the best CAR in the world

November 24, 2008

I had an interesting chat with
Jamie (very) early this morning on LiveDomainer.com who, by the way, is doing a great job, answering questions about domaining to newbies, as well as giving another space for domainers to meet up and discuss …Domains (of course!)..all this in a live video chat.
(when he is around that is!)

This must be a gruelling job to be staying up in front on the laptop for such long hours..
[well hey, that’s what a lot of us domainers do anyway ūüėČ ]

We obviously talked about theBESTSintheworld.com and he gave me his impression about the concept.

He opened my eyes to something I didn’t think of!
When he checked ‘the best CAR in the world.com’ , he was agreeably surprised to see the result.

¬†He found the car amazing but more interestingly, … he’d never heard of the brand itself!..cars

Well now, that came as a surprise to me!

It is quite a well known brand in Europe! When I ask people around me what is the best car in the world? I almost always get that brand as answer.
I thought it was well known all over the world, but apparently not.

This gives some more weight to the concept. We will have some of our domains forwarding to websites that would be well known, giving the concept credibility, as well as some websites that would be relatively unknown but provide such high-quality products that we feel it’s our moral duty to tell the world about them.

In any case, there will always be someone discovering something new!

To take Jamie’s own words,
‘I’ve never heard about them, but hey I guess now I know what is¬†the best car in the world ‘

Do you know what is
‘the best HOLIDAY in the world.com’ ?

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My afternoon defending domainers

November 13, 2008

After reading Julia’s post which¬†eventually geared¬†me towards this article on the Register, I was¬†annoyed to read the comments of some readers. I¬†strongly felt I¬†HAD¬†¬†to clarify¬†some things, so I commented too.

It is hard to take in comments like the one made by Ron Green. But I guess this is how we, domainers,¬†are seen from the outside world . (Yes, it is an outside world if you are not into domaining). It’s the harsh truth.

I am tired of people associating domaining with cybersquatting¬†. Domainers need a re-branding. An urgent one. You can start right now, it’s not going to be easy, but I believe¬†it can be done.

If every domainer makes a common¬†effort, to inform people around them about¬†the industry¬†, explain domaining to them, stop/condemn¬†those who register¬†trademark names in bad faith, stop¬†bickering about¬†each other’s portfolio and¬†focus on theirs and ways to make the world know who we are,

we would all be winners.

I will defend domainers everytime I read/hear BS* about this community.

Ritz


condolences to Obama and Family

November 4, 2008

I hope,.

I really dearly hope,..

¬†..that no¬†stupid domainer is going to register domain names associated with the death of the soon-to-be (maybe) president of the united states’ grand mother. Trying to profit from¬†such events¬†is wrong. And those who do are sad people who will never succeed.

My sincere condolences go to the Obama family on the recent passing away of Madelyn Dunham (grand mother of Barack Obama). She played an important¬†role in Barack Obama’s life and she¬†surely has contributed to shape somehow the character of the next president.

Americans, vote wisely tomorrow. Your vote will have an impact on the whole world, not just the USA.

My best,

R.

 

PS: I will be closing the poll  at  thebest PRESIDENT intheworld.com tomorrow.


Somebody else’s phone

October 24, 2008

I am ecstatic,.. having just saw one of the coolest ads on TV for a long time.
It just grabbed my attention for the full 1 minute it lasted.

A man speaking fast about all we do with our phones,..
‘my phone knows everything about me’ ..
.. ‘if you find my phone, would you look through it?’

The ad ends with NO mention of which brand it is promoting.
It simply ends with 3 domain names. What a call to action!! Wonderful.

I had to go on the net. I had to find out. I am indeed very curious. ūüôā

check out the video here.

If at this point you want to find out what all this is about too (I bet you do!), you can go to Hitwiser.com and type in:

Anna’s phone
¬†¬† Jade’s phone
or¬†¬†¬† Luca’s phone¬†¬†¬†¬†

(don’t worry,.. you can leave in the apostrophy on HitWiser!)

all three bring you to¬†¬† somebody else’s phone¬†¬†¬† <-(works perfectly in Hitwiser.com too)

Bravo to them. Well done!
No surprises,..this brand deserves,¬† ¬†‘the best PHONE in the world.com’ ūüėČ

This reminds me of another blog post I made some months ago.

some more proof that call to action names are getting bigger.

Good weekend to you.


joe, you know who!

October 24, 2008

For those who have not noticed it, the website on JoeThePlumber.com has just been revamped.

new JoethePlumber.com

new JoethePlumber.com

It now sports cool rounded edges giving a feel of web 2.0.
But the contents have more or less stayed the same.

There has been a lot of talks about that domain name, made famous (worldwide, not just in the US!),
after the final debate between Obama and McCain. (video here)
Some reported the site got ‘Un-President-ed’¬†spike in the number¬†of¬†visitors¬†! The owner, flooded with hundred of thousands of emails and calls, and being offered¬†6-figures for the domain!

a week later,
It doesn’t seem like he sold..
Shame!

I would have done things differently.
If I owned that domain and I knew that ‘Joe the Plumber’ is in everyone’s mind, lips, dreams (who knows! ūüėÄ )
I’d build a portal for Plumbers in the US. (or just a note on the website saying that we’re building the most¬†comprehensive database of plumbers in the US! coming very soon! Plumbers Sign Up!)

Then, charge $100 to appear in a listing of plumbers by State!
I’d require 10,000 plumbing companies/plumbers to sign up (that’s about¬†200 plumbers for each state) to make a cool million.

And on top,
I get to keep the domain name.
think about it.. hundred of thousands (millions?!) of people know, have heard of, or have visited JoethePlumber.com recently. Where else would they go look for a plumber when they happen to need one?

at that point in time, JoethePlumber.com was worth more than plumber.com ..
He should have capitalized on this, out of the blue, traffic burst..

Strike while the iron is hot!.. oh wait.. that’s what joe the blacksmith would have done..

ūüėČ


please be clean

October 15, 2008

I just read an interesting article from Ron Jackson’s DNJournal about NBC’s plans to use NBC Geo domains in the near future. Have a read for yourself here.

It would be interesting to know how these plans would affect GeoDomain owners like Chicago.com. Would it be tough competition, or as David Castello thinks, may work in GeoDomain owners’ favour?
What are your thoughts?

..But this is not the point of my post today.

In that article, a domain name (NBCConnecticut.com) was mentioned and while reading that, I dearly hoped that the NBC people have been smart enough to have got the NBConnecticut.com as well.

Unfortunately for them!

 

When I checked the whois records for the typo version,(NBConnecticut.com) I found that it was registered on the same date the article appeared on DNJournal, which would suggest that it had been available for the NBC people to get it when they made their plans.
 

Like Elliot described in this post, I have often been in similar situations when I try to explain what I do.

Typosquatting is seen as cybersquatting, so I hope the new owner of NBConnecticut.com realise what he/she is doing.

à bon entendeur, salut


if the candidates were domainers…

October 5, 2008

The United States presidential election 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4, 2008, will be the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election and will select the President of the United States.

There has been massive media coverage (as expected) throughout the whole world.
The decision of the Americans will have an effect on everybody else’s life. So, vote wisely!

The elections has also influenced the domaining world,(what doesn’t?)
They’ve sparked a cybersquatting frenzy,
Bloggers have been blogging about the candidates’ domain names. here and here

and the latest story I came across yesterday through this blog was about VoteForTheMILF.com
(MILF ? watch American Pie if you don’t get it!)

more about it here

well well..

Next month – in exactly 30 days- we should know the results at this time..
until then, here’s a little something for you,

enjoy the cartoon!