CATEGORY: Business

How to update your Bitly DNS records (and why you need to do it ASAP)

Bitly recently announced in an email to their user base that they are migrating to a new hosting provider, which means that if you are currently using a branded Bitly domain shortener, you need to update your DNS A records before June 29 to prevent your links from breaking. If you have your branded short domain through Name.com, here’s how you can quickly and easily make these changes.

A guide to registering domains for your trademarked brand

Having a trademark is a great way to legally stake a claim on a business, product, service, or phrase, but unfortunately it isn’t a guarantee that everyone will keep away from it forever. Trademark infringements still happens—knowingly or not—so it’s important to keep your defenses up.

MarkMonitor recently released an eBook that helps business owners understand how to protect their trademark through domain registrations. A copy of this guide can be requested here, and you should definitely give it a read when you have some time. But we’ve also created a quick rundown on some of the best ways you can be proactive about protecting your trademark online.

A note on Name.com’s policies and how to spot phone scams

We’ve received reports that several of our customers have been contacted via phone by a scammer who claims to be part of the Name.com support team. This individual tells his or her target that their domain is about to expire and that they need to renew it by giving their credit card information to the person on the line.

This is a scammer, and you should not provide him or her with any information if you are contacted by them.

5 URL forwarding hacks for an epic social media presence

Nowadays it seems like everyone has a social media presence. And it’s not just updates on Facebook anymore—now there’s a wide array of social media sites that let you use video, photos, or even long form content to share updates about yourself and your life.

But how exciting is it, really, to say “Find me on Facebook” or “Look up my Instagram handle”? Wouldn’t it be easier to have a simple way to take your potential connections directly to your profile? By using these 5 domain hacks, you can make it easier than ever for friends and fans to connect with you on your various social media platforms.

Securing a great domain space as a legal professional

If you’re a legal professional you know that finding a great domain name that is SEO optimized is no small task. Even though online search is now the number one way consumers find information and services, it can still be tricky to outrank competitors and ensure that you and your website are actually discovered. That’s where a SEO-rich domain comes into play—but with so many valuable domain names that use traditional endings already registered, this may seem out of reach too.

But looking beyond traditional domain endings can open up new possibilities. New Domains offer those in the legal sector the opportunity to register SEO- and geo-optimized domain extensions that are both memorable and professional.

New Domain extensions and SEO: Here’s what we know

The debate about the impact that New Domains have on SEO has been hotly disputed over the past couple of years, but the evidence speaks for itself: More and more cases of New Domains organically reaching top search results are coming to our attention each day. Is this simply because they are a New Domain? No. Google has already said that New Domains are treated exactly the same way as traditional domains.

SEO has long been a puzzle that has very few concrete answers, so adding New Domains into the mix means even more mysteries about what algorithms are looking for and how websites are ranked. Here’s what know so far about New Domain extensions and their SEO impact.