How To Set Up and Host Your Domains

Once you have successfully won an expired domain auction and that domain has been released (or “transferred”) to your account, the first thing you should do is slap privacy protection on the domain.

There are two main reasons to do this: First, some argue that by making your domain private, it helps protect the domain from losing its PR. The theory is that Google will not know that the domain has changed hands, and re-evaluate the site’s PR or drop it altogether.

However, this theory is speculative at best, and some argue that this is not the case as well.

But regardless, the main reason you need to make the domain private is to PROTECT your blog network f95zone . You want as little information possible out there about the blogs you own in your network, and having privacy installed on all your blog network blogs is important.

Depending on the domain registrar, you can pay anything from a couple of dollars up to nine or ten dollars for this service, and you should try to pay for privacy protection as soon as possible after the domain has been transferred to you.

With GoDaddy, you will just need to navigate to the domain in your account manager, and then click the button that says “Add Privacy”. With some domain registrar’s (like Dynadot) you may be limited in the kind of privacy protection you can purchase (Dynadot only allows partial privacy), so you may want to check out a domain registrar’s policies regarding this before purchasing an expired domain from them.

Every now and then, whilst making a site online, you get a lesson on “how not to do things” and it normally hurts. Either it will be a loss of time or money, or maybe both godaddy email . Recently I receive one of those lessons. A lesson in organization (or lack there of, on my part) which has cost me both time and money.

Let me explain, a while ago I set up a site to exchange links, for other sites to list themselves as available to exchange lists with others. It used a great piece of software, which did all the work for me and was 100% search engine friendly. After a period of a year or so, it had a number 5 listing under: “link exchange directory” in Google and happily continued building itself. It had reached a PR (Page Rank ) of 5 in Google and was doing very well.

During this time I was buying other domains and had sold a couple of those that were spending money on Google Adwords. My sites saved them money as they were at number one for the words they were advertising on.

Anyway, I took some time out to check my exchange links site ranking- Yes, was still there, so decided to take a look around as a normal visitor would. This is where the shock started….

As I clicked into the site, the pages were not mine! They were holding pages from the company I purchased my domain from (godaddy.com)

On contacting godaddy, they informed me that they had contacted me via my email address I had listed and got no reply. Now it would cost me $80 to relist the domain. I realized the email listed was a domain I had sold and therefore, I never got the messages. (Yes it was a “Homer Simpson” moment)

Ok, having almost no choice, I agreed to pay, only to find out I was too late. The domain had been bought by someone else! Ok, some more digging….and found out the new owner was based in Canada. Or was he? The Address was in China, the name was of a Chinese likeness and the contact phone number didn’t work.

Finding his site was the easy part: expiredtraffic.com -At which he has a project, in which he buys expired domains, and puts payperclick links up. So I emailed him, then after no answer, went to his site to contact him again -still no answer. I was keen to buy the domain back at a healthy profit for him, but it seems there is no interest, and he seems to be hiding from contact.

The guy is a traffic vulture, someone, somewhere is paying for the worthless PPC traffic! I only reveal his domain to make sure that others are aware of what this guy is doing and to keep clear!

I like to explain your domain name as an apartment address. It is the name of your location. A domain name is your web address; for example: “website.com” or “website.org” or “website.net”, etc.. Everyone’s domain name is unique, and to launch a website, you must have one.

To obtain a domain, you have to find one that is available and purchase it through a Domain Name registration company. You can register them for 1 year or 100 years! There are benefits to investing in multiple years. The more years you invest in, the price often decreases a little per year. Search Engines will also place more value on a website whose domain name doesn’t expire for a longer time. The idea is that the Search Engines believe your company will be around for a while, and because of that, they trust that the company is genuine. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is really all about trust. Now back to the topic at hand…

Often, to save you the trouble, your web supporter will manage your Domain Registration & Renewal for you at a reasonable cost. However, many company owners want to manage their own account. This is where things can get a bit tricky. Assuming you have already registered your domain at a previous date, your domain has an expiration date. This means that unless you renew, someone else can snatch it up. The “snatchers” can be another legitimate company or someone who is buying the domain to try and sell it to you for a higher price… it feels a little like blackmail, but it’s legal. So lesson one, if you plan to keep your domain, never allow it to expire!

Many unsuspecting web owners hop from one domain registration company to the next (upon renewal) due to a misleading tactic presented by less than scrupulous companies. As your domain comes up for renewal, other companies will send you warnings that your domain is about to expire and sometimes they even send bills for you to renew! These notices can be deceptive, leading the web owner to panic and renew ASAP, believing they’ve received a bill from their original registration company. Switching companies is not necessarily bad, but it can increase your costs as well as lead to confusion for both the website owner and the web support company. Note however, if your email is configured along with your domain name and you move your registration to a new company, you may break your email, causing you to miss important correspondence.