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Google vs. Yahoo! vs. MSN

Who’s winning? Let’s ask Alexa:

NameCheap.com Raises Their Prices

So I just received a lovely email from Namecheap.com.  Their long email entails a the reason why they’ll be raising their domain name registrations from $8.88 to $9.29 per year.

Domain registries VeriSign(.com, .net tld’s), Afilias(.info tld),
Neulevel (.biz tld)and Public Interest Registry(.org tld)applied for and
received price increases and have announced they will be raising their
wholesale prices to all registrars including us.

In light of that decision, NameCheap.com will be adjusting its pricing on
Sunday, October 14, 2007 as follows:

.com domain renewals, transfers and new registrations: Old pricing $8.88, new pricing $9.29 per year
.net domain renewals, transfers and new registrations: Old pricing $8.88, new pricing $9.29 per year
.org domain renewals, transfers and new registrations: Old pricing $8.88, new pricing $9.29 per year
.info domain renewals, transfers and new registrations: Old pricing $8.88, new pricing $9.29 per year
.biz domain renewals, transfers and new registrations: Old pricing $8.88, new pricing $9.29 per year

Happy 10th Birthday, Google!

NEW YORK (AFP) – Born 10 years ago, the Internet search engine has grown into the electronic center of human knowledge by indexing billions of web pages as well as images, books and videos.

On September 15, 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two 24 year-old Stanford University students, registered the domain name of google.com. The word is a variation of ‘googol,’ which refers to the number 10 to the power of 100, a term popularized by US mathematician Edward Kasner.

Read the full article at Yahoo! News.

Scammed Online? How to Get Your Money Back!

I wrote about my recent experience getting scammed on a Sitepoint.com Domain Auction, and how I got my money back. If you’ve been scammed or are scammed in the future, you can too so don’t immediately give up hope!

Read Scammed Online? How to Get Your Money Back.

Remember, always use caution when using the internet for any kind of financial transaction.  I didn’t think I would have fallen victim to it either, so always be on your guard.  In other words, don’t get too sloppy :P.

Domain Extensions and TLD’s – SEO Preference?

I can’t even count how many times this issue has come up on DigitalPoint, SEOchat, and various other forums and blogs. “Does a domain’s extension or TLD carry any weight by search engines? Do they have a preference?”.

The answer: NO!

Why? If you think that Google or any other search engine would value a site higher simply because of the domain’s extension, then you need rethink how the internet works and what search engines like Google are suppose to do.

Google has a job, and that job is to provide its searchers the most relative and appropriate results for a certain keyword phrase. If your site has more quality content than all the other sites competing with you, you will naturally and organically rank higher than them (assuming no one is doing anything to screw the results).

Your domain’s extension has absolutely no relevance to its keyword position. As long as your site provides quality content exceeding all other site’s competing with you, your link building will take care of itself and your keyword rankings will climb higher and higher as your site builds more authority.