Scam Domain Names

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Do you think buying something as simple as a domain name means that industry is free from scams?  If you do think again, since everyday hundreds of people get milked out of their money thinking they are going to get a perfect domain name.  Granted, fraudulent domain name companies haven't received as much press as 'work-at-home' companies or other businesses of that nature, but they are still just as deviant.  The two main ways a domain name company goes about scamming its customers involves either selling the domain name at a ridiculously high price and/or not delivering the domain name as promised.

The typical price of a domain name ranges from being 0 dollars to around $35.  However, if a domain name company is shady they could charge a price that is much higher.  This fee could range from $300 to over $2,000.  And, unlike legitimate web hosting companies that might charge such a fee, domain name companies of a shady vein do not offer other services such as web hosting or marketing assistance.  Their sole sale is of the domain name.

The second way fraudulent domain name companies scam people is by not providing a domain name at all.  This happens a lot with so-called 'free' domain names, but can also happen with paid ones of any price.  The normal turnaround time for domain name forwarding ranges from 1 to 7 days.  If this timeframe has passed and a customer has not received a domain name, they probably won't receive one.

What does a person do if they discovered they've been scammed?  Well, if they fall for the first scam where they pay hundreds for a domain name, they may not be able to do much, if the company does indeed deliver the domain name.  At most they could try to get a refund, but this is a long shot since companies that shady probably won't allow for such things.

On the other hand, if a domain name hasn't been delivered at all, a person can first file a complaint with the Internet Crime Center, (also known as IC3).  This organization has a partnership with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.  So, if they think a domain name company has acted in a fraudulent manner, they could use these entities to help conduct criminal investigations against them.

Next, the jilted party needs to consider filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.  Although this organization doesn't have as many legal/governmental ties as the Internet Crime Center, it still has a lot of power.  This is because many people turn to the BBB before they decide to do business with a company.  By filing a complaint with them, a person that has been scammed could protect others from undergoing these same difficulties.

Finally, there's the option of reporting the fraud to the credit card company or payment processor.  If a credit card company determines fraud has occurred, webmasters will at least get their money back.  If payment processors such as Paypal think fraud has occurred, they will proceed with freezing the account of the domain name company.  When this happens they cannot do further business until they clear up the discrepancy.
Third Level Domain Name

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A domain name consists of three levels.  The first level is the word or phrase that makes up the initial domain name.  The second part of the domain name is the extension.  Examples of common extensions include .com, .net or .org.  The third portion of the domain name, called a third level domain name is an optional part.  Like the first level domain name, it consists of a word or phrase to describe whatever webpage it is pointing to.  However, unlike the first level domain name, a third level domain name cannot access a webpage by itself; it must contain the first level domain as well as the extension in its syntax. 

Third level domain names are often used by free web hosting companies to help create distinction among the websites of their customers.  If third level domain names weren't used, customers would have not be able to access their website in a user-friendly way.  Some third level domains may have the first level domain word or phrase first.  An example is Geocities, where a person would have to include '' before the third level domain name.  Other third level domain names may have the first level domain name last.  This is the case with Netfirms, where '' comes after the third level domain word or phrase.  

For customers third level domains come at no extra cost.  This is in contrast to getting a regular domain name which can range from $6.50 to $35 per year.  Additionally, it may take time before the domain name is active.  This can be up to 7 days, especially if one is transferring a domain name.  Conversely, third level domain names can be setup instantaneously. 

However, third level domains are far from perfect.  Since they require the first level domain name as part of their syntax, they can be quite cumbersome for a website visitor to remember.  A person can pretty much forget about getting traffic if they promote a third level domain name in various forms of offline media, such as in circulars or on business cards.  In these situations it definitely behooves a webmaster to go on invest in a first level domain name of their own.

So, does this mean third level domain names aren't worth anything to webmasters?  Well, if a webmaster uses hyperlink marketing, they can still find value in a third level domain name.  What is hyperlink marketing?  It is simply when a word or phrase is linked to a URL rather than the URL itself.  It is commonly used in emails, viral e-books and on websites themselves.  A potential visitor never even sees the third level domain name, since it is masked by a hyperlinked word or phrase.  And hopefully, they will like the site so much they will bookmark it, rather than trying to remember the full URL. 

In conclusion, third level domain names offer affordability to both web hosting companies and their customers.  They also offer convenience since there's no waiting time associated with their setup.  However, if they are used it's best that they are hidden in hyperlinks, since most website visitors would prefer to type in first level domain names. 
Transferring Domain Names

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In the olden days of the Internet, domain name registration was handled by Network Solutions.  However, after a while, the government decided that it wasn't fair for one company to have sole control over the domain name market.  Therefore, it opened up the business to other companies.  Since then hundreds of domain name companies, ranging from sole proprietorships to corporate enterprises have capitalized on a market that generates millions in revenue each year.  So, for webmasters, this means there's no shortage of companies to choose from when they register their domain names. 

