Earlier this week Entrepreneur.com (a great resource for business startups and entrepreneurs – bookmark it if you fall into this category) published an article with tips on “How to Find a Good Domain Name“. The article challenges the popular perception that ‘all the good domains are gone’. While we certainly know that isn’t the case for .CA domains, with over 65 million .COM’s registered, it’s getting increasingly difficult to secure a good, evocative .COM domain in the primary market. Here are Entrepreneur.com’s tips and recommendations, with our own suggestions thrown into the mix.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of .CA, founded by our very own John Demco, Webnames.ca is running a great promotion until midnight on Sunday, May 20th 2007.
For one week only, first time customers to Webnames.ca SAVE 50% off posted prices at the time of check out. There is no better time to get everything you need to succeed online, including:
Today Canada celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the .CA domain, marking the official delegation of .CA to John Demco from Jon Postel of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). And as Canadians go about reading their daily paper online or checking their local weather or “Google” whatever it is they are looking for, they will likely be going to a .CA website.
We’re pleased to announce that Cybele Negris, Webnames.ca’s Chief Operating Officer has been named as a nominee to the 2007 YWCA of Vancouver, Women of Distinction Awards, in the Entrepreneurship category.
August 13-15th, Seattle, Washington
Attention domainers and domain industry players: the third-annual Domain Roundtable Conference is scheduled for August just south of the border in Seattle, Washington. The conference will explore trends, opportunities and innovations in domain name investment, covering topics such as domain portfolio development, domain sales and acquisitions, monetization and bringing domain values to brand managers and developers in other industries. This year’s theme is “Domains Breaking into the Open Market of the Business Community” and while most sessions will cater to seasoned domain professionals, the conference will also introduce new domainers to key concepts for succeeding online.
Still struggling with organic search engine optimization? The folks at SEOmoz recently published their list of Search Engine Ranking Factors and if you care about being found on the Internet, you should take note. So who are these people? More than just another Internet Marketing company, SEOmoz is a hub for search marketers worldwide, providing education, tools and resources to help individuals, non-profits and government organizations leverage the unique reach of the Internet to increase their online visibility and success. They also maintain a top-notch blog about search engine optimization, social media, online marketing, useability and other important stuff that affects your online world.
Our new and improved webmail user interface has launched. This upgrade will enable you to accomplish more with your Webnames.ca Webmail.
In addition to the flexibility of sending and receiving e-mail from any computer with Internet access, our new webmail comes with calendaring and contacts manager, e-mail search functionality, shared task manager, notepad, enhanced folder management, allowed senders and blocked senders, among other features. We hope find the improved interface and new features easy-to-use.
Winning the War on Spam
Spam, or unsolicited bulk e-mail, has risen in both quantity and sophistication over recent years. In 2006 spam made up 40% of all e-mail, a number expected to increase to an unnerving 63% in 2007. With the average person receiving over 2,200 unsolicited messages last year alone, spam has reached unsavory new heights. To help combat the impacts of spam on our customers, Webnames.ca has made comprehensive upgrades to our e-mail service.
We did it again… for the third consecutive year Webnames.ca exhibited at the. This year the business-to-business technology tradeshow and networking event was held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (Canada Place) on March 28th.
Simple websites between one and a dozen pages, commonly referred to as “brochure” websites, are widely used by small businesses and organizations to accomplish two things on the Internet: get found on search engines and provide information about products/services to potential customers 24/7. The term “brochure website” is actually something of a misnomer. One of the worst mistakes a small business can make is duplicating their marketing material online.
If you’re keen on the Internet and want to get up-to-speed on what tools and sites are worthwhile for small business people, be sure to check out the March issue of PROFIT Magazine. In a 13 page section titled The Fabulous NEW Internet [Web 2.0], Editor Ian Portsmouth rallies his tech writers to handpick . The majority of the tools and sites they recommend are on our radar as well, so we’ll be profiling them in more detail in the coming months. Here are a couple of my favorites snippets:
Webnames.ca is proud to annouce that we’re sponsoring the Northern Voice Conference on February 23/24 in Vancouver. This will be their 3rd annual weblogging conference and it promises to build on the success of last year with an event that is inexpensive, informal, and accessible to techies and newbies alike.