Ready to carve yourself a thin slice of that tasty cyberspace pie? Google
This may not come as news to you. Google became an accredited registrar of domain names nearly two years ago.
"Conspiracy theories are already sprouting up all over the Internet," I wrote at the time. "Did Google become a registrar so it can keep closer tabs on deleted domains and wipe clean its indexed pages and established Page Rank metrics? Will those who turn to Google as both a registrar and a host receive preferential search engine placement?"
There may have been some thorny issues with Google handing out domain names at the time -- even though rival Yahoo!
Yes, you can pick up your .com, .net, or .org presence at GoDaddy and some eNom resellers for less than $10, but that's far better than the $30 to $35 that original registration leaders Register.com and Network Solutions used to charge. Wow! Network Solutions is still charging $34.99 for a one-year registration!
More importantly, Google is offering the $10 domain registrations now for folks looking to incorporate the Google features of its Google Apps for Your Domain offering. Whether it's server-stored Gmail, Writely word processing, or calendars, Google has been aggressive at eating away at Microsoft's
We also can't dismiss the moneymaking allure of registrants warming up to the company that provides revenue-sharing possibilities by populating established sites or parked domains with paid search ads.
Yes, there is money to be made even in dormant domains. A domain baron like Marchex
Google becoming an even bigger part of the online experience? Is that even possible? Of course it is. Just watch. Another day, another step closer to world domination for Google.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a Googleholic. Is there a cure? He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.