Elliot blogs about the 3 letter .com realm.
***FS*** There are only 17,576 3 letters in .com .. This piece probably explains which a have gotten scores of spam sales offers for my three letter and 3 number domains over the past few days.
Google reduces the importance of sub domains in it’s ranking system.
Excerpt: “As eBay and others have aggressively used subdomains to dominate branded AND unbranded search results, and Google has improved their sitelinks technology, any relevancy gain by treating subdomains as a separate site will be going away. Google is going to start treating subdomains like subfolders, and limit the number of results from any site to just two.” http://www.domainnews.com/general/2007120823/google-changing-handling-of-sub-domains/#more-1905
***FS*** Enjoy getting google traffic. Don’t rely on it as the primarily source for traffic for your website/business. The best traffic is the traffic tha Google wants to “buy” and that traffic comes from generic type-in traffic producing domain names.
Microsoft introduces free Live.in email addresses to Indians.
***FS*** I think many more folks would run email on their own proprietary domains (for email) if they understood how to go about it. There is a knowlege gap where getting email or getting a domain is not simple enough for regular folks. Domain values will have their next dramatic leg-up when an intermediary comes along that makes the registration, management and renewal of names and email easier for the average person… and once that application “takes off” in a significant mainstream way. Perhaps a mechanism that allows anyone to get an email on anyone else’s name or pays a fee for each email account to the name-holder.
Josh: Elliot Silver takes some of Jay W’s advice…
.. and thanks him for it. Elliot bought an existing site that google didn’t include in it’s results. By following Jay’s advice, his name was reincluded, now appears as the #1 listing, and he’s getting additional traffic. Even the experts learn something from time-to-time. There’s alot of learning from each other going on in the domain/development realm. http://www.elliotsblog.com/index.php/2007/12/08/thank-you-jay/
More from Elliot: Honesty and integrity critical when doing business in the domain realm. To be fair it’s critical everywhere http://www.elliotsblog.com/index.php/2007/12/08/domain-industry-lesson-1/
Sahar opens his blog wider,
..and hopes to spark discussions and learning in his new area call “Debates”. http://www.conceptualist.com/category/debates/
***FS*** Another great idea from Sahar
79.1 percent of marketers plan to increase their online budgets for 2008.
No surprise here, but good to see nonetheless.
Smart idea that’s in beta. Tells you if a domain is parked or not, and where. Problem is i tried 5 examples. Two worked, and the other 3 said the domain is not parked,.. and it is. It was a bit slow on a couple of the searches. They need to make it more accurate or this service won’t get used.
Music business in Japan sees 1% rise in sales
…industry observers attribute this to mobile music downloads. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/7130596.stm
…Paid subscriptions, no ads. 3 million viewers who pay for web access. 4.5 million who buy the print vrsion. 208 million in revenue and operating margin of 28 million. http://www.news.com/Success-without-ads/2100-1038_3-6222063.html?tag=nefd.top
***FS*** Only 13% margins.. Sounds low for a publishing outfit.
Ad company installs tracking capabilities at the ISP level.
SP’s hold alot of power. With great ower comes great responsibility.. Without great responsibility, comes great regulation. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071209.wsniff1209/BNStory/Technology/home
“The Ultimate Domain Name Guide”
I think it’s from 2006. It’s relevant today.
The headline is over the top. That said, it’s a good overview, especially for people just getting started. The writer, Sebastian Robinson, thinks that the right domain name is critical for your business. Excerpt: “Domain names have become more than just an address on the web. Today they can make or break a business.”
Josh says: I don’t think a domain name can make a business. (Unless your business is buying and selling domains, or parking names that have type in traffic.) But, i agree with the basic sentiment that having the right name / domain name is important, if not very important. The writer is mistaken that the .XXX extension has been granted. http://www.micromart.co.uk/features/article/default.aspx?id=22516