Wednesday Web Tip February 1, 2012
New in 2012! I will be sending a quick Web tip to you on the first Wednesday of each month. The tip will be short, important to know and easy to implement.
Domain Name Tip
It is a good idea to register your domain name for more than one year at a time. Three to five years, if you can. There is often a break on price when you register for multiple years, so it can save you money. Even better, Google and other search engines will consider your website more important. Why? Spammers and other unsavory types register for only the short-term.
SCAM ALERT - Fake Domain Renewal Letters
DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
4510 W. 190th St.
Suite # 54773
Torrance, CA 90602
United States of America
Complete and return by fax to:
Longtime subscribers have read my rants about The Domain Registry of America who mislead consumers with fake renewal letters. Well now there is dssubmission.com. (Well, sort of - the domain name is not even registered and you will notice the hotmail email address.) Apparently they have been around for a while, but recently have been very active. I have seen three email letters for my clients in just the past few weeks!
BOLD WARNINGS, confusing text and teeny tiny fine print. They include a "search engine subscription," a high price and a clever twist. As a courtesy, they will let you Fax them your other domain names so they can send you a reminder letter for them as well!
How to protect yourself:
- When it concerns something as important as your domain name, please read carefully anything that is mailed or e-mailed to you.
- Never respond to requests for information without checking with the person who administers your website.
- If your Registrar has a Domain Lock - use it. Domain locking is used to prevent unwanted domain name registrar transfers and domain name hijacking.
If you have questions or concerns about your domain name renewal or registration, please call or e-mail me and I would be glad to help!
Annette Riley Web Design