I haven’t been shy about commenting on the total control Google has over the web. They aren’t really the search utility they were at one point, but more of an independent app trying to control everything for everyone… to the detriment of creativity and individual websites.
Google has added to Chrome a ScrollToTextFragment feature that allows deep linking.
And oh by the way, you don’t have any ability to turn it off. Thomas Claburn writes in TheRegister:
The feature rollout serves to illustrate that the consensus-based web standards process doesn’t do much to constrain the technology Google deploys. Source
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California now Home To Increasing Numbers of Lawsuits about Accessibility.
Is your public facing website compliant for the blind and disabled?
On a recent trip to LA promoting .LA a business owner friend told me about what he called, “The Attorney Retirement Fund Act”. If your in California you have probably received a letter about your website, and if its compliant with screen reader technology for the blind, and other accessibility issues.
If your in the regulated group, any customer who can’t access and use your site, and all technologies within, can bring an action. Even if your not, knowing … Read the rest
One of our sponsors Toweb keeps an eye out for the news in cctlds. I use them for registrations in countries that have residency requirements and/or manual processes. I’ll review some cctld topics and .GG in todays post. Btw, I think the “cc” will soon be dropped and we may call all domains just TLD’s or Domains.
What are cctlds? These are the 2 Letter combinations used to identify local domain names for countries globally. They are usually owned and managed by the country, operate separate from ICANN from an authority point of view; but are inside the internet community … Read the rest
For Domainers, every day could be Christmas when a $20-$100 expired name auction asset sells for $3-5k. For Domainers every day could be Singles Day, or Hanukkah, or New Years Day, or Boxing Day because we mostly have to wait for offers to come in, quote a price and collect the cash. Every day is a holiday. The work we do in Domaining, especially at the under $500 end is searching, and finding,.. and thats fun and enjoyable also.
On DN.BIZ, We highlight regular monthly deals, like the recently ended Name.com sale. And many registers run specials all year long … Read the rest
Finally some push back on Google and their search engine manipulations. The Wall Street Journal reports on their investigation of Google today.
The upshot. from the article relating to the “image” of google as helping us all with and non-biased independent search of the internet.
“That message often clashes with what happens behind the scenes. Over time, Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results, including through blacklisting websites, pushing its preferred results and editing autofill responses, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.”
See more here. WSJ is trying a payment wall, you may not be able to … Read the rest
Why are Domain Names Important?
The only connection for your content that you truly own and control is on your domain name. And, it works for everyone globally. All your content on search engines, social networks or apps and free email is shared – owned by others – under terms and conditions you may never understand. Its important to own a domain name to hold your digital content.
So why do I constantly talk about these special assets called domain names?
Because as the most recognized part of a URL, or Universal Resource Locator, your domain name gives you the … Read the rest
The most well known top level domains, .com and .net and .org have made up an outside percentage of domain resales, and attention in the domain space. The “new” top level domains (nGTLDS) continue to come online and draw attention; and grow and shrink; launch and fail. There is another category of top level domains we cover at DN.BIZ, Country Code Top Level Domains (cctlds).
Making up 45% of total domain name registrations in the latest Verisign Quarterly report, cctlds might deserve a place on your holdings as a company or investor. Many of the global players in the … Read the rest
Efty recently upgraded to a Zapier integration which seems to help using other apps. I am not much of a stay up all night reading the self-service manual on the other apps but the google drive use Morgan Linton highlighted sounds simple. I used to use the trafficZ download inquiries to csv feature years ago and it helped to organize and follow-up.
So thanks Efty, downloading leads to google drive.. might be helpful or sort out fake or foreign spam type contacts. Unless I need to play poker or other distractions.
But the inquiries are good for my self-esteem. So … Read the rest
The latest acronym from the B2B, B2C line is now Direct to Consumer, or Direct to Customer (D2C). Its everything in the startup world with millennials.
To compare it with dating, assume your going on a date with your customer. Keep it between the two of you, Threes a Crowd.
You need to connect with your customers directly? To advertise, To deliver. To build a relationship. Your goal with your website strategy should be; Can you build the systems to attract, engage and deliver your own value proposition to clients and customers? And can you do it alone?
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So right off, lets be clear, I am biased. I sell and write about premium domains. But I think a reasonable guideline is needed. I think operators and investors of internet or e-commerce businesses should spend up to 10% of one years sales, or if a startup at least 10% of your friends and family round, on a good domain name.
Why? Because you save so much money operating a online business, but now where will you spend the savings? If you apply the same saving money emphasis to your image, brand, internet address and first impression – you hamstring … Read the rest