Archive for June, 2008

ICANN relaxes TLD process and reopens the door for xxx TLD

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Today ICANN voted to relax the rules for top level TLD extensions. Everyone knows the .com and .net extension but this new ruling would allow anyone that had the money (it could be as much as 500K) and the correct technical capacity to register a TLD extension. So you can now have .yourname or .age or .hotels or whatever you wanted.

This then opens the door back up for .xxx. There is no doubt that they will apply for this when applications are taken sometime next year. There is still a review process, but that process is going to be much less strenuous. On the positive side it would make .xxx a lot less of a unique thing because you know people will want .sex or .porn and there will also be many other extensions. There is also still the chance it would be rejected. Many non-porn people are opposed to .xxx because they feel it would legitimize the porn industry. If all of them and the industry itself spoke out against it then it still could be rejected.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next year or so.

The real worlds thought on tube sites

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

I have a friend that works for a gun shop. They sell some stuff online and the other day he and I were talking about the online biz world. He often asks me about good porn sites to join and stuff like that and I give him my recommendations. So he says to me, "Our new game in the shop is to surf Redtube and email each other the nastiest videos we can find." We had a laugh and then he said, "Sites like that cant be helping you." I agreed then he said the most telling thing I have heard in a while. "I will never join another paysite with those tubes around. Why should I, those tubes are better than half the paysites out there." This is a guy who over the years and joined probably a 8-9 different sites. He would join, stay a member for a while then cancel when he gets bored with it and move on to something else. I had always assumed a lot of people were that way. Now he will never join a site. A good customer is lost.

So which is to blame? Is it that the tube sites are giving away so much stuff or is it that the paysites suck and are not delivering as he would have hoped? The truth, as with most things, is probably somewhere in the middle. I do know this much. The guy has had a membership to one porn site or another for just about every month in the last 3-4 years and now he has no membership to any site and no desire to get one. Thats not good.

The dot xxx is back again

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

It seems like this is the week where all the old already decided adult industry cases and situations are coming back. The other day it was Copa. Today is it the .xxx TLD. There was a ruling a while back by ICANN that they would not issue a .xxx TLD so you cant then own porn.xxx and so on. Most people in this industry agree with the ruling and feel it was the right thing to do. Having a .xxx TLD would cause no end to the troubles. First would be how they wold assign them. Would I get all the domains I own in .xxx  or will I have to buy them from whoever did register them? Will there then be laws passed requiring all adult sites to be on a .xxx? And so on.

ICM the company that would sell the .xxx TLDs has been fighting to get them for a long time because they stand to make around 100 million if they are approved. This company has already twice been turned down by ICANN, but now they are petitiioning to have an independent review of ICANNs rulling against them. Many believe they are doing this because the new head of the ICANN board was someone that supported the .xxx in the last round and there are other new board members who might be sympatheic.

So everything old is new again and the seemlessly endless battle continues.  Here is the statement from ICM about the review.

Copa is back again

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

This battle has been going on ever since 1998 when lawmakers past a large law called COPA (Child Online Protection Act) This law included many different parts including one that would require any site that had any type of objectionable material to use a credit card as age verification before allowing people into their sites. This site has been struck down twice in the past as being too far reaching and too infringing, but alas, it is back again.

It seems the lawmakers are trying to resurrect it for another run. Back when it was last shot down it was done so because they proved that internet filtering software filtered out about 95% off all dangerous sites. The government is now arguing that only about half the parents in the country use filtering software on the computer. Basically their argument is that half the parents in the country are so irresponsible that the government needs to step in and protect their kids. I guess, maybe, they dont think that possibly those parents are monitoring their kids online activities and actually doing their jobs as parents.

It is pretty sad. Clearly, to me, this is probably just an election year gimmick where various politicians are trying to show the voters how they are trying to protect the kids, but it annoys the hell out of me when three different courts, including the supreme court, have struck something down and they still want to try to find a way to get it passed.

Some good new SEO articles

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Here are some good articles on Google SEO stuff.

The first is a piece on using the robots.txt and how to write it so that it disallows potential duplicate content while making sure it gets your full site indexed.
Googles Robots.txt article

The second one is what Googles definition of a doorway page is. Doorways can get you sandboxed or really hurt your rankings this article tells you how to avoid building something that will be considered a doorway.
Googles doorway article