It Could Happen To You - Part 1

Written by Elena Fawkner

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"Needless to say, I declined, number one, I did not want to USErepparttar name anyway and number two, that was ransom!

"Well, tonight I found out that this company is parking a PORN site at that domain name and once again offered to sell it back to me for $550.00. I feel this is obvious blackmail but not only do I not have repparttar 108327 money, I would not pay that ridiculous amount even if I could.

"My eBook had a "live" link that was accidentally left as instead of though both my compiler and I thought they had all been changed.

"I was told off by a new subscriber who eagerly downloaded my eBook and then clickedrepparttar 108328 link that went straight torepparttar 108329 porn site. I have spentrepparttar 108330 past 3 years working myself half to death, as I know YOU know about, and now my credibility and NAME are in danger due to this "person" using my ex-domain for this purpose.

"I know there is no way to getrepparttar 108331 name back without paying for it and/or stopping this "person" from using it for this or any other business, but I am hoping there is some damage control I can do to maybe make it worth his/her/ITS while to discontinue using a domain I can prove I had been using for over 2 years in this way if it hurts my business or name in any way.

"Sorry for rambling, but once I quit crying, screaming, throwing up, crying and screaming some more I am now down to incoherent stuttering.

Jan T-D Marketing Warrioress and Publisher (Rim Digest) charter iCop member"

My primary motivation in writing this article is to help getrepparttar 108332 word out about what has happened to Jan so that, hopefully, those who do not know her will realize that she is, in fact, an innocent victim in all of this and not some nefarious person who gets her kicks from enticing people to visit a porn site when they thought they were visiting an internet marketing site.

That said, what lessons can we all learn from Jan's experience? Well, there are a few ...


First and foremost, know when your domain names expire and take steps to renew them before they lapse. As Jan's experience illustrates only too well, there are vultures out there just waiting to swoop if you make even one false move. There are no second chances in this business and, untilrepparttar 108333 law catches up withrepparttar 108334 reality of doing business online, it's every man and woman for themselves.


The second point to note is that Jan allowed her registration to lapse because she wanted to spend $10 rather than $35 (per year) to renewrepparttar 108335 name. That decision cost her a whole lot more than $25. Once your good name and reputation are cast into doubt, no amount of money can get them back.

I know Network Solutions cop a lot of flak and possibly deservedly so, if some ofrepparttar 108336 stories I've heard are true. All I know is that my domain names are registered and renewed with them and I haven't had any problems (touch wood).

Bottom line, make sure your names are registered, stay registered and that you use a reputable domain registrar.

See It Could Happen To You - Part 2 for remainder of article.

Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical home business ideas for the work-from-home entrepreneur.!FLM

The Secrets to a Great Domain Name in 5 Easy Steps

Written by Joe Chapuis

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Once you locaterepparttar owner, don’t offer anything up front, just inquire (Remember this important rule of negotiating: The first to name a price usually loses). To get an idea of how much similar names are going for, first visit one ofrepparttar 108326 good domain name auction sites like

Step 4: Before you register a name (especially if you’re inrepparttar 108327 US), you may want to do a free search atrepparttar 108328 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site ( It’s a good way to see if your proposed domain name may potentially violate a registered federal trademark. Don’t assume that because it is available, it’s not trademarked. I've seen it happen. It could be a costly mistake if you assume and you're wrong.

In addition, there are also state and international trademark issues to consider. Internet and trademark law can be a bit overwhelming torepparttar 108329 uninitiated. Here’s a good summary of trademark-related questions: For more info on “CyberSpace Law”, check out

Other considerations and recommendations: - Stay away from hyphenated names unless you also ownrepparttar 108330 unhyphenated version (no one remembersrepparttar 108331 hyphen, and people will accidentally visit your competitor). - Opt for “.com” if possible. There may be more options with “.net” and “.org” (or any ofrepparttar 108332 other zillion new extensions), but “.com” is still king. People remember “.com”, and again, you don’t want to send prospects to your competitors. - Stay away from numbers (i.e. - sounds and looks cheesy; plus, it creates confusion if you advertise onrepparttar 108333 radio.

Step 5: You’ve done your homework, you’ve found a good, “benefits-focused” name, and you’re ready to buy. Here are few places you may want to register your domain name (I haven’t personally tried these, butrepparttar 108334 prices look good): - $8.95 - approx. $11 - $12 - $14.95

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll soon be on your way to finding a great, memorable, traffic-generating domain name (for aboutrepparttar 108335 price of a pizza).

Wishing you much online success...

Joe Chapuis is a self-employed internet business consultant and online publisher who swears he'll never work for someone else again. His free report: The 10 Commandments of Online Success™ and free email newsletter will show you how to get "amazing results online, fast." Subscribe Here » » »

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