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Google email, Google hosting, Google domains, Google Adwords, Froogle for product placement - sounds like a nice small business solution.
Link to the registrar list at iana.org
Google is #895
Think about it: Hosting at 8 levels of service, email, SEO, SE submit, monitoring services, template packages, PPC management services, placement with the yellow pages. The entire internet marketing related industry could be co-opted by the registrars.
Sleep lightly those looking to gain ground in local search. As the SMEs register or renew their domains they will 'learn' the advantages of one-stop shopping.
Score one for Google.
Anyone for "Google SEO Services"?
Google isn't going to be making money off of domain names. If they roll this out - it will be for bundling and branding and such. They make more off of one click on adwords than a domain name for a year (most likely).
They can have a host your blog and your own domain name (and we put adsense on it) stuff.
Of course -- nothing will stop conspiracy stories.
Right. Maybe they are planning on one or more.
Maybe this ties into the 'dark fiber specialist' position they where looking for a couple of weeks ago. Most people speculated that they were just looking to beef-up their networks. It's not too far-fetched for them to be setting up hosting data centers utilizing these networks as well.
[edited by: thedagda at 3:03 pm (utc) on Feb. 1, 2005]
They may as well do whatever they can while they can. Life is short after going public so who knows if they are even around in the same form in three years. Can Microsoft come from behind again like in the browser war?
Diversify until you're the best at nothing....but here's to hoping it'll be good.
Here's some more speculation. Imagine if they offer a new protocol for registering domains. Similar to ICANN's policy of having valid data in the registration. You want to register a domain, fine. You need to give social for personal accounts (in America) and Fed ID# for corps. Similar idea outside the country with local ID numbers. Now if you want 5000 domains, fine. But your name will be on it. Interlink, it will be noticed.
Now a domain is vetted. This improves their crawler tremendously. As mentioned in this thread, such an idea would result in claims of bias/etc. Which is their right and one day they will give up the unbiased nature of their site I believe. But if they wanted to keep it unbiased, they could use the excuse that spam has overwhelmed the internet and this is a needed service. Then they can implement a "sign-in" protocol. It works automatically if you register with Google, other registrars can automatically (fee-based or even free) interface with the system. Now they can crawl the web with more power. If your registrar doesn't support the new protocol, you can obtain an ID by signing into their system, receiving a special file that you place into your web's root. Googlebot visits to compare the key, which proves you can access the root of a website and are therefore the owner.
The power this would give their crawlers is immense. And the more time goes on, the more I believe it will become necessary to vet domains. Some system like this will have to be put in place. If we think spam is a problem now, just wait. Spammers will overtake the SEs completely. How can you possible combat automated domain registration, automated sophisticated, interlinking sites with autogenerated content using dictionaries? You can create autogenerated sites far faster than real ones. How long will it take for there to be more autogenerated sites w/ unintelligble content than real ones?
SEs will have to combat this by vetting the sources one way or another. It's either that or they will be totally broken.
Althought when I whois myself it would be sexy if it said Google :)
It also gives them the kind of access to whois data that a non-resistrant does not have.
Sometimes I conduct job interviews with people from various companies just to find out more about the company.
They will no doubt be using the "insider information" somehow to determine people setting up their own mini-sites and sites of that sort.
Its probably a good way to get rid of spammers, and blackhat SEO's and a great way to increase profits to their adwords/adsense programs....
Cleaner the organic search results, the more profits from advertisers...Win///Win....?
Whois is a huge database, changing rapidly.
How good are whois info services today? How good could it be if Google attacked it to "organize it"?
What else is it used for? Finding new domain names. How good are "find a new domain name" services today? Ho wgood could they be if Google "organized" it?
Of course they will eat their own dogfood as well.
I expect to hear of a Google credit bureau eventually.
Another revenue stream capitlaising on things they're already good at, specifically distributing huge amounts of content efficiently and reliably.
I mena, given the bandwidth toll Google search racks up daily, they have an impressive uptime record. Apply their distributed load server technology to the hosting business, and you have a winner.
They can get into the hosting market cheap. They already have the data centers, they already have the big pipes going into the data centers. They have some of the best geeks on the planet who are good at keeping everything running.
Hosting domains should be dead easy for them. It's a pure revenue proposition for the first year, at least. They could ad 100,000 small business and personal sites in a year without even touching their badnwidth margins or storage capacity margins.
Ethical questions aside, it's smart business. And since the IPO, that's what it's all about. Business.