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stardoc

10:54 am on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google's service will charge a $10 annual fee and only handle addresses ending in four suffixes _ ".com," ".net," ".biz" and ".info."

full story: [chron.com...]

(i hope posting this link is fine)

This seems to be an interesting development. Does anyone know of a google link where we can see it in action?

jchampliaud

11:11 am on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Nice find. There is a another story here - [theregister.co.uk...]

The reason it paid a $2,500 application fee and $6,500 to cover six top-level domains is that it "wants to get a better understanding of the domain name system [and so] increase the quality of our search results".

Reading between the lines, maybe keywords in domain names won't mean as much in the future.

starec

11:34 am on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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maybe keywords in domain names won't mean as much in the future

I wish it were true. Keywords in domain names are as easy to spam as the meta descriptions and meta keywords. It makes very little sense to use them for ranking algos. All those Google PhDs should implement other criteria that makes more common sense...

vite_rts

12:12 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think keywords in domain names are great, to me

They signal, in an unmistakeable way , the intent of the website to webusers

They signal, in an unmistakeable way , the intent of the website to search engines

They make it possible for low budget entrants into a market, like me, to compete with established brand names, branding is enomously expensive to attain, an maintaining brand recognition, well , those expenses must be scarey

So, heres to hoping google, msn, yahoo continue to like keyword domains for a while longer :-)

SEOPTI

12:43 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google should fix their broken search results first before spreading wings. But who knows, greed is greed.

[edited by: SEOPTI at 12:45 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2006]

kaled

1:17 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm surprised it's taken this long. The big question is will Google get into hosting? I think I predicted that for the end of this year - I missed, but by how far?

Kaled.

zomega42

2:46 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone think of a reason to pay Google $10 when you can get the same service from an established provider for less? They must be planning to do it "differently" somehow, or provide some major extra services. Same way they did with gmail -- who would have thought we needed another free email service, but turns out we did.

LifeinAsia

4:23 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They must be planning to do it "differently" somehow,

Maybe they're throw in "guaranteed" indexing? "Register through us and we'll index you even without inbound links."
Speaking of that, any takers on when we'll see the first related conspiracy post on WW? "I registered my domain through Google and it was indexed right away."

[edited by: LifeinAsia at 4:24 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2006]

Snickers

5:05 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many of their products/services does not reach much of the market.
They seem to simply just want their hands in all the different internet markets.

But it has only been few markets, where they have seem to be interested in getting large share of the procentage. The rest, it seems they simply only want to be present... for now

rohitj

5:08 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If they make it really easy to integrate with your existing google account, and have a similar web 2.0 interface, then it might just be worth the extra $1 annually compared to some of the other registrars. As for the conspiracy theories, registering a domain through their system would likely not help in rankings -- especially given the fact that the majority of registered domains won't be offering much content until they're built up months down the line. However, it may help google keep track of new sites and organizations -- so that later on down the road they have another source to use for crawling new sites. I wonder if they'll offer any privacy or proxy type service...that's when the real conspiracy theories can start to emerge...

AhmedF

5:38 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ugh GoDaddy. Talk about an evil company, GD it is.

Marcia

5:44 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It'll integrate very nicely with Google Checkout, and so would hosting.

"Register through us and we'll index you even without inbound links."

Right now I have a holding page up for a domain that's been indexed without one single, solitary inbound link.

jtara

6:34 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Right now I have a holding page up for a domain that's been indexed without one single, solitary inbound link.

Ditto.

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[edited by: jtara at 6:39 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2006]

randle

6:38 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"wants to get a better understanding of the domain name system [and so] increase the quality of our search results"

There a curious group, and this gets them a little closer to being able to peek under the hood. I donít think thereís ever really been any ranking ramifications to it all, i.e. protected who is, domains by proxy, bogus who is, ect vs. open accurate info. However, clearly they could stop a lot of junk by getting a clearer picture of ownership; without question, theres a signal or two of quality in that data. Donít have a problem with it here.

farmboy

8:05 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Speaking of that, any takers on when we'll see the first related conspiracy post on WW? "I registered my domain through Google and it was indexed right away."

