It's surprising how international the shopping "events" Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become, isn't it? In recent years, the US tradition of a pre-Christmas sale right after their Thanksgiving holiday has gone global, thanks to the internet.
Even though "Cyber Monday" was conceived as the online equivalent of "Black Friday", the two have both become bywords for getting the best deals in flash sales.
Many people are almost disappointed if their favourite retailers aren't offering sales for these special shopping occasions.
We'd hate to see anyone sad or feeling left out, so here's a whirlwind tour of some of the best offers we have for you as we head into December.
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Google have begun rolling out a new version of its often-overlooked social network, Google+.
Not only does the redesigned platform feature Communities and Collections with increased prominence, it also comes with a whole raft of performance improvements.
The tech giant's social media network never did kill of Facebook like it was predicted to — for that matter, it probably didn't even impact Facebook's traffic for more than a day or two. It may even come as a surprise to many people that Google+ is still going at all. But Google might just be able to save the platform.
Back in March of this year, Inc.com's contributing editor John Brandon wrote that Google was "Finally Putting Google+ Out of Its Misery". He expressed what many people felt about Google+ in a crowded social media market, saying:
You can post easily to Google+ (and I did, for a while), but few of us have time to manage Facebook posts, LinkedIn updates, our Twitter activity, and then jump over to see who has liked (er, plus one'd) a message, let alone track followers (er, circles)
Adding that it seemed like the reason Google was making the move at the time to split the platform into Photos and Streams was to save investment, keep the code, and shut down Google+ altogether.
So it's a little surprising that here we are in November, and not only is Google+ still, sort of, a thing, but that Google are still actively working on improving it.
Earlier this year, Google announced the introduction of Collections — where a user's posts are organised according to topic — and the similar-but-different Communities, that work a little bit like a Facebook group, except for looking much better and cleaner.
In today's update, Eddie Kessler (Google's "director of streams") writes that both features are growing tremendously, with Communities alone averaging over a million new joins per day.
It's because of this growth, Kessler says, that from today Google+ is putting both Collections and Communities front and centre. Now focused around interests, Kessler says, the new Google+ is much simpler.
Grigorik lists among these performance improvements a faster and leaner site.
The biggest problem for Google+ to overcome was, Grigorik says, that there were two different versions of their website — one for desktop, and one for mobile.
The latter was designed for older browsers, while Grigorik says the former became "slow and bloated." It can be hard to imagine such a forward-thinking company such as Google, a company that champions HTML5, being in this position. It's lucky for Google+'s users that Google made the obvious decision to embrace responsive design for a site that would work "across mobile, tablet, desktop, and beyond."
It's no exaggeration on Grigorik's part to call the improvements "massive": Google+'s new site has a total home page weight of just 327 KB (down from 22,600 KB) and an average complete page load time of 3 seconds (reduced from 12.)
Read more about the technical specifications and improvements here.
That title's not a typo – you really can get a free .uk domain for your website!
The jolly good people behind the short, sharp new domain name for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to give the UK its full and proper title) are offering rather spiffing domains for a whole year: and at no cost.
These are available to every single person who is the rights holder for their domain. You may be surprised to know that for many people with an existing UK domain, the new extension is already reserved and waiting for you – so nobody can swoop in first and carry it away.
Why choose to register your reserved .uk domain name?
- It's a shorter UK focused web domain for businesses and individuals. It brings the UK domain space in line with the more familiar international format of other shorter country codes like .de and .fr
- A .uk domain puts the emphasis firmly on your brand – exactly where it should be, to help you reach a wider audience and increase sales
- It brings all the same benefits of trust, reliability and credibility as the.co.uk,.org.uk and other members of the UK domain family
- .uk is easier to remember and firmly states where you are and who your audience is
- Being shorter, the .uk domain lends itself well to social media channels, such as Twitter, where every character counts
- .uk is easier and quicker to communicate to your audience and easy to remember
Who is switching to .uk?
The first person in the UK to switch to the new .uk domain when it launched was British icon and tech enthusiast Stephen Fry. He has always supported the need to be able to have .uk on its own, without the .co, and his wish was granted last year. Since then over 400,000 additional businesses, families and individuals have registered their own .uk domain.
Many individuals and businesses have already or are in the process of switching across their existing website address to the new .uk – it's simple, quick and puts the focus right back on your brand. Others are setting up their .uk as a dedicated campaign page or landing page with new content, highlighting key areas of their business or as a blog or news space to gain additional web traffic and online visibility.
