If you own domains at Web.com, Network Solutions, Register.com, and Yahoo! Small Business, be sure to keep a wary eye on your digital property.
The above registrars have been known to transfer domains, without your permission or even knowledge, to a domain warehouse called New Ventures Services Corp. Some of these domains have expired, but some have not –
Some have just been plain hijacked, mostly from small business users and personal website owners, often ordinary people who have scant knowledge of the domain business.
Better yet, transfer your domain(s) to a domain registrar that places the domain rights of customers ahead of their own special interests.
Just do so well before the expiration date because the above registrars have been known to use delaying tactics and bogus transfer rejections, hoping that customers will give up.
Go Daddy, a registrar that does business the right way (for the most part – there are no totally clean hands in the domain name industry), allows domain owners to renew their expired domains up to 45 days after expiration; in fact, Go Daddy allows customers to renew at regular registration fees, up to day 12 after expiration. After that time they do charge a premium of $80, which is not unreasonable,
OR, better yet,
The option of transferring your expired domain out to another registrar (the new registrar will charge an owner a small transfer fee and add a year to the registration date – just don’t transfer to the above registrars).
In other words, Go Daddy offers its customers every opportunity to reclaim their domains, even to the point of losing money, customers, and/or domain names in the process.
However, the above greedy registrars will simply dump your domain into a New Ventures Services account for the purpose of exploiting website owners, and when the customer calls customer service, the rep will throw up his/her hands, pretending that New Services Ventures is a separate entity, when, in fact, it appears to be a shell company of Web.com, who happens to own Network Solutions and Register.com.
Extensive details about these registrars and other bad players will soon be posted on my main website, and a link to it will be posted here. Keep checking back.
These connected businesses, in addition to other sketchy companies, forgot who they were designed to serve.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that your business practices reflect who you are.