Domains - find out How to give them a Good Send Off
Dead Domains - find out How to give them a Good Send Off
How many times have you bookmarked a web site and, months later,
gone back to find that the original content has disappeared and
the new web site appears to be a directory of links? How frustrating
is that! Have you stopped and considered why this is happening?
If you were the owner of the domain name, how annoyed were you
to find that your domain is live and well and earning someone else
some money when you couldn't make an honest dollar from your old
There are several things which you ought to know about your domain
name registration. While you pay for the annual renewal of the registration,
and especially if you have "locked" your domain name,
it is yours.
However, when you don't renew the name with your registrar, it
goes through a protection scheme of up to 75 days when you can renew
the registration and add the domain name back into your portfolio.
After that, it's open hunting season for expired domain names, particularly
those with web traffic.
There are many Domain Name Hunters who scour the internet each
and every day looking for valuable domains which show signs of death.
The obvious signs are that the domain hasn't been renewed and is
in the redemption period.
There are several well known companies whose sole role in life
is to snap up the expired domains THE SECOND that they become available
again (they have developed software to allow them to do this) -
and then they either sell them to the highest bidder - or put a
directory site on them which has a whole lot of affiliate links
of one kind or another.
Then they sit back and let your work in building traffic bring
in a small income each month. As they probably own thousands of
domains, this business can be extremely profitable for them. All
this is perfectly legal and above board. These are genuine businesses
who are breaking no rules and they are expanding all the time.
What can you do about those unwanted, unprofitable domain names
which you have marketed so assiduously?
You have several options.
- You could put a "This domain is for sale" notice on
your web site and see if someone will make you an offer.
- Consider selling your complete web site - it may be that your
competitors are interested in your site.
- Allow the domain name to lapse and someone else may benefit
from your work; - but the best solution may be to
- Keep your domain registration up to date and sell it at online
auction at http://www.sellmydomain.co.uk
There's more! …. Have you also spotted that some domain name
registrars are putting up a "this domain may be for sale"
page if you allow your registration to lapse for more than three
or four days and they are redirecting your web site to their name
servers and their own directory site.
This is happening only a few days after your domain should have
been renewed. Arguably domain registrars have a right to do this,
as it is in their terms and conditions of contract. However, for
you the consequences might be loss of search engine ranking, if
you still wish to maintain your web site. It certainly also means
loss of control of the domain if you do wish to sell it.
In these circumstances, we recommend renewing the domain registration,
even if you do not pay for hosting; then YOU can choose how to sell
the domain and if you'd like to test the waters by auctioning your
web site at http://www.sellmydomain.co.uk. That's how you can give
your unwanted domains a good send off!
Margaret MacGillivray is a self-confessed
domain-aholic! - She has bought and sold domains and web sites and
software for several years now. Find out more at http://www.sellmydomain.co.uk
- where listing your domain for sale is free, with a modest commission
paid only if it is sold.