How to Research Domain Names on the Web

Researching domain names on the web is often frustrating because all the good names that are in your mind have already been taken. There are however tools that you help you brainstorm new ideas for domain names and you may sometimes strike gold.

The IANA maintains a complete list of top-level domains (like .am for Armenia or .be for Belgium) that you may consider registering in case the usual .com and .org addresses for your domain are not available.

It’s obviously not easy for anyone to search through dozens of domain extensions manually so a tool like iWantMyName should help. With a single click, iWantMyName lets you check the availability of a domain name against most of the international domains* from one place.

Another excellent tool for researching domains is Domai.nr. Give it any word and Domai.nr will suggest some really creative domain names around that word.

For instance, if you are looking for a domain like “awesome”, Domai.nr will check the availability of generic domains (like awesome.com) as well as unconventional domains like aweso.me, aws.me, aw.sm, etc. which also make lot of sense in case the original one is not available.

You may also use characters from Arabic, Hindi and other non-Latin scripts when searching for domains on both Domai.nr and iWantMyName.

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Researching domain names on the web is often frustrating because all the good names that are in your mind have already been taken. There are however tools that you help you brainstorm new ideas for domain names and you may sometimes strike gold.

The IANA maintains a complete list of top-level domains (like .am for Armenia or .be for Belgium) that you may consider registering in case the usual .com and .org addresses for your domain are not available.

It’s obviously not easy for anyone to search through dozens of domain extensions manually so a tool like iWantMyName should help. With a single click, iWantMyName lets you check the availability of a domain name against most of the international domains* from one place.

Another excellent tool for researching domains is Domai.nr. Give it any word and Domai.nr will suggest some really creative domain names around that word.

For instance, if you are looking for a domain like “awesome”, Domai.nr will check the availability of generic domains (like awesome.com) as well as unconventional domains like aweso.me, aws.me, aw.sm, etc. which also make lot of sense in case the original one is not available.

You may also use characters from Arabic, Hindi and other non-Latin scripts when searching for domains on both Domai.nr and iWantMyName. Leer más “How to Research Domain Names on the Web”

Google add new Twitter feature – reinvent social news

Google are currently testing a new feature on Google News , that adds a new social layer into their news function. By adding your Twitter details, Google News stories will be populated with stories that your friends have tweeted out, in the sidebar. This is in a testing phase and you’ll see if you’re part of it, if you’re presented with a box that asks you to put your Twitter name in and click save. This is one of many forays they’ve made into social and it is one experiment from them that I like!

What Google have done is to get right to the bottom of what Twitter is all about – news. Niall wrote recently on the blog about Twitter being more of a news source than a traffic driver and if this experiment from Google takes off, it will be one of the most elegant and smart uses of Twitter I’ve seen in a while. With this they have provided a much needed product, that combines news sources with social and in a sense, has completely socialised news. And it’s certainly refreshing to see Google make a step into the social realm that you can really see working, and providing real benefit to the user. Until now there hasn’t really been an easy or credible way to just find the news content shared by your Twitter friends, but Google have their existing news asset that makes this work. The tweets on the side will only contain links to stories that are on Google News. And since Google manually check each site as a source before adding it to the Google News database, they can ensure that it’s credible.
Changing News

1824234195 e6b913c563 Google add new Twitter feature reinvent social newsThis is an interesting step in the socialisation, or democratisation of news. I don’t doubt that when/if this feature is rolled out, users will be drawn more to what stories their friends are linking to, than what Google News decides you should see. This dramatically shifts the power of the news agenda and I don’t think this introduction by Google should be underestimated. It’s almost like moving ‘letters to the editor’ to the front page of a newspaper! Though there are many experiments in the socialisation of news, to date these are mostly projects that explore how social news content can be the main focus or news source. This is different as it puts your friends’ news interests and links, right beside the main news stories. This is your personalised news homepage.


images Google add new Twitter feature   reinvent social newsGoogle are currently testing a new feature on Google News , that adds a new social layer into their news function. By adding your Twitter details, Google News stories will be populated with stories that your friends have tweeted out, in the sidebar. This is in a testing phase and you’ll see if you’re part of it, if you’re presented with a box that asks you to put your Twitter name in and click save. This is one of many forays they’ve made into social and it is one experiment from them that I like!

