokers: → Read More


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Why Network Solutions Showed a $10k Price for an Unregistered Domain Name

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Sam Biddle, a Senior Writer at Gawker Media, posted this tweet about Network Solutions showing a price of $10,000 for the unregistered SamBiddle.com. Biddle opted to register the domain name at Hover for $13 instead of paying the exorbitant price listed at Network Solutions.

After seeing the tweet, I tried to replicate the registration process at Network Solutions. I was unable to find another unregistered domain name with a premium asking price. I dug in a bit further, and I believe I found → Read More


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7 Figure Denver.com Purchase: “It’s Paid Off”

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Deborah Kearns of RIS Media published an article about Peter Niederman and his Kentwood Real Estate brokerage. As you may recall, Kentwood Real Estate acquired Denver.com in 2012 for an undisclosed seven figure purchase price. The domain name was sold by Boulevards, a company that owns many large city .com domain names.

Judging by Peter’s comments in the RIS Media article, it seems that things are going well for Kentwood and Denver.com. In the article, Peter recalled that some people thought he was “crazy” for spending seven figures on the domain name, but the purchase has “paid off” for him and his company.

I reached out to Peter to ask about the article, and he let me know → Read More


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.Sucks is Great for Awareness

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I understand why trademark holders and their trade organization are upset about .Sucks domain names. Personally, I think the concern is a bit overstated considering people can easily register CompanySucks.info, Company-Sucks.com or CompanyIsHorrible.com without the need for a .Sucks domain name, and they can do that right now.

Long after knowing about .Sucks, ICANN recently asked the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to review .Sucks and have a look to see if there are any legal issues. This move brought a considerable amount of attention to the .Sucks registry

I think this .Sucks controversy is great for helping to bring awareness to the new gTLD registries. It does not cast domain investors and people in the domain space in a positive light, but it is certainly an issue that is being discussed quite a bit.

Over the weekend, I spent some time with friends at a couple of parties. Two → Read More


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