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How to Add Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:23

Just about every website uses Google Analytics to track visitors. It’s important for improving your website by analyzing site visitor behavior.

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For those that are not sure what Google Analytics is, or how to monitor site behavior, have no fear. I am here to detail all of this for you.

As an added bonus, I am going to show you how to add Google Analytics to your WordPress website so you can get in on the action and start making your website better from the ground up.

What is Google Analytics and Why Should You Care?

Google Analytics is a free website tracking service designed to give you statistics about website traffic, conversions, user behavior, and more.

For instance, here are some of the things Google Analytics tracks:

  • Pageviews. The number of individual pages any site visitor clicks on during their session.
  • Sessions. The number of unique site visitors that come to your website.
  • Session Duration and Pages Per Session. How long a site visitor stays on your website before leaving and how many web pages they visited during their session.
  • Traffic Source. The origin of your site visitors – organic search (SEO), paid search, social media, referrals (aka backlinks), and direct traffic.
  • Goals or Conversions. How many site visitors complete a specific action on your website (e.g. how many people subscribed to your newsletter).
  • Bounce Rate. How many site visitors come to one webpage on your website and immediately leave.

In addition, Google Analytics incorporates into their service an intuitive dashboard, complete with all of your site’s metrics, segmentation capabilities for analyzing groups, custom reports for managing specific metrics, email-based sharing and communication ability, and integration with other Google products like AdWords.

Why You Should Use Google Analytics

Google Analytics serves as a useful digital marketing tool for monitoring how effective your online marketing strategies are, what type of content your target audience is drawn to, what pages may be affecting your site’s bounce rates, how your website is performing, and what the overall user experience is like for site visitors.

In short, Google Analytics measures:

  • Who. Who visits your website, where are they located geographically, and what are the general demographics?
  • What. Once on your website, what do site visitors do, how long do they stay, and when do they leave?
  • Where. Where are the majority of your site visitors coming from? Google search results, Google paid ads, social media networks, other websites, and direct visits are the top places.
  • When. When are site visitors most likely to visit your website in terms of days of the week, times of day, etc.
  • Why. Find out why site visitors bounce when they do. Or, why your email list not converting? Lastly, why are people not interacting with your webpages?

By answering these key questions, you can dramatically increase your chances of growth and success.

Adding Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website Step1: Sign Up With Google Analytics

The first step in adding Google Analytics to your WordPress website is to get a Google Analytics account.

To do this, visit the Google Analytics sign up page. If you already have a Google Account, simply sign in. If you don’t, you will have to create an account to continue.

Step 2: Set Up Google Analytics

After you have a Google Account, simply login. You will then see a screen promoting you to sign up for Google Analytics. Follow the steps by first clicking on Sign up.

On the next screen, you will have the choice of what to track.  Be sure to click on Website.

From there, enter your account information – Account Name, Website Name, Website URL, Industry Category, Country, and Time Zone.

Next, simply scroll to the bottom and select Get Tracking ID. Agree to the Google Analytics Terms of Service to continue.

Step 3: Get the Tracking ID

After accepting the terms of service, you will see a screen that has your Google Analytics tracking code.

This is the code you will copy and paste into your WordPress website, depending on the method you choose to use.

Step 4: Add Google Analytics to Your Website

Now that you have your Google Analytics Tracking ID ready, it is time to add Google Analytics to your website.

Though there are many different ways of doing this, I am going to use one of the most popular methods using a WordPress plugin called MonsterInsights.

What is MonsterInsights?

MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. With 1 million active installs, it has become the go-to plugin for adding Google Anlaytics to any WordPress website with ease.

In fact, it has a quick and easy setup that allows you to see your website’s statistics in the admin section of your WordPress dashboard, all in real-time.

Step 5: Install and Activate MonsterInsights

Navigate to Plugins > Add New and search for MonsterInsights.

Click on Install Now and then Activate.

Step 6: Configure MonsterInsights

To configure your plugin, navigate to Insights > Settings. Next click on the button to authenticate your Google Account.

You will then see a screen for authentication:

Click Next to continue. Then, click on Click to Get Google Code.

You will see a popup prompting you to log into the associated Google Account for your website. Login, and then select Allow so MonsterInsights can access your Google Analytics data.

You will then see your Google code.

Cut and paste it into the Google code section on your website.  Select Next. From there, choose the website profile you would like to add Google Analytics to from the dropdown menu. This is really only important if you have multiple websites associated with your Google Account.

