by Anura Guruge
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For nearly 15 years GoDaddy had been the ONLY place that I went to get domains. I had migrated from ‘Network Solutions‘ and thought GoDaddy was the Cat’s Whiskers. And to be fair domain registration with GoDaddy is still very good. I will grant that to GoDaddy because that is true.
Yes, I still have some domains registered with Godaddy though over the last couple of years I have been getting rid of domain names now that I realize that I will NEVER have the time to use them. I actually deleted a ‘.me’ domain name, that I had held onto for 7 years, just last month, from GoDaddy.
As with all this Google, Domain Registration with them is slick and painless. It, at $12, was cheap too.
I have a couple of niggles BUT I need to verify them before I start jumping up and down. What am I talking about? The unethical, possibly criminal, practice of ‘poaching’ domain names. I was sure that ‘Network Solutions’ USED to do it — albeit in the early days of the Web. As far as I can see GoDaddy never did this and that too should be noted and they should get credit for it.
What does domain name poaching mean?
It means FRAUDULENTLY claiming that a domain name is taken SO that you can TRY and sell it to the person seeking it — in this case I — at a higher price.
How does it work. I go to register, lets say, ‘nhlife.com’. The ‘registrant’ says IMMEDIATELY that that domain name is taken. But it isn’t. Why? Because they then try to convince you that you can BUY that name at a higher price.
There have been lawsuits about this and there are other words for it, e.g., domain name squatting. I, having used GoDaddy to register over 40 domain names, over the years, is fairly sure that GoDaddy never tried to dupe me (but I could be wrong). I cannot be sure, but I had a second of doubt with Google. As ever, as is increasingly becoming the case, I just didn’t have the time to stop and verify it. It was just a lingering niggle. I just moved on, got another domain name.
So just keep that in mind.
Google getting into the domain registration business is NOT good news for GoDaddy.
Google will, of course, get customers. They have so many ways to steer customers to their offering.
So another red flag re. the GoDaddy IPO. Just giving you a heads up.