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08|01|2013 02:00 pm EDT

Huffington Post on the Importance of the URL & Domain Name and Direct Navigation Traffic

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous, Up to the Minute

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In an article that was published by the Huffington Post Canada last week, the founder and CEO of  RIWI Corporation talks about the importance of the browser URL bar and Direct Navigation. RIWI is a data analytics company

Citing a number of different sources, the article concludes that Direct Navigation is a continuous traffic that also helps the connection with the brand and create trust.

Two data points from the article that I hadn’t heard of before:

In 2010, Google was cited (notably in research by Amy Langville of the Mathematics Department of Charleston College) saying that 15 per cent of Web users use the URL bar to reach ads/buying decisions as opposed to hyperlinks. Note: this is not a statistic of the per centage of people who use the URL bar vs. search but rather a per centage of those who simply reach their ad destination via the URL bar as opposed to hitting on an ad hyperlink. Actual use of the URL bar thus has to be higher than 15 per cent if that Google figure is right.

 

Web and tablet access to sites is rising dramatically. Many mobile users prefer direct navigation URL bar search to searching in Google or Bing or other search sites. The reason is this: the URL is bigger and mobile phone displays are rising. Comparing across categories, (study by Marketing Land, 2012), the results are clear:

Travel: 
Direct navigation: 43 per cent
Search engine: 24 per cent
Autos:
Direct navigation: 46 per cent
Search engine: 37 per cent
Restaurants:
Direct navigation: 44 per cent
Search engine: 33 per cent

Read the full article here.

[Hat tip to Sedo]

12|31|2012 06:56 pm EDT

Godaddy Groupon Deal Almost Over

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Update on the Groupon Deal.   Yea we’re going there. . . . one last time because the savings is pretty hard to beat.
The deal has a few more hours left in a few different cities still in the US.  I can also confirm that you can buy these deals from multiple cities.  I’ve bought a few from each city and was able to apply them to my account.  Some people have reported buying from over 50 cities.  That’s huge savings!

These cities were still open for deals as of this writing.

dayton
cleveland
lincoln
omaha
honolulu
las vegas
denver
kalamazoo
tucson
sioux falls
south bend
philadelphia
milwaukee

Replace the link below with the city above and you can buy more than one deal.
If you want to give a little credit to someone, would appreciate it but I have no idea if our affiliate link is working.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/go-daddy-com-december-lincoln?utm_campaign=UserReferral_rp&utm_medium=raf-121015-10r1act-lk&utm_source=uu4998522&z=dealpage

12|28|2012 11:15 pm EDT

Awesome Godaddy Groupon Deal $25 gets you $70 in credit

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Godaddy.com is running a pretty sweet Groupon.com deal.
Buy $70 worth of credits for $25 .  The deal ends Sunday at 12:00 AM

I purchased this deal myself and can tell you it applied a credit to my account. I was able to use it for renewals but the credit showed up in my account upon check out so I’m sure it could be used for any new registrations as well as any other Godaddy product. With the coupon, I renewed 10 names for roughly $2.90 each. Not bad.

A friend told me that he was able to use a .99 domain registration coupon code after he got this credit as well.  So just think about this math.  You buy $70 worth of credit for $25, then over the course of a year you use a .99 coupon each new registration.  You could feasibly end up with 70 new domains for $25 or roughly 25 cents per domain.

Godaddy.com, always has it’s share of cheap domain name registration coupons out there on the web so for you extreme couponers this might not be a reach.  DomainShane posted 3 domain registrations codes for .99 today in fact.  I think this is a first for a domain registrar to run a Groupon deal and my hunch is that it won’t be the last.

My link is an affiliate link (if it’s even working correctly) so if you don’t want to share a little love search for the deal on Groupon or click here if you do.

 

 

11|14|2012 01:10 pm EDT

Facebook’s New Monetization Strategy – Best News for Domain Owners in Years?

by Kevin Ohashi in Categories: Miscellaneous

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This is a guest post by Kevin Ohashi. Kevin is a 10 year veteran of the domain industry. He currently is working his startup, Review Signal, which transforms the opinions people share publicly on social media into a review site for consumers. It currently provides web hosting reviews and will review domain registrars soon.

I was reading Mark Cuban’s thoughts about Facebook trying to get him to pay to reach his fans. It’s an interesting opinion and one I can empathize with. The crux of it is this picture:

Brands have spent millions of dollars getting people to ‘Like’ their brands. Now, Facebook is asking them to pay more to reach the audience they already paid to build. It feels fundamentally unfair because Facebook has changed the rules of the game half way through.

Of course, there is another perspective to consider: the users. They probably don’t want every brand spamming them. There is some ambiguity to the word ‘Like’. Some would argue it’s not a laissez faire situation where brands are free to advertise to every user as much as they want. Facebook’s EdgeRank is supposed to improve the user’s experience by curating what users see in their feed (and it just so happens that more money greases the EdgeRank wheels).

That’s a quick synopsis of the article. Let’s get back on topic.

Why is this important to domainers?

Mark Cuban is advocating for brands to maintain more control over the way they communicate with their audience. He’s promoting Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and MySpace (no joke!). It’s not mentioned in the article, but there is still only one place that the brand still maintains full control: their domain name(s).

I’ve argued in the past that domains are becoming less necessary as brands opt to use social networks for their primary web presence. Facebook has about one sixth of the world’s population as users. It’s easier to manage, easier to share content and easier to reach your audience (assuming you have money to spend).