Again, click on Next.

When you have followed all of the steps successfully, you will see a Done screen:

And that’s it.  Now you have Google Analytics added to your website.

Remember, it will take Google Analytics some time (approximately 24-48 hours) to start collecting solid data regarding your website.

However, once this happens, you will be able to access that data directly from your WordPress dashboard. Simply navigate to Insights > Reports.

It will look something like this:

Final Thoughts

Altogether, adding Google Analytics to your WordPress website is very easy using the MonsterInsights plugin. And, since it is free to use, and is relied upon by so many WordPress users, there is very little risk in doing so.

The convenience of having the most important metrics regarding site visitors behavior in your website in your WordPress dashboard is unbeatable.  You can easily track how you website is doing and make changes right then and there.

So, check it out and give it a try. You may be surprised to learn the things that are doing well, and the things that need improvement.


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The Top WordPress Caching Plugins and Why You Should Care

Thu, 2017-11-16 19:20

It has been some time since Google announced that the speed in which you website loads will affect your Google search engine rankings. Ranking penalties apply to slow-loading mobile devices as well.

But what you should really be concerned about is the affect a slow performing website will have on your user experience.

Did you know that half of site visitors expect your WordPress website to load in 2 seconds or less?

I think that’s fair. After all, there is nothing quite as annoying as clicking on a website and watching it drag to load content and images. Not to mention the frustration that sets in while trying to make a purchase on a website that simply will not load.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to get your website up to speed. In fact, one of the best things you can do is add a caching plugin to your website.

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Today I am going to take a quick look at what caching is and why it is crucial to fast page loading and overall site performance. In addition, I will share with you some of the market’s best caching plugins so you can start speeding up your website right away.

What is Caching?

A cache is a place in your computer’s memory where data is stored temporarily for later use. This way, rather than complete the complicated process that is normally required to serve up your website’s data to site visitors, the cache provides that data in a quick and easy manner.

When a site visitor clicks on your website, they request your website’s data from your hosting provider. Specifically, they ask your hosting provider’s server for your website’s images, JavaScript, and CSS, request it to be constructed into readable HTML files, and deliver it to your site visitor’s browser screen perfectly displayed as your website.

Unfortunately, this process strains your server’s resources and takes a significant amount of time.

However, there is no reason site visitors should have to endure this process every time. Especially when it comes to your website’s static content, such as published posts that rarely change over long periods of time.

That’s why caching your site’s content is so helpful:

  • Serve up website data that rarely changes in readable format in a fraction of the time
  • Speed up the entire site loading process
  • Provide a better user experience to all site visitors
  • Rank higher in search engine results thanks to the faster load times
  • Reserve server resources and reduce crashing, especially on shared hosting plans

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to caching your WordPress website’s data. Especially if you want to compete with all the other people vying for your same audience base.

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins

Knowing that website speed is important, and that caching your site’s data is the key, the next best step is to add a caching plugin to your website. Here are some of the most reliable, affordable, and highest functioning ones.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins on the market today. It generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog with lighting speed and delivers them to 99% of your site visitors. One cached file can be served a thousand times, visitors will be served up custom files tailored to their visit, and if they happen to be logged in or have left comments, that data will be cached as well.

  • Caching for mobile users
  • Custom cache hooks
  • Manage cache deletion and re-caching schedules
  • Mod_Rewrite, PHP, and Legacy Caching Options
  • Boost other WordPress plugin load times

Price: FREE

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache rivals WP Super Cache when it comes to popularity. Designed to improve SEO efforts, as well as the user experience, this caching plugins delivers when it comes to site speed and performance. Take advantage of features such as browser caching, 80% bandwidth savings, and even a boost in mobile search engine rankings.

  • Support for all hosting types, including CDN integration
  • Extensive configurations for custom caching
  • Built-in security features
  • 10X overall site performance improvement
  • File minification and GZIP compression

Price: FREE

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a premium WordPress caching plugin that simply plugs-and-plays. There are no configurations to mess with, since the plugin automatically caches upon activation, but it does come with but plenty of features that are designed to help improve your website in many ways. For instance, enjoy premium support, seamless integration with CloudFlare and CDNs, and even utilize this caching plugin on WordPress multisite.

  • Lazy loading images
  • Minification of HTML, JS, and CSS files
  • Mobile detection and automatic caching function
  • Google font optimization
  • White label capable

Price: $39

WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache reduces your need to use lots of RAM and CPU resources to deliver data to site visitors. Instead, this plugin allows for static HTML file generation that is saved in a cache for later use. Utilize the Mod_Rewrite method, manage minified CSS and JavaScript files, and even exclude specific pages and user-agents.

