Sunday Afternoon Thoughts

It’s another lazy Sunday afternoon, but I am doing some work while my wife gets some of her work done. Here are some things that I am thinking about today:

I saw a commercial for the movie, Ninja Assassin, and thought it was strange that they are in-market with the domain name I did some research to see who owns the other names, and I was pretty surprised to see that “Oversee Research and Development, LLC” owns I guess Oversee “gets” domain names and Warner Brothers doesn’t.

The first two character .biz auctions are set to begin tomorrow. If you are interested in bidding on any of them, you need to sign up in advance for the auction. The first auctions close on December 7th and the auctions run through February 25, 2010. In total, there are 1,036 auctions.

I am going to be experimenting to see if I can use development platforms such as WhyPark and DevHub to build small sites on longer tail domain names, and then link back to developed websites of mine to give an SEO boost. I will set the test domain names up, add some unique content, and then forget about them. I will check in with them in a few months to see how they are ranking and possible providing an SEO boost.

In a couple of weeks, I am going to be reaching out to my advertisers about renewing in 2010. I haven’t had much movement on most of the spots, but I don’t know if the economy is going to take a toll on advertising budgets next year. I currently have a small waiting list of advertisers, but if you are interested in a spot in the event an advertiser doesn’t renew, please drop me a note. I am planning to offer 6 and 12 month agreements instead of monthly as I did in 2009.

Last week, I asked visitors to help me choose a logo for, and I was later asked why I privatized the post. A few hours after I blogged, I sold the domain name. The new owner is going to build a similar site to, and the new logo will probably be used. As always, I appreciate the feedback.

Elliot Silver
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  1. Will be interesting to see the outcome of the SEO experiement. I was always under the impression that somewhere in the google algorithm is the ability to take domain ownership into account. Therefore even if sites were to be on different servers google can still pick up non-organic linking – not neccessarily penalising but just neutralising the benefits attained

  2. Regarding link networks/building small sites to link to a main site. You should be aware that if you’re not building links to the small sites, it’s not going to do much difference in terms of rankings for the main site, as there is simply very little “link value” to pass on.

    Also, doing this with 1-2 sites on 2-3 different platforms would probably be okay. But if you’re doing it on any larger scale than that, I’d recommend you to do some serious research into link networks, or you’re very likely to make something with little to almost no effect, or only short-term effect, but with long-term risks.

    To make a long explanation short – you pretty much have to eliminate every possible footprint that could be used to identify the relationship among the sites in the link network. And be aware of the fact that you’d be dabbling in something that is not seen well upon by search engines.

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