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With Google's recent announcement that its new parent company, Alphabet, would be using a popular .XYZ domain, many people asked if this was the time that these "not-com" web addresses would break into the mainstream consciousness.
Now Apple, that other formidable tech giant, is giving them some light, too.
Recently, the company responsible for the iPod, iPad and iPhone launched News, a different kind of service found at apple.news, making use of a dedicated web address for the company's hot "News" app. The app collects the latest news from various sources and displays them all in one place. News is only slightly newer than the .news web domain, but it's already putting to rest any accusations that serious companies aren't using new gTLD addresses.
From beacon fires to jungle drums, town criers to broadsheet-selling street urchins, news has always travelled as fast as technology permitted. The printing press, the telegraph, radio, and television have all competed in the race towards live news, but it was is internet that truly gives us as-it-happens reporting.
The newly released .news domain is made exactly for times like these. The .news stands for the old media and the new From major outlets publishing in-depth investigations to grassroots rapporteurs spreading the word through social media, everyone in the business of reporting wants to know what’s happening, right now in this very moment. You can bring in a bigger audience with a more professional and industry-specific web address.
A (dot)APPLE Address
Apple's foray into new domain names doesn't seem to end with .news, either. Last month, TheDomains.com reported Apple had applied for their own .apple TLD, and been spotted registering some interesting new web addresses.
Among the 29 new names bought by Apple were AppleMusicApple.com, iTunesStoreApple.com, and AppleWatchApple.com. Reporter Jamie Zoch explained the logic of the strange-sounding registrations, saying they appear to be intended to anticipate misspellings.
"The above domain names somewhat look 'odd' just looking at them, because they all end in 'Apple'" Zoch said.
"What makes sense to me though and seeing these, if you replace Apple.com at the end with just .apple they make more sense... Since the new gTLD extension are "new" and .com has been around for so long… it is pretty common nature for people to type .com"
What does this mean for you?
The biggest takeaway we can get from this is new domains are here to stay. While undoubtedly some will sink and some will swim, with the weight of the likes of Alphabet and Apple behind them, we're going to see these names coming up in the news more often. You may even see .news in the news.
Like with Alphabet, there are lessons learned here. Apple are reinforcing positive messages about protecting your brand against typos or customers who get confused, they're also speaking volumes about the importance of a relevant web domain.
Around the world this week, domain name customers of multiple registrars - including our own - have been targeted with malicious "phishing" emails. Have you been targeted?
Domain Phishing Attacks
First reported by internet publication Domain Name Wire, the emails falsely claim that the recipient's domain has been suspended and that they should download a file to see details of the complaints.
The emails being received by our customers look like this:
We've written before here about spam - and why spam emails can seem obviously and immediately wrong. Spam is sent out in incredibly large quantities, aiming for just the 1% of people who will click their links, so it is designed to weed out anyone who might question it.
How Did They Get My Details?
Domain Name Wire reports "Over the past couple years, a number of companies and fly-by-night operators have begun selling very cheap copies of whois data. This is part of the reason you receive lots of spam after registering a new domain name."
Think of WHOIS as a database, and when you register a domain all the information about it goes into this database. Some unscrupulous companies are downloading this information and selling it on to spammers and criminals.
Domain privacy can help hide or reduce the information that is shared about your domain, and it is a good first step to protecting your contact details and identity. Talk to one of our team about if this is right for your account today.
How Do I Know If An Email Is Legit?
At Crazy Domains, we do not send any notices regarding your domains without your account number or invoice number in the email, and will always address you by name. Please check for these details in emails you receive from us to confirm they are real.
Crazy Domains do not send our customers notices with links to download files regarding your domains.
If you are ever in any doubt about any email you receive you should check the email headers to determine the source and return path for the email address. If this information does not match with what you expect, that should be a warning.
Who Can I Contact?
Got doubts about an email you have received that claims to be from Crazy Domains? Contact our team for help and more information using details found on our website. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with staff on the telephone, replying to emails, on social media and live chat.
You should not reply to any suspicious emails, and should never call any telephone numbers included in the messages.
Education is increasingly moving online. With universities, colleges, and schools embracing learning resources, as well as understanding the importance of a compelling website, it's rarely been so easy to find courses.
