How to Choose Your Reputable Domain Registration Service

Published: 26th May 2006
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How to Choose Your Reputable Domain Registration Service
by
Robert Leggett
Copyright (c) December 2003

Years ago we registered our first domain name with the only
show in town -- InterNIC. They were expensive and not
consumer-friendly -- can you spell "monopoly?" Then we
registered two more domain names with them. Expensive...but
OK...if that was all we wanted to do. They would charge us
to sell one of our domain names...monopolies can do this!

Then, they followed the fate of MaBell. Government stepped
in and allowed competitors in the Domain Registration
business.

If you feel more secure sticking with a name-brand with a
long track record, register your domain name with them.
However, do check their prices...still higher than their
competitors who offer identical and sometimes superior
service -- ( http://www.nic.net/pricing.html ) -- Domain
Name Registration Pricing. Deregulation forced them to be
more competitive. But they charge more...relying upon their
"brand name."

We moved our three sites over to Terrasite...about half the
price we were paying...and no charge for selling off one of
our sites. Hooray! for competition! And a level
playing-field!

More Domain Register companies have since set up shop in
CyberSpace. Some are very good. Others are very
questionable.

After beginning our quest for our ***perfect CyberSpace
profession where we could do nothing! and make a whole lot
of money! in a month! and be set for the rest of our
lives***, we registered 2 more domain names.

We approached Terrasite. Did they have an affiliate program
where we would make money every time somebody registered
through us? Or when we registered more sites? No response
after several tries. We guess they found their niche market
and their ***perfect CyberSpace profession where they do
nothing! and make a whole lot of money! every day! and are
set for the rest of their life.***

So...we registered these through one of the I-Marketing
gurus we like. Better through him than with a faceless big
operation which doesn't answer emails.

We pursued our learning curve over the months. Not
guru-material yet...but we can dream. Isn't that what makes
life interesting?...pursuing a good dream? So...we plan to
register many more domain names...all will help us expand
our business(es). We want a reasonably priced credible
service...and not consumer-challenged.

We searched in Google. We searched Whois. Note: We like
using -- ( http://www.whois.sc/ ) -- Whois Source: Domain
name search lookup that allows a wildcard search of all
current/deleted/expired whois domains. It is EZ to use and
results are good.

We are trying out what we feel may be the right one for us
-- Domain Direct --
( http://www.EarnYourLiving.com/DomainDirectRegistration/ )
-- The Easiest way to Register, Build & Host your Website!

Why do we feel good about them? They are affiliated with
Tucows. Tucows are good people and have been around for many
years. We used to visit them for a lot of free downloads --
back in the days of DOS 5.0. There were similar operations
out there, but Tucows always had it together and was
consumer-friendly.

Also, they register your domain name with ICANN. Find out
more about the importance of ICANN --
( http://www.icann.org/ ) -- The Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers. This is the Master Registry of
all domain names -- somebody has to do this in order to keep
order.

Terrasite gave us no problems transferring our Registration
over to DomainDirect. We are conservative. We left our other
two domains with Terrasite -- let's see how DomainDirect
works out. These two don't need to be renewed until
2004...we have time.

When we tried to move one of the two we had registered
through the "guru"...we had to threaten the service we would
report them to their state's Attorney General. We copied
everything to the guru...who may have marketed the wrong
service...honest mistake. They finally let it move over to
Domain Direct. Hey...it's *our* property, it's *our*
money...it's *our* choice of where we do business.

NOTE: When you change registrars -- begin 2 months before
your expiration date. That gives you time for "screw-ups"
along the way. Basically, if you are paid up and request
your move outside of 30 days...there should be no problem.
If you move at the last minute, some registrars will charge
you another year as a penalty. Also...when you move to
another Registrar, you don't lose money -- your original
date of registration gets credited over. So...you pay for a
year. Your date of renewal is at the end of that year plus
the remaining time you have left.

The "guru's" registrar offered renewal for half their fee if
we stayed with them. Our experience with them dictates we
walk away and never look back. We voted...with our feet and
our wallet. There should be no problems when we move our
other site...

We feel good about DomainDirect. We have an affiliate
relationship. Yes...we get a little commission every time we
register another domain name. And...every time somebody
registers through our affiliate link. DomainDirect pays
affiliates when $100 in commissions is accumulated. This
equates to every time 8 new domains come through us, we get
$100. Ain't much...but it helps lower the cost per each
domain name we register for ourselves. If you plan to
register 8 or more domain names...it is worth your while to
become their affiliate.

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Robert Leggett has over ten years experience marketing Dive
Adventures over the Internet. Robert helps individuals and
businesses globally grow their businesses and enrich
their lifestyles. Learn more -
( http://www.EarnYourLiving.com ).
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