Hope you all had a nice week. Karen and I are doing a 70 mile bike “Ride to Montauk” today, so comments might not be approved until later tonight or tomorrow, assuming I survive. Here are some weekend updates.
- I was a bit taken aback when I first heard the Oversee news yesterday at the end of the business day, but it does seem to make sense. I am sure the company’s performance has suffered greatly in the last year or few, and a shakeup was likely necessary especially because of the outside investment. I don’t know what impact this will have on the domain industry at large, but we’ll likely learn more in the coming days. As I told a friend yesterday, domain names are worth the same today as they were worth yesterday.
- I wonder how much of an impact Frank Schilling’s Internet Traffic has had on Oversee’s revenue in the last month and revenue projections going forward. I really don’t think this is going to be the last big shakeup in the domain industry this year.
- I read a ShoeMoney newsletter about a SEO company called SEO Link Wheelers (affiliate), and I am thinking about using them for a couple of websites to improve long tail search rankings. Has anyone here had experience with the company’s services? It seems a bit pricey but certainly well worth the investment if it works.
- A few people emailed me in private telling me they donated to Craig Rowe’s Make A Wish fundraising effort, and that’s greatly appreciated. I am not sure if Craig raised $500 yesterday, but I am going to give him the full match amount anyway. It’s a great organization and I am happy to support it.
- For those of you who like .TV domain names, Name.com is offering a Father’s Day deal on new registrations ($9.99/year). Enter coupon code DADDIO when you check out.
- Interesting to read the mainstream press’ view on gTLD domain names. There was an article on the front page of the Yahoo Finance website today: Internet braces for ‘.Vegas’ and other not-coms. It really seems like ICANN is going to move forward in Singapore this time, although I wouldn’t bet on it even though I am a betting person.
I don’t have experience with the company that Shoe Money mentioned. However, I can say that “link wheels” do absolutely work. Some of the web 2.0 sites used to develop “wheels” were downgraded in Google’s Panda update, so moving forward link wheels may not be as effective, but they’ll still work. If you want to go about creating wheels in a more cost effective manner, outsource the content creation. Content doesn’t have to be great, just unique so a cheap outsourcer will do as long as they’re not just spinning stuff already published and then sending it to you. Then either set-up the web 2.0 pages yourself, or use Fiverr.com to get someone to do it for you.
I would also suggest you take the time to review the links that point to the page on the wisestartupblog that was used as an example to outperform his own page, you will find that a majority of these are placed in areas that are open to black/white hat interpretation….I was intrigued to try their service on a site as a jump starter and see what they can do, the pricing is not that out of line, but I have seen many seo companies make promises they are not able to keep.