Stop doing this.
In case you didn’t click on the link to read what happened to Naomi, founder and owner of One Fit Foodie, here’s a summary:
When her two-year domain registration with GoDaddy was up, Naomi was expecting her domain name to automatically renew with the credit card they had on file. However, a simple mistake led to her losing her original domain name (which she had for 3+ years) to another registrar, who then turned around and asked for thousands of dollars to get it back.
Naomi simply forgot to update her credit card information on file so that the domain registration could be automatically renewed by GoDaddy. When she realized what happened and tried to update the information, it was too late. Almost instantly, another registrar took her original domain name, www.onefitfoodie.com. They didn’t do anything with it other than to wait for Naomi to come buy it back from them (or someone else buy it for an exorbitant amount of money).
After a few weeks of worrying and phone calls with GoDaddy, Naomi registered a new domain name, www.1fitfoodie.com, and she is back up and running. It’s the same website with all of the same content her readers have enjoyed, just with a slightly different URL.
I, like Naomi, understand that this is how some companies make money. But this is crossing the line. This is a greedy, dishonest, criminal, and just plain mean way to make a living. Or in Naomi’s words, “This is also a nasty, scam to do.”
This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this. I had no idea this sort of thing happened, or how common it is.
Oh yeah, and…
Stop doing this.
One Fit Foodie is a health/wellness/food/fitness blog run by Naomi.
UPDATE: A funny example of this happening… Dallas Cowboys forget to renew their domain name.