We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest product, aimed at helping our customers secure their sites from malware and increase website trust. SiteLock is now available to anyone interested in automating the process of keeping their website free from malware.
New Product: Branded URL Shortener, powered by BL.INK
We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest product offering, created with marketers and business owners in mind.
Meet our new Branded URL Shortener, powered by BL.INK, which allows you to share links with your followers over social channels while promoting your business through custom short links.
What’s different about our Branded URL Shortener?
If you have a hand in marketing, you’re likely familiar with link shorteners. These products are ideal for shortening long, unwieldy looking links into something more manageable. However, these links remain confusing and typically lack inherent meaning. A service like Bit.ly might succeed in shortening your link, but the random combination of letters and numbers (e.g. http://bit.ly/1gD53xE) that it uses to direct traffic is not meaningful and certainly not memorable.
BL.INK, our Branded URL Shortener, creates short links that use real words—they’re automatically generated by pulling context from the link that you are sharing. The result is a memorable, meaningful, customized short link. (e.g. http://friday.video/rebeccablack). Or, you can purchase a domain name and use that as the basis for your link shortener.
What unique features can users take advantage of?
BL.INK makes life easier. For example, you can change a link’s destination after it has already been shared. This is perfect for correcting mistakes even after a link has been shared, or redirecting a link to a better destination after a one-time event or promotion. And the best part? That process can even be automated.
How can I start using BL.INK?
Setting up your account is quick and easy. We offer several plans for the product (including a free version!) that scale based on the size of your team and the features you need. Once you purchase the product and set up your account, you’ll be transferred over to the BL.INK interface where you can start creating and sharing links right away.
An easier sign up process leads to more sign ups, who knew?
You know how you occasionally go to a website and they get as clingy as a bad Tinder match who won’t stop texting you after you’ve given them your number? Yeah, we hate that too.
But here at Name.com we think getting all up in your business before we’ve even gotten to know each other is way worse, which is why we made it easier than ever to create a new account. With no phone numbers or addresses required, all we ask is for your email, a username, a password, and voila—you’re now a certified all-natural organic grass-fed Name.com user.
Everything you need to know about domain backorders
*As of October 2016, backorders can only be placed on domains that have a set drop date.
You have the perfect idea for a domain name. But when you gleefully head to Name.com and type it into the search bar, something terrible happens—you find out that someone has already registered your dream domain name, leaving it sadly out of your grasp.
Life is cruel.
But don’t lose hope! Just as new domains are registered every day, existing domains sometimes expire without being renewed by the original owner—leaving it free for you to snatch up the moment it hits the market once more. Name.com’s backorder process allows you to place a tentative hold on a domain name that is close to expiration and increase your chances of securing it if it is not renewed by the current owner.
We understand first hand how unnecessarily complicated and difficult purchasing an SSL Certificate can be. That’s why we’ve revamped our entire SSL Certificate flow—everything from purchasing the certificate to verifying your information and installing it. So, why does this matter and who really needs an SSL Certificate?
Many years ago the World Wide Web made a promise. It told people that they could build their own website and it would look sleek and pretty. Many websites were made, but many people were disappointed. Many websites have been abandoned, fading away as low-price, low-quality promises on the lonely outskirts of the Internet.
But today, we are here to fulfill that promise. Today … we introduce Name.com’s website builder.
It’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here. Name.com Email is now available—you can sign up and start creating custom email addresses with your own domain name right now.
We’ve had a cool new product cooking in our developer oven that you’ve all been requesting for a while … email! We’re finally launching a fantastic email product that lets you have personalized, secure, and reliable email on your own domain. That means you can have firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s your domain and your inbox, together at last.
Email that says who you are, available everywhere.
Email is a very important part of your business. When your address says who you are, every message you send out is a marketing message that amplifies your business and increases your level of professionalism. And, because you’re always on call when your business is growing, we’ve made sure all of your devices can have your email synced to them. You can check your email from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone, meaning that you could be sitting in your office or standing on a beach and still make sure that your business is running smoothly.
In addition to having your own personalized email at any domain in your name.com account, you’ll also have a great address book, calendar, message translator, and inbox organizer.
That’s all we’re sharing about our new email product for now. You can find out more when it launches tomorrow.
This is Pat, a.k.a “Fro” one of our ninja developers. He peruses the Interwebs like a BOSS, catching every viral video and trend weeks before hitting the masses. One day his online adventures lead him to a hackernews article about Scrollkit.com. Immediately intrigued about the product created by the dynamic designer + coder duo, he started playing around. Naturally wanting to be a part of something so hot, he kicked an email out to share with the team. It didn’t take long for the positive feedback to roll in. Bill (CEO, founder, Chief) caught word and reached out to former Denverite, and Founder of ScrollKit.com, Cody Brown. The meeting of the minds went well and here we are a week or two later, offering Scroll Kit to you!
It’s majorly badass so jump in and get your hands dirty. Or play for a quick minute and get a sweet page up in a flash. Now you truly don’t have to be a code monkey (no offence, Pat!) to be able to design a sleek & beautiful site. Create a site for yourself, a portfolio, a birthday card, or a, “i’m sorry i totally F*ed that up.”
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen Name.com + Scroll Kit is now a thing, that just happened. Join the party, create your page today. Get at us & @CodyBrown with your feedback!
Links as votes is a helpful analogy to remember. Basically, if Page A links to Page B, then Page A is casting a vote that Page B is relevant to the keywords used in the link text or anchor text connecting the 2 pages (example: in the link to Name.com at the end of this sentence the “link text” or “anchor text” is domain name). In addition, votes can be stronger or weaker depending on factors like overall trust of the link, PageRank of the page it came from, and even how significant the relationship between Page A and Page B is.
In other words, the more votes that Page B gets, the higher the likelihood it will rank higher for keywords. The more internal links you provide that point to any given page on your site, the more opportunities there are for that page to rank highly for its targeted keywords. Here are three important internal “link structures” and some simple tactics to optimize them.
1. Global Navigation – The template for global navigation (including home page alt tag) is one of the most elemental starting points for SEO. This is especially true for large sites because the more pages your site has, the more votes the global navigation template is providing for you. This is not to say that you need to have lots of pages. By putting the right keywords in global navigation links like the drop-down menu, your site is more likely to get credit for any internal links. That’s why indexing the links is both important and helpful.
2. Link subsets – There can be any set of links existing on the page template which specifically targets page groups with targeted keyword phrases. This is an ideal vehicle for creating that ever-important link connectivity to the high priority pages. Typically, this is in the footer area or on the right column of the page. Sites may have buckets for “Related Topics” or “Most Popular Pages” or a similar subset which is both related to the main link and relevant. Look at the Name.com Footer for an example of how this is done.
3. Navigate the breadcrumbs – Breadcrumb navigation is an internal link structure that can enhance SEO; especially for any sub-pages that are not linked by global navigation. Any links appearing in the global navigation template will typically occur in the source code before any breadcrumb navigation or content links. This means that global navigation links supersede any other links on the page. Mainly because most search engines (like Google) only count the first link found in the source code between Page A and Page B. Any breadcrumb navigation links must be keyword focused as the primary purpose of them, SEO-wise, is to link to any pages outside of the global navigation template.
Remember that the main purpose for all three of these types of link structures is to direct users to the right information. When the link structures are keyword focused, it aids search engines and users in finding the relevant information.