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Microsoft Scores Bi.ng Domain Name

February 9, 2011.ng, bing, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, msft, nigeria, UncategorizedComments Off on Microsoft Scores Bi.ng Domain Name

Company registers short Nigerian domain name.

Microsoft registered the short URL Bi.ng on February 4 thanks to the liberalization of Nigeria’s .ng domain name to allow limited second level registrations.

Previously you were required to register .ng domain names at the third level, e.g. name.com.ng. However, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is now selling second level domains through an “auction“.

Companies with trademark rights in a particular domain can get the second level .ng for 3 million Naira, which is approximately $20,000 USD.

The domain name was registered through NIRA-accredited registrar WebDomains.com.ng. The registrar reports a number of other second level registrations including 3m.ng, leadership.ng, google.ng, gmail.ng, youtube.ng, honeywell.ng, and googli.ng.

Bi.ng might be a great URL shortener for Bing, but I have my concerns about basing a web site on country code domains like .ng that can frequently change their policies.


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Warning: Your Yahoo Search Traffic is Going Away Next Month

July 15, 2010bing, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, yahooComments Off on Warning: Your Yahoo Search Traffic is Going Away Next Month

Yahoo to transition to Bing search results very soon.

It’s time to stop talking about Yahoo search rankings and the traffic the search engine delivers to your site. Starting as early as next month, no one will care how well you’ve tricked Yahoo into ranking your site well.

Today Yahoo! sent out a communication to its advertisers telling them about the transition of organic search results to those of Bing. According to the email:

Assuming our testing continues to yield high quality results, we anticipate that our organic search results will be powered by Bing beginning in the August/September timeframe.

If organic search results are an important source of referrals to your website, you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared for this change.

I often see people brag about how their minisites or mass-produced web sites rank high on Yahoo and get traffic as a result. As soon as the changeover occurs, all that will matter is how well you rank in Bing and Google.


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