For a Web with infinite possibilities, why not an infinite search? Now you don’t need to search over and over looking for different domains. They’re all right here with Infinite Search. Owen Borseth (O-Bo), who for the most part seems to be integral to the functioning of Name.com, gives us some insight on the latest tool from Name.com Labs.
Like we’ve said before, PageZen is easy, and we don’t say that in the condescending oh-we-know-you-can-do-it way that someone says right when they give you a ton of work. We’re saying it in the old school “it’s easy” way. Back when “bad” meant “bad” instead of “awesome” and “sick” was still ill. PageZen is easy. Here’s how you take your PageZen website to the next level.
There’s some offensive language here, but sometimes (and I’m sorry mom) it can be effective. Fred Wilson, whose mere presence is every startup company’s fantasy, offers his advice on whether to use Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.
When companies say to their customers, “You made this happen,” people are prone to roll their eyes and move on with their life. But HEAR ME NOW Name.com customers, YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN. Other companies should be jealous. When they change something they don’t hear about it like we do. When we changed the search page, we heard about it.
For example, Vincent shared his thoughts: “I hate the new Domain Searching tool.. it sucks!!!”
Thank you Vincent. But we wanted some specifics, and we got them. Hassan said he wanted his domain with fewer clicks. With the new page, Hassan, you’ll note far fewer clicks. It’s as close to telepathy as the web can get.
Nathan suggested we make it less busy and get rid of the quirky fonts. Done.
And, finally, Jesse said he liked it, but when he scrolled for domains he had no idea where the shopping cart went. Now, Jesse, it stays with you.
Today we get to hear comments like those of Caleb, who shouted, “OH MY GOSH’85 Unfortunately, your new page is gonna COST ME money.. Cause its SO SWEET & easy to use’85 Cheers!”
Cheers to you to Name.com customer. Keep the feedback coming. As you can see, this is only Version 2.1.0. Considering the properties of numbers, we could go on forever making it better.
What is SEO? For sure it’s a commodity, and for many it’s a pain in the tookus. SEO is Search Engine Optimization. Quite simply, it is the act of increasing the visibility of your website to the search engines that drive Internet traffic.
So how do you rise to the top of Google, Bing or Yahoo!?
You don’t need an expensive consultant or an extra twenty hours in the day. You take about three minutes and get signed up for Name.com’s SEO Tutor.
We don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence, but we do want to show you how easy it is to make your business a web phenom.
Step 1: If you already have a domain name you want to use, then go here. Otherwise, start the day like any other day: buying a Name.com domain for your successful business.
Step 2: On your way out of our store, check the free SEO Tutor offer. The easy PageZen web Builder also has a free trial. You may want to do that, too.
Step 3: And this is where your life begins to get much easier. Click the “get started” link and…
Step 4: You’re in. SEO Tutor Begins.
Step 5: Share with the Tutor a little bit about your business and you’re on your way to a quick and easy degree in Search Engine Optimization. Some might say a “black belt” in SEO, but this is school and your tutor doesn’t want you fighting.
Now all you do is shoot to the top of the search engine charts! (And YES, you can use it for your own clients.)
By this afternoon you’ll be in SEO college. And unlike many degrees, this one might actually make you some money.
Hello. My name is Jared. I work on the second floor. And I just tore a hole in the crotch of my pants. I know that’s a lot of details for an introduction, but I think it’s important to relate. That’s what I’ll be doing as the new Community Evangelist for Name.com: Relating. You know how it is the first day on the job. It’s never easy. It’s nervousness and awkwardness frosted with doubt and self awareness. You feel small in stature but large in disaster.
I’m also one to make it worse with errant attempts at humor. I mean, just after you meet someone it’s best to fly low and keep it simple. I try. However, out of my need to fit in, I shared with a new co-worker that I just tore a hole in my pants. That was on the initial handshake, and I’m sure there’s something wrong about touching someone you’ve never met and telling them about your crotch. Now, I sit here behind this Mac computer the size of a car door and quietly admonish myself.
How did I end up here? I’m a radio guy who got out of the industry to care for my mom. If there’s anything you should do it’s take care of your mother. One unintended side effect is that after doing what could be the best thing you can ever do, you have no idea what to do next. You find yourself sitting on the edge of her daybed with fifty-some years of sewing patterns and boxes of pictures of distant relatives. I don’t write this to be melodramatic, only to illustrate the process. You have to find something really darn good. It can’t be just any old gig because suddenly your soul satisfaction has gone all high maintenance.
And then your wife reminds you that the kid we just had needs pants. Oh, that.
