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.CLUB launches name blocking brand protection service

.CLUB Domains, LLC has launched the Trademark Sentry Unlimited Name Blocking Service, designed to offer qualified brands and trademark holders protection in the .CLUB namespace. The Unlimited Name Blocking Service (UNBS) protects a trademark from appearing in any portion of a domain with the popular .CLUB extension – literally covering trillions of permutations of a …

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Ten Things Domain Investors Should Know (Apr 4, 2019)

One of the greatest contests in NamePros history, price caps may be eliminated for .org, .info and possibly .biz, Efty has released big improvements, the Alpnames bulk transfer situation is clarified, it is now possible to exclude a term in a NameBio search, and much more in this issue. The bonus item has important information […]

Ten Things Domain Investors Should Know This Week

I am trying a new initiative on NameTalent with this post. In each post in this series I will list 10 things from the previous week or so that domain investors should take note of since they may lead to actionable items. In essence the format will cover what is new and why should I […]

Elon Musk paid $11 million to purchase the domain name Tesla.com

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, revealed today the purchase price of the domain name Tesla.com. He paid $11 million to buy Tesla.com in February 2016 from its previous owner. The purchase price was not known until today. The domain name Tesla.com was owned by a Stuart Grossman of California since at least the …

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Donuts appoints ICANN’s Akram J. Atallah as CEO

Donuts Inc. announced that Akram J. Atallah will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective November 12, 2018. Current CEO Bruce Jaffe is stepping down and will continue to act as a senior advisor to the company during this transition. “We thank Bruce for his stewardship of Donuts, during which in his tenure as …

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Donald Trump domains registered for $28 each but renew at $2,399

Two days ago 2 “Donald Trump” related .sucks domain names were registered. The news is not that people think that Donald Trump sucks or that they registered a couple of domain names or that a .sucks domain name extension exists since 2015. Donald Trump domains were very popular around the 2016 elections but these days …

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Cloudflare is launching a registrar with wholesale domain prices

Cloudflare is launching a domain name Registrar that according to the company “lets you securely register and manage your domain names with transparent, no-markup pricing that eliminates surprise renewal fees and hidden add-on charges.” The registrar will offer wholesale prices for all domain name registrations and renewals as well as some other common registrar features. …

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MMX 6-month report: domain registrations up 38%, gross profit increased 14% to $3.3 million

Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX) announced the Group’s unaudited interim results for the six month period ended 30 June 2018 (the “period”). Highlights Registrations within the MMX portfolio, excluding those from the acquisition of ICM Registry LLC (“ICM”), up 38% year on year to 1.5 million with particularly strong growth in the US; Group …

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CentralNic 6 month report: revenue was £11.2m and gross profit was £3.9m

CentralNic Group plc (AIM: CNIC), announced its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2018. Mike Turner, Chairman of CentralNic, commented: “Our first half results are most encouraging as CentralNic continues to deliver consistent organic growth whilst at the same time concluding earnings enhancing acquisitions.   “CentralNic’s organic growth and roll-up strategy …

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Software Automation Solutions That Can Save Your Startup

Automation is a hot trending topic, especially in startup environments, where it has been linked to productivity, efficiency, and agile development business processes. In 2016, InfoWorld quoted automation as an imperative step in “better software testing”. With only 28% of the companies automating more than 50% of their processes, in a survey by XBOsoft, how does this impact the growth in startups worldwide? If your company hasn’t considered cutting down on manual processes yet, start with these 3 types of software automation that can literally save your startup.

#1. Marketing Automation Software

It’s no hidden fact how efficient a marketing automation software solution can be. Aaron Aders believes this type of process is like “working with thousands of couriers that deliver the right content at the right time” (source: Inc.com). Your message and products get delivered fast, accurately, here and now to the right audience, with the right amount of effort and focus.

Key points to consider when using this automated process include the software basics, marketing funnel characteristics, and funnel segments. First, identify a software you are comfortable working with. Then, divide your marketing funnel by leads and prospects. Last, but not least, the funnel segments, where audience specs makes the difference: TOFU (top of funnel), MOFU (middle of funnel), and BOFU (bottom of funnel). Create the content, set the deliverables and let the software do the work. Examples include Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Act-On, Hubspot etc.

This type of software automation will greatly help with Sales, Marketing, as well as aid your team in managing everything accordingly.

#2. Payroll Software Automation

Cashflow is an important aspect in any company, and delivering payments on time can increase values such as happiness and loyalty among employees. 2017 is bringing new light into the payroll matter, highly encouraging startups to use payroll software for better financial management. NextPayments, an Australian company investigates on innovation in payroll options, such as intelligent banking, custom on-location ATM machines, and ways to manage employee payments with just a few clicks. The service is currently available in Australia and New Zealand, with plans to expand worldwide.

Meanwhile, in the US, a study by the National Small Business Association shows that over 40% of companies invest 80+ hours in this process, time which could be put to better use.

