Thinking of Changing Your Domain Name or Moving Your Website?
Then Please, Don't Abandon or Let Your Old Domain Name Expire!
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How to Buy Domain Names Like a Pro: 10 Tips from the Founder of PhoneTag.com http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/02/27/how-to-buy-domain-names-like-a-pro-10-tips-from-the-founder-of-phonetagcom/


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Great article really informative and well written.


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I gotta hand it to you this really made me think about how we handle this issue with our own clients. It reminds me of one of those priceless commercials.


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I can recall the days when 2 & 3 letter domain names were all the rage. Now domain names are built upon SEO keywords. That is why you find so many: www.all-about-what-our-company-does.com URLs. But you are so right so many times I talk to clients and find out that some so called SEO genius advised them to switch to a keyword optimized domain name and never bothered to properly redirect their old domain.


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best piece of advice I ever got was to register my domain name for 10 years I only have to worry about it expiring once every 10 years and some even say google ranks 10 year domian names higher the theory is google thinks you are more serious when registering 10 v=years vs 1 year


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The frustrating thing for a site on a new domain is the length of time it seems to take for any changes you make to be indexed by Google. We have a list of keywords that we updated over two months ago and nothing we do seems to work to get it noticed by Google.


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Good article- switching domain names can be a very big issue if there's a lot of history to the domain and redirects are not implemented properly.


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I've been shocked at finding out just how many SEO's out there canít walk-the-walk! If your going to hire an SEO specialist, make sure to get some references.


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consider manually updating links along with 301 redirects, seems 301 redirects do not meet full pagerank and they take a long a time to be indexed


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What about moving a blogspot blog to its own domain name? Can that be done with 301 redirects without losing all the links to the blog?


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Blogger, Here is a good article on migrating a blog from Blogger to WordPress without losing SEO page rank and standings. http://www.labnol.org/internet/switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress /9707/


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Thank you for this article.. ill do the suggestion! i am on my way to launching a new domain! SOOON


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Great article! I was not aware of the redemption period.


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If you mistakenly let your domain expire and you have even went to the trouble to trademark the name it is often cheaper and less work to just offer the new owner the amount they are asking to regain ownership. ICANN has dispute resolution for trademarked names. It won't be easy and typically costs more than what the new owner wants.




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Redirects Permanent 301 vs. Temporary 302: http://www.stepforth.com/blog/2008/redirects-permanen t-301-vs-temporary-302/


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Enjoyed the article found it very helpful and informative. Is there any problems with using a .org if someone else already has the .com version?


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Anonymous, I would not suggest using the .org. Especially if someone else is currently using/owns the .com address. People inherently think .com when typing in domains. The iPad even has a .com button (no .org button) within it's keyboard.

See if you can come up with domain name that includes relevant keywords. Here is good article on keyword loaded domains. http://markbeljaars.com/tag/keyword-optimized/



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Can a domian name be registered for life?


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DC, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulations allow domain names to be registered for a maximum of only 10 years at a time.


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5 Simple Steps to Protecting Your .ORG Domain Names. www.protectyour.org/fivesteps.html


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Cybersquatting, What It Is and What Can Be Done About It. Here is what to do if someone is cybersquatting on the domain name that matches your trademarked business name.
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/cybersquatting-what-what-can-be-29778.html



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Great art5icle and wonderful information. I want a domain name that would be perfect for my compnay, unfortunately it is currently held by a squatter. I'll be contacting you to see if you can help me get it.


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My domain was due to expire yesterday, so yesterday morning i emailed my current domain registrar and asked them that i wanted to renew (as i couldn't do it online as they changed their system and my account no longer works).

I left work at 12:30 to come home, and before leaving work i checked my emails, no reply..

I got home and did some house work, completly forgot about my domain, then come 6pm i remembered.

I checked my email and sure enough they asked me to ring them on a number to sort it out.

I tried ringing, but the office was closed (now 6pm, my fault) so i tried again today, but its saturday, and they seem to be closed now as well.

If i try to go to my domain, it says the hostname doesn't exist, but when i do a whois lookup, it still shows my domain is registered, but with an expire date of yesterday.

So what is my best option, as trying to re-register it with a different registrar just results in them saying its already owned, even though it has expired.

Is it just a case of the whois database being behind?

This isn't a really important domain, which is why i forgot to renew it, but it does have some email accounts i want to keep, and would be more hassle to loose it and than renew it.

 
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