Or maybe, "I registered 10 names via Google and put up sites and now they have penalized me for having a network of crosslinked sites.

FarmBoy

farmboy

8:06 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ugh GoDaddy.

Their airbrush artist sure did a good job with Danica Patrick's hair on their home page.

FarmBoy

jglaysher

9:53 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It would also tie in nicely with Google Page Creator (pages.google.com).

Then you could use a domain purchased from G with your site hosted by G.

plumsauce

3:11 am on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Nah,

They want to merge with GoDaddy, so they have all the letters for their new name, GOD.INC

RonPK

1:45 pm on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It would also tie in nicely with Google Page Creator (pages.google.com). Then you could use a domain purchased from G with your site hosted by G.

Ditto. (Technically something like that is already possible without G being a registrar: by using a CNAME / DNS alias.) It also seems a logical addition to Google Apps for Your Domain.

walkman

5:01 pm on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)



this I don't get. Very low margin business, and they're a reseller to boot. Maybe to make it more likely that the page creator /gmail are used?

Kufu

5:43 pm on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Right now I have a holding page up for a domain that's been indexed without one single, solitary inbound link.

This nothing new. Google has been doing this since they became a registrar. I have at least 10 domains that are indexed with just a place-holder, and no links.

Leosghost

5:51 pm on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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same here ..absolutely no inbounds ..I dont use and never have used the toolbar ..and have some nice number ones for one word searches that just show my "parent directory" ..on more than just a few domains ..in diverse areas ..the accumulating "trust rank" is nice :))..

such things do help to see what they do and how they do it ..and not to rely upon what they say ( fud ) about what they do and how they do it ..:)

would I ever buy a domain from G ...really don't think so ;-) ..eggs and baskets ..

edit typo

[edited by: Leosghost at 5:54 pm (utc) on Dec. 16, 2006]

oldpro

11:31 pm on Dec 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I predicted this over a year ago...need to find the post.

Rogi

6:44 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does the 'registrar' status give Google more information on who owns the domains (more so than the standard 'whois')?

Do they now have more information on who is cross-linking their sites?

4dwebhosting

9:42 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they're throw in "guaranteed" indexing? "Register through us and we'll index you even without inbound links."
Speaking of that, any takers on when we'll see the first related conspiracy post on WW? "I registered my domain through Google and it was indexed right away."

Even though the above statement is a guess or theory I do think that this is something google would do. And in my mind this is exactly what Microsoft started to do... Bundling things. Google is starting to throw it's weight with one product into another giving an unfair advantage.

I would agree that google is getting greedy and is still neglecting their main function of being a great search engine.

physics

6:25 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I agree it's probably a step towards Google's version of web hosting. If anyone could offer digg & /. proof hosting it would be the big G.

KeithCash

5:12 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe GoGoogle.com

They could buy GoDaddy.com. Maybe get better models.
The service is good and websites stay up.

cheers

jtara

7:10 am on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If anyone could offer digg & /. proof hosting it would be the big G.

How about Amazon?

Take Amazon EC2, and somehow make it transparent. As load increases, they just add more servers. You can contract for higher average loads at lower cost, but bursts are handled at a reasonable premium.

Obviously, would only work in a constrained environment. (Specific server-side tools, modified to work in the EC2 environment.)

Marcia

7:46 am on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hey fellas, so what's the big deal?

Both Microsoft/MSN and Yahoo! have been into both domain registration and web hosting, and neither of their properties or services has caused this much of a stir. So what's the problem? Why is Google so diffeent, anyway?

benevolent001

8:14 am on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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google is selling domains for $10 for google domain tools and i think soon would be soon for blogging and adsense promotions
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