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This list of payroll software companies explains better how to save time and energy in dealing with accounting. Some of the tasks payroll software automation can cover include calculating taxes, filling tax forms, making deposits, calculating employee pay, workers compensations, and bonuses. Even more, if your startup is joining the remote revolution and has international team members, a payroll software can ease the process with conversions and country-specific taxes or forms.

Examples of software: Zenefits, Patriot Payroll, JustWorks, Gusto, and more.

#3. Task Automation Solutions

A few years back, IFTTT was one of the most efficient task automation tools available on the market. Today, a few more emerged, such as Zapier, Integromat, and Workflow, because work doesn’t happen on your PC alone, but also on your other devices.

Incorporating cloud-friendly task automation solutions can help workflow among your team members, as well as aid in the overall business flow. Nowadays, such solutions must be app-friendly, and easy to use with add-ons. The main purpose is to deliver an action with just one tap. Customizable integrations should also address time, task management, software development, and sales.

Takeaways

Marketing automation helps you identify the right funnel and deliver your content to the right audience. Payroll automation keeps your employees happy and loyal, while task automation solutions accommodate with the workflow. Consider these 3 types of automation software solutions to save time, energy, resources, and money.

Image: Pixabay.

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How to Realize Your Startup Dream

Many of us have hobbies that we prefer doing than working at an 8-5 job. You may be doing it on the side and profiting in your own little way which is good. But often with the lack of time and capital, we just couldn’t seem to take the next leap forward.

So we go back to our day job to at least have that steady income to cover basic expenses. But with determination and proper time management, it is plausible to pursue your after hours project or your entrepreneurial dreams without compromising your day job.

1. Determine what you want

Goal

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Create a vision and set down milestones for your project. Say you are into crocheting and really believe you can make it into something profitable. If you envision an online shop with your fabulous creations selling like pancakes, then begin by setting up ways for you to achieve that.

Start small as you are still testing the water and only have limited time to spend on it with your day job. Perhaps start a blog which is free just so you can showcase your creations and you can readily update just before hitting the sack.

Then follow it by giving away some of your work to your loyal readers. Then eventually start selling your goods and even begin accepting orders. All these you can plan out on a timeline with consideration to the limited hours you have. Do not rush as it is a learning process.

Celebrate milestones reached, say when you sold your 20th piece. Over time you can confidently decide whether your dream is plausible and whether you are ready to turn this after hours project into your main source of income.

2. Schedule, Schedule

Never mix up your day job with your project tasks. The act of squeezing in your project into your official work hours may turn into a habit which is nothing but a distraction and can even compromise your main source of income.

It takes discipline to do this and it can be quite challenging especially if you are feeling all riled up and excited about your side-line gig. It is important to keep your focus on each at their own proper time as they are both equally important.

Scheduling is key, so set aside specific time or days for you to work on your hobby. And stick to them. You’ll find this way to be more productive as you can concentrate better and your momentum won’t be altered by any sudden task from your boss.

3. Slowly Build Your Clientele

This may mean you giving out your product or service for free just to get something out for people to share and talk about.

And with the digital age, this can be easily complimented by utilizing social media to market your business. This will cost you absolutely nothing but your time and Internet service which there is no doubt you have access to at home or at the office anyway.

Start with friends and families and hopefully they’ll the spread the word about how good you are. And eventually you’ll receive calls for orders and this time with paying customers.

Set up your own site to have a solid asset to send your leads to. Centralize all your activity around your own asset. Here’s a good guide on how to create a site.

4. Know Your Tools

There are plenty of tools that can help you realize your startup dream. There’s a tool for everything these days, from getting you organized to managing your invoices. The key is to create your own tool set. Too much of anything can hurt your productivity, even if it’s too much tools.

Here are a few tools I really like and use a lot:

  • Bustaname to brainstorm a domain
  • Optinmonster to set up email marketing campaigns
  • Launch Rock to create beautiful pre-launch sites
  • Trello to organize your plans and projects
  • Flipsnack to turn your marketing documents into beautiful flip-books to use on smartphones and tablets

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5. Find Inspiration

Inspiration

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Read up on motivating entrepreneur stories. Many successful businessmen started small while having a day job like you.

Learn from their experiences and gather ideas that may work well for your side line. Realize that there will be days when you feel overwhelmed by your day job and project’s demands.

And you’ll start to lose hope that you can’t do both and may even be compelled to just drop the project altogether. There are many websites to help you out on these challenging times as there are many budding entrepreneurs who are pursuing their passions like you. So don’t despair. Get yourself inspired.

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4 Things to Consider When Buying a Domain Name

Whether you’re setting up your first website or you have a strong background in website setup, it’s important to carefully consider your domain name. Buying a domain name plays a huge role in establishing your brand. It’s not a process that comes as an afterthought, and it’s not just the name that matters, either. Here are four other things worth considering when buying a domain name.

