Find the right keywords and keyphrases for which to optimize your website

Keywords can make or break your website promotion campaign. Ideally, a good keyword meets these requirements:

  1. It describes your business, product or service — or some part of it.
  2. It is frequently used by people when they make searches in Google or other search engines.
  3. Online competition for this word is not too tough (not too many websites are already optimizing for this keyword).

To get a mass of keyword ideas and pick out the best–working for SEO keywords, you should got part of SEO PowerSuite tool called Rank Tracker.

You feed Rank Tracker a couple of keywords that you think are good for your site, and it comes up with hundreds of new keyword suggestions that also describe your website”s offer! Besides, you will see how often people search for each keyword on this list and how tough competition is for each and every word.

Rank checker

If you don”t want to make your own choices, Rank Tracker will come up with Keyword Efficiency Index (KEI) for each word and simply mark the best keywords with green and the least effective ones with red.

You can start with keyword choice right now — just download Rank Tracker and follow the built–in wizard to start research.

Ping Services List

You can automatically notify blog directories and search engines that your blog has been updated by using ping services. Below goes the lists of URLs to use in your blog/CMS/software.

XML-PRC ping services list

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://bitacoras.net/ping
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc
http://1470.net/api/ping
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://blogmatcher.com/u.php
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
http://coreblog.org/ping/
http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt
http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
http://ping.amagle.com/
http://ping.bitacoras.com
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/
http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.myblog.jp
http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://ping.weblogs.se/
http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
http://rpc.newsgator.com/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php
http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b
http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1
http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php
http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php
http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php
http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/
http://xmlrpc.blogg.de
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/

Google local ping services list

http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/pingRPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2

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(last updated December 16, 2008, under review)

GoDaddy promo codes

While GoDaddy is biggest and most trusted registrar, I recommend to buy domains only from them. Registerfly gave a good lesson, what could happen if you run a risk and try other registrar (even if it looks good enough).

And even more – you could save money. There are number of promo codes, which give you some savings. Since friends and colleges keep asking me about them, I’ve decided to post them here and keep updating.

Update June 1, 2010

No one of below provided codes worked, except gdbb776$7.68 $7.99  /.com renewal – after icann price increase on July 1, 2010.

Update April 2,  2010

gda347d gave $7.17 price for .net renewal and $7.66 for .com one.  Should work for new domain registrations too.


Past codes

OYH7 – $7.49 +0.20 ICANN fee  .com domains (and renewals too) – sometimes works for other domain extensions too.

goaz006c – 6.99+ICANN fee for new .com domain registrations – works for multiple year registrations (+ free whois privacy protection if you register 5 new domains at once)

goaorg01a – worked for .org renewal ($7.49 + ICANN fee), should work for new .org registrations too.  7/10/2009

gdbb776 – worked for .net renewal ($7.50 + ICANN fee) 7/10/2009

ZINE5 – 10% off anything

ZINE6 – $5 discount on all orders $30 or more

Old, but usually working codes:

hash3 or OYH3 – pay $7.49 instead of 9.99 for each .com domains. If you pay for more than 1 year, $2.50 discount applies for each year.

OYH2 – $5 discount for any services, if total order amount is over $30 (best to use, when keeping total amount is ~ 30$ )

OYH1 – 10% discount for any purchase at GoDaddy (not only domains – includes all services)

IX Web Hosting: Probably Best Hosting Package

If You run multiple web sites, you need hosting account, which allows more than 1 domain/site to host. And best – if each site had unique IP. Probably all hosting companies could offer that – but usually charging about $2/month.

Fortunately one day I”ve found such hosting company, which doesn”t charge extra $ for dedicated IP! When I”ve purchased their services, they allowed only 8 domains for business plan (it was still good, if pay $7.95/month and receive 8 dedicated IP worth $16!) And even more, about week ago they changed some features and now UNLIMITED DOMAINS can be hosted!

Here goes probably best hosting package”s main features:

  • Host UNLIMITED sites
  • 8 dedicated IP addressess (haven”t found any other hosting company offering this…)
  • 2 FREE DOMAINS (there are some companies offering 1 free domain, but haven”t seen that someone offered 2)
  • 500 Gb web space
  • 3,500 Gb data transfer /month
  • Free credits for marketing (total value $460, including $50 for Microsoft Ad Center, $50 for Google AdWords, $50 for Yahoo! search marketing etc.)
  • FREE Setup + FREE Web Design software
  • Other usual things, which are available with hosting packages – no need to list them all.
  • Really good services (review from satisfied customer, who wrote this short article 🙂

You think it”s for You? If yes,

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THAT HOSTING COMPANY’S SITE!