Finding courses is easier still with the rise in recent years of the MOOC - what sounds like an alien race from Star Wars stands for Massive Open Online Courses, and they're taking the world by storm. These courses are free to all, and open to an almost unlimited number of students.
In the article Don't dismiss MOOCs – we are just starting to understand their true value Professor Neil Morris says:
While a proportion of academics are dismissive of MOOCs, there is evidence that others are taking some of the underpinnings of digital learning into their own academic practice. They are increasingly recognising the potential for digital approaches to support learning, increase flexibility and access to a range of multimedia and interactive materials and encourage active student engagement.
In many learning situations, "blended" learning – a mix between face-to-face and digital – may be best. In a recent survey of academic staff at Leeds, 70% said they would recommend a MOOC to their students to supplement their on-campus learning.
Regardless of if you run MOOCs or training courses, if you are an educational institution, or a supplier of educational materials, there's a new web address with your name on it: .courses is the quick, easy and memorable way to market your services online.
As a name for everyone, .courses has appeal for areas including academic, language, trades, leisure, recreational, vocational, brands, institutions - showing an interest in the value of a .courses domain.
One of the flagship early adopters of the name is creative.courses. Registered by Redhill Education, creative.courses is being actively used to promote a campaign for recruitment in digital arts – with the Academy of Information Technology (AIT) using it as their main call to action in both radio advertising and promotional materials.
As AIT have shown, the opportunity to own a space in the education sector with .courses is invaluable, and many key words are still available. If there's a course for it, you can get a .courses web address for it.
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How do customers or visitors find your website?
This might sound like an obvious question, but how often do you think about it? You know how many visitors you get, you know how many visitors convert to customers, you even know how long someone spends on your site. But it's important to consider if your visitors are coming to you directly, or if they are coming to you via search engines.
There are pros and cons for both options - and luckily, we have you covered, whichever you prefer.
Go Direct – With a Domain Name
If you have a short, relevant web address customers can more easily remember and recommend your website. Simpler is better, so for a baker in the city of Sydney then naturally bakery.sydney would be preferable over joesfinestbakerysydney.com.
Because gTLDs are so new, there is also a much greater chance that you can secure the short and exact-match web address you want. Melbourne’s Flower Drum restaurant switched from using the clunky and hard to remember www.flower-drum.com web address to the cleaner www.flowerdrum.melbourne. Why complicate things with a hyphen in your web address?
It's well understood that the fewer steps someone has to take to their goal, the better. If your website is hard to remember, and so asking a search engine for your website is one of those steps, there is a chance it might be one too many for your customer's journey.
Instead of it being one step between typing in the URL and arriving on your page, search requires at least one more step. That also presumes your website is the first link, or that it is immediately obvious to the customer.
Consider, also, your competition.
What results do you see when you search online for your business? Do you see only your website, or do you also see results for your competitors? Perhaps you see the sponsored search results your competitors have paid for. By relying alone on a customer searching for your website, you also risk losing them.
You can mitigate the risk by with an ad to place your website above the organic search results, but relying on this is effective for only as long as you pay for the ads.
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On the other hand, a targeted and relevant domain name can help you perform better in searches. A recent study by Searchmetrics suggests highly relevant content, social media signals and good domain names are among the most important factors in attaining a high ranking in Google search results.
A geographically relevant domain, like .sydney or .london or .tokyo, has obvious advantages when customers are not already familiar with you but are searching for businesses in their city.
Statistics show most people want to "buy local", but this isn't always easy to do online -- however as much as 93 per cent of customers use search engines before making a purchase.
To return to the earlier example of the bakery, bakery.sydney tells a visitor at a glance all they need to know. Similarly, if you had a business name like Total Care then a web address like TotalCare.com might not help someone searching for you by name. Alternatively, TotalCare.vet would distinguish a veterinary practice quickly from an accountant or real estate agent (both of whom could also get the appropriate and relevant generic domains, such as .accountant and .realtor.)
More relevance means more opportunity, particularly in the digital environs. As Jim Stewart, founder of SEO agency Stewart Media, explains, Google already uses Top-Level Domains as part of its ranking signals. While the web address is just one signal, it could be the competitive edge that convinces a customer to buy from one business and not another.
You can also get an edge on your competitors with local search ads from Google. Even if you already appear in search results, Local Search Ads can help you target new audiences on Google and Google's advertising network.
Alternatively, our Search Booster tool can submit your site organically to more than 400 search engines internationally, and help you to optimise your site to maximise it for search engine listing.