Yet, what happens if they register with one domain name company, but decide later they want it to be operated by another company?  Fortunately, they can get their wish through the process of domain name transferring.  This is when a webmaster gets another registrar to handle their domain name.  All payments are forwarded to the new registrar, as the old registrar is no longer in the picture, (at least when it comes to the domain name).  If the registrar is handling a webmaster's hosting, they still need to make the necessary payments to make sure their website stays in tact. 

The actual process involved with a domain name transfer will depend on the registrar a webmaster is working with.  For instance, if they charge a payment for domain name transfers, this fee must be received before anything can be done officially.  Otherwise, the process begins as soon as a webmaster makes a request to do so.  Some domain name registrars will require a webmaster to send a notarized letter informing their intent to transfer.  Others may allow the request to be done online.  Once the registrar authorizes the domain name transfer, it will take 1 to 7 business days for the process to be completed. 

Sometimes a domain name may not be transferable.  This could be for a variety of reasons such as legal issues with the domain name itself or the original domain name registrar.  An example of the former could be trademark problems.  For the latter such legal scenarios that could cause problems include bankruptcy and/or issues with scamming.  There is also a possibility that a domain name registrar simply refuses to transfer the domain name.  

How can a person prevent these types of problems?  The best solution involves reading any fine print the original domain name registrar offers.  A person should also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the domain name registrar doesn't have any outstanding legal issues associated with it.  

In conclusion, if a person wants to switch domain name companies, there is the option of doing a domain name transfer.  If it is successful, the domain name will work as it originally did, with the only difference being who is managing it.  However, if a domain name cannot be transferred, a webmaster must stick with the original registrar or consider a URL redirect service.

With a URL redirect service, the original domain name becomes masked by a new domain name.  It is not as good as an official domain name transfer, but it is still better than nothing if transferring is not an option. 

Yahoo Domain Names

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Businesses are fooling themselves if they think they can continue to conduct business without a website.  This is because in today's age, having a website makes many think a company is 'official.'  But a website by itself doesn't mean anything without a decent domain name.  Granted, a company can try to cut costs by using a free domain name or a third level domain name offered by free web hosting companies, but visitors won't view their site as being genuine.

Long, complicated domain names are associated with affiliate marketing or even scammers, so businesses need to try and stay away from them as much as possible.  The best solution involves getting a normal domain name from a reputable domain name company.  One of the best domain name companies around is Yahoo Domain Names.

Yahoo Domain Names is a great alternative for individuals who do not know much about domain names or website hosting.  In fact, with Yahoo Domain Names, a person can get a domain name free should they decide to buy one of their hosting packages.  The cheapest hosting package available is $11.95 a month plus a startup fee of $25.  With this along with any other Yahoo Domain Name hosting package, webmasters get an online website builder.  Basically, all they have to do is enter in their information and the site is created for them instantly.
Another reason one should choose Yahoo Domain Names is because of their domain name locking system.  This helps prevent hijackers from stealing the domain name.  With Yahoo Domain Names, the process of domain name locking is as simple as clicking a button.  Webmasters can check to make sure their domain name has been locked by looking up their Whois information.  If it says Status: Registrar-Lock, (which it will since Yahoo Domain Names was used), then they can feel assured that their domain name is safe from unauthorized individuals.

Thirdly, Yahoo Domain Names offers private domain name registration.  Without private domain name registration anyone can find a webmaster's basic contact information.  This is because ICANN has designated that webmasters have their contact info posted in a database that is accessible online.  With Yahoo Domain Names, a person can use Melbourne IT's contact information as their own.  Any inquires made to the ICANN for a webmaster's personal information will simply point to Melbourne IT.  This feature is essential in making sure a webmaster is protected from spam email and even worse, identity theft.

Lastly, Yahoo Domain Names offers 24/7 technical support.  Many webmasters overlook the importance of tech support when managing their domain names, but it is still important, especially if one is a newbie.  This is because domain names sometimes point to 404 error pages if something goes wrong.  With 24/7 tech support, Yahoo Domain Name users can pinpoint what is exactly causing the problem and get it fixed immediately.

In conclusion, if a company is having trouble deciding both where they should get their web hosting and their domain name, they should consider Yahoo Domain Names.  Yahoo Domain Names is affordable, offers great features and most importantly is trustworthy.  Many other domain name companies may not even deliver a domain name, but Yahoo Domain Names has too much of a reputation to even think about doing such things. 

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