RegisterFly Scandal Culminates in Class Action Lawsuit

More than 75,000 individuals have already lost their Internet domain names registered through RegisterFly.com. New class action lawsuit seeks to protect up to a million more from the same fate.

Winston/Salem, NC – March 28, 2007 – Yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge unsealed a class action lawsuit against Internet domain registrar RegisterFly along with the corporation charged with accreditation and oversight of registrars, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), among others. The lawsuit (Anne Martinez v RegisterFly, ICANN et. al.) filed by Attorney E. Clarke Dummit alleges that RegisterFly has systematically defrauded its customers who attempted to register or renew Internet domain names, causing them to lose their domain names, finances, and even entire businesses. The lawsuit was initially sealed due to fears of retribution by RegisterFly.com towards plaintiff Anne Martinez for filing the suit, but since then other concerns have become more pressing, and the case was opened to the public.

Lead Plaintiff Anne Martinez fears that RegisterFly is likely to cause the loss of her website GoCertify.com, which is the primary source of support for her and her children. The GoCertify.com domain, which had a scheduled expiration date of March 18, 2007, according to Registerfly, could not be renewed (even though Anne was charged for the service of having that done), was refused transfer to a different registrar, and has had Anne”s ownership information completely removed or concealed from public databases as well as made inaccessible to her. Martinez says, “if Medina illegally shuts down my registration, I could end up losing my business that has supported me for years, and even my home, and I am only one of thousands of people in this same situation. I can not just stand by and let this happen.”

Long before the allegations of misuse of RegisterFly funds by company owner Kevin Medina for such things as escort service; a liposuction procedure; a penthouse apartment in Miami, Florida; and a $6,000 Chihuahua dog, RegisterFly had already earned a growing reputation for failing to renew or transfer domain names, respond to customer support issues, and double or triple charge for services never delivered. It was clear that RegisterFly was in trouble, and the accreditation agency of registrars, ICANN, knew it, but ICANN did not perform its duty to protect the public and continued to accredit RegisterFly and allow it to perform as a registrar.

In fact, ICANN, which collects a fee for every domain sold through its accredited registrars, did not give notice of termination of ICANN”s accreditation of RegisterFly until the day AFTER attorney Dummit served ICANN with this class action lawsuit. This provides further evidence that it is time for the American Legal System to step in and reign in this outrageous, illegal behavior that has already harmed many people around the world, and threatens to damage many more.

“I only hope that this situation can be brought under control before it becomes even worse, and that the agents responsible for all of this harm and heartache will be held accountable for what they have done,” says Martinez.

Visit http://www.registerfly-lawsuit.com for details and recent updates according Class Action Lawsuit against Registerfly.

Registerfly Customers: How to Regain Control for Domains

As you probably noticed, due to Registerfly system troubles there”s impossible to remove ProtectFly (whois protection service) for some domains. In such case, your contact information isn”t displayed, so it”s impossible to transfer such domains to other registrar.

Fortunately, there”s solution. It worked for me and for others.

  1. Go to the Registerfly site and open a new account. Select a new log-in name (user ID) when creating the account.
  2. Log-in to the old account and select drop down menu item “Change of Ownership”. Perform an internal push of domains to the other user log-in (User ID).
  3. You will receive a notification email indicating the new Registrant information.
  4. When you log into the new account, Protectfly should be gone and you should be able to unlock the domain and obtain the authorization codes.

Termination of RegisterFly.com Registrar Accreditation Agreement

The news is in. This is it and official, ICANN has in fact stripped Registerfly of the Accreditation effective IMMEDIATELY!

ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly.com”s Registration Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

ICANN has issued a letter to RegisterFly indicating that it will cease operating as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar on March 31, 2007. Under the terms of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN must provide 15 days written notice to RegisterFly of its intention to terminate.

Effective immediately ICANN has terminated RegisterFly”s right to use the ICANN Accredited Registrar logo on its website.

Between now and 31 March RegisterFly is required to unlock and provide all necessary Authinfo codes to allow domain name transfers to occur. Any and all registrants wishing to transfer away from RegisterFly during this period should be allowed to do so efficiently and expeditiously.

