Sunday Updates

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I’m in the middle of a daddy-daughter weekend, as my wife went out of town for a baby shower. I think we’ll do a little apple picking, apple pie making, and maybe spend some time outside depending on the weather. I hope you have as much fun as I have!

I want to share some thoughts and updates that I have been compiling from the past week. You are also welcome to share your thoughts, feedback, or anything related to domain investing:

  • I’m looking forward to attending the TRAFFIC conference in Miami in about a week and a half. As I mentioned before, if you want to set up some time to get together, let me know.
  • The articles about the Ebola.com domain name were read by a lot of people. I had a few non-domain industry people ask me if I heard about the domain name and the domain owner.  I don’t recall as much discussion about a domain name from friends and acquaintances probably since the Stamps.com mention on Entourage.
  • Even if you don’t do any type of development with your domain names, it’s still important to stay apprised of happenings in the SEO space. Developers and website operators who focus on changes will make domain name purchase decisions based on things that are happening within that space. The more you know, the better you can adjust your prices and focus.
  • Speaking of SEO, according to Bill Hartzer who is relying on his industry sources, “the Google Penguin algorithm is being updated.” Major updates like this are important to know about.
  • Still wondering if we will see any change to ApplePay.com in the next few days as Apple rolls out Apple Pay. I would be very surprised if Apple doesn’t buy this domain name, especially because it seems like the company using it could change to a different url very easily. I understand the value in keeping things under one primary url like Apple.com, but if it becomes widely used, it seems almost critical to own considering the sensitivity of the service.
  • Good article about the top 5 domain buying mistakes published by BuyDomains this week. Most of these mistakes are probably pretty obvious, but companies make them all the time.
  • Nice discussion on TLDInvestors.com about the ethics of buying and selling certain kinds of domain investing.

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