  • Automatic cache deletion upon page or post publication
  • Cache Timeout – schedule cache deletions
  • Enable/disable mobile caching
  • CDN and SSL support
  • Leverage browser caching

Price: FREE

Comet Cache

Comet Cache is another exceptional caching plugin that thousands of WordPress users rely on. Taking real-time snapshots of your website and caching them immediately, this plugin helps reduce server drag and page loading speeds on your site. Simply enable the plugin and start seeing performance improvements.

  • Control cache clearing behavior
  • Automatic expiration of cached files
  • Client-side caching with double caching on the client-side browser
  • Cache 404 redirects to reduce impact
  • RSS, RDF, and Atom Feed caching

Price: FREE

Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache is the last WordPress caching plugin on my list today. It works on low-end shared hosting servers, and even the highest performing dedicated servers. It is purely PHP, works on every WordPress blog, and requires zero configurations. In addition, it has double cache for both desktop and mobile site versions, manages compression, even for non-cached pages, and has an autoclean feature to control the cache disk space.

  • CDN support
  • bbPress integration for forum caching
  • Serves cached comments to visitors leaving comments
  • Exclude cache folder from site backups
  • HTTPS ready

Price: FREE

Final Thoughts

In the end, there is a lot to gain from investing a little bit of time into improving your WordPress website’s speed and performance. In fact, installing a WordPress caching plugin on your website is something all website owners should make a priority.

If you are looking for a great way to improve your search engine results, keep site visitors engaged with your content longer, and make your website load faster, images and all, try using a caching plugin and watch with satisfaction at the results.


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10 Notable NameJet sales from October

Thu, 2017-11-16 15:26

Here are ten notable domain name sales on NameJet last month.

NameJet sold 112 domain names for $2,000 or more last month for a total of $738,000. As I do every month, I took a look at the list and pulled out ten sales worth noting.

Before we jump into the ten, it’s also worth noting that nine three-letter .com domains sold on NameJet last month. The lowest price was qvm.com ($12,800) and highest was xlc.com ($49,100).

MGlobal.com $24,099 – I need some help understanding this one. I see that several companies use the mGlobal name or have it in their domain name. But $24,099?

eShare.com $12,750 – This domain has some history. eShare was a tech company that used this domain over a decade ago.

DomainLookup.com $10,650 – Have you ever noticed how domain investors tend to be stingy when it comes to buying domains about domains? This price, on the other hand, is rather high. The domain investor that bought it is asking for $250,000.

Reps.com $8,095 – Many uses…sales reps, workout reps, political representatives.

HomeMonitoring.com $7,601 – Home security monitoring is a big business.

HybridVehicles.com $3,125 – This is an interesting one. Will hybrid vehicles one day just be ‘vehicles’? Will all-electric vehicles outpace them? These days it seems that most sites about hybrid and electric cars are going with a more general term.

egreeting.com $2,950 – Do you remember eGreetings.com?

Diplomacy.org $2,710 – Sometimes I wish our world leaders used diplomacy more often.

SafetyManagement.com $2,350 – Google this term and you’ll see a fairly large business segment.

Realtorwebsites.com $2,101 – A word of warning: Realtor is a trademark.


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.Brand domains are making progress

Wed, 2017-11-15 18:03

Presentation at ICANN meeting shows slow progress.

Like many things in the new top level domain name program, the launch and acceptance of .brand top level domain names has been slower than a lot of people hoped. But slowly but surely, new websites on domain extensions matching brands are finding their way to the internet.

The .Brand Registry Group, an advocacy group for .brand domain names, gave an update during the ICANN Abu Dhabi meeting earlier this month.

Of the 1,930 new top level domain applications, 1/3 were for .brands. 44% of the new TLDs delegated are .brands, the group calculates.

267 .brands have more than just nic.brand registered, and a total of 8,154 second level domains are registered under all .brand TLDs. The group says there are 1,239 active websites under .brand domains.

The presentation (pdf) highlights some of the early uses of .brand domains, including Amazon’s BuildOn.aws.

Despite numerous companies that applied for new TLDs in the first round backing out, there still seems to be demand for .brand domains in subsequent rounds.

