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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 with a little more information.

Happy updating!

Jim and Neil
We're feeling lucky today!

Here are some of WebmasterWorld's threads we believe you'll find of interest.

Google's Matt Cutts: Guest Blogging for Links and SEO is Over
It's not entirely unexpected, and Matt said, "Okay, I'm calling it: if you're using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it's become a more and more spammy practice, and if you're doing a lot of guest blogging then you're hanging out with really bad company."

Chrome Extensions Removed By Google Over Ad Serving Breaking The Company's Terms.
On further investigation, it seems that the problem may be more widespread than just Google.

Bing: The Importance Of Domain Name In Ranking
So watching for, buying and using a domain name which corresponds to a phrase that gets high search volumes should see you ranking higher on that phrase, you getting more clicks, increased traffic, revenue, etc. And 10 years ago, there may have been some truth to this

Several more google AdSense tests are running with some of the latest including new thin arrow.
How's it affecting your earnings?

Google has announced a new look and navigation to AdWords.
It seems it's trying to finally get some consistency across all its UIs.

comScore's latest search engine rankings were published, and the stats looks consistent.

How do you deal with the WordPress comment spam escalation?
Find out how the experts are fighting back against the deluge.

Facebook has announced a new way for Developers to monetize mobile apps.
Find out more in our thread.

Google AdSense Direct was launched by Google recently.
It enables publishers with the capability to manage their own directly sold ads.

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the topic of why sites disappear from DMOZ.

Google has said it may take action over affiliate sites with thin or scraped content.
I thought this was old news, but it seems Google is reiterating its distaste for thin or scraped content.

Google Violated Patents and Must Pay Royalty on Adwords Revenue
District Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk division decided that I/P Engine, a patent licensing subsidiary of Vringo, should be paid an ongoing royalty rate of 6.5 percent on a part of AdWords revenue. This is a huge ruling and it's unlikely Google will take this lying down.

I'm sure you hadn't missed it: Google is to sell Motoroal Mobility to Lenovo.

Yet again, Yahoo's user e-mail accounts were recently compromised.

WebmasterWorld Members give and analysis and diagnosis of Google's AdSense program.

Google's results were out, and it looks like another strong year.

Is Yahoo getting back into search?
Sources said Mayer has put a priority on the projects.

Reports are coming in that many human edited directories are going nofollow.

Since our last newsletter, after much speculation Satya Nadella has been named Microsoft's CEO

Google has reached a deal with the E.U. over antitrust case.
Under the deal, after weeks of last-ditch negotiations, Google has agreed to give comparable prominence in online search results to services offered by three rivals.

Dick Costolo, CEO, said of Twitter's full year earnings, "Twitter finished a great year with our strongest financial quarter to date," Posting a $645 Million nett loss.

WebmasterWorld members discuss methods for whitelisting good requests vs blacklisting bad requests.

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes show some significant activity.

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 "Page Layout Algorithm"

Mozilla has said it will start selling ads in Firefox.

Faceted navigation and duplicative URLs: Best and worst practices.

The link building month of February 2014 actually started in late January when Matt Cutts called for SEOs to stick a fork in it.
Find out more in our February link building blog post round-up.

There's plenty there to digest, and we'd welcome your comments in our threads. Until next time!


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