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Friday, June 15, 2012 Daily Update
Another week down! I’ve now been in San Diego for 2 1/2 months and am down to the last couple of weeks before I head back to Canada. I’ll be home to enjoy the warm summer months and then back to San Diego in September. Tough life! It seems like the older I get, the less I like cold weather. I’m hoping to bypass most of winter entirely this year!
What’s Next for the New gTLDs
ICANN’s new gTLD “Reveal Day” took place Wednesday, June 13th, with the release of their list of new TLD applications received. A total of 1,930 applications were submitted for 1,409 new gTLDs (with 230 of them “in contention” with 2 or more applications for each). Many are wondering “what’s next?” now that these applications have been revealed. My partner at Domainate, Steve Jones, wrote a great rundown of what is ahead for the new gTLDs.
Getting Free Traffic
If you have an online business, getting traffic to your website should be at the top of your list. With all the focus recently on traffic from Google and social networks, little attention is being paid to Yahoo. Yes, Yahoo no longer has the prestige it may have once had, but it still remains in the top 5 sites for traffic both in the U.S. and worldwide.
With our own developed sites, we’ve been spending more time on getting traffic from Yahoo. There is much less competition in some areas and plus, we’re finding our rankings on Google improving.
One of the popular areas on Yahoo – accounting for a bit less than 20% of Yahoo traffic – is Yahoo Answers. This is where people can post questions which others answer and then answers are voted on. Several years ago, this was a technique I actively used for generating traffic to consumer sites. It worked rather well but as Google started to grow, I completely forgot about it.
I’ve started to revisit this and so far the results are fairly decent. Some immediate traffic and a bit of a rankings boost. Ironically, since Yahoo Answers ranks so well on Google, it’s likely that some of the traffic is coming from there. The bounce rate on Yahoo Answers is pretty high (a lot of people look at one page and then leave), but this can represent fairly targeted traffic.
It’s been a bumpy path figuring out how it all worked. Things have changed a bit since I last made use of it. The biggest thing is making sure that efforts are spent on areas that are a good fit with Yahoo Answers visitors. Yesterday, I came across an e-book that I really wish I’d had a few weeks ago. It’s a short e-book but it basically breaks down everything you need to know about using Yahoo Answers for traffic. Better yet – it’s very inexpensive and can save you a lot of time. You can check out the e-book here.
.ORG Prices Increasing
Effective July 1st, registrations and renewals of .org domains will be going up. If you’re looking to lock in savings, at our ComEtc site, we’re offering .org registrations and transfers in at only $8.49 each.
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Have a fabulous day friends!
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