Category: domains

What You Need To Know Before Registering A Domain Name

on 09 November 2016  Domain Names  How To Keep My Domain Name Secure, How To Register A Domain Name, What You Need To Know Before Registering A Domain Name

I've been helping a friend gain control of a domain name he acquired when he purchased a T-shirt brand earlier this year. We've been trying to get it transferred into his possession or control for nearly three weeks now. Interestingly many people don't grasp the importance of maintaining or keeping control of their domain.

Trying to transfer a domain name away from a reseller account can take up to 7 days on each attempt and domain name transfers fail often oddly.

Here are some tips if you are considering the purchase of your first domain name or acquiring a website:

  • If you are purchasing your first domain name, never have a friend or family member do it
  • Make sure the domain is registered in your name and using an email address that is under your control
  • Always safeguard your logins as if they were gold. Keep them safe, backed somewhere...not just saved in your email somewhere
  • Always try to purchase your domain name through a major registrar such as GoDaddy, Namebargain, etc. There are a few exceptions where I recommend Network Solutions as they are over-priced at the moment.
  • If you purchase your domain name through a reseller, make sure you are not limited in your ability to manage the domain name or move it. In the example above with my friend; His domain was registered through WIX a Network Solutions reseller, but they prevent him from fully managing his domain or editing DNS / Name Server entries.

If you buy a website and you don't have full control of the registering email address, you don't really have full ownership of your domain name.

Honest Rent A SERP Review - Real Review of RentASERP

on 01 July 2014  Domain Names, Lead Generation, SEO, SEO Software Reviews  devin zander, mario cimmino, rent a serp, rentaserp

When I first saw the video sales pitch I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the video and the claims of renting out domains without having to talk with people using the Rent A SERP theme and Rent A SERP plugin. I quickly set up a test domain and noticed that the theme collects some contact details if a visitor decides to try renting the domain for 5 minutes.

My first thought after seeing the theme is what are these guys doing to get a single page website to rank and stay ranked to rent out the SERP / domain.


(No mention of "The System" or how it can optimize "The Entire Site" and Rank It)

I went to the webinar replay that Devin Zander and Mario Cimmino held... I was hoping to get some more insight into what system they were using to get their one page theme to rank and stay ranked for renting out a domain.

DISAPPOINTMENT - As I started to watch the webinar video replay, my excitement for this product went to buzz kill. They don't show any methodology for utilizing the Rent A SERP theme and plugin as intended in the sales video...the theme and plugin are designed to collect prospects for SEO clients...not actually renting a specific domain. I find this quite bizarre as the concept of the plugin for renting out a domain is genius, but it seems these guys are more interested in generating ongoing SEO work vs. actually renting out domains using the plugin. There's also an OTO / up-sell for a mastermind group that costs $497.

I've submitted a support ticket asking for more information on specifics regarding just Rent A SERP and will update this post later.

In closing, I think the Rent A SERP plugin has some value to use with a multi-page website that have a chance of staying ranked on page one for local keywords, but looking for some proof that the one page theme can have any staying power. I'm going to keep the theme and plugin. Unfortunately, the plugin cannot be purchased seperately.

Business Web Hosting and Domain Risks

on 23 March 2013  Domain Names, Web Hosting  business domain name check list, business domain registrations, Business Web, business web hosting check list, business web hosting risks, Domain Name Registrations, domain name risks, Domain Names, Domain Registration, Domain Registrations, Domains By Proxy, Full Disclosure, Godaddy, Google, Google Web, Matt Cutts, Private Domain, Private Registrations, Proxy Service, Recourse, Red Flag, Registration Information, School Bus, Web Development Company, Web Hosting Account

Recently, while helping a few new clients with some of their Internet marketing, I was astounded that none of them knew anything about where or who had control of their web hosting and domain name(s).

One client had several domains registered by a partner who registered the domains under Domains By Proxy, a Godaddy company that does private registrations. They could not confirm that the partner had indeed registered the domains or any recourse to try and obtain them easily.

One of my most recent clients had hired a web development company to help them set up their online presence and they registered all of their domains using Godaddy's Domains By Proxy service. Unless their is a specific reason for keeping your registration information private, there is no reason for a business to do this. Matt Cutts of Google has stated that private domain registrations raise a red flag with Google.