What Google have done is to get right to the bottom of what Twitter is all about – news. Niall wrote recently on the blog about Twitter being more of a news source than a traffic driver and if this experiment from Google takes off, it will be one of the most elegant and smart uses of Twitter I’ve seen in a while. With this they have provided a much needed product, that combines news sources with social and in a sense, has completely socialised news. And it’s certainly refreshing to see Google make a step into the social realm that you can really see working, and providing real benefit to the user. Until now there hasn’t really been an easy or credible way to just find the news content shared by your Twitter friends, but Google have their existing news asset that makes this work. The tweets on the side will only contain links to stories that are on Google News. And since Google manually check each site as a source before adding it to the Google News database, they can ensure that it’s credible.

Changing News

1824234195 e6b913c563 Google add new Twitter feature   reinvent social newsThis is an interesting step in the socialisation, or democratisation of news. I don’t doubt that when/if this feature is rolled out, users will be drawn more to what stories their friends are linking to, than what Google News decides you should see. This dramatically shifts the power of the news agenda and I don’t think this introduction by Google should be underestimated. It’s almost like moving ‘letters to the editor’ to the front page of a newspaper! Though there are many experiments in the socialisation of news, to date these are mostly projects that explore how social news content can be the main focus or news source. This is different as it puts your friends’ news interests and links, right beside the main news stories. This is your personalised news homepage. Leer más “Google add new Twitter feature – reinvent social news”

Can PayPal Micro Payments Save Newspapers And Other Content Producers?

I used to read The Times every single day of the week. I loved their sports coverage and it was my “go to” newspaper. Then the pay wall went up and I stopped reading. I didn’t stop reading because they were asking me to pay but I stopped because I really couldn’t be bothered adding in my credit card details and going through the sign up process. What the Times needed to get in order to get my custom was a one click solution that allowed me to make a micro payment without even thinking about it. It looks like Paypal could be about to launch that very system with word that the payment giant is about to have a stab at the micro payment market. I wanted to have a look at just how effective micropayments could be and if they could possibly help some of the struggling newspapers and content producers out there who are all scrambling around for a business model.
Reducing The Friction

Nobody wants to pay for content online because the friction of getting your credit card out is just too painful and time consuming. With a new solution where you pre-load you Paypal account and just click a button without evening thinking about it I think the chances of people paying for content increase massively. I still check the headlines every day on The Times but I don’t go in because of the friction but if I saw something that caught my eye at simply had to make a payment of a couple of cents then that is something that I might just do.


Screen shot 2010 10 07 at 20.21.57 Can PayPal Micro Payments Save Newspapers And Other Content Producers?I used to read The Times every single day of the week. I loved their sports coverage and it was my “go to” newspaper. Then the pay wall went up and I stopped reading. I didn’t stop reading because they were asking me to pay but I stopped because I really couldn’t be bothered adding in my credit card details and going through the sign up process. What the Times needed to get in order to get my custom was a one click solution that allowed me to make a micro payment without even thinking about it. It looks like Paypal could be about to launch that very system with word that the payment giant is about to have a stab at the micro payment market. I wanted to have a look at just how effective micropayments could be and if they could possibly help some of the struggling newspapers and content producers out there who are all scrambling around for a business model.

Reducing The Friction

Nobody wants to pay for content online because the friction of getting your credit card out is just too painful and time consuming. With a new solution where you pre-load you Paypal account and just click a button without evening thinking about it I think the chances of people paying for content increase massively. I still check the headlines every day on The Times but I don’t go in because of the friction but if I saw something that caught my eye at simply had to make a payment of a couple of cents then that is something that I might just do.

Screen shot 2010 10 07 at 20.25.10 Can PayPal Micro Payments Save Newspapers And Other Content Producers?

