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Domain Name Danger, Part 3: Registration Length (3 of 4)

by Shane Gramling on January 31, 2013

Registering a domain name is a simple and easy process, BUT there are a number of dangers involved with it. In this series of videos I’ll shine some light these dangers to help keep you better informed.

Always register your domain for multiple years – ideally, exactly 9 years and renew for one year once the registration drops to 8 years.

When registering a domain name, you pay on a per-year bases. Typically you can register your domain for up to 10 years, and with some registrars you can choose a 100-year option. Note that with the 100 year option, the domain registrars will have to renew it themselves every ten years, so that full 100 year registration will not show up in the official registration database.

Now before you go cheap and register for only a few years, there’re a few things you need to know.

First off – if you only register for a year, when your domain comes up for renewal, there’s a chance that you won’t catch the notification email in time. Do not expect your registrar to send you a physical mail reminder either – I’ve never received one in the mail – ever. Unless it’s from a scamming company trying to get me to renew my domain though I haven’t done any business with them in the past. Bottom line – registering for a short period increases your risk of losing the domain to expiration. If your domain does expire, you risk it going back to the market, or an auction – I’ll explain auctions in the fourth segment of this series.

Also – and this has not been proven – but many SEO buffs teach that if you register your domain for only a few years, then search engines are less likely to trust your website than if you were to register for multiple years, say 5-10. Now in theory, this makes total sense, registering for multiple years show’s that you’re invested. You look less-like a spam site to the search engine – yet another benefit to registering or multiple years at a time.

Before you register for the full 10, you need to be aware of one small stipulation. If you register a domain for 10 years, you will not (in nearly all cases) be able to transfer ownership of the domain because the person receiving the domain is buying a transfer, which is in-part, adding a year, but a year cannot be added past 10 – and that is what makes the transfer impossible for a domain that’s been registered for 10 years. You will simply need to wait until the first year expires, and then make the transfer.

Now for those of you who own valuable domain, this additional transfer prevention can be a real help, especially if you’re worried about people hacking your account and stealing your domain – simply keep it topped off at 10 years at all times and that will act as a second level of security.

 

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