Monthly Archives: September 2015

Domainer’s Choice Awards 2015



Domainer’s Choice Awards 2015 are here!

At The Domainer’s Choice Awards we believe awards matters.  Why? the Domainer’s Choice Awards, publicly acknowledges the hard work of an individual or team and in return boosts morale.  We also believe the awards are a great way to share best practices and knowledge in the industry.  We take great pride in our program and conduct the awards with the utmost in trust and integrity by utilizing a third party to conduct the final voting after the nominations have been submitted.

We have clearly defined the award categories so you know exactly what qualifications are needed in a nominee. For your edification the nomination categories are located here:  Please familiarize yourself with the categories you may formulate your best nominee.  Please keep in mind,  You will only be able to log in to the ballot once so be sure you set aside a small amount of time to complete the nomination phase.

We have given a generous two week nomination period to be sure everyone has a chance to participate! At the end of the two weeks we’ll tabulate the votes and determine the Top Three Candidates in each category.  Once that is completed, the information will be turned over to is a well established and respected third party election company not related to our industry. Your email address is required by to participate in the final voting phase. If you do not vote in the nomination phase, you will not be able to vote in the finals.

To keep the Voting completely transparent, Donna Mahony,,, or will NOT be eligible for nominations.

The Domainer’s Choice Awards website developer,  Charlotte Gilbert –, plus all of her web properties, will be out of the race completely.

We like awards too, but trust and integrity come first! Please don’t waste your vote but writing in “any of the above” as a nominee.  By doing so, your nomination will not be counted.

We appreciate your participation and Good Luck to everyone!

Ghost Spam – Understanding and Blocking


ghostUnderstanding and Blocking Ghost Spam

A new type of spam has recently begun aggravating website developers and SEO marketers. This is a variety of spam known as ghost spam. In many circles, it is also called referrer spam. Unlike keyword spamming, which is otherwise known as keyword stuffing, ghost spam will not involve the spammer paying visits to the victim’s websites or email accounts. Instead, the Google Analytics statistics will show hits that did not actually take place. Google Analytics users are finding evidence of this in increasing numbers lately, and seeing it has prompted questions about how it works and how to deal with it.



ransomwareUnderstanding and Dealing With Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware that inhibits a user from accessing personal files, opening specific programs or operating their computer altogether until an amount of money is paid to have functionality return. The parallels this process has with that of kidnapping helped this variety of malware earn its moniker. Theoretically, the operators of the ransomware will remove the restrictions on the victim’s computer once the ransom is paid. This is not always the case, however, and more often than not a ransomware operator will simply abandon the process after receiving their money.

Kudos to


I have been really annoyed by referrer spam messing up my stats and did a post  explaining how to keep it off of your sites but parking stats still remained a problem.  I expressed this to and I guess I wasn’t the only one! I was excited to log in to and see this notice: