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Heads Up: Scammer Pretending to Be Name.com Over Instant Messaging

We just received notice from a customer that someone pretending to be Name.com support contacted them over instant messaging from name.support@hotmail.com. The person asked for credit card information and was actually quite rude when our customer said no. Our legal team has been notified and is on the case. We hope to have this individual shut down as soon as possible.

At this time we do not offer online chat support at Name.com (although we talk about it a lot, and that may change in the future). Name.com will also never ask for payment details to be sent via email or instant messaging.We always request the customer log in to their account and update this information themselves to help maintain security.

If you receive any messages from name.support@hotmail.com or anyone else pretending to be Name.com, please contact us immediately. Thank you!

Name.com Says Mo’ Business Mo’ Money!

Since we love small business at Name.com, we try to do whatever we can to help our small business customers get more recognition for their hard work and success. We are going to sponsor 5 interviews each month on MO.COM featuring Name.com customers who are either founders or CEO’s of their companies.

Heard of MO.COM? It’s a site dedicated to interviews with entrepreneurs from all industries around the world. The interviews focus on their habits and the goal is to learn about their methods and share these strategies with their readers. As a reader it’s a great way to explore different business philosophies and as an entrepreneur, it’s a great way to get exposure for both yourself and your business. The “MO” appropriately stands for “modus operandi” which other Latin speakers (or anyone with a computer) may know means “mode of operating or working.”

We’re on the hunt for Name.com customers to feature in these interviews, which is a great chance to be seen next to the likes of Aaron Wall (SEObook.com) and Alex Farcet (startupbootcamp). If you have any suggestions for entrepreneurs that are Name.com customers, please post them in the comments. If you want to suggest yourself, that’s perfectly fine! We’d love to hear from you.

Name Tip: Better SEO with WordPress Permalinks

We’ve seen quite a few blogs recently that are running WordPress and using the default setting for permalinks. It’s unfortunate that this is the default, because it really does nothing for you in the way of SEO. However, there’s a quick fix for this that should help your blog posts get a little more notice.

If you log in to your WordPress blog and scroll down, you will see a “Settings” section on the left hand side. Clicking the arrow will drop down a menu and one of the options will be “Permalinks.” Clicking that will take you to the Permalinks page where you will see the different options you can choose.

The default looks something like http://blog.name.com/?p=167 and that doesn’t really tell readers or search engines anything about your post.

This can be easily changed on the Permalinks page by selecting either the Day or Month options, or even adding your own custom structure using the syntax that WordPress provides. You probably want to stay away from the Numeric option, as that won’t do much for your SEO either.

After saving your changes, your blog URL will look like http://blog.name.com/2010/06/name-tip-better-seo-with-wordpress-permalinks/, which is not only better for SEO, but now your readers have information like subject and date just by looking at your URL.

We hope that helps some of you out there that may not have even known this setting existed. Cheers and happy blogging!

Your TV is Next in Google’s Quest for World Domination

This fall Google hopes to solve the disjointed relationship between the web and TV with Google TV. Using both Android and Chrome, Google TV is basically a search engine for your TV — integrating with your cable box and indexing however many hundreds of channels you have with whatever is available on the web. It lets you watch what you want when you want.

While this will no doubt have an impact on TV, some are also wondering what this means in the world of domains. For .TV it’s probably not too bad a thing. The idea of a one stop shop for your video content is essentially what the .TV extension is made for, and Google is taking the concept mainstream. This can only help drive awareness for the already popular extension and we think you’ll start to see it crop up in a lot more places.

As big believers in .TV we hope that with the best prices and best support you’ll think of Name.com when you go to register your .TV, and our new pricing should definitely help in that regard! Starting today we are now offering one year .TV registrations for the low price of $10.99! But wait..it gets better. If you register a .TV for two or more years, you get it for the super low price of just $9.99/year. Still want more? For the month of June you can use the code SHOWTIME for $29.99 .TV renewals!

This brings the pricing for .TV registrations within a couple bucks of .COM and breaks down the $10, $20, and even (at some registrars) $30 price difference that may have prevented you from jumping on the .TV bandwagon. With that barrier gone, now’s your chance to join the fun!

goMobi Go!

If you’re one of the half a billion people accessing the internet on a mobile device, then you’ve probably had the frustrating experience of a website that either doesn’t work or is just plain hard to use. This can be especially trying when all you want to do is view the menu of a restaurant nearby and see if it will satisfy your grumpy hunger goblin of a spouse. Well goMobi is here to help.

goMobi is the latest innovation from the folks at dotMobi, an extension that’s made for mobile websites. Using goMobi, it’s a cinch to get your website converted to a mobile friendly version that makes all of your important details visible and easy to navigate. It offers a basic setup for the everyday person and there’s even advanced features for designers and developers. The best part is Name.com is the only registrar currently offering this easy to manage service and you can try it out for 30 days with no obligations or feature limitations. If after 30 days, you find that goMobi is the right fit for your business, it will only cost you $5.99/month.

