Jonnie Grieve Digital Media: Website Blog.
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Good Morning everyone. As you know the internet is awash with scams with people trying to grab your money dishonestly with differing levels of credibility. Some emails are poorly crafted but some use persuasive and business like language to attempt to fool you out of your money.
Every so often I get one requesting me to register a domain for one of my clients. Ones that say things on the lines of “this is a courtesy email not a demand for payment.”. That’s nice isn’t it?
“As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.”
Quite compelling, isn’t it? Almost enough for me as a web designer to look into this further and find out if there’s anything in it; find out how I can sort this out and if necessary, send payment. Then I look at the prices quoted. $75 (around £50 or so) to “keep registration” for a year. Alarm bells are ringing with me and I trust they are with you as well. It should never cost you that much to register a domain (which should already have been sorted with a Web host company) with a web domain registrar.It is of course another scam and I won’t be pursuing that particular matter any further. Any correspondence I need to take action on, my web host company can inform me.
You don’t need to pay a huge fee to get your website listed on a search engine. Getting a top ranking on search engines and maintaining it is another matter but assuming you continue to use white label SEO techniques your actual listing shouldn’t ever be in danger.I urge anyone who happens to come by such emails to inform their web designer or web host before you lose any money you don’t need to 🙂