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Lets not fall into that trap!

So after yesterd1383110_10151767852627099_1619708053_nay’s Ashley Madison debacle, where let’s face it most of us were sniggering about the naivety or even the stupidity of some of these people… Come on if you are going to cheat on your spouse, use a fake name? Or a throw away Amex card with no home address tied to it or last but not least create a new email account for just this purpose!  Ok so even for us happily married peeps all of the above seems pretty obvious but the hack of Ashley Madison and yesterday’s subsequent leak of names and addresses actually is really indicative of a much larger problem that is only going to grow as our reliance on the internet grows and the issue of cyber security is no more prevalent anywhere else than within the domain industry.

Complacency with our personal data is endemic, some of the most personal conversations we have are with the small rectangle box on the Google homepage, and we do truly do think nothing of signing up for every offer that comes our way, giving away priceless personal information in the meantime. The recent high profile hacks not forgetting those entertaining but embarrassing emails from Sony are reminders that we cannot and probably should not take everything we do on the web for granted and that includes buying, selling and storing domains.

As we know there are some domain names that cost far more than the average home, this makes them highly desirable targets. The domain name theft can be huge trouble for companies because it affects their brand and reputation. A stolen domain name can be used in relation to activities such as distribution of pornographic materials, downloads of malware, and submission of spam. In this regard, one of the former ICANN’s CEO stated, “a domain hijacking is not as obvious a threat as spam and spyware, but it can be just as disruptive to the business and operations of name holders; in extreme cases, a domain hijacking can have a lasting impact on an organization.”

So what steps can we apply to protect our domains, our businesses our brand and reputation?

  1. Set up a process for renewing your domain names regularly. The easiest way to lose a domain name is simply by failing to renew it in time. Setting up a renewal process can be as simple as scheduling a recurring renewal reminder in your desktop calendaring program to warn you a month before each of your domains is due to expire. Many registrars now allow you to synchronise domains so that they expire on the same date, making it much easier to manage more than one.
  2. You can usually choose to renew domain names for one, two, five or ten years, but be careful about choosing anything longer than one year – renewing is something that is much more likely to slip your mind if you don’t have to do it regularly. You may also be able to opt to have your domains renewed automatically, but this is likely to increase the risk that you lose track of your domains and their expiry dates.
  3. Check the contact details held by your domain name registrar regularly. Your domain name registrar should send out a reminder by email when it’s time to renew a domain name, and may also need to contact you if there are payment problems or if someone attempts to transfer your domain names, so it is important to check that the current contact details it has are up to date. It’s especially important to ensure the contact details are updated if the person in your organization who is responsible for domain name registrations leaves, and it’s also sensible to whitelist your domain name registrar’s address in your spam filters to ensure that you receive any emails it sends.
  4. Keep your account secure.Anyone who can access your account on your domain registrar’s website can potentially hijack your domain name or transfer it to a new owner, so it’s vital that your account is secure. That means it’s important to ensure your account is protected by a long, strong password that can’t easily be guessed or bruteforced by a hacker. You should also use any additional authentication methods (such as two-factor authentication using a security token or one-time passcode sent by SMS to a cell phone) if your registrar offers them. It’s also important to ensure the account password is changed if the person responsible for your domain names leaves your organization.
  5. Implement Registrar Lock.Most registrars offer a service called Registrar Lock (sometimes called Domain Lock or Transfer Lock,) which can help prevent your domain from being accidentally or illegally transferred without your permission. When the domain is “locked” it can only be transferred after you log in to your account and unlock it. Registrar Lock therefore won’t protect you from anyone who has access to your account, but it can prevent someone from trying to get the domain transferred by impersonating you on the telephone or by email.
  6. Opt for Domain Privacy.Domain Privacy, which most registrars offer free or for a small monthly charge, enables you to prevent your name, address and contact details being made freely available in Whois records. Domain name thieves can use this information to impersonate you and attempt to have your domain names transferred to a new owner, or to contact you to try to fool you into revealing your account password.
  7. Use Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP).EPP provides another layer of protection for your domain names, if it is supported by your registrar. It enables you to pick (or you may be assigned) a unique Authorization Information Code (AIC) for each domain, which must be supplied to a new registrar before the domain can be transferred to it. If your AICs are kept secure and confidential this can provide effective protection for your domains, but be warned: some registrars make them available to anyone who can log in to your account, effectively rendering them useless.
  8. Use permanent email addresses.When you specify your contact email address, avoid using one from a free service that might expire if you don’t use it regularly. If that happens someone else could snap it up and use it to impersonate you in correspondence with your domain name registrar, or use your registrar’s “forgotten password” feature (if it has one) to have the password emailed to them.9
  9. Be suspicious of emails purporting to be from your registrar.Never respond to emails asking you to log in to your account and administer your domain names by clicking on links contained in the email. That’s because the email could be “weaponised” and the links could take you to a replica of your registrar’s website where your account details can be captured. To avoid this always enter the address of your registrar manually in your browser before logging in.

