Most days, I don't consider myself exactly a newbie; more like an advanced beginner. (Thanks Tiffany) But today, I felt like a newbie.
My internet business is taking off rather slowly. I tend to over-analyze, over-research.. etc. But I have had some great ideas lately, purchased some great products, and then on Sunday, went to my trusty registrar, namecheap.com and registered a few new domains.
One of the domains I registered, I felt extremely lucky to get. In fact, I was a bit shocked that it was available, and rushed to register it in case someone else was online at the exact same time trying to get it. (I am not going to tell you exactly what this domain was, but in a minute, I will give you the general idea.)
I was happily planning my future with this domain, and all of the money I was going to make from it, when first thing this morning, I got an email. From AWeber.
domain aweberxxxxxxxxx.com. I realize you are using it to
promote AWeber but we can't allow other people to use our
trademarked name when registering domain names. This is a direct
infringement on our trademark and also a violation of our terms of
I am going to have to ask you to respectfully cancel out
that domain name as soon as possible."
Well, a lightbulb went off in my head! No wonder the domain was available! No one else can use it! I must admit I freaked out a little bit. I am an AWeber customer and an affiliate, and I didn't want to jeopardize that. But I also didn't know how to "cancel out" of registering a domain name.
I know this story is getting long, so I will cut to the results. I contacted namecheap.com and the domain has been deleted from my account, BUT I couldn't get a refund for it.
So for you newbies out there: check your Terms of Service on all of your affiliate programs, especially if they have a very recognizable name.
Luckily, I hadn't built my site around this domain yet, and only lost the cost of the domain. It could have been worse.
Thanks for listening, and I hope this helps someone. __________________