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Today’s tutorial is likely to be well received after .WS made emoji domains available for the newly released Unicode Emoji v11 earlier this month.

If you were one of few emoji domain investors to stake claim to a newly release emoji as an emoji domain name, then consider yourself fortunate. 🤩

If you didn’t move quick enough, or didn’t know how to convert Unicode to punycode, then you’ll want to pay close attention and keep reading. 🧐

You’re likely wondering how did folks register emoji domains using Unicode version 11 Emoji when they’ve not yet been released to devices, right? 🤔

I’ll answer this question, sharing with you two ways to convert Unicode to punycode. This should allow you to hopefully get and keep a step ahead in the emoji domain game as new Unicode Emoji versions are released. Continue reading

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A little over five years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon something that forever altered my domain development experience: geo service domains.

Sometimes categorized as exact-match or partial-match domains, I encountered a geo service domain via GoDaddy’s expired domain buy-it-now/closeout auctions for a suburb of the greater Austin, Texas metro.

Although Google had issued an exact-match domain update that devalued and slightly lessen the ranking of exact-match domains, I decided to take a chance on developing my newly discovered geo service domain.

Little did I realize my development and SEO prowess would produce a page one ranking geo service domain website.

Years later, and many new and existing domain investors still question whether or not geo service domains are worth investing in.  That’s the question will attempt to answer in today’s podcast. Continue reading

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A few weeks ago, I received an email and comment from a reader in search of an easy method to programmatically create WordPress posts and pages using php.

The reader was successfully able to create a WordPress post and page using the tutorial, but shed light on another challenge when creating an automated post:

How does one set a featured image for a programmatically created post?

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Not much has changed with the domain name search experience since the early days of the internet.

The process in and of itself is timeless in general. I mean, a person either has a dream or idea about launching a website of some sort, and they visit a domain registrar of their choice to verify domain availability.

If the .com domain is taken (which is highly likely these days), then searchers likely append or prepend words or letters, in some cases they add hyphens or dashes, or get cute with adding or removing an assortment of letters to create a brandable domain.

Nevertheless, searchers spend quite a bit of time searching and hoping their domain of choice is available while using a less than stellar domain name search user experience.

While attending NamesCon 2018, I attended a Tools Talk (Why Searching For A Domain Name Sucks) given by Tony Kim, Chief Marketing Officer of Hexonet, that outlined Hexonet’s three-pronged strategy for transforming the future of the domain name search experience.

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It’s been a while since I shared a domain sale experience. The reason I’m highlighting today’s story is based on my latest experience selling a domain to a buyer that’s likely a Chinese domain investor.

How do I know that the domain buyer is a Chinese domain investor? I don’t know with great certainty, but it’s highly likely based on what I’m about to share with you.

I’m glad to report a few months into 2018 that I’ve been blessed with an influx of favorable domain inquiries. In fact, most of my sales started last November.

However, this specific domain request arrived a few weeks ago and intrigued me because of the following reasons: Continue reading

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It’s been a little over a month since I attended and shared my NamesCon experience as a first-time attendee.

One of the most talked about presentations from day three of NamesCon was Paul E. Nicks’, GM of GoDaddy, keynote: Lessons Learned from Operating the Most Valuable Portfolio in the World.

But what you might not know or heard about was the very lively breakout session focused on domain appraisals: Mastering Aftermarket Appraisals. Continue reading

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If you’re like me, then you’re bound to visit a number of your favorite websites and blogs in a given week to consume the latest and greatest news.

And if not visiting your favorite websites, then you’re likely trying to keep up with email notifications about the latest blog content, video (Yes, YouTube feeds too!), or podcast.

Today, I’m letting you in on a little secret that should help you simplify and effectively manage of your favorite websites, and their notification of new blogs, video, and podcast content. Continue reading

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