“Mobilegeddon”: Good For Small Business?

Google updated its algorithms in April to favor websites that look and perform better on mobile devices, making them appear higher on search results. This news has many non-mobile-friendly website owners fearing that their search rankings will plummet. While the change is understandably concerning, Google may actually be doing many small businesses a favor by finally forcing them to implement a mobile website.

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Time to Cast Your Vote in the #InternetOfficial Contest’s Grand Prize Round!

Our #InternetOfficial First Prize Winners have submitted their most descriptive, memorable and original new .com domain names, earning each of them a shot at winning the Grand Prize of $30,000!
Each of our 15 First Prize Winners had an opportunity to create a video explaining why their entry is worthy of the #InternetOfficial contest Grand Prize, and now it’s your time to vote and possibly help your favorite take home $30,000! It’s easy. Check out the videos submitted by our First Prize Winners, and then vote for your favorite by clicking the “VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY” button at the top of the page. Keep in mind the voting period ends Saturday, June 27, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and you’re able to vote for one video per day. Each video is unique, so we hope you find one that resonates with you.

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Verisign Announces Third Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the third – and final – round of our monthly #InternetOfficial contest First Prize Winners!

This round of winners brings the total number of First Prize Winners to 15. Each will receive $5,000, and is eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000 (the First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize).

Our distinguished panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the third monthly entry period.

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Verisign Announces Second Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

To help celebrate National Small Business Week, today we’re excited to announce the second round of our #InternetOfficial contest First Prize Winners!

As we previously noted on our blog, up to 15 monthly First Prize Winners will receive $5,000 each, and are eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000 (the First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize).

Our renowned panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the second monthly entry period.

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Verisign Announces First Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

The results are in and today we’re excited to announce the first round of monthly First Prize Winners from our #InternetOfficial contest celebrating #30YearsofCOM!

Our First Prize Winners will receive $5,000 each, and are eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000.

As we previously noted on our blog, the #InternetOfficial contest, which is open to U.S. residents only, will feature up to five monthly First Prize Winners during the contest’s entry period (for a total of up to 15 monthly First Prize Winners) and one Grand Prize Winner. Each First Prize Winner will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to submit a video explaining the beauty of their entry. The First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize.

Our illustrious panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the first monthly entry period.

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5 Tips to Business Success with Bill Rancic

Last month, we introduced businessman and motivational speaker Bill Rancic as one of the celebrity judges in our #InternetOfficial contest. We recently sat down with Bill to discuss his tips for business owners and entrepreneurs. Bill wanted to be an entrepreneur ever since he was young, starting at age 10 when one of his grandmother’s friends paid him five dollars for making pancakes during a weekend visit to her house. Since then, the business world has evolved, and we’re in a time that allows a great idea to become a full-fledged business in a matter of minutes – no pancakes needed.

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Can’t Decide Which .Com Domain Name to Register? Our Internet Official Contest Judges Are Here to Help!

As you may have seen, the #InternetOfficial contest celebrating #30YearsofCOM, is well underway. Choosing a domain name is an important step when building your business or startup, so we’ve enlisted the help of our #InternetOfficial industry experts— domain investor and blogger Michael Berkens, SMB authority Anita Campbell and naming expert Steve Manning— to offer business branding and domain naming tips.

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The “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner Joins Panel of Judges for the #InternetOfficial Contest

Lori GreinerWe’re honored to announce that star investor, inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner is one of our celebrity judges on the #InternetOfficial contest judging panel! She is ready to judge your .com domain name in celebration of 30 years of .com. But, before we get into the details, have you registered your .com domain and entered our #InternetOfficial contest yet?

We can’t wait to hear Lori’s perspective on the entries and .com ideas you submit. Lori truly embodies the spirit of this contest. She was able to cultivate her great business idea—an innovative earring organizer—into what is now a multi-million dollar international brand with hundreds of new products which she sells on QVC, QVC.com and at other retailers. Additionally, Lori has her own show on QVC called Clever & Unique Creations. Her successful journey demonstrates how one idea can create opportunities for you, so make it #InternetOfficial: Register your .com and start your business journey today.

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Let’s Get Down to Business With Our #InternetOfficial Celebrity Judge Bill Rancic!

d981939c-c159-49f9-988d-5c1203612a72The buzz is in full swing around the#InternetOfficial contest celebrating 30 years of .com. We encourage you to register that new, original, memorable, and keyword-rich .com domain name you’ve been pondering and enter it into the contest for an opportunity to win up to $35,000. Don’t procrastinate on registering your .com, because that’s one thing businessman and motivational speaker Bill Rancic would tell you not to do! Did we mention Bill is one of the celebrity judges in our #InternetOfficial contest?

You may recognize Bill as the winner of the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Or maybe you recognize him from hosting “America Now,” his reality series “Giuliana & Bill,” or his various appearances on the “Today Show,” “CBS New York” and “The View.” In any case, Bill’s got a business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit that’s second to none, and he brings that expertise to our contest.

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Meet our #InternetOfficial Contest Judge and Naming Expert Steve Manning

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of .com in 2015, we are excited to partner with a stellar group of industry experts, who will serve as judges and help us select up to five monthly winners (for a total of 15) and the final, grand prize winner of our #InternetOfficial .com domain name contest.

Our panel would not have been complete without Steve Manning, naming expert and CEO of naming firm Igor. Steve is a prominent naming and branding authority and has spent the last 17 years leading naming projects for some of the most popular brands, including the Aria resort in Las Vegas, the “Cutthroat Kitchen” TV show, Gogo inflight Wi-Fi and TruTV. His clients also include some of the world’s most iconic brands, from Nike and Intel to Bank of America and one of Steve Wynn’s signature hotels, the Wynn Las Vegas.

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