Don’t get conned when buying a .com domain name

Posted by Adam Lord

When you register a .com domain name there is a good chance that within a day or two you will receive an email similar to this one I just received:

This email is being sent out to you because search registration for yourdomainname.com is pending.

Please register these domains to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo ASAP to avoid late fees.

Registering for search engines would help you show up in search results and increase your online presence.

We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.

Remember… If you do not register your domain with the search engines, it may not appear in the search engine listing when people are looking for you. Failure to complete your domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may make it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web. Complete your search engine registration today.

These official looking scary emails take advantage of a new domain name owners unfamiliarity with the technical jargon of the Internet.  The messages try to get an unsuspecting website owner to buy a horribly overpriced and indeed worthless service.

It’s made to look like your domain name hasn’t yet fully registered, won’t appear on search engines and won’t do until you follow a link in their email and sign up to their service. The important thing to notice is that they not selling ‘domain name registration.  They are selling ‘domain name search engine registration’.  Now I’ve registered thousands of domain names and built over a thousand websites many of which are at the top of search engines and I have never done a  ‘domain name search engine registration’ in my life.  I strongly suspect that this is a completely made up service and unfortunately some people are falling for it.

You don’t have to register your domain name with search engines like Google or Bing.  Search engines find and read all of the pages of your site and put you in their search results for free.  You can submit your site to Google and Bing via Webmaster tools, but it really isn’t necessary.  Google will find your site through in-coming links from other sites and via your website’s sitemap.

At Cambridge Web Solutions we register several domain names a week, we find we only get these emails for .com domain name names and not .co.uk. Please don’t fall for this scam and read any emails carefully before signing up for anything.

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