Follow-Up Friday #1 -- Domain Names

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How many domain names do you have?  If you're like most of us, you have quite a few to keep track of and make sure no expiration dates fall through the tracks...which can occur when you change companies and thus email addresses, just for one example.  You should have a list, whether electronic or paper, of all your domain names, their expirations dates and user id and password info (and management URL) for each one.

I try to keep all my domains through one central service for easy administration. I am a huge fan of GoDaddy based services and have even become a reseller for them.

I set up reminders in my computer calendar of when my domains are set to expire and deal with them a week early.

Did you know that you have about 40 days to renew your domain names after the expiration date at the regular price, then they go into what is called a "redemption" period that lasts for about another 30-35 days where you can redeem your domains for an additional $100 or so plus the original registration fee?  It pays to stay on top of these things.  After about 70-75 days, your domain will most likely be released back out to the public. Don't let that happen because then anyone can "steal" your domain name.

Follow - Up on your Real Estate Domain Names today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BIO:  Christine Wade McKay has successfully owned and operated a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business, specializing in Real Estate Support Services, since March of 2000. I have several accreditations and have received many client testimonials over the years.  I have over 26 years of administrative experience, I am a licensed agent in California (#01442002) and I specialize in on-going, value-based services provided to real estate agents and brokers...long term relationships with my clients are my greatest success stories. I am a contributing author over at RealBlogging.com, you can read my articles that I have written, all directed towards real estate professionals, by clicking here.  I am also a fairly active participant / contributor on Active Rain...you can visit my profile page here.

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Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Nice post Christine. Good information I will get my reminders set up also.

 I hope you'll remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

 Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

Jun 12, 2009 07:06 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Billie Hillier
http://702IsHome.com - North Las Vegas, NV
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A good rule of thumb for SEO is to always keep your expiration OVER a year away. I tell clients to keep your registration at least years+ out - search engines know when they expire and if they are about too, this might make the legitimacy of your site lowered.

Jun 12, 2009 07:07 AM #2
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John Cannata
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Christine - I currently have 6. All through GoDaddy and have a close expiration date. What I like about GoDaddy is that they will send you a reminder about 2 months ahead of time.

Jun 12, 2009 08:04 AM #3
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Christine Wade - San Marcos, CA
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Michael - Thanks for reading - enjoy!

Billie - I didn't know that search engines monitored domain expiration dates - that's new info for me...thanks for sharing!

John - Yes, reminders are great, aren't they?

Jun 12, 2009 12:24 PM #4
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Ken Montville
RE/MAX United Real Estate - College Park, MD
The MD Suburbs of DC

John is right on.  I have a great list, reminder system and great forwarding, masking, parking and everything else.  It's called GoDaddy and the cost is cheap, cheap, cheap.  Heck, they even call every so often when they think some of my domain names should be renewed (I know this is really a "sales call" but it does remind me, too!).

Jun 14, 2009 12:38 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Ken - thanks for stopping by and reading!  I know, I don't mind a sales call every now and then as long as it is done in a respectful way and does serve a purpose in the end :-)

Jun 14, 2009 06:09 AM #6
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Christine, That is some great information. I never understood the renewal process and time limits. Thank-you...

Jun 14, 2009 04:30 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Paul - no problem, happy to shed some light on the subject.  Thanks for commenting!

Jun 14, 2009 05:59 PM #8
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Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Chhristine,

Great Information, Thank You for sharing it! This is something I should start paying more attention to!

Judy

Jul 09, 2009 01:37 AM #9
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Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Something else to worry about!  I need to check on mine right now.  Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 11, 2009 05:31 AM #10
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Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049

This is probably a silly question, but I do have a bunch of domain names; now I'm not sure what to do with them.

Signed:  Challenged in Colorado

 

Aug 19, 2009 12:46 AM #11
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Judy - It's something else to add to your list, right?!?  LOL

Erika - Worry is not necessary...just a little bit of quick attention :-)

Kathy - Well, depending on the domain names, one great idea is to have your registrar do a 301 redirect to your main website.  That way Google doesn't penalize you for duplicate content and you can use the specialized domain names on marketing pieces, etc...

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