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April 19th, 2008 by john andrews

Live Blogging from DomainRoundTable San Francisco

I’m at Domain RoundTable, in San Francisco, with several hundred Internet entrepreneurs. Like other webmasters, these guys own the Internet. Unlike most webmasters, these guys own a significant percentage of the Internet. But besides scale, they have similar interests to other webmasters: managing risk, earning and monetizing traffic, navigating politics and managing cash flow.

They have the same search marketing concerns as well. If Google publishers a new browser that is “free”, will they assume control of the traffic stream outside of consumer awareness? What will this do to your business model? If Yahoo! becomes Microhoo!, what does it mean? If Matt Cutts says “no donuts for you“, how will you pay your developers?
If you can sell a domain today for 500 years revenue, why wouldn’t you do that? If someone offers computer.us for sale at $17,000, why wouldn’t someone based on the Euro buy that piece of American entitlement for what is really something like $8,000 ? Of course they should (and they did).

So about live blogging - will I live blog all of the key, important strategic bits direct live from Domain Roundtable? Of course not. That would be silly. A day pass is $400 and the value is incredible. You should be here, as I am and several hundred other people are. We will all enjoy a competitive advantage OVER YOU as a result of that investment.

Aaron Wall recently asked via his twitter stream, could blog should go behind access restrictions, to serve a select audience instead of an open, public audience. Of course it could, and it should. The market might not be ready for that, which is why I think Aaron asked the question.

If you want to know my perspective on what is going on over here at DomainRoundtable, watch this blog. i will be blogging. But not nearly everything, and probably not the strategic bits of greatest value. If you want those too, let me know in the comments or send me an email.I’m thinking about Aaron’s question, and welcome your comments.

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April 6th, 2008 by john andrews

Google does WHOIS, again.

Google’s mission is to make a fortune off other people’s content organize the world’s information, and now Google and DomainTools are joining forces to bring the power of WHOIS lookups to the Google interface. Again.

Google started hitting the Network Solutions WHOIS lookup without permission back in 2004 before Netsol promptly shut them out. That seems like a really silly and abusive action for Google to have tried, in hindsight, but I bet it seemed like a good idea at the time. At least this time they will be working with the pros.

The Google/Name Intelligence collaboration was announced on the DomainTools blog in March, but many SEOs are still unaware. I think this is a very important development, which needs additional consideration. Please think about it when you get a chance. I guarantee it will come up in discussion at meetings and conferences for quite some time into the future (partly because I will be bringing it up in conversation!). Of course it is one highlight of the upcoming Domain Roundtable meeting, where Matt Cutts is very much involved this year (I will be there as well, on the SEO Experts panel).

What will increased public access to the whois data mean for your business? Think further than that… what will easy access to WHOIS data like that do to the value of the WHOIS data? Once so trivialized, will the WHOIS data become less important and less trusted? Will it become less reliable, as it becomes less accurate, simply because Google has made it more accessible? I think it will. I’m loving this new development.


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April 5th, 2008 by john andrews

Rank Matters

Well, maybe not Alexa rank, but they do make a rank t-shirt and z***** is pretty innovative…

(Update: oh well, they disabled the hotlink. It was a picture of a custom t-short showing rank, but I guess they prefer no publicity over a hotlinked image. So much for assuming they were an innovative company…)

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