Being in the web development industry I register domains all the time. Its a simple enough process, the domain is registered, I point it to the server and we start working on the website.
In the last two weeks I bought about 12 domains, most of them are NOT the .COM extension, they are .BIZ, .INFO, .CA of course since we are a Canadian web development company and there are three .COM domains.
When I registered the first .COM I saw a flurry of well crafted but completely unsolicited emails from “overseas companies” offering everything from web development, digital marketing to mobile app development services for the first two days . Now – like most people, I get a lot of spam and many emails asking for business development partnerships, development partnerships and so on from Indian companies and like most people, I ignore them as my work email and phone number is on many lists and directories and … well I have to expect it. This time, I noticed my personal email was receiving emails.
Then I register another two domains, this time I was able to get a short six-work .COM domain (YAY!) – and that opened the gates of spamalot! Phone calls from hidden numbers politely asking for me formally by my last name, text messages, to the emails, oh the emails!
The point I’m trying to make it when you book a domain, especially a .COM overseas companies are so desperate to get you as a client that they filter out domain squatters and try to get to you as quickly as possible for your business.
The Whois/Domain privacy upsell frankly is an ridiculous. The Canadian registration authority (CIRA) hides your personal information without any additional costs, which I am very pleased with. This should be offered to all that register at no cost, but as it is a significant revenue generator it will continue to be a $9.99 upsell. So, my solution is to create an alias. My alter ego, seperate email address, a phone number that goes direct to voicemail, I still use the office address because, well, if they show up here, I will indulge them for five minutes.
I’ve attached a few screenshots and images I delete the messages as quickly as they come but as I was in a training session with the client this morning the spam built up. So I though I would share.
Never respond to spam, avoid dealing with overseas clients you don’t know. There are many local businesses offering quality services right here locally.
This is a snapshot of the emails received this morning because I registered a domain last night. All are from Indian web development companies.
Email spam messages that got past Google’s spam filters:
firstname.lastname@example.org – Ankit Mishra [Business Consultant] (INDIA)
Web Expert <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org – Toby Mcguire – Universal Design Studios
email@example.com – Mona Maurya
firstname.lastname@example.org – Custom Logo Designers Inc – USA
Ankur Bhardwaj <email@example.com
Parul Sharma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sandip Tanwar <email@example.com>
Santosh Kumar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bailey Borden <email@example.com>
Sara lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sanjit Yadav <email@example.com>
Alma petro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Neha Rathore <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org – Miguel Labrie – Marketing Manager
Web Developer – email@example.com
Endive Software firstname.lastname@example.org
Anshu Singh <email@example.com>
224-904-0034 – from Logo Glaze
346-226-2725 – from Logo Glaze
Phone calls: (those that didn’t block their numbers today)