Freemium Model

For this to work really well I think publishers will still have to give away a significant amount of their content for free. I can only really see people paying tiny amounts for the really special content that they can’t find elsewhere. Maybe a special live streamed show or a expert analysis from well known journalists. To make this business model really work publishers need to attract large volumes of people and then convert a small percentage of them in to revenue by enticing them to click through to the really good content via micro payments. Leer más “Can PayPal Micro Payments Save Newspapers And Other Content Producers?”

Tainted Love | [Abstract]

In fact, it increasingly feels, to the average person at least, like Corporate America is one giant shell game. If nothing else, there is certainly the perception that obfuscation is generally being practiced, and that few of the activities are to the benefit of the average person on the street. Ultimately, as with any relationship, once the trust disappears, so does the love. Whether its banks, mortgage lenders, insurance companies or oil companies, to name just a few examples, the consumer just isn’t feeling the love at the moment.

Perhaps what’s needed to inject some trust back into the system is a new type of service innovation, one that turns the traditional, business as usual attitude that corporations have on its head. There are already companies that are taking this tack, usually with impressive results. These companies put a premium on the customer experience, at any costs. Employees never need to say, “I’ll have to speak to a manager before I can authorize that”, rather they are empowered to do whatever it takes to fix a situation and to make customers feel valued.


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In fact, it increasingly feels, to the average person at least, like Corporate America is one giant shell game. If nothing else, there is certainly the perception that obfuscation is generally being practiced, and that few of the activities are to the benefit of the average person on the street. Ultimately, as with any relationship, once the trust disappears, so does the love. Whether its banks, mortgage lenders, insurance companies or oil companies, to name just a few examples, the consumer just isn’t feeling the love at the moment.

Perhaps what’s needed to inject some trust back into the system is a new type of service innovation, one that turns the traditional, business as usual attitude that corporations have on its head. There are already companies that are taking this tack, usually with impressive results. These companies put a premium on the customer experience, at any costs. Employees never need to say, “I’ll have to speak to a manager before I can authorize that”, rather they are empowered to do whatever it takes to fix a situation and to make customers feel valued. Leer más “Tainted Love | [Abstract]”

Online Testing and Optimization Solutions: Quick guide to Adobe Test&Target

What really sets Adobe Test&Target (powered by Omniture) apart is both its reporting and support. While it can be expensive, what you get is a professional/polished, customizable tool that’s great for in-depth, multi conversion tests. And even better, you have an assigned support rep that can help you quickly overcome any stumbling blocks before or during a test.

To illustrate the level of reporting, with one of our Research Partners, we setup 35 success metrics for just one test. In the second in our blog series about testing solutions, here’s a quick guide to Test&Target…

Key benefits

* Transaction- and product-level reports
* Revenue tracking can be added to any campaign
* “Push winners” functionality – with a single click, pushes winning test scenarios to standard content for all audience segments
* Option for Omniture to host images, HTML or you can use your own server
* Tracking within Test&Target – ability to setup any metrics within tool; can change conversion metric during test (on the fly)
* Reports on a daily level
* Can track pretty much anything you want (links, buttons, etc)
* Behavior targeting – serve landing pages based on user defined segments (traffic sources, etc)
* Test&Target segmentation for reporting – can report on different campaign codes, offer IDs, etc
* Data privacy due to contractual relationship with a company
* Support – includes testing ideas, test implementation, report setup
* Ability to tack on other data-mining tools (i.e., Discover can track on the visitor level)
* Increased capabilities for segmentation and tagging of actions on a page – can get extremely granular in what you track, i.e. different content for different segments at different times
* If you don’t want to send all traffic to the page, you can set a tool to only receive a certain percent of traffic (would have to write custom code for Google Website Optimizer)

But keep in mind…

* Cost of tool and cost for additional support
* IT requirement for setup


adobe-omniture2-oWhat really sets Adobe Test&Target (powered by Omniture) apart is both its reporting and support. While it can be expensive, what you get is a professional/polished, customizable tool that’s great for in-depth, multi conversion tests. And even better, you have an assigned support rep that can help you quickly overcome any stumbling blocks before or during a test.

