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.
More Registry Price Increases – Following VeriSign’s registry price increases announced for .com and .net, Public Interest Registry and Afilias have announced registry-level price increases for .info names, respectively. The increases for each are 2.5%, from $US 6.00 to $6.15, and will take effect in October. Individual registrars will decide whether or not to change their retail prices. and
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.
ICANN Board Rejects .XXX Domain Application – By a 9-5 vote with one abstention, the ICANN Board has rejected the .xxx domain application from ICM Registry. The decision came nearly seven years after the proposal was first made. ICM Registry is reportedly considering .
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.
As an ICANN Accredited Registrar, Webnames.ca follows the domain name industry very closely and the recenthas been on our radar this month. The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will revoke RegisterFly’s accreditation by the end of this month and plans to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars after this fiasco put tens of thousands of websites at risk. ICANN president Paul Twomey has called for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement to help protect domain customers.
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.
ICANN Terminates Registrar Accreditation Agreement For Registerfly – ICANN has issued formal notice of termination of its accrediation agreement with registrar Registerfly.com. According to the letter, Registerfly.com will no longer be allowed to operate as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar effective March 31.
Information Week reported yesterday that Microsoft is stepping up efforts against those who illegally profit from their trademarks by registering domains with slightly altered spellings. Paul Mc Dougall writes that the software maker will more aggressively pursue legal action against companies that register domain names that are misspellings of Microsoft product names in order to capture Internet traffic from typo-prone computer users.
Today on DomainNameWire.com, Andrew Allenmann stresses the importance of a good domain name and points to a $1 Million lesson.
An article in today’s Wall Street Journal confirms that the domain name Topix.com was purchased for $1M in January. The new owner is Topix.net, which receives 10M visitors per month. The company understood the user confusion of not owning the .com version of the domain and negotiated the purchase.
Update On Registerfly – During the past week, ICANN has posted in its blog several updates on the RegisterFly situation, and many unhappy customers have posted followup comments. On March 8, a U.S. District Court judge handed control of RegisterFly back to Kevin Medina, the original CEO, resolving a dispute over ownership of the company. ICANN has indicated that this resolution “does not alter RegisterFly obligations to immediately cure the breaches of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, as noticed by ICANN.” On Feb. 21, ICANN had sent a letter to RegisterFly giving 15 working days’ notice of several breaches of contract. ICANN could give notice of termination of the registrar’s accreditation as of Wednesday, March 14.
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Finding On Registrant ID Requirements – In his blog, Michael Geist has pointed out a finding by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in which the Assistant Commissioner comments that it is appropriate for a domain registrar to require personal identification in order to change the administrative email address for a domain registration.