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Ensure Your Site is Indexed in Google

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Yesterday, I blogged about the smart thinking of Melanie Oudin's family, which registered MelanieOudin.com a couple of years ago. With Melanie competing in the quarter finals of the US Open tennis tournament, she is winning over new fans and becoming a highly searched topic. Her website is operational and is run on Wordpress, which Google and other search engines generally love - as blogs typically lead to fresh content.

I was surprised to see that MelanieOudin.com did not rank in the top 100 Google results on a "Melanie Oudin" search. Almost without fail, Google will rank the developed keyword .com domain name fairly well on a search for the exact keyword phrase. I then checked to see if the website was even listed in Google at all by searching for MelanieOudin.com directly. It was then that I found the culprit for its omission from the top 100 results - the site isn't indexed in Google.

Whether the site isn't ranking because it's new (not sure) or whether Google penalized it for some reason, now would be the best time for it → Read More


Research Domain Names Before You Buy

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The way a domain was used in the past could potentially impact a domain owner, so researching any potential domain acquisition is important. Not only could prior usage put a domain owner at risk of losing his domain name due to a UDRP, but there could also be untold legal risk when acquiring a domain name, and also issues with it appearing in search engines.   All of these potential problems can cause much financial turmoil as well as take time to remedy and reconcile.

The first and probably the most obvious concern is prior TM infringement with a domain name that may have multiple meanings. If a domain name was previously parked, and the PPC links infringed on another company's mark(s) where the domain name is also confusingly similar to that company's marks, the company may have a legitimate complaint. If a new domain owner takes possession of the domain name, it doesn't negate the issues that existed before. The complainant could cite prior use of the domain name, and the new owner's claim of non-responsibility probably → Read More