Domain Tasting

I had a client send me some information about Domain Tasting and wanted to share what I have found out about it.

Domain Tasting is where a firm usually involved in spamming or AdSense Arbitrage buys many domain names from a domain name registrar. They then set up Google AdWords programs pointing to these domain names and use them for five days. Before five days is up, the user then returns the domain names that have not generated income to the registrar for a full domain name refund.

I had never heard of this most likely because my firm is only involved in legitimate business dealings. I asked the staff at www.GoDaddy.com about this specifically. GoDaddy.com told me that yes the five day grace period does exist and is honored by ICANN. A domain can be refunded during that period. But GoDaddy.com told me that domain name refunds are done on an individual case by case basis. If a number of domains were returned for refund or refunds requested on a regular basis, the account would be red flagged. GoDaddy at that point may choose not to allow the refund for the domains purchased or may choose to close the account or not have future dealings with the person involved in Domain Tasting.

Yes it appears that Domain Tasting does exist, but this is a shady area and one that some people are clearly using to their advantage and by people of possible questionable business intent. It is clear that anyone who is involved in Domain Tasting is not using a main stream registrar and is using one who has questionable business policies.

One good thing for the legitimate business person is that if you spell your domain name wrong when you sign up or realize that you got the wrong ending like .bz instead of .biz, you can quickly get with your registrar and correct the problem.

Google is Cracking Down on Duplicate Content

Google is getting smarter and smarter. If you click our blog post title, you can read their new patent disclosure that will allow Google to do a “sketch” to match similar content. Clearly Google is trying to weed out spam sites or scraper sites that parrot the same content over many websites on the Web.

Unique content will be valued in the Google index. Sites will no longer be able to pass off great content as their own and improve their search engine page rank as of result of it. Entrepreneurs who thought that they could widely sell their content on the Web to real estate agents, insurance agents, or other professionals may end up dinging the SERPs of their clients and not benefiting them.

It is a brave new “Google World” out there. Their patent disclosures are must reads for professional webmasters and serious web entrepreneurs.

Just Launched – The Louisiana Wave Studio

We’ve just launched a new website for the Louisiana Wave Studio. Just click our blog post title to visit this new website or visit it at www.TheLouisianaWaveStudio.com. The Louisiana Wave Studio has a very unique wave tank and wave machine that is available to the movie and television production industry. The wave tank is one of a kind and unique in the United States.

I found the photos of the wave tank in use for the movie “The Guardian” highly interesting to view. The finished water, wave, and wind sequences were so life-like that it was hard to believe that some of the sequences had been filmed with small boat models. When you click in to review this new site make sure to visit the video page to see the wave tank in action and review the pictures page to see how the wave tank is used by cinematographers and directors.

The website has been designed for organic optimization and has been colored to work with the unique company logo. Styles were used to create the rollover affect on the left hand navigation bar instead of images for a more search engine friendly design.

If you like movies, are curious about how the movie studios do some of their special water effects, this is one site that you’ll definitely want to check out.

It’s Been A Good Year

It’s been a good year and we wanted to say thank you to all of our readers, those who have commented on our blog, and those who have sent us information to pass on to our readers. Nearly 40% of our website visitors now read our blog and we want to say thank you to all who have participated in it.

Blogs can be a lot of work, but they can also be a lot of fun. We have had fun with our blog and look forward to continued interaction with you, our readers, in 2007.

Again thank you for making our blog an information resource for others and for your participation!

Organic Optimization Myths

I’ve heard them all, trust me, but this is a new one that I wanted to run by you.

“Google will give your website a higher organic placement if you have video on your website!”

Hmm, of that I am not sure. I have not seen this repeated in any forums or dissected on the Web as most new strategies are. I think video is cool, and we’re doing a lot of it for websites. I think that it adds a level of interactivity that allows you to connect directly and immediately with your customers, but I don’t think that it is an organic search optimization tool.

So would I say don’t do video? No, I think video can be great, but do it because it adds to your website not to get organic placement. I do not see Google giving preferential treatment in the Google SERPs just because you have a video.

Let me know what you think by clicking comments and leaving a note.

New Google Beta Tool For Professionals

We’ve just been invited to test the new Google Website Optimizer. This new tool allow Google AdWords professionals to test a variety of landing pages and identify what elements are more successful.

As we test it, we’ll let you know what we have found out. In the meantime, you can click our blog post title and review the new Google Forum Group that talks about this new tool.

In the Website Optimizer, you identify blocks on your ad landing page that you want to test and change between versions of the same page. Google analyzes the results and provides you with input about what changes worked better for you for leads and conversions. It should be an interesting and helpful product.

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