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The changing landscape of the dot-com dominance.

After 30 yeLate-Summer-Field-Summer-Landscape-ars, the dot-com (.com) top-level domain (TLD) continues to dominate the Internet, but now faces more challengers than ever before, especially after last week’s announcement by Google about the launch of their new parent company Alphabet using the new TLD (.XYZ).

On March 15, 1985, the very first dot-com domain was registered by Symbolics, a now defunct technology vendor. The symbolics.com domain itself is still alive and is now owned by virtual real estate firm xf.com. Although the first company to register a dot-com domain did not survive the last 30 years, the dot-com domain has prospered significantly beyond that first domain registered in 1985.

As of Dec. 31, 2014, there were 115.6 million registered dot-com names, according to VeriSign’s fourth-quarter 2014 Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB).VeriSign has managed the dot-com registry since 2000, when it acquired Network Solutions in a deal valued at $21 billion. VeriSign sold most of the Network Solutions business in 2003, but it continued to retain control of the dot-com registry, which is still managed by VeriSign today, under a deal with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN) that was last renewed in 2012.

A recent study by Searchmetrics analyzed over 100,000 domain names and revealed that only 11% of the web is actually visible. One quarter of links go back to .com domains, which are widely the most visible top-level domains (TDLs) in a keyword search and the most coveted from a search engine optimization (SEO) perspective.

It’s imperative that businesses have websites compatible with Google’s search engine, given the company’s 1.17 billion users. According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, “Google rewards companies that build brands, and brands are usually built on (.coms)…Using a (.com) is the most authoritative way so I am told of guaranteeing your site will be found, along with providing other useful content around your brand.” But does this statement really ring true now the Search Engine Giant has opted for a non (.com) TLD for their parent company…?

As we all know back when Symbolics registered the very first dot-com, there was little domain choice but fast forward to 2015 and we know this to no longer be true.VeriSign reported that there were 288 million domains registered across all TLDs at the end of 2014. After dot-com, the second most popular domain is dot-tk (.tk) which is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Tokelau, a territory in New Zealand.

If ypou were wondering as to why .tk is so popular, the reason is simple: It’s a domain that is available to anyone to register for free. The .tk TLD is operated by freenom with the aim of making money from expired domains and other services.

There has been a dramatic expansion in the availability of TLDs in the past few years according to VeriSign, at the end of 2014, there were 478 new gTLDs, with 65 being delegated in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone. Among the most popular gTLDs are .xyz, .club and .berlin.

All those new gTLDs represent new competition for dot-com, but with a 30 year head start the popularity of the (.com) TLD is really showing no sign of waning, yes it will be interesting to see how some of the the other TLD’s will start to do now giants such as Google have placed their chips in that corner but my prediction is a good solid (.com) domain will continue to be a safe bet for many years to come.

My Domain – Google rules and the King is Google and don’t I know it..!

CrownI make no secret of the fact I partially blog for SEO purposes and per my previous blog I have seen tangible results in my SERP’s thanks to my efforts. With all that said just when I think I cracked the nut and finally worked out to play the game, Google in one big swoop come in and literally knocked my domain off of its feet…..

