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by Helen Leggatt
You’re ambling around town when suddenly you crave Chinese dumplings. You whip out your phone and after a couple of local searches you’re well on your way to getting your fix.
A similar scenario plays out day after day as mobile users refer to their devices for local information – information that will help them navigate their immediate environment and solve their real-time needs and wants.
It’s not surprising, then, to read of recent data from Microsoft that shows over half (53%) of mobile searches on Bing have a local intent.
Hence the development of ads that, quite literally, guide consumers from “search to store”. Such ads, including Google’s Expandable Map ads, appear both on the mobile web and in apps and, when clicked, provide the user with directions to a store.
“Mobile user demand for information that can be acted on in the real world, in real-time is, well, very real,” writes Search Engine Land’s Greg Sterling, who uncovered the data in a recent chat with Bing’s Director of Search, Stefan Weitz.
“That’s what this Microsoft stat reflects. If that’s not an argument for mobile advertising in general and mobile search in particular, I don’t know what is.”
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Life’s about to get a bit more frustrating for Google’s international Google Maps teams. That’s because regulators in Italy have mandated that Google take additional measures to warn local populaces when its Street View cars are out and about—and, more importantly, taking pictures of unsuspecting passersby and locations alike.
ICANN is a private, non-profit technical coordination body for the Internet’s name and numbering systems.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. These services were originally performed under U.S. Government contract by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and other entities. ICANN now performs the IANA function.
As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.
ICANN is responsible for coordinating the management of the technical elements of the DNS to ensure universal resolvability so that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. It does this by overseeing the distribution of unique technical identifiers used in the Internet’s operations, and delegation of Top-Level Domain names (such as .com, .info, etc.).
Other issues of concern to Internet users, such as the rules for financial transactions, Internet content control, unsolicited commercial email (spam), and data protection are outside the range of ICANN’s mission of technical coordination.
Within ICANN’s structure, governments and international treaty organizations work in partnership with businesses, organizations, and skilled individuals involved in building and sustaining the global Internet. Innovation and continuing growth of the Internet bring forth new challenges for maintaining stability. Working collectively, ICANN’s participants address those issues that directly concern ICANN’s mission of technical coordination. Consistent with the principle of maximum self-regulation in the high-tech economy, ICANN is perhaps the foremost example of collaboration by the various constituents of the Internet community.
ICANN is governed by an internationally diverse Board of Directors overseeing the policy development process. ICANN’s President directs an international staff, working from three continents, who ensure that ICANN meets its operational commitment to the Internet community.
Designed to respond to the demands of rapidly changing technologies and economies, the flexible, readily implemented policy development process originates in the three Supporting Organizations. Advisory Committees from individual user organizations, and technical communities work with the Supporting Organizations to create appropriate and effective policies. Over eighty governments closely advise the Board of Directors via the Governmental Advisory Committee.
There are currently three Supporting Organizations. The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) deals with policy making on generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) deals with policy making on country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs). The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) deals with policy making on IP addresses.
Nameservers are the Internet’s equivalent to phone books. A nameserver maintains a directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses (computers). A Domain is the part of the URL that locates a group or entity on the Internet.
A Name Server is a host or computer server that has the software and the data (zone files) necessary to resolve domain names to Internet Protocol (IP) numbers. Domain names require a minimum of two name servers hosted on separate networks.
The information from all the nameservers across the Internet is gathered in a central registry. A Registry is a database associating DNS information with an individual, a legal entity or operational entity.
This makes it possible for visitors to access your Web site using a familiar domain name, instead of having to remember a series of numbers.
Nameservers on other networks can access information at the central registry up to 8 hours after registering .COM and .NET domains and up to 48 hours for all other domain extensions. This period is referred to as the propagation period. Propagation is the time frame a process undergoes while the request or modification is being completed.
The nameserver you use depends on where you set up your hosting account. Hosting is the storage space or capacity for a Web site on the Internet. An example of nameservers are ns43.domaincontrol.com and ns44.domaincontrol.com.
Some registrar’s (a registrar has access to a domain registry and the ability to provide domain names to individuals and companies) require that domain names you buy must be registered through them if you want to use their system to register nameservers.
WHOIS is a central database which tracks domains and IP registrations and lists the owner contact email, phone number and address.
A Whois listing contains information associated with a domain name, such as its creation and expiration dates, the registrar of record, and various contacts (administrative, technical, etc.). Whois data is collected when a domain name is registered and is public information.
The Whois information appears whenever a person conducts a Whois search on a particular domain name. Unless you use a proxy service.
The second-level domain is the readable part of the domain name that is located immediately to the left of the dot. For example, the second-level domain in coolexample.com is “coolexample.” You define the second-level domain when you register most domains. However, there are some registries that restrict the second-level domain, such as .UK domains. Domains with this extension must include .CO. For example, coolexample.co.uk.
Second-level domains can be divided into further domain levels (for example, www.one.coolexample.com). These subdomains sometimes represent different computer servers within departments, but they can be created for any purpose. More than one second-level domain name can be used for the same IP address. An IP Address is a set of numbers divided by periods that specifies a location for the TCP/IP Protocol.
Hopefully this information helps when you’re choosing domain names to buy.
Some domain name registrar’s offer a process that will certify the domain names you buy.
A Certified domain provides the owner’s Web site with a certified seal that alerts customers that the owner is the legal originator of the domain. This feature eases customer concerns and assures them that vendors are who they say they are.
