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Last week I posted the first half of our 2008 review, pointing out some of the best posts and stories we had on the blog in the first six months of this year. And now, here’s what happened in the second half of 2008.


Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins and registered domains containing their names and in non-celebrity news, we looked at how easy it is to trade internationally online and wrote a guide to help you make it happen.

Then one of the year’s biggest stories broke, with news that hundreds of new domain extensions could be created. You seemed to be really interested in the story, and left lots of comments. We also asked a PayPal Director how to build a winning online shop, and covered another development in the domain dispute.


Right at the start of the month I invited ridicule again by getting in front of the camera and recording a quick video about producing great sales copy. And the campaign to get a domain extension for Wales got a boost when it received £20,000 of funding from the Welsh assembly.

In other news, the popular TV show Dragons’ Den highlighted the importance of choosing the right domain name, Google won a domain name dispute, and the number of .uk domains passed seven million for the first time.


One story dominated the start of September in the tech world. Google released Chrome, its very own web browser. Since the excitement of the launch, things have gone relatively quiett, but give it time and I think we’ll see Chrome mounting a serious challenge to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

As the US Presidential election gained momentum, some joker opportunist tried to flog for $10m and Matt posted seven killer questions to ask a web designer before you commission them to build your website.


Overall, this was a pretty quiet month. But our interview with Rob Taylor, a domainer (someone who makes money by buying and selling domain names) attracted lots of interest and some interesting comments.

We also posted some good link bait examples and took a look at how there was an explosion in activity around domain names relating to the US Presidential election.


Domain name scams have been quite common througout 2008, so we returned to the subject again, publishing another guide explaining how to spot the scammers and avoid the common tricks.

Further information about how the introduction of new domain extensions could be manager was released too, and we attended the Nominet registrar conference at Wembley (and had an interesting stadium tour). Finally, we looked at Nominet’s annual domain name report and tried to work out what the statistics actually mean for you.


This month isn’t over yet, but I doubt we’ll be posting too much more over the festive season. However, we have covered the six key questions you should as an SEO consultant before employing them. And we looked at how exploiting new opportunities in ecommerce could be a way to stave off the downturn everyone’s talking about.

And that’s it: the year on the 123-reg blog summed up. Whether you’re a regular reader or have only just found us, thanks for stopping by. And if you don’t already subscribe to our RSS feed, please consider it. It’s the best way to keep up-to-date with our latest posts.

All that’s left is for us to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We’ll see you in 2009!

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