What about all the different mobile devices with different sized browser windows? Not to worry. dotMobi has this nifty technology called DeviceAtlas that automatically detects the different devices and optimizes your website for viewing on that device. So whether your customer is viewing your website on an iPhone or an older Nokia, they’ll be getting the optimal experience for their phone.

Now is your chance to turn your frustrated mobile viewers into loyal customers!

This Week is National Small Business Week!

For all the entrepreneurs out there, National Small Business Week is upon us! A tradition that has been around since the ’60s, National Small Business Week is an event that honors the 27 million small businesses in the United States and some of the top entrepreneurs in the country. This year it falls on the week of May 23-29, and while the main event is held in Washington D.C., there are a number of other cities that celebrate this week with their own events, Denver being one of those cities.

The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center has posted a schedule (pdf) of the events they have lined up next week. There are some interesting sessions ranging from the effects of healthcare reform on your business to the future of technology and marketing. We’re looking forward to meeting and networking with some of our fellow Denver businesses!

Now it’s no secret that we love small business at Name.com, so in honor of Small Business Week we’ve decided to put together some discounts for our small business customers. Until May 30th, if you purchase a hosting plan, and/or any SSL certificates and use the promo code SMALLBIZWEEK, you will get 25% off off either of those items!

Cheers and happy Small Business Week!

Domain Nabber Grows Up and Leaves Beta

As of this morning, our Domain Nabber backorder service is officially out of beta! We’ve been working hard on our nabber for the past few months and we’re excited to say that it is now ready for prime time. Huge thanks to all of the customers that provided feedback during the beta period — you helped us make the service even better!

Nabbing .COM and .NET domains now costs $49.95 and, as always, there is no risk in placing a backorder. If we don’t nab the name for you we’ll give you a full refund or account credit, your choice!

Speaking of choices, we’ve recently added .INFO into the mix, making it a total of seven extensions that you can backorder through Domain Nabber. Keep an eye out for even more extensions in the future as we continue improving this service to help you nab even more names!

Save Money on Your Custom Posterous Domain With Name.com!

Here at Name.com we’re big fans of services like Posterous and Tumblr. They make blogging dead simple and help make people’s jump into the blogging world a much less intimidating one. Now Posterous has just announced a custom domain service that allows you to register a domain directly through their site, making it easy to customize your blog. The catch — you’re limited to COM/NET/ORG and these registrations cost you $24.99 for one year and $19.99 for two. Ouch.

If you were to do the very same thing through Name.com, it would be a fraction of the cost in exchange for a couple more clicks. You also have the option to use quite a few more extensions if you go this route, since the name you want might not necessarily be available in COM/NET/ORG. Take my Posterous blog for example, I decided to go with sproutic.us.

After purchasing the domain you just have to go to your Account and click on the domain name.

Then click on your DNS Management settings on the right hand side.

Create two A Records for your domain that point to 67.207.139.81:

  • one that you leave blank before the domain
  • one with an * before the domain

Add your domain name to your Posterous settings, SAVE, and…

voila! Your blog is now set up with your very own domain.

Not bad, and it can save you a decent chunk of change depending on the domain name. If you’re looking for Google Apps, we can help you there too — you can easily enable and access the Google Apps setup from your account to hook your new blog up with its very own email, calendar, docs, etc!

Have a Posterous blog already? Post a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out! You can subscribe to Name.com’s Posterous here.

Name.com: Your Source for Premium .TV at the Best Prices!

Are you a domain investor looking to expand your .TV portfolio? Maybe you’re just looking to make the jump into video without spending thousands of dollars on your domain. Either way, you deserve the best prices and Name.com is happy to help!

We’ve recently started offering premium .TV domains to our customers, and we’re proud to say that Name.com currently has the lowest prices on most of these domains. That’s right folks, check out how we compare:

We want our customers to get the best names at the lowest prices while still providing the great tools and service that Name.com is known for. So if you’re in the market for a .TV, we hope you’ll think of us — your pocketbook will thank you.

Don’t get lost in the heat of the moment, register your .ASIA today!

Want to get your business noticed in a region that holds 60% of the world’s population? Your very own .ASIA domain is a great way to do just that. The Asia-Pacific region is incredibly diverse and it is currently experiencing enormous economic and technological growth. Now is your chance to establish a regional presence and identity to help grow your business!

For a limited time, Name.com is offering .ASIA domains at a steal for just $6.99! No promo code is required, but (and this is important) your company must have at least one domain contact who is a legal entity in this region. We have more details on the .ASIA domain here and you can find out more about the legal entity requirement on ICANN’s website here.

So don’t get lost in the heat of the moment and register your .ASIA today!