One of the sneakiest internet marketing ploys out there is domain tasting. This is a practice that will let someone register a domain name for 5 days, and if they decide that they don’t want it anymore, they’ll drop it.
A domain taster will usually set up some ads or something on the site and see what potential the site has for revenue. If it looks good, they’ll keep it, otherwise, it’s back to the registrar. This practice makes it very hard for a legitimate domain purchaser to find the URL that they are interested in and if you’ve ever searched for a domain and found it taken, it’s likely that it was released just a few days later.
Well, another Search Engine Marketer has had enough with this practice and aims to eliminate the 5-day grace period. Chris McElroy, or NameCritic, has initiated a class-action lawsuit against Network Solutions and ICANN over this controversial, and just plain annoying practice. If you are a blackhat SEO, you might not be too happy about this though. I wonder how this one will turn out.
Here’s the press release from the law firm taking the case.
If you are looking for something similar to Digg, you might want to take a look at the newly relaunched and redesigned Yahoo! Buzz Beta.
Yahoo! Buzz used to be something similar to Google Hot Trends, and they still offer a similar service, but they have made the trend results votable by the users of the site. Much like any other social news site out there. I don’t really think this site will take off, but it is a definite step up from what it used to be.
Since video is probably one of the most popular things to do while on the web, Google has found a way to monetize it. Actually Google has had this program in pilot since last may but after lots of testing, Google’s Adense for video is now in the beta testing phases.
If you’ve noticed that some videos on YouTube have advertisements contained within them, than this is what you can expect to see on videos that are in the Google Content Network. These ads are text overlay ads that are contextually targeted to the content of your videos as well as your site. So if you are interested, visit Google’s Video Advertising Solutions page to learn more.
The Associated Press has reported that Google Health will begin the testing phases of the service as of today. It seems that the pilot project will involve 1,500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who all agreed to transfer their personal health records to Google’s service for easy retrieval. Each of these profiles will contain information about prescriptions, allergies, and medical history and will be protected by a password.
So do you trust Google to hold your medical records? If it was me, I wouldn’t even care actually. I’m not sure what someone could do with my medical records though. I don’t really have any medical problems, I don’t take any prescriptions, and have no allergies. It would be kind of nice to be able to have access to my records whenever I needed them though, say for example if I wanted to change doctors and not have to worry about any kinds of hassles.