Is Your Business Web Hosting at Risk?

The client had no idea where his site was hosted...he thought that because it was registered through Godaddy, that it was hosted with them. After contacting the web development company, they informed me that another person was responsible for web hosting and that person was unavailable until Monday to provide login information to the domain's web hosting account.

Reducing Business Web Hosting Risk

It is imperative that business owners have full disclosure on their domain names and web hosting. I've always adhered to the "If I get hit by a school bus" philosophy...If something were to happen to me or my company, does my client have enough information to have someone else take the reigns with regard to managing web hosting or domain registrations.

Here's a quick list of questions or information a business owner should have with regard to their web hosting and domain registrations:

Domain Name Registrations

  • Where is my domain(s) registered?
  • Do I have login information for my web hosting account?
  • Was the domain registration set up in my company's name ?(If you let someone else register a domain name in their name, you don't technically own it as the registrant)
  • How long was my domain(s) registered for?
  • If my business partnership breaks up, who owns the domain? Think about this before you let someone arbitrarily register a domain for you.

One last tip on domain registrations; make sure your domain is registered with a major registrar such as Godaddy, Network Solutions, or Register.com - Network Solutions and Register.com have been around since the advent of domain registrations to the public.

Web Hosting

  • Where is my domain hosted?
  • What type of machine is my site hosted on? (Windows or Some flavor or Linux)
  • How many websites are on the machine my website will be hosted on?
  • How much bandwidth does my web hosting server have? (typically a 10mb or 100mb connection)
  • What is the IP address?
  • Do I have login access to my domain? (request it)
  • Is my domain name hosted in the United States? If you are a small business working primarily with local clientele there is no reason your website should be hosted on the other side of the planet even if it saves you $5 bucks a month.

A good web hosting provider will be in a major data-center with redundant power and  Internet backbone connections.

Adhere to some of these tips and you can ensure that your domain registrations and web hosting are trouble free. If you are a small business and have questions about web hosting or domain registrations, drop us a line and we'll be happy to answer them for you.

 

Network Solutions Review - Scalping Customers

on 09 August 2012  Domain Names  Banks, Domain Name, Domain Registrants, Domain Registrars, Domain Registration, Gt Network, Network Solutions, network solutions fees, network solutions review, New Ways, Org Domains, Reinstatement Fee, Time Charge

Network Solutions Review

I've used Network Solutions for many, many, many years. Today while helping a client renew a domain which had expired on 8/6/12 I was surprised to see a new fee (not sure how long they've been doing this) called a "Reinstatement Fee" of $25.99. A one-time charge to reinstate a domain name that has expired. This is yet another method of scalping customers for more revenue. I could see Network Solutions charging this fee if a person had to manually reinstate or activate the domain, but the system is completely automated.

Seems some domain Registrars are following the way of many banks and looking for new ways to add additional fees to domain registrants. Network Solutions was the first and original registrar for .com, .net and .org domains. While many registrars have gotten competitive, Network Solutions still charges $35 for a year domain registration as they did nearly 20 years ago.

Are you aware of any other add-on fees Network Solutions or other registrars are charging? Share your comments or story below>>

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Will Google Split Non-hyphenated Keywords In Domain Name?

on 07 March 2010  Bing, Domain Names, Google, Yahoo  Display Advertising, Domain Name, Domain Names, Google, Keywords, Ppc Advertising, Search Engines, Search Traffic, Url, Urls, Yahoo

This was a recent question submitted by a reader:

Q: Will Google split the non-hyphenated keywords in domain name?

A: Yes, Google was actually one of the first search engines to do this. Now Bing and Yahoo also have the ability recognize separate keywords in a non-hyphenated domain name.

With that being said, I still purchase numerous hyphenated domains each year for various reasons:

  1. A hyphenated domain is great for display URLs and pay per click advertising.
  2. A hyphenated domain can rank just as well as a non hyphenated domain name. (The major consideration is whether or not you are targeting search traffic or type-in traffic.)
  3. Hyphenated domains are easier to read and can give you an extra advertising line when used as your display URL in your PPC advertising