“Terminating accreditation is the strongest measure ICANN is able to take against RegisterFly under its powers,” Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN said today.

“ICANN has been frustrated and distressed by recent management confusion inside RegisterFly,” Dr. Twomey, President said. “I completely understand the greater frustration and enormous difficulty that this has created for registrants.”

When the Agreement is terminated, ICANN can approve a bulk transfer of all current RegisterFly domain names to another ICANN accredited Registrar.

“Of course, RegisterFly does not have to wait till then. They can request ICANN to approve a bulk transfer immediately. I call on RegisterFly to act in the interests of registrants and seek such a transfer from us straight away,” Dr. Twomey said.

ICANN intends to hold a forum to discuss the reform of the Accreditation policy and process at its Lisbon meeting in a week”s time*.

A set of questions and points to inform the discussion will be made public prior to the Lisbon meeting.

* The Lisbon meeting is one of three meetings held a year by ICANN to meet with global stakeholders. It will take place from 26-30 March 2007.

You can read this on the ICANN website here.

Some better news according Registerfly

Quick announcement. John and Glenn have re-gained control of Registerfly and the site was down due to them moving it over to the new server. So this domain name successfully transferred away from Kevin Medina and is now under full control of John and Glenn along with Mark Klein.

Update: Later same day (March 6th) site was online, I”ve initiated most urgent transfers and could login to RegisterFly account for obtaining authorization codes. However, members area worked not properly, needed big patience in order to change whois protection status, also for some domains couldn”t change contact information at all (was attempting to enter own instead of Protectfly, but was getting errors). Also, authorization code for 1 domain was invalid.

Let”s hope, that things would go better.

RegisterFly Update – March 2nd, 2007

ICANN provides the following update:

  • As is already known on 21 February 2007, ICANN issued a letter to RegisterFly [PDF, 101K] indicating a Notice of Breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and demanding that RegisterFly act within 15 working days to cure the breaches outlined in the letter.
  • Also on 21 February, ICANN sent a Notice of Audit [PDF, 60K] that required RegisterFly to allow ICANN to inspect and copy records as well as a notice to submit data to ICANN or a reputable escrow agent regarding registration applications and Registered name holders.
  • On 27 February 2007, ICANN sent two employees to RegisterFly offices in New Jersey to audit them and obtain the registrant information.
  • RegisterFly has not complied. On 1 March 2007 RegisterFly”s lawyers forwarded a letter [PDF, 12K] to ICANN advising that refusal to comply with ICANN”s request “should not be construed as my client”s unwillingness to cooperate with ICANN but as evidence of their continuing efforts to service their customers.”
  • In response ICANN has issued a second letter [PDF, 288K] dated 2 March 2007 setting out additional breaches of the Registrar Agreement. In that letter ICANN describes RegisterFly”s statement that refusal to comply is evidence of customer service as “preposterous.”
  • RegisterFly”s continuing breaches of the RAA are serious and will be pursued.
  • ICANN”s primary concern is to do what it can to protect registrant and related data.
  • ICANN has provided notice that it will file a suit against RegisterFly in the United States District Court for the Central District of California seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring RegisterFly to turn over the data requested and to compel an emergency audit of its books and records.
  • In addition to this legal action, ICANN today convened a telephone conference among those needed to implement a plan that will help cease unintended deletions. The participants were registries holding RegisterFly names: Afilias (.info), Newstar (.biz), VeriSign (.com, .net), RegisterFly backend services provider Tucows and eNom (for which RegisterFly was a reseller) as well as representatives of RegisterFly.
  • The Registries involved have agreed to move any RegisterFly names in Redemption Grace Period* status into Server-Delete-Prohibited status. This will prevent them from being deleted from the registry and becoming available for re-registration by others. ICANN commends and encourages this example of cooperation to protect registrant data.
  • ICANN will provide further updates as new information is available and action taken.

    Media Contacts:

    Paul Levins

    Executive Officer and Vice President Corporate Affairs ICANN
    Ph: +1 310 301 5804 E: paul.levins – at – icann.org

    International
    Andrew Robertson, Edelman ( London)
    Ph: +44 7921 588 770
    E: andrew.robertson – at – edelman.com

    * (Registration Grace Period is a period that allows the domain-name registrant, registrar, or registry operator time to detect and correct any mistaken deletions. During the grace period, the deleted name will be placed on REGISTRY-HOLD, which will prevent the name from functioning/resolving. This tends to call attention to the impending deletion).