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How Much is Your Domain Name Worth?

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So perhaps by now you've registered a few domain names. For some of them you have active sites pointing to these domains and for other domains they're just sitting there mostly inactive. Perhaps parked earning a few bucks a month. Have you ever stopped to wonder how much your domains might could be worth?

First of all there are people who just register domain names with the sole intent of holding them and hoping others will purchase them at a much higher cost. When you consider the cost of a domain per year is about $10 and then see that sales can often be in the thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions you can see why they do this. Of course it creates an annoying situation with a lot of the better domain names being snapped up by these "domain squatters."

There are a few ways to easily judge if your domain name might have some worth or value.

Is your domain name a .com?
.com domain names are hands down the most valuable domain suffix. Though nowadays there are many different domains such as .me, .us, and so on, the internet began with .com and everyone knows .com.

How long is your domain name?
Shorter domain names are more valuable than longer names. For instance cookies.com would be much more valuable compared to ieatcookies.com or cookiesaredelicious.com. Shorter names are easier for users to remember.

Does your domain name include a hyphen?
Hyphens immediately reduce the value of a domain. While we might think it helps to make the name clearer, it won't help the value.

how much is your domain worth?

If you are receiving unsolicited offers for your domain name, that right there will tell you if you are sitting on a potential big seller. To get more of a dollar value for how much your website might be worth or for a value you can use as a basis, try a free website like Valuate.com. If you are very serious about selling your domain name you might want to get an expert appraisal from services like Sedo. These services are of course not free.

So even if you're not interested in selling or marketing your domain name, it can be interesting to find out if yours is worth something. And who knows, perhaps you can walk away with a paycheck for a nice vacation or an early retirement!



New Feature! - Rate The Success of Our Coupons

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We are happy to announce the launch of a brand new feature to our coupons called Success Rate! The Success Rate is designed to help you to select the best and most reliable domain name, web hosting, and ecommerce related coupons. This feature, which is available for every single coupon on our site, is the rate of success for a specific coupon calculated from feedback given by our Community. For a coupon, you are given the option to either vote "thumbs up" if you were able to successfully redeem the offer or a "thumbs down" if the coupon didn't work for you.

The Success Rate can be an important metric for users when looking through coupons and offers. While we try to highlight the best offers, we know there are still a lot of coupons to sort through. It also helps to bring certain coupons to our attention that perhaps need to be taken down for being unreliable. We hope you will provide your important vote and feedback when using coupons on our site!

Lastly let's check out an actual example of the Success Rate on the Yahoo! Small Business Coupon page below:

How to use the coupon success rate

We expect the success rate will help you find the best domain, hosting, and e-commerce related coupons even easier. As we want to encourage participating in voting, to vote does not require any registration. But do know that you only get one vote per coupon. If you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions, hit us up in the comments!



Do You Protect Your Users' Sensitive Information?

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As we experience the huge shift of doing everyday tasks such as banking, applying for credit cards and loans, or renewing driver licenses online, the importance of security and protecting our sensitive information increases as well. How do websites accomplish this? With SSL Certificates! Data travels from computer to computer, as that is the make up of the internet, ripe for the picking from nefarious third parties. SSL Certificates ensure a layer of security for the transit of information. Even if those same nefarious third parties get their grubby hands on your sensitive information, it is encrypted so strongly that it would literally take them a trillion years to decipher. By then you'll be long gone and won't care (hopefully) even if they somehow live long enough to decipher your information.

Anyway, to learn a little more about SSL Certificates - what they do and why you might need one - we have a new article available in the resource section. Here is a short excerpt from SSL Certificate - What it is and Who Needs One:

You’re probably wondering now what exactly an SSL Certificate is. To understand this, we first need took at the underlying technology: SSL. SSL is an acronym for secure socket layers. Secure socket layers was developed in 1994 by Netscape Communications as a method of encryption to protect data transmitted over the internet. At this time, when the internet was still relatively young, there was already a growing concern over just how safe and secure the internet was when it came to people transmitting their personal information.

Because of the nature of the internet, information gets sent across several different computers on the way to its destination. Through the hops along different computers is where third parties can intercept data. This is where an SSL Certificate comes into play. An SSL Certificate consists of a public key and a private key. When a company installs an SSL Certificate on their website, information that is sent from users is encrypted using the public key. When the encrypted information is received by the company, they use the private key to decipher it. Strong levels of encryption are used making it nearly impossible for an unauthorized third party to decipher the information without the private key.



We Have $1000 in Google AdWords Credit to Give Away for Free!

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If you've found your way to our site, chances are you are looking to set up a web site or for additional services to expand and improve your existing web site. Well, we'd love to help you! We have ten $100 Google AdWords codes to give away absolutely free!

If you're not familiar with Google AdWords, have you ever seen those ads on the right hand side of Google.com? Or the Google ads often on other websites? Those ads are created using Google AdWords. It's a great way to give your business more exposure and advertise online!

The giveaway is on a first come, first serve basis. To receive a free $100 Google AdWords code, do any of the following:

It's easy and it's free! Just be one of the first ten to request a code. Plus you'll be able to advertise your website on Google for free! Also, please just one request per person.



Is Your Business Email Unprofessional?

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Have you looked at a business card and noticed the business email address is something @yahoo.com or @gmail.com? It may have made you wonder at first and then think this looks rather unprofessional. But now, perhaps you're a small business owner and you find yourself in the same boat using a free email address. Well it's time to step it up! If there's anything that can really accentuate the small in small business and make you look like an amateur it's having an unprofessional email address!

To learn more about setting up custom email addresses for your business, we've written a new article to help and guide you. The following is an excerpt from our new article, The One Thing That Can Make Your Small Business Appear Unprofessional.

What is it, you're probably wondering. It's your business email address! Many small businesses use free personal accounts such as Yahoo!, Gmail, or AOL. While free email offerings these days have become quite robust and reliable, they can still make your small business appear amateurish and unprofessional while telling potential customers and business partners that you are too "small" to be taken seriously. To clarify how this could affect a business transaction consider the following (fake) competitive bidding situation...

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