**I would like to thank Tom Ferris at security-protocols.com for giving me this article to post. Everyone should check out his website because he is a security genius.
So basically Google may be doing a preemptive strike against arbitragers trying to squat on any domain names including the words iPhone. iPhone is going to make a lot of people a lot of money and Google may be stopping these people in their tracks. Although i’m sure every variation of the word iPhone was taken atleast a year ago, now everyone is getting every possible kind of variation on the word. Here’s what I mean:
Anyways read this article from security-protocols.com and be sure to visit his site and give him credit!
Here’s the article:
So the past week Tom had been doing some research regarding domain names with the word “iPhone” in them. I just wanted to see what people were registering and what kind of sites where going up. So I wasn’t surprised to see that every variation with the word “iPhone” in them had been taken.
I am guessing that Apple (or Cisco?) may have also found this out, and has contacted Google and other search engines to have those sites deleted from their index. So back to my story, when I found out that you can change the wallpaper on the iPhone I had immediately registered themeiphone.com to add to my sister of sites which are also wallpaper specific. Last night I checked my SERPS for themeiphone.com and I was #2 for the keyword “iphone wallpapers” on Google. Below my site were a few others which were also going to be iPhone wallpaper sites. Fair enough, I have always liked competitors in this space.
So today I go to check my SERPS for themeiphone.com and it has been deleted from Google’s index! Now I know for a fact that I was not violating Google’s TOS because the site only had a landing page which says “Coming Soon!”. No doorway pages, 301 redirects to that domain, nothing. So I checked on the other sites which were going to be doing wallpapers and they have also been deleted:
Your search – site:iphonelive.org – did not match any documents.
Your search – site:themeiphone.com – did not match any documents.
Your search – site:iphonewallpapers.net – did not match any documents.
Your search – site:iphonewallpapers.com – did not match any documents.
So I guess the point of my post is that save your cash and do not register any domain names with the word “iphone” in them. Now I know people are going to say, well you shouldn’t buy domain names with a trademarked word in them. Yes this is true, but most companies dont care if all you are doing is promoting the product in a good way.
That was the full post from security-protocols.com. Thanks again Tom.