This is a real kick back from brands. Maybe it’s just one guy. Maybe not. But it should be a good reminder that when you buy into these social networks, you’re potentially making a deal with the devil. They control the rules and you are beholden to them and the changes they decide to make in the future. Your relationship with your fans is moderated by someone else.

In the developer community we worry a lot about building our software on top of someone else’s platform. We’ve seen Twitter take out competitors it didn’t like and restricting their API to control what developers can do. Perhaps it’s reckoning time for brands. Maybe they will experience the risk they’ve put themselves at by investing into social media on platforms they don’t control and that don’t have an established business model.

Let me be clear: I don’t think this will stop brands from using social media. However, it may be the first of many tiny cuts in Facebook’s business model which moderates how it will deal with brands. Some brands may decide to try to control their fans’ experience more and invest in their own domains. At the margin, there may be some increased demand for domain names. Which is good news for domainers and the first good news I’ve seen in a while for the industry. I think the longer term outlook is still fairly grim for most of the industry, but end user demand is the only bright spot in my mind.

10|25|2012 08:48 am EDT

Sedo’s Greatdomains Auction ends today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction, Miscellaneous

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Sedo’s monthly Greatdomains auction ends in about four hours at noon EDT today on October 25th, 2012. See the current bids below. Click here to bid on any of the names.

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05|03|2012 04:58 pm EDT

StartUps.com shutting down Daily Deal site after a Year

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Screenshot of StartUps.com EmailIn an email to its subscribers today, Startups.com Network, Inc. announced that they are  shutting down their daily deal site, StartUps.com after a year. The company states that they “didn’t achieve the ambitious goals we set for ourselves when we launched only 1 year ago. ” While the letter does not state anything about the future of the site, it also mentions that the company is selling Blinklist.com.

Startups.com Network, Inc. is the company behind KillerStartups.com. Serial entrepreneur Matias De Tezanos, who has worked with many premium domain names before, is an investor in the company.

See the full email after the jump.

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05|01|2012 02:26 am EDT

DNN’s most popular articles in April 2012

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous, Up to the Minute

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01|18|2012 05:27 pm EDT

Domain Registrars “Blackout” in Opposition of SOPA and PIPA legislation

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the online protest with sites like Wikipedia, Reddit.com and thousands of other sites going “dark” to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation. Even Google blacked out their logo today in protest.

If you haven’t noticed this maybe you noticed that your favorite registrar also joined in the protest. Domain name registrars such as NameCheap.com, Name.com, Hover.com (and likely some others I’m not aware of) jumped on the protest bandwagon today as well. Name.com blacked out their sites name similar to what Google.com did. Hover.com, whose parent company Tucows shut down their software downloading site for the day, ran a simple header across the top of their site in protest.  Namecheap.com took it the furthest with a complete “overlay” of their home page turning it in to a virtual blackout in protest of the US legislation.

Godaddy.com which had previously been blasted for supporting the bill also did their best to protest their new stance with a pip-squeak banner ad “below the fold/babes” on their homepage. With all the bells and whistle distractions on the Godaddy homepage, I’m sure this caused mass confusion for their customer base :)

Many before me have pointed out the concern with the SOPA and PIPA legislation and why it is dangerous. Hopefully the US legislators begin to hear from the people that are opposed to this and start to change their stance or reconsider the way to fix the problem without creating more problems.

  Here’s a video that explains things

09|11|2011 12:23 pm EDT

Internet Marketer Meets Domain Names Webinar Today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Internet marketer and chiropractor “dk” (as Dr. David Klein is known) networks with all the big names in Internet Marketing. Once a year he holds a thinktank event where many successful business professionals network and exchange ideas. Some domainers have already been there too. In order to promote this years event he’s holding a series of webinars and has invited Adam and myself to join him to bring the world of domainers and marketers together.

The webinar takes place today at 8pm EDT, 5pm PDT – make sure to register now to participate.

To learn more about dk, read this interview by our friends over at MO.com.

Here is how dk announced the webinar to his list today:

Having a premium domain name without good content on it, is like owning a piece of ocean front property and not bothering to build a home on it.

And for those of you who know how to build sites that make money, there are tons of domainers sitting on quality domains, who don’t know where to begin to build them into real sites. They literally would beg you to build out their premium domains into real sites.

Frank Michlick domain consultant and expert, and Adam Strong domain name wizard will be joining dk, who has helped all kinds of sites, including facebook.com to make more money.

We are not selling anything. This is simply part of the ramp up to dk’s thinktank, which takes place next week. It is an invite only event, which takes place on the beach for three days, with top guys from all parts of the internet business world.

Should be a fun ride for domainers, and guys who turn domains into money machines.

Tonight at 5:00 pm PDT, 8pm EDT. Click here to register.

Join us – we’d love to answer your questions there.

08|29|2011 02:53 pm EDT

DNForum Announces 6th NFL Pool with almost $4,000 in Prize Money

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Miscellaneous, Up to the Minute

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Via email from Adam Dicker:

DNForum announces its 2011 NFL pool, this is our 6th year running this pool.

There is almost $4,000 in prize money up for grabs so good luck to everyone.

All you have to do is pick who you think will be the winners in games each week. The one with the most right selections wins.Each week has a first, second and third place prize.

This is a fun way for DNForum to give back to the community that has supported us over the last 10 years, Enjoy and Good Luck!

The pool is FREE to join and FREE to WIN!

More information is available in this thread on DNForum.