Placed 6th in the global ranking of CCTLDs the .RU domain name is one of the leaders in terms of growth rates. The Coordination Centre for the extension announced the suffix is now approaching 4.1 million registrations. As popularity of the Russian Internet market grows, it appears the domain extension is all set to follow suit.
The upcoming release of 1,400 new top-level domain names (or TLDs) is causing controversy this week as people begin to question the reputability of some of the highest bidders.
The company causing the most concerns is Donuts Inc, who are spending $56 million in their bid for 307 of the available TLDs. Worries stem from the business’ links with Demand Media Inc, a domain registrar whose clients have been known to partake in cyber-squatting and trademark abuse. The current chief executive officer of Donuts used to be in charge of Demand Media, and the company have allegedly pledged to sell 107 of its TLDs to Demand if their bids are successful. A lawyer working on behalf of TLD holders is requesting that ICANN conduct an investigation into the relationship between the two firms.
It’s not often that we read about Google losing a National Arbitration case for a domain name that they dispute ownership of, but last week the search giant lost out on their case for the domain woogle.com. Read the rest of this entry »
From consumer goods to luxury experiences, many merchants offer affiliate marketers a slice of revenue. All you have to do is promote their goods and services; if you do it right, you’ll get a healthy paycheck in return.
Affiliate marketing is built on the concept of recommendation and endorsement, just as the old-fashioned travelling salesman would demonstrate products for a cut of the fee. Despite its phenomenal popularity, there are still plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Price comparison websites are popular, as are coupon websites and review sites. The more imaginative your idea, and the better your understanding of marketing principles, the better your chance of success.
US-based retailers Coach first launched their campaign against counterfeit products in 2009, and have now received $267m in damages. Their case against hundreds of businesses selling counterfeit versions of their accessories range also left them with ownership of over 570 domain names. The counterfeiters were operating from domains which included the trademarked word ‘Coach’ in an attempt to pass their products off as authentic.