The SEO Value

There are many factors that impact where your site shows up in search engine results. In fact, if you’re using a website builder, you’ll have plenty of search engine optimization (SEO) tools at your fingertips. One of these factors that comes into play in SEO is the keywords in your domain name.

Let’s take an example. If someone searches “Start Blogging Online,” they’ll find startbloggingonline.com on the first page of the search results. (Note: Your domain name holds weight in search engine rankings, but there are tons of other factors at play. Startbloggingonline.com ranks for this long-tail keyword not solely because of its domain name but because it utilizes other SEO methods to appear in top results for blogging-related searches.)

Think about what SEO value your ideal domain name would bring to the table. Is the keyword relevant to your business or industry, or does it hold another meaning that more people are likely to search for? When people search this key term, what are they expecting to find? Does your site deliver on those expectations?

Don’t try to stuff too many keywords into your name. Your business name is the ideal option, but if you’re starting a blog and trying to come up with a website name based on what’s available, limit it to one word or a two- to three-word phrase. The longer you get, the more complicated it is for readers to remember, and that can indirectly affect your SEO by reducing your backlink potential.

Though SEO potential should be considered, don’t focus all your attention on what keywords will put you at the top. Consider SEO, but don’t forget about branding. Your domain name should benefit both of these areas, not one or the other.

 

Your Budget

If you’ve done any research into possible domain names for your site, then you’ll notice that some names are more expensive than others. On the low end, you’ll likely pay around $10-$15 per year to register your domain name. However, others sell for thousands of dollars.

This high price tag usually comes with domain names that have been previously registered. They may become available once the initial user’s ownership on them expires or if the owner decides to put the name up for sale. Since the domain has been used before, it often comes with added benefits like inbound links that can help with SEO. If it’s the right domain name for you, it also has the benefit of branding value.

In this case, a business with a somewhat atypical name might be able to snatch up a cheap domain that matches their business name. A more common name—whether other businesses also use the name or it’s just a common word, theme, or phrase—may either be taken or sell for a higher price. If your ideal domain name is priced quite high, then you may have to work this into your budget since it can have certain advantages.

It’s up to you on whether or not you want to tweak your domain name to go for the cheaper option or if you want to take advantage of the branding value and spend the money on a more expensive name. Once you go to register your domain, your registrar will tell you whether or not it’s taken and if it’s for sale. Consider your budget and how much you’re willing to spend on a good domain name, but make sure to have a few back-up options available in case your first choice is not for sale.

 

Your Extension Options

When you create your website and choose your domain name, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between several extensions, which include those like .com, .net, .org, and more. Oftentimes, the .com version of a domain is taken, but you can still buy it with a different extension, and sometimes at a cheaper price.

But are the other extensions worth it? The answer is that it depends.

First of all, you want to make sure your extension reflects the nature of your business or organization. For example, .com represents the word “commercial,” .net is for a “network,” and .org means “organization.”

For most business and personal uses, you’ll want to use the .com version. That’s because it’s the most used extension, and it gives your business credibility in having a presence on the web. It’s also more memorable. If web users can remember your domain name but forget the extension, it will be most likely assumed that it’s .com, which will make you easier to find on the web.

Weigh the costs and benefits. If your ideal domain is taken with the .com extension, you might be able to claim the name with the .net extension. Otherwise, you can search an alternative name to see if the .com is available.

 

Where You’re Buying From

Once you have your domain name picked out and know that it’s available, it’s time to think about who you want to register your domain name with. There are numerous registrars out there, including:

  • GoDaddy
  • NameCheap
  • com
  • iPage
  • Bluehost
  • DreamHost
  • HostGator
  • com

This is not a comprehensive list; it’s just a few examples.

You’ll notice here that some of these options, such as Bluehost, HostGator, and DreamHost, are not only domain registrars but are also web hosts. If you’re hosting through one of these companies, then you’ll have to consider if you want to go through them for both services. Though this has its advantages, many people caution against it.

The pros of using the same company for hosting and registering your domain name include:

  • It’s convenient.
  • Setup is easy.
  • Technical support can help if there are any issues.

However, there are also cons to doing this, including that:

  • It’s not as secure as spreading your services out.
  • It can be difficult to transfer your domain if you choose to change your host.
  • Some web hosts rent you the domain name but actually register it in their name, meaning that you don’t have the rights to move it to a new host or sell it. This is not the case with all hosts, but you should pay attention to the terms of your hosting agreement.

It’s up to you to weight the pros and cons about where to register your domain name, but before you make a final decision, be sure to at least consider other options. You’ll also want to research different hosts and domain registrars to see which one is the best for you. Pay attention to the terms of agreement so you understand what you’re getting from these services.

With these ideas in mind, you should be able to move forward with purchasing a domain name that benefits you and your business in many ways. What domain name options are you thinking about picking up for your next website?

 

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