The .Brand Registry Group is advocating for changes in future rounds to benefit .brands. The initial applicant guidebook tried to shoehorn .brands into a program originally designed for generic domains open to the public. Some changes that would benefit .brands include a reduction of financial disclosures, restricted zone file access, and allowing the use of protected geographic domains at the second level. (See comment below. I believe this is also something the brands want, but the reference in the presentation was related to domains like .Amazon at the top level.)


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From bitcoin to mortgages, here are 17 end user domain sales

Wed, 2017-11-15 15:59

New bitcoin rewards site buys .com to forward to .au, and other end user domain name sales.

Sedo had a couple of nice short domain sales this past week: j.de for €49,000 and ANI.com for $49,000. I can’t yet tie these domains to end users, and the prices paid could be investments. So the top sale on this week’s DNW end user list is a three-letter .co.uk domain name.

Also, take a look at SEOtips.com. The SEO consultant who owns Online.marketing (which surely comes with a stiff premium fee) bought SEOTips.com and forwards it to a page on online.marketing.

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will also like the sale of BitcoinRewards.com.

OK, let’s get to the list of end user sales. (See more end user sales lists here)

Ocl.co.uk £12,500 – Oldland Consulting Ltd in West Sussex bought its acronym.

EmpireSports.com $7,500 – Ticket broker Empire Sport & Entertainment. It forwards the domain to its website 444seat.com.

Stigma.org $7,500 – The buyer has created a landing page that states Stigma.org Stand up | Speak out.

SEOTips.com $6,200 – SEO consultant Fili Wiese. He uses the domain name Online.marketing. SEOTips.com forwards to a page on Wiese’s online.marketing site.

MoneyTime.com $6,000 – Novelty Media in Isreal creates targeted content sites. It uses the domain name Novelty.media.

SiteXpress.com $5,500 – Beacon Technologies is a web development and online marketing company. SiteXpress is the company’s brand for an all-in-one web site/marketing package for small businesses on a budget.

MortgageMe.com $5,010 – Mortgage company First Colony Mortgage.

ToolCentre.com $5,000 – The domain now forwards to uktoolcentre.co.uk.

Counterfactual.com $4,999 – From its website: “Counterfactual is a blockchain research company, researching and developing Ethereum 2nd-layer infrastructure and building open software libraries that advance the state of art in dapp development.”

BitcoinRewards.com $4,995 – Bitcoin enthusiast Kahn Hood bought this domain for his forthcoming service that rewards shoppers with bitcoin. It forwards to bitcoinrewards.com.au.

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HurricaneShutter.com $4,800 – Heroal is a manufacturer of window and door systems.

RuhrGold.com $4,500 – Ruhr Gold is a beer. Its official website is RuhrGold.nl.

REMinc.com $4,377 – Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc in Rhode Island.

AlternateHealth.com $4,000 – The owner of AlternateHealth.ca bought the matching .com.

Movavi.net €2,800 – Movavi Software Limited uses Movavi.com.

LinkHawk.com $2,549 – Shortlinq GmbH is a link management system. Think branded short URLs.

MediaPro.tv €2,500 – The law firm Herrero y Asociados, S.L. acquired this for a client.


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WorldHostingDays rebrands as CloudFest

Wed, 2017-11-15 14:13

So long, WHD.

In the probably-should-have-happened-sooner category, WorldHostingDays has rebranded as CloudFest.

The change will take place starting with its big annual show in Europe, which takes place March 10-16, 2018 at Europa-Park in Germany.

The webhosting industry has become very commoditized and excitement for hosting conferences has waned at the same time that a broader audience has started attending “cloud” conferences.

That term encompasses a lot. As the organizers point out:

The cloud is not only about bandwidth, storage, or connectivity anymore but includes platforms delivering a full spectrum of services at the foundation of all communication and data transfer around the world. It touches everything—IoT, autonomous driving, air traffic control, finances, blockchain, AI, and even dating.

That opens up to a lot more potential attendees (and sponsors) than a conference under the hosting moniker.

The company that organizes CloudFest also owns NamesCon. Both conferences are now owned by GoDaddy.

WorldHostingDays bought the CloudFest.com domain name this summer. It was listed on GoDaddy’s Afternic.


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Web.com gets Whois Privacy patent

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:26

Web.com subsidiary gets patent for Whois Privacy, as compared to Whois Proxy.

Patent application shows difference between Whois Proxy and Whois Privacy.

GoDaddy has patents for domain name proxy services. Now a competitor, Web.com’s Network Solutions, has a patent for Whois privacy.

