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The 3 Laws Of Blog Domains: Ignore Them At Your Own Risk

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Previously we discussed the 3 blog laws of hosting, rules that should be followed by all bloggers (regardless of size, financial strength, etc.).

What was not addressed however were the general rules one should follow when blogging upon your own domain (regardless of whether you choose to self host or blog upon service hosted platforms like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr or Posterous).

Although there are general rules you should follow when selecting a domain, after you’ve secured your online presence you should heed these 3 laws below or face the consequences.

Ironically the first law is one many bloggers are guilty of breaking (this author included), and while costly, one should resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Thou Shalt Separate Thy Domain From Your Host

Despite the fact that you can always secure a great deal financially by bundling a domain with a host, truth be told this is dangerous affair as your host can hold your domain hostage.

This can happen if your blog exceeds its bandwidth limitations (thus increasing your bill) or raise their monthly or annual rates without notice and demand a “fee” before releasing your domain and data.

If your domain is on a separate register, you can always pull your data from your backups, and have your blog up and running while you dispute your bill behind the scenes.

Thou Shalt Always Select Auto Renew

Athough the brain is one of the most advanced machines in the universe known to man (and woman), doesn’t mean it isn’t liable to forget a few minor details (like renewing your domain).

It doesn’t matter if you purchase your domain for a year, two years, 5 years or (for some hosts) 10 years, you should always auto renew your domain as well as manually put the renew date in your calendar.

Failure to do so can result in your blog being picked up by a rival or (worse) a spammer, who will turn your hard earned traffic into future clients of growth enhancement products.

Thou Shalt Use Domain Privacy

Despite the joys of living on Earth, there are always a few individuals who enjoy harassing the masses beyond the comment section.

Since ICANN requires that all contact details of your domain be accurate, failing to enable domain privacy can result in some nasty phone calls at 3 AM or even a “fan” who wants to inquire why you don’t put your personal life online.

Many sites like WordPress.com allow you to enable domain privacy through their service platform, although you should always ask your domain register about the cost of hiding your contact details (and yes, its well worth the price).

What About _____?

Although there are always more rules one should follow after purchasing a domain, these 3 laws are ones that every blogger should follow regardless of hosting software or service platform.

For those of you who have purchased domains for your blogs, what other advice would you give to new comers (as well as guru’s). Feel free to share your tips in the comment section below!

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  1. Hippy Hop says: 8/18/2010

    Good thing I had avoided those three laws. But I have been thinking of this very old law on domains on which I see a lot of people violates not only by bloggers. Since the start of Internet, domains are classified by commercial, organization and network. These three are the ones available at that time and if you are planning to have a commercial website, you should get a .com, a network website, a .net while for organizations, a .org. I think a lot had violated this old law.

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  2. Joe Boyle ) says: 8/18/2010

    This post made me want to listen to some historical speech about the law. Really great post you wrote, here.

    I think you’ve hit each topic right on the head, and for that, you deserve a nice applause. *claps*

    Love that you mentioned auto-renew. I can’t enable that, at the moment, because I can’t afford to have my bank say “You are too broke, dude”, so I will have to cut it thin to get everything up to date on time.

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  3. Mihai ) says: 9/18/2010

    Hello there :)

    Great post and thank god it’s not the only one. You do a great job :)

    I have a quiestion : i really didn’t understood what did you actually mean with “renew your domain”. How can i do that ?

    Thank you.

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  4. LS says: 3/27/2011

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve learned the hard way with your rule number one. I almost lost a good domain because of it.

    And it seems that auto renew doesn’t work out for me, it’s personal. Well, let me tell you then… I have several domains registered/expiring at different times throughout the year. However, I’m always broke and credit cards are maxed (gasp) so I have to plan out and control when I’m going to pay these domains along with my monthly bills. Sometimes if it auto-renew, it deducts the money like two weeks prior and I always seem to come up short on my checking account which is tied to the VISA card I use… go figure what happens.

    As for privacy, this has always been rule number one for me. That would be too creepy for me to bear.

    Thanks..

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  5. Anonymous says: 8/4/2011

    Thanks for posting this article.Really it is very helpful information.
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    Johncenanss

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