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Unread 5th Jan 2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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Don't rely on the people that host your domain name to contact you for renewal - e-mails get lost many times.

I moved and lost my e-mail address - and wouldn't you know it - in the 3 days that it took me to get things straightened out - I received notice of domain name renewal (I guess I received it) but it went to my old address.

Someone had come along and deposted $100 on my domain name in case I did not renew it - well my site was picked up before I could get it straightened out.

That is 10 years of promoting my site and getting traffic to it - someone picked it up and all the promotion on their pages involves selling other peoples products and getting commissions - nice work if you can get it - right!

So I have had to really work at getting my links pointing to another site I had - I googled my name and site and over 21,000 links are pointed to the site that this other guy picked up. WOW - all because I did not keep records of when the domain name renews.

You can bet all my other sites have renewal notices on my calendar 0n my computer which pops up every day -

If you arn't sure when your site is to be renewed - go here. Whois.net - Domain Names all your information is there.

One of the bad things about keeping up with your domain names - there are lots of e-mails that come that look like they have bought out the people that had your name and want you to just renew with them - don't do it - don't click on those links either - type in the name of the people that hold your domain name and check it out there.

Lesson learned the hard way.

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Hi,

I am rally so sorry to hear that and thank you for the reminder. Sometimes i lost track of renewals also. Thank you for the valuable information.

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Unread 5th Jan 2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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Sharon - that is really awful.

I just had two expire but all I lost was the aging. Now I am sweating it until February 14 when it goes up on the block again so I can buy it again.

My other choices were to pay $200 - to somebody or other. (highway robbery) - I may have considered it if I was in your situation.

I advise people to put your domains on autorenewal and have a card on file.

Email is too unreliable in the first place and in the second I am not good at checking all my email accounts regularly as I should.

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