U.S. Patent #9,817,979 (pdf) for Private domain name registration covers Whois privacy in which a domain is registered in the name of the actual registrant but the contact details (email address, phone and postal address) are that of the privacy service.

GoDaddy’s service Domains By Proxy is technically a proxy service instead of privacy. Domains By Proxy is the technical owner of the domain name acting on the customer’s behalf.

As Web.com (NASDAQ:WEB) points out in its application, proxy services can create challenges when transferring domain names. The proxy service needs to be removed for a transfer to another registrar. Privacy, on the other hand, keeps the registrant’s name in the record and domains can still be transferred.

Network Solutions’ has long offered a privacy service. In recent years it added a proxy service called Perfect Privacy which is confusingly also referred to as a privacy.

The company applied for a similar patent in 2004 but abandoned it. This issued patent was filed in May 2012.


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Radix publishes second time renewal data for some TLDs

Tue, 2017-11-14 14:44

Second-anniversary renewals in three domains were 77%.

Radix Registry, a new top level domain name company with nine top level domain names, has reported second-anniversary renewal rates for its three most popular top level domain names.

The company said that overall renewal rates for the second renewal on .online, .tech and .site domain names registered during the first 30 days of general availability were 77%.

.Site had the highest at 81%, .Tech was 78% and .Online was 75%.

These numbers seem in line with those at other registries. Last year, Rightside (now part of Donuts) reported that 81% of names renewed on their first anniversary were also renewed on their second anniversary.

Domain names tend to have their lowest renewal rate in the first year.

Radix reported that domain names registered during Sunrise and Early Access had even higher renewal rates. Sunrise domains are mostly for brand protection and domains purchased during Early Access had a one-time premium, so renewal costs aren’t as high.


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Equifax gets control of 138 Equifax Security domain names

Tue, 2017-11-14 14:28

Domain names were registered to take advantage of data breach.

Credit bureau Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has successfully won control of 138 domain names that were registered after it reported a security breach this summer.

In the wake of the breach, the company set up an official site at EquifaxSecurity2017.com. That’s not an easy domain name to remember. Even Equifax’s own employees directed people to the wrong site.

China Capital Investment Limited registered 138 domain names similar to EquifaxSecurity2017.com. Many of them are typos that redirect to parking pages with ads for identity theft protection and credit scores.

Equifax filed a cybersquatting complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The WIPO panel agreed that this is a case of cybersquatting and ordered the domain names to be transferred to Equifax. The transfer should be complete within ten days.

Douglas M. Isenberg of The GigaLaw Firm represented Equifax.


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GoDaddy files lawsuit to take down Whois spammers

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:39

Lawsuit targets people and companies allegedly sending spam and saying they are associated with GoDaddy.

GoDaddy has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in an effort to take down one of the groups that it alleges is spamming offers to domain name owners and pretending to be affiliated with the registrar.

If you’ve ever registered a domain name without Whois privacy, you are probably a victim of the defendants or a similar group.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal District Court in Northern California against Usman Ghaznavi a/k/a Usman Anis, Salman Ghaznavi a/k/a Salman Anis, Silicon Valley Graphic, LLC d/b/a Silicon Valley Graphics (“SVG”), and Does 1 through 50.

It alleges that the defendants undertook a long and sophisticated scheme to spam domain name registrants to offer them logo services, web animations and more. Many of these spam messages pretended to be affiliated with GoDaddy.

This led to many complaints to GoDaddy. GoDaddy even received a letter from a lawyer threatening to file a class action lawsuit against the registrar for its unsolicited emails.

The defendants allegedly used domain names like g0daddydesigns.com, godaddydesignagency.com and godaddyanimations.com to run the scheme. They also used non-branded domains like route66d.com. (I recall receiving multiple text messages linking to route66d.com.)

GoDaddy was able to uncover the possible identities of the perpetrators by working with WhoisGuard to reveal ownership data of one domain. It looks like the defendants got a little sloppy, too; Godaddy alleges that they registered six of their infringing domain names at GoDaddy.

There are many groups spamming owners of newly registered domain names and pretending to have an affiliation with GoDaddy. This hurts GoDaddy and the recipients of these messages.

While this lawsuit is aimed at just one group, a big success could lead to a reduction in these scams.


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October’s Top 5 Domain Name Wire Stories + podcasts

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:59

What made news in the domain name industry in October? Here’s your answer…these were the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month.

