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How Do BlackFriday.com and CyberMonday.com Rank This Year?

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Last year, I wrote an article about BlackFriday.com and CyberMonday.com, two exact match shopping domain names that ranked #1 in Google for their respective keywords at the time of the article. With all of the changes that have gone on in search in the last year, I thought it would be interesting to see how these two websites on EMDs are doing a year later.

A Google search for "Black Friday" shows that the (more…) → Read More


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Playboy’s Smoking Jacket Website May Be Good News for Kevin Ham

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Playboy.com The Smoking JacketAccording to a report in today's New York Post, Playboy is rolling out a website that should be safe for people to view at work or other environments where nudity and sexual content would be inappropriate. The new website will be known as TheSmokingJacket.com, and it intentionally contains no references to Playboy, allowing it to bypass work filters that have "playboy" blocked.

The article cited Theresa Hennessey, spokeswoman for Playboy who said that Playboy's editorial director Jimmy Jellinek "will be pleased if TheSmokingJacket.com receives 1 million unique visitors a month."  Playboy's flagship website, Playboy.com receives around 6 million visitors per month.

The website was aptly named The Smoking Jacket because of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's love for silk smoking jackets. Ironically, the Post's article joked that Playboy chose the name they did because SilkPajamas.com was already registered, but it should be noted that SmokingJacket.com is similarly registered (since 2000) and it appears to be owned by one of Kevin → Read More


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Good News (.com) is Coming Soon, and Millions Will Know About It

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I was typing in a website I frequently visit in the morning, and I accidentally typed in TN.com, a domain name parked at HitFarm and possibly owned by Kevin Ham's company, Reinvent. I've typo'd this before and am familiar with the happy couple that make their home on the TN.com parked page.

Today I was surprised to see a screen takeover on TN.com, encouraging me to sign up for the GoodNews.com newsletter. I checked a few other Reinvent-owned and Hitfarm-parked domain names, and all of those parking pages were similar to TN.com and had the page takeover encouraging the visitor to sign up for the GoodNews.com website.

I visited GoodNews.com, and I see that it's going to be a website offering special deals on Friday via email. The deals are only good when enough people agree to buy them, so it's utilizing the power of group buying.

A promotion like this, which will surely be seen by millions of people, would have cost another company millions of dollars to pull off. Of course, the company will certainly loose PPC revenue → Read More


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See Kevin Ham Speak at the Vancouver Enterprise Forum

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Reinvent Technology's Kevin Ham recently spoke at the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, a series of meetings and events for members of the technology enterprise community in British Columbia, Canada. Internet marketer Adam Killam posted a bunch of videos of Dr. Ham's September 15th address on his You Tube channel.

With Kevin's company having such a huge presence in the domain industry, it's important to listen to what he has to say. Check out Adam Killam's You Tube channel when you have some time. → Read More


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Why I Didn’t Bid on .CM Domains

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The first day of the .CM auctions on Namejet closed yesterday, and the auction cleared $500,000. I was not surprised by this number, but I am surprised about how many people seem to be bidding on .CM domain names. My company did not bid on a single .cm domain auction, despite the perceived need to protect a few of my brands.

There is one overarching reason why I did not bid on the auctions. For the past couple of years, Kevin Ham's company Reinvent Technology has controlled the traffic for .CM domain names via wildcarding after striking a deal with the Cameroonian government. While the domain names were unregistered for the most part, they forwarded to parking pages where visitors could click to other sites, earning money for the company.

With one entity controlling many of the domain names that are now up for auction, it wouldn't make sense for me to bid on them, as the deck would be stacked against me. If a particular domain name generates revenue from significant traffic, I would imagine Kevin's company could bid on it up to → Read More


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