A quick update on the state of the .uk domain proposals. According to a BBC report this evening, the idea has been shelved. I certainly believe that this would be good news for the current .co.uk and .org.uk owners, but let’s not get too excited just yet. According to a nominet spokesperson “We are going to explore whether it is possible to present a revised proposal that meets the principles of increasing trust and security and maintaining the relevance of the .uk proposition in a changing landscape.” Whether this is a case of saving face, or we’re going to see another proposal somewhere down the line remains unknown. I’ll keep you posted.
Recently I launched a new bet calculator website. I have already been pretty active in the sports, and specifically horse racing, space online for a couple of years now, as a result of starting a horse racing tips blog. Launching a betting odds calculator site seemed like a useful step in terms of both variation on a theme and providing something useful to those interested in having a bet. Of course it applies to all sports (horse racing, football, snooker, novelty bets and so on) so will be able to fit well with just about any future sports, gambling or entertainment themed sites that I launch.
The free bet calculator tool requires the user to enter a stake, followed by whether the bet is each way, then the type of bet (single, double, treble, yankee, accumulator etc). Once the odds of each selection (up to ten max) have been entered the user can then calculate the potential winnings. Outlay, returns and profit are listed at the bottom of the calculator.
I purchased betcalculator.org.uk and hosted the site at that domain. With all of the talk of how exact match domains have taken a bit of a battering of late, this could be a good decision, or a bad one. I plan on adding to the content on the site over the coming weeks, as it’s certainly a bit ‘bare bones’ right now. Still, I feel that the idea has much promise and that online calculator tools, especially ones that can calculate quite complicated sums, are useful to web users, punters in this case. Done right, it’s a lucrative area. Watch this space.
There’s been developments with regard to UK domain names over the last few months. It appears, if nominet gets its way, that we may well soon be seeing .UK domain names in addition to the existing .co.uk, .org.uk and me.uk names. Of course, there are already some .UK names for government and so on, but they are not available to the general public.
The debate rages over how the whole process will work. Some speculate that trademark holders will get first choice, followed by .co.uk, then the general public. Others say that if a site is not developed at the existing .co.uk domain, it should go to the org.uk owner. Whatever decision is made I can see there being a lot of unhappy (and some happy) people, and possibly legal action down the line.
As for domainers, it is another potential blow, with the previous being google’s turning down of the value of exact match domains, which has had a wide impact in comparison to other changes in the search engine space over recent years. The reseller market especially is very sluggish right now and people wait to find out what the future of the UK market holds. Watch this space.
Exact match domains were hit hard in a recent google update. That along with various other google algorithm updates of late have left many a webmaster pondering their next move. To further confuse matters on a local level, Nominet here in the UK are hoping to release .uk domains sometime in 2013, potentially undermining existing co.uk domains and sites in the process. Interesting times ahead, that’s for sure.