|WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 21 February|
| 7:19 pm on Feb 21, 2014 (gmt 0)|
ICANN’s domain validation, or Whois Data Reminder Policy or WDRP, is now operational, and you should ensure you have the correct details in your registration for the domain. It’s especially important to have the correct, or up-to-date e-mail address recorded. Notices are sent to all registrants of gTLD domain names (such as .com, .org, .info, etc.).
If you don’t have a valid or active, usable e-mail address on the registration you may not receive the validation notification, and that could spell disaster for your domain name.
I‘d encourage everyone to check the registration information, as without a correct e-mail you may not get the validation e-mail in the first place.
You’ve got 15-days to respond to the validation request. If you don’t, for whatever reason, including non-receipt of the e-mail, the domain will be suspended and put into “ClientHold” status.
I suspect the phishers may already be on the case for phake validation e-mails, so do beware. Validation e-mails should come from your domain registrar, however, the phishers will be aware of that just as much as everyone else.
Here’s a link to ICANN compliance information.
Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
In WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes, February is turning out to be a variable month, with suggestions of bigger changes in the SERPs.
Google launches an algorithmic change that looks at the layout of a webpage and the amount of content you see on the page once you click on a result. Join our thread titled, "Feb 6 Update of Google"
Mozilla has said it will start selling ads in Firefox. Yes, you read that correctly. Some WebmasterWorld Members are none too pleased about that news. Is it inevitable ads will appear somewhere if Mozilla is to continue development of Firefox?
Our thread on best and worst practices on faceted navigation and duplicative URLs has drawn some interest. Join in the conversation and learn about the best practices.
WebmasterWorld's link building round-up has drawn interest and we'll try and publish this, including the "best of," each month. Join our February link building blog post round-up.
The first major change in UK domains is coming later this year with the announcement that the new dot uk domains will be available from June 10, 2014. Find out more about this new domain in our thread on the topic.
How do you make infinite scroll pages search engine crawler friendly? After all, if the spiders cannot crawl the page it's unlikely to appear in the SERPs. Learn more in our thread, "Making Infinite Scroll Search Crawler Friendly"
Google announced it's launching "Google Capital," a growth equity fund backed by the company. "Google Launches Capital: Investment Into Growing Companies"
As anticipated, Microsoft launched OneDrive this week. This is the renamed SkyDrive product, but with added fizz.
Net Neutrality has been a hot topic for some time and whichever way it ends up, someone is going to be unhappy. It seems the FCC is planning on re-writing the rules to make it a better for users. no surprise then that some ISPs are unhappy.
This week Facebook announced it is to acquire the popular messaging app, WhatsApp, in a $16 Billion deal. Clearly, a huge deal. Do you think it's worth it?
On that topic of WhatsApp, there's a report that Google was interested and offered up to $12 billion for the messaging service.
How do you think the SERPs would look without linking as a ranking factor? According to Google's Matt Cutts, the SERPs would look a lot worse.
Google has just announced it is acquiring anti-click fraud company, spider.io Google said, "Our immediate priority is to include their fraud detection technology in our video and display ads products, where they will complement our existing efforts."
Google has invited more U.S. cities to participate in Google Fiber, it's program to speed up city-wide net connections.
Yahoo is to invest $10 million in a 5-year partnership with Carnegie Mellon University into research for improved mobile user experience. Suggestions are that this includes a Siri-like search for mobile users.
Are you a Google Glass Explorer? This week the company decided to publish Glass do's and dont's to help users avoid criticism and bad reactions.
More Microsoft news this week with the launch of Office Online. I took a look at the service and tested it, and it worked just great.
Google has offered developers a new smartphone with 3D sensors which it says are aimed at developing and improving maps. If you're a developer, get in touch now before the free offer is done.
There are a couple of router hacks going around right now, and here's one of them. "Linksys Router Exploit Released For The Moon Worm.
With all this talk over the NSA monitoring users, it seems the German Chancellor is to propose a European network to control privacy. Will it work, is it doable, and what will it cost?
Have a productive week, until next time...
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