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Congratulations on the winners of our .BIZ giveaway!


Let’s hear it for our 5 lucky .BIZ giveaway winners:

Chandra with kreasi.biz
Manuel with domVPS.biz
Nadir with ustundag.biz
Farrukh Saleem manoratraders.biz
Amir Vahed www.vahed.biz

We selected 5 winners at random from all the entrants to our Facebook, ‘Small .BIZ-ness Giveaway’ contest and awarded them a year’s subscription to PageZen Unlimited and SEO Tutor. For those of you who don’t know, PageZen is an easy drag & drop website builder you can use to make a simple website quickly. SEO Tutor is our search engine optimization tool that suggests back links and target keywords etc. custom to your industry and website to improve your site’s visibility in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Manuel, who has already gotten started with SEO Tutor said this about the platform:

“I ...

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From the Inside Out: Building a Company Vision and Mission (part III)


As many of you have been following we’ve begun the process of creating a company vision. Last time we left off we were ready to dive into our BHAG (big hairy audacious goal). I promised you guys that we would open the doors and be completely transparent during this process so I’m going to be totally honest: coming up with a company vision is a long and difficult road!

big hairy audacious goal

Almost there.

The latest:

We’re at the stage where we have selected our MARS group and divided the whole company into 3 groups from which each of the 6 MARS members will be soliciting feedback. Members of customer support will be interviewing Developers, Developers are interviewing Operations and Marketing, and Operations and Marketing are interviewing Customer Support (or some sort of mix along those lines).

Inter-departmen...

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Building a Company Vision from the Inside Out: We Begin


When we last left off we were discussing the awkwardness of a pubescent company. See the introduction here. Today, Ashley begins the journey that should end in a BHAG. Not sure what that is? Continue on and see if you can set your sights on something Big, Hairy and Audacious…

Part 1: Finding our Vision

In order to do this we’ve got to dig deep. The end goal is a mission statement, but there is much reflection, thought, and work ahead of us before we’ll get there. We’ll be brainstorming:

1. What is our core ideology?

2. What are our core values?

3. What does our envisioned future looks like?

4. What sort of big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) we can set our sights on achieving?

In our initial research phase of this project a colleague of mine, Bo, sent along a fabulous article that I’d highly...

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Building A Company Vision From The Inside Out


(This is the first in the series inspired by a meeting where our CEO admitted while we’ve worked our tails off, we’ve been as non-corporate as a company can be, and need to step it up and set goals and all that corporate stuff. We’re still cool. Actually, that’s the point, how do we remain cool while stepping out of our flip-flops and donning the proverbial suit?)

Introduction: Puberty!

We think we’re a pretty open and transparent company. After all, we do invite you inside to tour our offices, give us feedback on upcoming redesigns, and if god forbid something happens and a server goes down, we’re on the front lines of Facebook and Twitter letting you know the play by play...

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An Introduction to Conversion Rates


It’s time to analyze a buzzword that seems to pop up all over the Internet these days. Conversion. What is conversion and why does it matter? Simply put, an online conversion occurs when a website visitor does what you want them to. Conversions can take many forms depending on what type of website you’re running. Whether it is a monetary transaction, inputting an email address, utilizing a free service, or clicking through to another site. No matter what type of business you’re running, if you’re doing it online your conversion rate matters. Period.

How do you calculate a conversion rate? First you have to define what a conversion is for your website. Here at Name.com a conversion occurs when a user purchases a domain or a product from our website...

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Affiliate Getting Started, Series 1: Choosing An Affiliate Network


by Caroline, Name.com Domain Concierge

We’re assuming you already know what an Affiliate is and have a desire to start making money by promoting services/products in your niche on your blog. A quick way for locating Advertisers in your niche is through an Affiliate Network. Affiliate Networks act as intermediaries between you the Affiliate and the Advertiser. Affiliate Networks allow you to compare various offers from Advertisers and you can choose which offers to participate in and promote via your blog.

Soo’85How the heck do you choose an Affiliate Network? We thought http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/4388.asp had a few great suggestions for you to consider when selecting a network...

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Win $500 in Subscriptions and Services from Name.com: Your odds have never been better


It’s time to kickstart your business with the .BIZ-ness Giveaway! It’s what we do here, give people the tools and support to get online and magnify their moolah, and now we’ll shower you with the goods…for FREE. All you need is a .BIZ and you can enter to win $500 in subscriptions and services. That includes a one-year subscription to our easy, step-by-step SEO Tutor, and a whole year to our unlimited PageZen web builder. Both are easy to use and geared to get your .BIZ roaring up the ranks of Internet Search Engines.

And here’s the best part: According to what we’ve tracked as far as entries into the contest, YOUR ODDS ARE FANTASTIC:

ENTER NOW! You’ll be in an exclusive club.

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Sometimes Innovation Precedes the Need: A Take on the New gTLDs


As many of you know, Brad White the Director of Global Media Affairs for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) flew out last week to help spread awareness around the new gTLD program. Here’s a quick background in case you’re not familiar with the new program: gTLD stands for generic top-level domain such as com, net, org (to the right of the dot). The new program will allow anyone to apply to own and operate their own extension (more info here.) I’ll try to be casual here but this is undoubtedly the largest change to the Internet since its inception’85! If you don’t know, now you knowww (Biggie reference there, anyone?) Anyway, introducing new gTLDs to the Internet landscape has been a hot topic with much controversy and debate as many have asked, “Why are you doing t...

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The Importance of Focus: Small Business Leadership Series


Whether you’re a small business owner, individual, or an entire company, one of your biggest enemies may be multi-tasking. I’m not talking about the fire hydrant you took out last week while driving and trying to check your email and talking on your cell phone’85that’s just insanity. What I’m talking about is the much simpler idea of focus–of taking one idea and moving it forward, intentionally, wholeheartedly, and very consciously at the expense of all others–and it’s exact opposite, multi-tasking.

To get an idea of just how big of a problem this is for you or your company, count how many projects you’re working on right now...

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ICANN Rep Coming to Denver to Discuss Controversial Change to the Internet


Name.com to Host Denver Press Club Conference Friday, January 6, 2011 at 10 a.m.

On January 12, one of the biggest changes in the history of the Internet will begin to unfold, one that will change the way 2-billion Internet users think of online addresses’85and the way that some Colorado organizations and businesses will brand and identify themselves in cyberspace.

On that date, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit charged with coordinating the global Internet addressing system, will begin taking applications for new Internet address endings. Currently there are 22 generic top-level domains, like the familiar .COM, .NET, .GOV, etc...

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