1. Kevin Ham sells domain names to GoDaddy – GoDaddy picked up a portfolio of about 100,000 domains, many of which trace back to Kevin Ham’s businesses. The deal came on the heels of another big acquisition…

2. Here’s why GoDaddy – Donuts deal makes a lot of sense – Analysis of why it made sense for GoDaddy to buy Donuts’ portfolio of (mostly) .com domain names.

3. Who won and lost in .Com? – GoDaddy and Tucows remain at the top of the list.

4. MerryJane.com asks: Is Kush.com worth $3 million? – No, but it could be a nice domain for a marijuana company.

5. Donuts’ numbers show promise for new TLD business model – Donuts shows nice growth in its registration base. What kind of renewal rates will it get when discounted domains come up for renewal?

Podcasts

#158 – How to Sell More Domains with Adam Strong (some good tips in this one!)

#157 – interviews with several domain companies from the Merge conference

#156 – Understand Blockchain with Ken Hansen (it’s like Blockchain for dummies)

#155 – From parked ads to blocking ads with Tim Schumacher


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Paul Nicks of GoDaddy – DNW Podcast #160

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:30

What GoDaddy has learned by being a domain investor.

This week we talk with Paul Nicks, GM and VP of Aftermarket at GoDaddy. GoDaddy has become a domain investor by purchasing large portfolios of domain names. The company has learned a lot about selling domain names in this role, and Nicks will share some data and tips to help you sell more domains. We also discuss GoDaddy’s roadmap with Afternic/GoDaddy and how it plans to create a seamless experience in the domain aftermarket. Also: Donuts is growing fast, GoDaddy’s $50 million domain buy, bad three-letter domain cybersquatting decision and more.

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Domain reads: .Com for uptime, .Bank transitions

Mon, 2017-11-13 15:03

Domain industry pros should read these two articles.

I read a couple of interesting domain name related stories over the past few days that should be interesting to DNW readers. They give perspectives on domain names from people outside the domain name industry.

The first is a story from social media stream company Stream titled Why Stream Stopped Using .IO Domain Names for Production Traffic.

People in the domain industry often talk about the confusion of using alternatives to dominant top level domain names like .com. But Stream has another reason to choose a mainstream TLD: uptime.

The company uses the domain name GetStream.io for its website and also used a .io domain for its API. But a failure by the .io registry on September 20th made it rethink this.

Verisign talks a lot about its uptime record. Here’s a company recognizing that.

After the registry technical issues, Stream decided to move its production domain name to a .com and will add a .org as a backup.

Some of these catchy country code domain extensions are being snapped up by new companies, but I hope they understand what they are getting. .AI is a country code for a country of 15,000 people. The registry is run by one guy. He might be great at what he does, but he also represents a single point of failure.

Afilias has taken over the .io domain name so its backend should be better going forward (although this latest issue seems to have been when the domain was under its control). Afilias manages the registry backend for .org.

I haven’t heard of any downtime issues with new top level domain names. This might be because some are not used very much. As Stream pointed out in its post, if .com had an issue everyone would be talking about it and it would be fixed quickly.

The second article is about the .bank top level domain name. American Banker author Mary Wisniewski wrote The internet name many banks are afraid to use. It’s friendlier to .bank than the headline suggests.

It points out that many banks just haven’t gotten around to transitioning to .bank. They have lots of other IT projects to handle.

But it also talks about consumer confusion. Consider when Farmers & Merchants State Bank switched its domain name to FM.bank.

Here’s something I didn’t think about: consumers can be confused when a new domain is at the end of a sentence. They think the last dot is part of the domain:

The $1 billion-asset bank also noted some assumed when a sentence ended “.bank.” in its promotional materials, the last period was part of the web address, instead of perfect punctuation.

“We had to rework the sentence,” said J. Marty Filogamo, Farmers & Merchants State Bank senior vice president and marketing manager, chuckling.

Both of these articles highlight experiences people outside the domain industry have had with domain names.


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What is Amazon Harmony?

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:21

Amazon.com is registering a lot of domains for Amazon Harmony.

Update: Amazon Harmony is the name Amazon’s is giving to its support reps that work on musical devices. They offer discount codes if you call them:

 

 

Amazon.com has registered a lot of domain names related to Amazon Harmony over the past several days.

Normally when I see a bunch of registrations like this it’s easy to tie it to a new product announcement or acquisition. But when I search for “Amazon Harmony” all I find are links to the Logitech Harmony on Amazon.com.

