your Domain Name in Trouble?
Is your Domain Name in Trouble?
How long ago was it that you purchased your Domain Name? Is it
time to re-register? Check your expiration date today! If you have
six months or less on your contract, re-register today, before something
happens and it's too late.
Don't think it can happen to you? It has already happened to many
small and large businesses. They waited until the last minute, business
got so busy that they forgot altogether, or an error occurred with
the registrar company and before these businesses knew it, someone
had come along and snatched up their domain name, right out from
One business man had close to two weeks to re-register his domain
name, so he went online to make a payment and renew the domain for
a few more years. However, something happened with his domain host
that prevented him from making a payment online, so he called the
company and asked them to take care of it.
He gave them all the necessary information and paid with his credit
card, by phone. Thinking the problem was solved, he went about his
daily business. A week later, his domain name "officially"
expired and someone purchased it right out from under him! All that
A work at home mom had a fairly successful online business, but
for whatever reason, didn't get her domain registered before the
deadline. Know what happened to her site? A porn site snatched it
Others have lost their domain names due to harvesting software
programs that now let others know the second your domain name is
Talk about a WAKE UP CALL! If you have a domain name, register
it at least a few months in advance of it's expiration date. That
way, if anything does go hay wire, you have time to fix it before
you lose your domain name.
You put a lot of hard work and hours into your website. You put
in a lot of money for advertising, so that people know where to
find you. You have gained the respect and admiration of many people
and businesses. Don't throw caution out the door thinking this cannot
happen to you.
Jeanne of Devine-Designs has experienced her fair share of what
I like to call scrupulous behavior. When she started Expat-Moms,
she began it on a free web host server (like geocities, tripod,
and the like). Her reasoning was simple... test the waters and see
how successful the business was before going all out, financially.
Once her cold feet turned warm, she went to purchase the domain
name http://expatmoms.com, but to her surprise, someone had bought
it out from under her! Now, the site sits unused, while her new
domain with the hyphen is doing extremely well.
Jeanne isn't the only one this has happened to. "Harvesters"
often snatch up domain names in hopes of re-selling them at a higher,
if not outrageous price!
How do they know which domain names are going to be viable? Simple.
They go to free web host servers, find the business name chosen,
then purchase the domain name in hopes that the owner will one day
get so big that he or she goes looking for that domain name. Others
simply go to a keyword program, like Overture and purchase domain
names using the top keywords.
Pick your company wisely. Try to find a company that sends out
reminder notices. If the company you use doesn't and you are happy
with where you are at, please mark your calendars every year! I
have a monthly bills to be paid sheet, and I list my domain names,
web host, and other business related expenses as a monthly expense.
That way, I know every month what is due out the door, when.
If you must insist on using a free web host server, take the precaution
of ordering your domain name and have it redirected to your free
web host server, for under $30 per year!
Be safe, and check the expiration date of your domain name today.
If it is up in six months time or less, order an extension or renewal
of that domain name today... and try to order at least two years
About the Author
Alyice Edrich is a web
copy and freelance writer, discount telecommunications agent, and
Editor-in-Chief for The
Dabbling Mum.com -- An Online Magazine for BUSY Parents. http://thedabblingmum.com