When you apply for the Certified Domain authorization and validation process it serves to verify that the certificate requester is the registrant of the domain for which the certificate is being requested. It also checks to verify the Who is database contains accurate and valid contact information for the Administrative, Technical, and Registrant contacts. Fraud screening is usually included in the process. Normally every 2 years the Certified Domain authorization and validation process is completed.
Anyone who has a domain registered can apply for a Certified Domain. To successfully process the application and issue the seal control the domain in question must be verified along with the requester’s contact information.
Using an automated and manual processes, if the verifier is unable to locate contact information for the domain administrator, the Certified Domain request is denied.
If the domain administrator, technical contact, or registrant rejects the Certified Domain request upon receiving a domain authorization email message, the request is denied. All recipients of the domain authorization message must approve the request.
If fraud screening for the domain in question raises valid suspicion of fraud, the Certified Domain is denied.
Sometimes the automated phone call cannot be completed or no valid phone number is submitted or the requestor fails to answer the phone, the Certified Domain request is then denied.
A Certified Domain validation is issued for a particular domain name, and the Domain Origination Certified seal is added to the Whois listing for that domain name. Therefore, regardless of the Web site associated with the domain name, the Certified Domain authorization and validation continue to apply to that domain name.
If the registration for a domain that has been validated expires before the Domain Origination Certified seal is set to expire, the Domain Origination Certified seal is terminated with the expiration of the domain registration.
Though relying on somewhat similar authentication procedures, including verification of requester’s contact information and domain registration control, SSL certificates and a Certified Domain serve different purposes.
An SSL certificate enables a secure, encrypted connection between a visitor’s Web browser and a Web site’s server, thus keeping transactions safe from tampering and interception. A Certified Domain simply informs Web site visitors that the registration and control of the Web site’s domain name has been validated. A Certified Domain does not establish a secure connection.
Once processed and issued, a Domain Origination Certified seal is added to the Whois listing for your domain. In addition, you are provided with HTML code that you can copy and paste into your Web site’s source code, so that the Domain Origination Certified seal appears on your site.
This information should help give you an idea if you need to certify the domain names you buy.
Many people wonder why you need a domain name at all. They are really a unique address to be able to find a web site anywhere in the world.
When you register a domain name a web site does not automatically appear by typing the domain name into the browser. You have to build a web page then upload the file using an ftp provider. This ftp provider should come with your hosting provider.
This is why you must always consider the hosting when you buy a domain name because it is easier to host where the name is registered. The process of transferring a domain name to another place to be hosted will be discussed in a future article. It is just always the best practice to look for to highest uptime guarantee and very accessible customer support and buy domains at the same place. It is easier to manage everything with it centrally located.
When you choose hosting the account will be assigned a numeric address, called an IP address, this will be used for your web site. This is a series of numbers. Your domain and IP address will be stored in a database with all other domain names and IP addresses.
When visitors enter your domain into the browser, your domain name will work like an address forwarding service by forwarding visitors to the IP address where your web site is stored. Domain names are used instead of the actual IP addresses because most people would find it too difficult to use the long numeric IP address.
This is why when choosing good domain names to buy always try to pick something that is easy to remember and to spell. People do not always type the address into the browser when they are looking at someone’s website advertisement.
When you buy domains you can also do other things than just create a website. Many creative people will search for valuable domain names to buy and resell like property. Domain names can be a very good investment.
You can place the domain names you buy for sale and you can also park them while you wait for someone to make an offer. Parking the domain names you buy can also generate some income by the parked google ads people click on.
Another creative way to use the domain names you buy is to forward them to a domain you are using and funnel the existing traffic of the domain names you buy to your existing website. Many marketers use this strategy to pick up lots of traffic at a very reasonable price.
Always remember that when searching, choosing and registering domain names to buy no matter how you use the domain names, the reason they are used instead of an IP address is a domain name is easier to remember and use.
Domain names are used like an address to find websites on the internet. There is a lot of controversy on how to choose the best domain names. Some people think the domain names should reflect the business and some people say it doesn’t matter, you only need domain names that are easy to remember. Actually both of these ideas need to be considered when you purchase a domain name.
Because domain names are only registered one time for a certain number of years you need to choose your domain names carefully. If you can find domain names to buy that are relevant, these are always a good choice. Remember though many times domain names are used in advertising that is offline and people will need to be able to remember these to type into the address bar when they are at their computer.
This is why picking domain names that are easy to remember and spell are always the best choice. Think about the confusion of using a number or a word that can be spelled multiple ways. If you do choose something that can fall into this trap always register all variations of the name so you won’t lose traffic to misspellings.
There are also many extensions to choose from the .com, .info, .net, .org to name a few. Always remember most people think .com when they think internet. They can hear. Org or .net and even see these extensions but type in .com out of habit. People have been trained to think .com when they think internet. Because of this it is always a good idea to get all the extensions and any possible misspellings of the name. If you don’t and then build up a large traffic flow someone is bound to notice this and profit from your traffic.
Lately new extensions like .tv and .me plus recently .in is being offered. These extensions can be used in a variety of ways to complement the .com version. Many people will search for a name and find the .com is taken so they will choose the .net or .info because they were set on that particular name. This is a very unwise practice, it is best to choose an entirely different name so you can get the .com, because people will type your address into the bar with a .com and the other website will get your traffic.
Many sites that sell domain names will offer suggestions or variations to a .com name that is taken. I have often found better more relevant names using this technique. So always keep your choices open while searching and always do keyword research first to try and get domain names that contain the keyword you plan to target.