Tag: domain-names

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.


Craigslist Requiring Phone Authentication

on 01 January 2010  Articles  12 Months, Authentication, Authorization Code, Blacklisting, Craiglist, Craigslist, Domain Name, Domain Names, Domain Sale, Existing Users, Sign Ups, Sms, Sms Code, Ups, Valid Phone Number

It appears that Craigslist is now collecting phone data on its users. I wanted to follow up on my previous domain name post by trying to see if Craigslist would let me place a domain name for sale ad. When I logged into my account which I've had for more than 12 months, Craigslist asked me to authenticate my account by providing a phone number:

(Here's the text from Craigslist)

We need you to provide a valid, working phone number so that we can verify your account.

To help enforce our terms of use, craigslist requires an account, verified by phone, for posting in certain categories. Terms of use violations will be subject to account suspension and blacklisting of the phone number used to verify the account.

After entering your phone number below, you will receive an automated call or SMS and an authorization code will be provided to you.

Enter this authorization code on the next page, and your account will be verified.

While being able to post or offer domain names for sale on Craigslist is a completely different topic, I'm wondering how the requirement for authenticating an account via phone will affect users. Will new user sign-ups drop? Will existing users stop using Craigslist due to the apparently recent requirement for phone authentication?

While Craigslist says only "certain categories" require authentication for posting, I could not find a single category that would allow me to post an ad without giving up my phone number. OK, I tried to authenticate my phone number and this is what I get instantly:

Not sure what is going on at Craiglist, but after entering my valid phone number, I am asked to start over with another number.

What has your experience been with this new requirement? Did you provide Craigslist with your phone number? Did you run into any issues when trying to enter or provide your legit phone?

Why Good Domain Names Are Critical To Your Business

on 12 March 2009  Domain Names  Adword, Campaigns, Domain Name, Domain Names, Domain Service, Google, Key Role, Marketing Tactics, One Thing, Online Marketing, Perspective, Respect, Search Engine Marketing, Spy, Tools

We all know that good domain names are important to your business. I'll take it a step further and say it's even critical.

While there is much debate on search engine marketing tactics, SEO, PPC strategies or Pay Per Click strategies for those of you still learning the acronyms; One thing is clear. The industry has sort of leveled off with respect to tools and information. We all know how to spy one another's Adword campaigns, we can scrape sites for keywords. So from that perspective, the folks that do this professionally understand most of the tools and tricks of the trade.

So where does that leave us? With a level playing field, I believe at the end of the day it comes back down to the domain or domain names you choose to represent your business. If  you've got two competing Google Adword ads and one has a display URL / Landing page URL of somereallygoofylongdomainname.info vs. mypowerdomain.com ultimately ads and marketing with winning domain names will play a key role in having that slight advantage in a day when everything is visible when it comes to online marketing.

What are your thoughts? Have you secured the perfect domain name for your product or service? Share with our visitors

Selling A Domain Name On Craigslist: NOT

on 12 March 2009  Domain Names  10 Years, Buy And Sell, Buy Domain, Buy Sell, Buyer Seller, Ceo Jim, Craigslist, Cred, Credit Card, Developer, Domain Name Sales, Domain Names, Domain Names, Domain Sales, Domain Services, Entrepreneur, Erotic Services, Geo, Merchandize, Sell Domain

I have to give the folks at Sell-My.com some cred for their post (post appears to be deleted or moved as of 1/1/2010). As a buyer, seller, developer of domains for over 10 years I'm still surprised at some of the wrongfully placed ill-will still out there for folks that buy and sell domain names.

Apparently, Craigslist considers Erotic services less of an evil to society than some entrepreneur trying to sell a domain name. While i've been able to successfully sell a couple of geo domains on Craigslist, nearly all of my ads of lately have been flagged for immediate deletion.

So, if you if you provide erotic services and have a credit card, you can do business on Craigslist under a "special" category. The Craigslist police have stated in several posts that domain names are not tangible and you cannot touch them. I guess erotic services are OK because you see and touch the merchandise.

CEO Jim Buckmaster: You are missing an opportunity to earn some additional revenue. Set up a special category for domain name sales and let those of us who are legit pay... or aren't domain name sales erotic enough?

Domain Names For Sale

on 06 November 2008  Domain Names  Alaska Net, Alaska Real Estate, Connecticut Real Estate, Custom Web Site Design, Dakota Real Estate, Delaware Real Estate, Domain Name, domain name sale, Domain Names, Domains For Sale, Indiana Real Estate, Kansas Real Estate, Kentucky Real Estate, Keyword Domains, Louisiana Real Estate, Mexico Real Estate, Michigan Real Estate, Mississippi Real Estate, Montana Real Estate, Names Domain, Nebraska Real Estate, New Hampshire Real Estate, New Mexico Real Estate, North Carolina Real Estate, North Dakota Real Estate, Orlando Real Estate, Portsmouth New Hampshire, Purchase Domains, real estate domain names for sale, Reply, South Carolina Real Estate, South Dakota Real Estate, Top Level Domains, Vermont Real Estate, Virginia Real Estate, Web Site Design, West Virginia Real Estate, Wisconsin Real Estate

The following domain names are for sale: Make An Offer

  • Alaska-Real-Estate.net
  • Austin-Real-Estate.net
  • Connecticut-Real-Estate.net
  • Delaware-Real-Estate.net
  • Indiana-Real-Estate.net
  • JustinTexas.com
  • Kansas-Real-Estate.net
  • Kentucky-Real-Estate.net
  • LibertyCityTexas.com
  • Louisiana-Real-Estate.net
  • Michigan-Real-Estate.net
  • Mississippi-Real-Estate.net
  • Montana-Real-Estate.net
  • Nebraska-Real-Estate.net
  • New-Hampshire-Real-Estate.net
  • New-Mexico-Real-Estate.net
  • NH-Real-Estate.net
  • North-Carolina-Real-Estate.net
  • North-Dakota-Real-Estate.com
  • Orlando-Real-Estate.net
  • PeaseInternationalTradePort.com
  • Portsmouth-New-Hampshire.com
  • Real-Estate-Companies.net
  • RealEstatePressReleases.com
  • South-Carolina-Real-Estate.net
  • South-Dakota-Real-Estate.com
  • Texas-Real-Estate.com
  • Vermont-Real-Estate.net
  • Virginia-Beach.net
  • West-Virginia-Real-Estate.net
  • Wisconsin-Real-Estate.net

If you are a real estate or domain name professional or broker you realize the power and value of these keyword domains. All offers accepted, but rediculous low ball offers will not get a reply. Purchase domains individually or make an offer for all of them. Top level domains like this do not exist unless you want to purchase .biz, .info, or some other TLD extension that will not show up in the search engines well.

Will also consider a co-development project with the right company or investors.

Additional domains for sale or lease:

  • SearchEngineSimulator.com
  • BudgetLimoService.com
  • BudgetLimoServices.com
  • BudgetLimousineService.com
  • BudgetLimousineServices.com
  • Custom-Web-Site-Design.net
  • DallasSEOFirm.com
  • Ecommerce-Web-Site-Hosting.net
  • FuneralBeautician.com
  • Web-Browsers.net

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  • archeryplanet.com