First it was Craigslist asking for your phone number to verify your account. Today while trying to set up a Flickr account using a new Yahoo email address, they wanted my cell phone number to authenticate my account. I would have no problem giving them my business phone number, but I don’t care to give Yahoo my cell phone number to verify my email account. I had already given them my recovery email address. So now, I will need to find a work-around possibly purchasing a disposable phone just so I can verify a new Yahoo email address for business use.
So this begs the question…why does Yahoo only want a mobile number vs. any other number?
See Craigslist Phone Verification for conversation regarding CL’s requiring a phone number for verification
This was a recent question submitted by a reader:
Q: Will Google split the non-hyphenated keywords in domain name?
A: Yes, Google was actually one of the first search engines to do this. Now Bing and Yahoo also have the ability recognize separate keywords in a non-hyphenated domain name.
With that being said, I still purchase numerous hyphenated domains each year for various reasons:
- A hyphenated domain is great for display URLs and pay per click advertising.
- A hyphenated domain can rank just as well as a non hyphenated domain name. (The major consideration is whether or not you are targeting search traffic or type-in traffic.)
- Hyphenated domains are easier to read and can give you an extra advertising line when used as your display URL in your PPC advertising
We’ve all been sitting back and waiting to see what would happen with the Yahoo Microsoft search alliance. Both companies announced approval yesterday. This morning when I logged into my Yahoo account, here is the message posted across the top of my screen:
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For more information on the announced Microsoft Yahoo alliance (click link)
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