Adding to the intrigue is a focus on the word “associate” after Amazon Harmony. Associates is the name for Amazon’s affiliate program.

The company has registered AmazonHarmony in a number of extensions. One domain it doesn’t have yet is AmazonHarmony.com. That’s used by a company that sells natural products from Colombia.

Here’s the list of domain names. What am I overlooking? Has Amazon made an announcement that I’ve missed?

amazonharmony.info amazonharmonyassociate.info amazonharmonyassociates.info amazonharmony.net amazonharmonyassociate.com amazonharmonyassociate.net amazonharmonyassociates.com amazonharmonyassociates.net amazonharmony.deals amazonharmony.discount amazonharmony.promo amazonharmony.qpon amazonharmony.shop amazonharmony.shopping amazonharmonyassociate.deals amazonharmonyassociate.discount amazonharmonyassociate.promo amazonharmonyassociate.qpon amazonharmonyassociate.shop amazonharmonyassociate.shopping amazonharmonyassociates.deals amazonharmonyassociates.discount amazonharmonyassociates.promo amazonharmonyassociates.qpon amazonharmonyassociates.shop amazonharmonyassociates.shopping


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An example of how to reduce domain confusion

Fri, 2017-11-10 20:13

This company’s decision to use a .net domain is a mistake.

I was cleaning out my inbox this afternoon when I came across two emails from my daughter’s school about student photos.

The first email announced that school photos were in and we can order copies from the photography company Strawbridge at Strawbridge.com.

Shortly thereafter, the second email arrived stating — oops! — it’s Strawbridge.net.

Strawbridge.com is owned by Macy’s (here’s why).

I think the photography company’s decision to use Strawbridge.net is a mistake. Its formal company name is Strawbridge Studios. They could buy StrawbridgeStudios.com on Afternic for only $1,816. It’s a bit longer but is less likely to lead to confusion.

Even a new TLD choice like Strawbridge.photos is less likely to lead to confusion than using the .net.

Or perhaps, since Macy’s no longer uses the Strawbridge brand, the photography company should try to work out a deal with the struggling department store.


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Tucows’ revenue hit $85 million in Q3, company plans for GDPR

Fri, 2017-11-10 17:26

Revenue hits another record as company works to meet EU privacy law deadline.

Domain name, mobile and internet services company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) reported earnings after the bell yesterday.

The company reported record quarterly revenue of $85.0 million. That’s up 73% compared to the same quarter last year, with most of the growth coming from the acquisition of Enom this year. Domain revenue jumped from $29.8 million in Q3 2016 to $62.0 million this year.

Quarter over quarter, the topline number barely budged. The company reported $84.2 million revenue in Q2 of this year.

On an investor conference call yesterday, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said that the company continues to invest heavily in engineering to prepare for complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). (Learn more about GDPR)

The company sent a notice to OpenSRS resellers at the end of October suggesting that they speak with their lawyers about GDPR. The OpenSRS website explains how the company is preparing. It states that it will implement a post-purchase consent request regarding use of personal data.


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Bigfoot says it was swindled in celebrity website purchase

Thu, 2017-11-09 21:05

Company expected to gross $1.5 million per year from website but now only makes hundreds.

Michael Gleissner is keeping his lawyers busy.

I’ve written about Gleissner many times due to his questionable trademark and other activities.

This time one of his firms, Bigfoot Corporation, is suing (pdf) over a website it bought in 2014.

According to the suit, Bigfoot entered into an agreement in November 2014 to buy TheCelebrityCafe.com for $775,000, with $573,500 up front in cash. Bigfoot says the sellers represented to it that the site had annual revenue of $1.5 million and profits of $0.95 million.

First warning sign: someone with a site making about a million dollars in profit a year will sell it for only $775,000?

Bigfoot alleges that only a small fraction of the visits to the site were organic traffic. It implies that it did not know this until after it bought the site. In March 2015, for example, 8.5% of the visits were organic and the rest (19 million+ pageviews) were purchased traffic. Because of the purchased traffic, Google started blocking Adsense ads from displaying on the site shortly thereafter. (Google will not show ads on sites that receive low-quality or unnatural traffic.)

Revenue dropped to just “hundreds of dollars” a year after Google stopped serving ads, Bigfoot states.

Bigfoot alleges that the seller committed fraud. It is asking for the $573,750 it already paid for the acquisition to be paid back as well as $950,000 in consequential damages (that’s about how much it expected to earn in a year).

The dollar figures are pretty big compared to what most websites sell for on sites like Flippa. I’m rather surprised that the methods the site used to generate traffic weren’t discovered during due diligence.


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Domainer files lawsuit claiming Roxi.com is stolen

Thu, 2017-11-09 20:11

Lawsuit seeks to recover Roxi.com.

A domain name investor has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to recover Roxi.com, which was allegedly stolen.

John Lee of Precision Telephone Services, Inc. filed the lawsuit. The suit claims that he was the original registrant of the domain name in 1999. The domain name was subsequently hijacked from his account and transferred to another registrar after his email account was compromised.

It seems that Lee did not notice the theft immediately. DomainTools historical Whois records indicate that the ownership change occurred in the middle of 2015.

Lee filed suit in U.S. District Court in Virginia where .com registry Verisign is located. The suit claims that the registration violates the Anticybersquating Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).

Filing a lawsuit under ACPA in Virginia is a common tactic used to recover stolen domain names. The thief won’t show up and the court usually grants a default judgment ordering Verisign to transfer the domain name.

Stevan Lieberman is representing the plaintiff.


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What domains Domino’s, Mattress Firm and others bought this week

Thu, 2017-11-09 17:20

Domino’s gets a Spanish domain name, Mattress Firm buys a nice descriptive domain name and more.

A couple large companies bought domain names on Sedo over the past week, but their purchases weren’t the biggest. The top sale was Mommy.com for $100,000. But as I ask below, is this an end user sale? Should it even be considered a domain name sale?

Other end user purchases this past week include a .co for nearly five figures and a four letter .com that is also a word in Indonesian.

Let’s get to the list…

(Like this end user list? You can view previous lists like this here.)

Mommy.com $100,000 – Can we call this an end user sale? Can we even call it a domain name sale vs. a website sale? The Whois record is private. There’s an operating site that has information for parents, but there was a similar site before the transaction. Sedo broker Dave Evanson told NamePros that the deal was for the domain name only, but that doesn’t mean the buyer did not value existing SEO value from the previous content.

LegacyLife.com $30,000 – The domain name is still being transferred but the price suggests it’s an end user. My guess is the buyer is one of the many life insurance companies that use the name Legacy Life.

Raise.co $9,500 – RAISE is a French firm that invests in mid-sized companies. It uses the domain name RaiseFrance.com.

MinCoins.com $5,000 – The email address used to register the domain links to Tomin Group, a company that specializes in water filtering.

AstraDirect.eu €4,999 – AstraDirect Leasing und Service GmbH in Germany.

BestSleep.com $4,500 – Mattress Firm, a large mattress chain.

GEContracting.com $4,260 – Green Energy Contracting, LLC. I wonder if the GE conglomerate will take issue with this domain?

Ilmu.com $3,395 – Ilmo is Indonesian for Science. The Whois record is private but a holding page says a site is coming soon. The buyer got a good deal.

Axerc.com $2,999 – Axelrod Capital is a cryptocurrency investment firm.

Technium.net €2,500 – DMG MORI is a Japanese technology firm. I can’t find a reference to Technium on its website.

Dominos.es €2,200 – The Domino’s pizza chain.

CoreData.eu €2,000 – AI Corenet Limited in Cyprus. From its website: “Core Data Services (CDS) is a data and statistics provider with an emphasis on low-latency, real-time sports data feeds.”


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Domain name company Donuts tops Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500

Thu, 2017-11-09 15:13

Three-year revenue growth tops 59,000%.

A lot more Donuts than a few years ago.

New top level domain name company Donuts ranked #1 on this year’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 from Deloitte.

Rankings were based on three-year revenue growth from 2013-2016. The timing worked out great for Donuts. It launched its first new top level domain names in early access and general availability in early 2014, but sunrise and some brand protection offerings began in 2013. It had a small base of revenue to work off of.

Still, its 59,000% growth rate is impressive. The minimum revenue required in 2013 to qualify for this year’s Fast 500 was $50,000. Even at the minimum, that means Donuts’ 2016 revenue was about $30 million. But the number is certainly much higher than that.

In May of 2016, the company disclosed to me that its premium domain sales were generating $9 million in annual revenue and represented 15% of sales. Assuming sales is in line with revenue, this suggests about $60 million in annual run rate near the beginning of 2016. Given the growth in sales during the remainder of 2016, I suspect the number is much higher than $60 million.

The margins on this revenue are substantial, too. The company had about 40 employees at the beginning of the year and other expenses are minimal.


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