Well maybe that is a bit dramatic, but over the last week crazy, inexplicable things have been happening to my domain and I really don’t have an explanation for it, but one thing I do know Google is behind my misery.

So what happened when  just over a week ago I was blogging about the success of my domain, I talked about the longevity I believed my business had, the stability in the search engine results pages in the top search engines namely Google for my targeted keyword, I felt our product was strong compared to the competition and last but not least we had a steady stream of visitors to our site from various traffic sources every day.

Life therefore was good here at expired domains, actually it became amazing, last week overnight we woke up to find our traffic had tripled, according to Google analytics the majority of this increase was coming from one country but we did see an overall bump across all countries as well, the source was Google. It was not a bot, the bounce rate was low, the average time on our site was healthy and this sudden increase was still there the next day and then the next day and the next day for 5 further days until nothing… Everything dried up…

To our dismay literally our domain suddenly and inexplicably fell 15 places in the SERPS for the key word expired domains, for three months our average position had been P4 on Page 1 and now we found ourselves at the bottom of Page 2. It made no sense why the sudden tumble? – We were in freefall, hanging on by our fingertips frustrated, annoyed and dejected!

Anyone who runs a purely online business like we do, where our main traffic source is Google knows the perils of a Search Engine’s wrath. But what had changed and why the sudden decline? We had slowly moved up the ranks so it seemed wrong and unfair that the descent was this swift.

Ok so yes around the time we started seeing these funky results a little algorithm update called Panda 4.2 had just started to be rolled out – could we really be one of the early victims of the infamous chinese bear? Well yes this did appear to be a plausible answer when nothing else had changed, but it still did not quite fit for me for the following reasons:

  1. Panda 4.2 was first rolled out July 18th 2015 and according to Google spokespeople this will be a long, slow rollout. If this truly is the case then we would be extremely unlucky to fall victim so early in the process.
  2. The algorithm update is only supposed to impact 2-3% of all search queries, ok yes even such a small percentage equates to big big numbers in the world of Google but still I argue again we would be so unlucky to be in that 2-3% in the first week of rollout as well..
  3. What was going on around my domain, so like any good business woman I keep tabs on my competition and we were the only ones that truly saw any big changes in the SERPS, but what I did see was my pet peeve re appear, which most people know makes me really angry- outdated blogs!!  So if Panda 4.2 really is the algorithm that targets old, irrelevant, spammy content why were these sites, some written five years back catapulted back onto Page 1? It made no sense…..
  4. Last but not least I know my website is not perfect, the service I offer has much potential to be awesome, we try hard to follow the rules. We keep the content fresh and updated daily, we ensured we are mobile friendly and have a unique dynamic interface for our users. We even have a moderately respectable social presence, with well over 1k followers on Twitter, Facebook and G+. All of these supposedly rank favorably with the Panda update, so I ask again what went wrong?

Fast forward a few days and I am still scratching my head, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! To further add to the mystery our ranking is back where it was a week ago, we are sitting comfortably (or tentatively) in p4 on Page 1 for the keyword expired domains. Our traffic is still down a little but is slowly picking back up. I am confused, concerned and any complacency that may have creeped in has gone.. My gut tells me our temporary tumble was a mistake or a test on Google’s part but it definitely taught me the lesson that in the world of SEO take nothing for granted!

To all my visitors old and new therefore please do not rely on Google to find us, if you like us which I am sure you will, bookmark our site and check out the hundreds thousands of expired domains we add daily to our site. Expired Domains


Expired-Domains.co new release!

A quick nonew-releasete to let you know that at the weekend we rolled out some new features to our site! Most notable and significant was the addition of all the GoDaddy TDNAM auction Data. As with our other tiles you will be able to dynamically search the domains using multiple different data presentations, and of course the site is fully mobile friendly too, so you can keep an eye on pending auctions even when you are out and about.

We have been working on this addition for a few weeks now and have much planned in the pipeline but love hearing your ideas, please feel free to email me at clare@expired-domains.co or ping me a message on Facebook, twitter or even Google +.

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