So I scurried to the government sector where I discovered all my old radio tricks would help the government save some taxpayer dollars. And then those same taxpayers went crazy for a smaller government and my hopes for a permanent position wafted away with the winds of change.
There I was again, but now with two kids who needed pants. Inspired in kind of a Jack Nicholson Shining sort of way, I spent day and night sending out cover letters and resumes. I didn’t hear a thing back, but at least my friends were supportive and would say things like, “You’ll never hear a thing back.” That drew cause for contemplation. I had been hammering out run-of-the-mill application material, but I’d never been hired for anything run of the mill. I’ve never even used that phrase “run of the mill.”
Newly epiphanized, I went to the DOCC, or Denver Open Coffee Club, a biweekly gathering of tech and media geeks, and asked about a good, local company. A hip-looking dude glanced up from his bathtub of coffee and said, “Name.”
“I have a friend who works at Name,” he said between sips. “And she really likes it.”
I went home and took a gander at the site. Looked cool–a company doing great things with a product of infinite possibilities. I started a cover letter even though I loathe cover letters because you go on and on touting all your greatness and end up feeling like a bad guy in an 80s movie.
So instead I sent them a limerick:
There once was no place for a name
That wasn’t at all a bit lame,
And then from the throng
Came a company strong
A Denver-based master of Domains.
And then, with the same compulsion that has me telling someone I’ve just met that I’ve torn a hole in my pants, I continued with a Haiku.
Boom goes the Daddy
Shooting an elephant at night
and himself in the foot.
You might recognize that reference. If not, then shoot me an email and I’ll tell you about it.
Within a few hours, Paul Carter, Name’s Veep of Operations, sent me this:
“You have my attention 🙂 What does your schedule look like next week to speak?”
We spoke. And now here I am.
Right now I’m feeling a bit small, you know, with the breach and all. But I look forward to big things. Probably even a new pair of pants.
Our ninja developers have been at it again, working hard to provide you with the best tools to find the perfect domain name. Have you checked out the Name.com Laboratory? If you visit www.name.com/labs you will find experimental projects that we’re working on. They aren’t quite ready for the mainstream yet so we hope you’ll poke around, test them out and give us your feedback! The newest addition to the Name lab is UberSearch. The UberSearch tool does just what you’d think – it pulls together all the different search tools we offer into one, mega, totally awesome, UBER search.
What makes UberSearch so cool?
- Combines suggestion techniques from multiple sources
- Translates into various languages
- Performs quick availability checks
- Is a contextual domain builder (so basically you can choose other definitions for the word and then other words that mean the same thing, if you can follow that)
In the past we’ve posted about the Domain Registry of America scam, and there are a few sites out there showcasing some of the other ones that are out there. One of my favorites is http://www.the-name-i-wanted-was-already-taken-so-i-used-a-lot-of-dashes.com/. Rather than continue posting about specific scams, we wanted to share some tips on how to spot them.
Know how your registrar communicates with you.
Most, if not all, of the major registrars will communicate primarily through email. If you receive a letter in the mail asking you to renew your domains, that should be a red flag. If you receive a cold call pressuring you for information, another red flag.
Know your registrar’s payment policies.
Since the majority of registrars do business online, you are most likely going to be paying with credit cards or some form of online payment like PayPal. If you are approached by a company (be it through mail, email, or phone) to pay via check, money order, wire transfer, or cash, that is a big indication that it is a scam.
You should also never give your credit card information over the phone, unless you are 100% certain of who you are dealing with. Giving this information out to the wrong party can cause all sorts of other complications for you.
Beware of fake appraisals.
Sometimes people will try to contact you, explaining that they wish to purchase your domain name after you use their recommended appraisal service. This is often times a scam where the party contacting you has no legitimate interest in purchasing your domain, and is only interested in receiving payment for your appraisal. In these situations, if the deal seems too good to be true..it probably is.
Always check where a link is actually pointing before clicking on it.
It is very common to see emails where the text of the link says one thing and it actually points to something else. You should also check for subtle differences in the URL (misspellings, alternative extensions, etc.).
Name.com will NEVER ask for your password.
We’re not sure what the policy is at other registrars, but at Name.com we will never ask for your password under any circumstances. There are tricky people out there that will try and pretend to be a support agent via chat or email, and they will ask for things like your password or account code to try and gain access to your account.
When in doubt, head to Google.
If you’re unsure about a company or a communication you received, try a Google search or two and see if anyone else has received the same thing. Chances are you’re not the only one.
If you have anything else to add, please share in the comments. 🙂