Web Development

Danger of Trying to Replicate

Several years ago, a friend of mine shared a website that he built based on a particular type of geographic + keyword domain name. I thought it looked like it would be a money maker because of the slick design and what I saw of the monetization, and I went out and inquired about a few domain names that I thought I could use in order to replicate what he was doing in a different market.

To make a short story short, I never got around to figuring out how his website works, and I never made any money with the 2 domain names I bought. They weren’t large investments, but they weren’t really valuable undeveloped.

Sometimes a project looks easy to replicate, but in reality, there were countless hours spent developing the engine that operates the website. Additionally, there are deals that need to be cut with advertisers and affiliate companies, and that doesn’t even include the time it takes to find those potential partners in the first place. Just because

StatCounter Down: Experiencing DDoS Attack

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I tried to log in to my StatCounter account this afternoon, and I received an error message when I was finally able to access the website. I visited Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing the same issue, and it seems that Stat Counter is experiencing a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and that is preventing visitors from accessing their accounts within the StatCounter website.

Unfortunately, it seems like this has been going on for several hours, as the company has been updating its Twitter feed to respond to customers and visitors. I do appreciate that they are keeping people noticed via Twitter though. StatCounter has said that all visitor information is still being recorded on websites that use StatCounter, so people shouldn’t lose data.

I use three different

Dealing With Link Removal Requests

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Over the last several months, I have received a number of emails from people asking me to remove website links on my blog because the websites have faced Google issues. Most likely, they received some sort of Google penalty that lowered their website rankings due to various SEO strategies that aren’t acceptable to Google. These link removal requests are made in the hopes of becoming compliant with Google Webmaster guidelines.

If I linked to a website in an article and the owner is requesting that I delete the link, I will usually just delete it for them. I don’t want to cause harm to another website despite the fact that nobody has ever paid me to link to them. If I did link to them, it most likely means they shared or offered something I found interesting, and because of that, I would hate for them to think that my link could be causing issues for them. Most likely, it wasn’t a link out from my blog that caused a problem, but when you have hundreds or thousands of links that may have been obtained by doing something against the “rules,” they have to cover all their bases.

Less frequently, I receive emails

Turkey.com Travel Website Launched by Igloo.com

Turkey.comUp until yesterday afternoon, I did not realize that Igloo.com developed domain name assets on behalf of its clients. I was under the assumption that the company solely acted in a domain brokerage and consulting capacity. I just learned that Igloo.com launched a travel website on Turkey.com, on behalf of a client whose identity is private.

Visitors to the website can learn about the country, read about various tourist sites in the country, and can basically plan a trip to the country. As of right now, visitors cannot book a vacation or tours, but I would imagine that will change sometime in the future. The website is not currently monetized either, but I expect that will change in due time.

I reached out to Igloo.com to seek additional details not shared in the press release. According to Igloo.com’s ¬†Alphan Culha,

Media Options Launches Slang.org

Slang.orgI don’t know about you, but whenever I see an acronym I don’t understand (oftentimes on domain forums and Twitter), I type it into Google to see what it means. More often than not, one of the first three search result is a page from Urban Dictionary, and they do a pretty solid job of giving me the definitions of popular and even some less used acronyms and slang terms.

Andrew Rosener of Media Options emailed me to let me know his company recently launched a website on Slang.org, a domain name he acquired in April of this year. The website is more of a search engine play, and the company intends to compete directly with

DomainInvesting.com Rebranding Series: Creating a Logo

Shortly after purchasing DomainInvesting.com, I made a list of people that would be instrumental in the rebranding of my blog that I needed to call and email. Theo Develegas of Acroplex was on that short list. I worked with Theo before on a couple of design projects, and I knew I wanted him to work on this rebrandng.

There were three reasons why I chose Theo for this project without bidding it out to other designers. First and foremost, I like his work and found his creative designs to be affordable. Secondly, Theo knows the domain investing space and knows exactly who the target audience is. He has worked on non-domain industry projects before, but I appreciated the fact that he knows who will be reading. Finally, I knew Theo would be able to manage the project in a timely manner and he would do it confidentially.

When I first engaged Theo on the project,

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