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Typo Domains in the news

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by zhenjie, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. zhenjie

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  2. Cooper Mills DomainLawyer

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    how very convenient that 'typosquatters' are now known as 'domainers'
     
  3. James

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    Wow this article is very poor,

    "The ''domainers'' run ads on the misspelt websites and get paid up to $20 a click by the advertisers"

    CPC on brand terms is very low, I would love to know what ad programs he is referring to?
     
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    Very poor quality "journalism" with too many mistakes of definitions. Other than that I dont think too many experienced "domainers" are wasting their good money registering mispellings any longer.

    It makes sense a business would register some mispellings as often people do typos. For once Bruce at Melbourne IT is right about something.. But why does the media always ask for Melbourne IT's input and judgement? They still chargeover $99 a .com.au domain name dont they ( Ventraip.com.au is 20% of that price at $19.95!!) Maybe the media need to do a story on that!
     
  5. Lorenzo

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    ''You would be amazed at the number of people who appear to have nothing else to do than sit around and try to come up with misspellings,'' Mr Disspain said.

    ''If somebody is frequently typing the misspelling and ends up on a site where they get distracted, then potentially the corporate could lose that customer.''

    Mr Disspain, if someone wants to sell cheaper airfares in front of Qantas HQ, on a public street, are you going to stop them too?
     
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    Probably because they were the pioneers of domain registration in Australia.

    Im not sure if they still are, but I know they use to be a commercial arm of Melbourne University too.
     
  7. Timmy

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    What a load of cock.
     
  8. WG2010

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    I'm sure I read a similar article like this back in.. 1998. The journo is writing like it's some brand new technique. Still, it's not as bad as the rubbish Ben Grubb from tech section on SMH.com.au gets to publish. Him and Asher Moses are the biggest scum bag tech "journos" around.
     
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    You have to wonder why the comments are closed on an article like that..
     
  10. DavidL

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    It's a shocker.

    Cracking down? I don't think auDA have ever been as 'hands off' as they are now.

    LOL - reminds me of TRAFFIC downunder when MIT did a presentation on the state of the .au aftermarket. Poor Kartic had to ramble on with authority for an hour when they hadn't ever sold a single .au domain!

    They do it because it can be extremely lucrative. Not condoning it but it's not because they don't have anything better to do - it's for the $$$

    Indeed.


    What a load of crap. Saw it in the printed papers too (SMH) so it would have gotten plenty more readers now equating domainers with typosquatters...
     
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    The article is a black eye for the industry but what is incorrect about it?

    Cyber squatters are obviously domainers, they buy domains, they sell domains, they monetize domains. Go to any domain conference and tell a few people you have some potentially problematic typos to sell and nobody is going to come down with the wrath of hell on you. It is tolerated and it is a big chunk of the industry. Parking co's, drop houses, registrars, lawyers, listing sites, lots of people making money directly or indirectly from names with likely TM issues.

    I think people should accept that TM names are a fairly big chunk of this industry, instead of lashing out about bad journalism.
     
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    Do you think the comments would be a whole lot of statements from the general public condemning the journalist and praising domain speculation? (whether that be generics or TM names)
     
  13. Lorenzo

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    that's exactly my problem!

    We should all together write to this journalist and let him know that a squatter does not pay a cent for a place while we do pay domain fees and have followed correctly the first placed first served global competition for a domain.

    At the very least, he should have noted that NOT all domainers try to profit from typos.
     
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    Fairfax Media ( SMH , THE AGE NEWSPAPER ETC) owns 30,000 .com.au domain names !! .. Are they "cybersquaters" "typosquaters" "domainers" "trademark infringers" "online realestate investors" " Entrepreneurs" "Digital Media" or what do they class themself as?

    This is laughable its so hypocritical.. the journalist probably isnt up on the fairfax Media www.omg.com.au relationship and hasnt checked their 30,000 names for Typo's / mispellings / possible trademark infringements etc before writing the article
     
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    well...that's even more interesting!

    Can you get his email address so we can send him a few facts?
     
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    There's no point getting upset about it, you just have to deal with the fact that domaining will always be looked upon as a questionable business practice.

    Look at financial advisers - despite the fact that the industry has been around for decades, involves big household names and helps millions of Australians every year, we are still a tainted industry and seen as being dodgy by many people.

    It's all about perception, and the general public will never perceive domainers as being ethical business owners who add value to the public.

    Articles like this don't help of course, but I doubt there's many people out there thinking "gee, I really respected domaniers, but not after reading this!".
     
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    snip from The Age
    "Contacting The Age journalists
    Individual staff members can be contacted using the initial of the first name followed by the surname then: @theage.com.au. Alternatively call (03) 8667 2000. "


    I think any publicity is good publicity
     
  18. Oz.

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    Well, saying it like it does in the article infers that cyber squatting is all there is to being a domainer.
    Cyber squatting is just ONE subset of domaining.
    Domaining <> cyber squatting.
    Domaining = cyber (typo) squatting + domain developing + (generic keyword, non tm) domain flipping, etc, etc.
     
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    What a load of cock.
     
  20. Lorenzo

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    thank you