We talk of typos, we talk of trademarks, but the biggest farce in our industry is the .cm tld. Created ONLY for typos, this TLD is a perfect example of why many people despise people who buy and sell domains. According to McAfee, ” more than half of the sites tested in Cameroon’s domain space were found to be engaged in shady behavior, such as infecting visitors with password-stealing or spam-sending software” Half. This is not a case of a few bad apples. Half the apples are rotten.
We are a bunch of hypocrites, Google included. We talk of no typos, no trademarks, and I see google selling top placements in ads with the word “google” in many of the domains. One of the largest companies in the world can’t write a script that doesn’t allow links with the word Google in the domain name? Sure they could, but they don’t want to lose revenue. And that’s what it comes down to money.
If the money is right we all look away. Fortunately, the registrars of .cm were greedy when they priced their .cm domains and kept most people from registering names. Unfortunately, that left the big time scammers as the only ones that had enough to gain to financially justify the purchase.
Don’t give me the “Cameroon has a right to a tld” Sure, how about CMR, CRN, ROON, or anything that isn’t confusing. To make it worse, Columbia is right behind with their sure to be typo, dot co.
I work by one simple rule. If someone has created content and you try and hijack the road to that content, you are wrong. I want people to find my domains because they were looking for my domains, or something within. Plain and simple. I want them to type my domain in the browser bar, follow a link, or find it within a search engine.
Am I a hypocrite? My recent purchase of best iphone apps certainly has some huge trademark issues but then I see Bing buying ads on Google for “Best iPhone Apps”. Or RIM Blackberry buying the top ad in Google for “iPhone”. One of the ads is also iphone-review.blogspot.com. This is not a case of me saying, everyone else is doing it, so it must be OK. This is me saying that .CM easily crosses the line and let’s start with the obvious and work our way down.