To illustrate the level of reporting, with one of our Research Partners, we setup 35 success metrics for just one test. In the second in our blog series about testing solutions, here’s a quick guide to Test&Target…

Key benefits

  • Transaction- and product-level reports
  • Revenue tracking can be added to any campaign
  • “Push winners” functionality – with a single click, pushes winning test scenarios to standard content for all audience segments
  • Option for Omniture to host images, HTML or you can use your own server
  • Tracking within Test&Target – ability to setup any metrics within tool; can change conversion metric during test (on the fly)
  • Reports on a daily level
  • Can track pretty much anything you want (links, buttons, etc)
  • Behavior targeting – serve landing pages based on user defined segments (traffic sources, etc)
  • Test&Target segmentation for reporting – can report on different campaign codes, offer IDs, etc
  • Data privacy due to contractual relationship with a company
  • Support – includes testing ideas, test implementation, report setup
  • Ability to tack on other data-mining tools  (i.e., Discover can track on the visitor level)
  • Increased capabilities for segmentation and tagging of actions on a page – can get extremely granular in what you track, i.e. different content for different segments at different times
  • If you don’t want to send all traffic to the page, you can set a tool to only receive a certain percent of traffic (would have to write custom code for Google Website Optimizer)

But keep in mind…

Battling copywriting rigor mortis

You can’t decide what to write for your next blog post.

So you do a list.

Then you do another list.

Then you do a list of ways to write a good list.

I fall into that trap, all the time. If it’s not lists, it’s sarcastic posts about marketing fads, or cute analogies, or something else that’s cool once, useful twice, and annoying after that. I call it content rigor mortis. Creativity dies, and your writing locks into a contorted rigidity resembling a corpse. It’s contagious, too: Your readers will avoid you lest they get infected, too.


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You can’t decide what to write for your next blog post.

So you do a list.

Then you do another list.

Then you do a list of ways to write a good list.

I fall into that trap, all the time. If it’s not lists, it’s sarcastic posts about marketing fads, or cute analogies, or something else that’s cool once, useful twice, and annoying after that. I call it content rigor mortis. Creativity dies, and your writing locks into a contorted rigidity resembling a corpse. It’s contagious, too: Your readers will avoid you lest they get infected, too.

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How Many People on Facebook will be Interested in my business?

Location – use this to select where you would like your audience to live, you can narrow it down to city if you want to, as you do this you will see the figure in the “estimated reach” box on the right change. The estimated reach is the number of people that Facebook estimate will see your ad based on the details that they have in their personal profile.

Demographics – This is about how old your audience are and what gender, again as you change this the estimated reach will change.

Likes & Interests – These are what people have written in their personal profiles that they like/are interested in, so not pages on Facebook, but genuine things that they are interested in. You can add as many as you want here and see the estimated reach change. Each time you add an interest a drop down box will appear with options to choose from, if what you want isn’t there it means that no one has that listed in their profile. As you add more interests the estimated reach will change, and you will end up with an idea of the size of the market.

Using Facebook ad’s in this way you are not actually creating an ad, nor is it costing you any money, but instead you are researching. It is important to do this before you start a Facebook page, as it gives you a good indication of whether your audience is using Facebook and if they are roughly how many you can target – remember that there may be more people interested in your product/service than you find on here, they just haven’t listed it in their profile.


Good morning, Social Rabbit here with your guide to the world of social media.

The easiest way to see what people have put in their interests in their personal profiles, and therefore how many people could potentially be interested in your product or service, is to use the Facebook ad’s setup.

To get to the Facebook ad’s setup you can get there a few ways
a)      Go to your page and click on “promote my page with an ad” underneath your profile picture
b)      Go to www.Facebook.com/advertising
c)      Click on “ads & pages” in the left menu when you are looking at your personal newsfeed

Once you are in the Facebook ad’s you need to click on the green box which says “create an ad”.   Then scroll down the page until you are at section 2 on Targeting, as below:

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