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How does Google find a domain with no links to it?

I recently registered a new domain, pointed it to my existing server, and set up a minimal page just saying "test" and nothing else. I just discovered tonight that the page is already indexed in ...
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If ICANN only charges 18¢ per domain name, why am I paying $10?

ICANN charges 18¢ per domain name registered regardless of its extension, but I pay $10 for a domain name per year with my registrar. What do domain name registrars do for its customers to justify ...
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When does a domain name really expire before someone else can register it?

I've Googled but haven't really found an answer. When does a domain name really expire before someone else can register it? Is this set by the domain registrar? I've seen someone mention 75, 30, 45 ...
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Providing fake info during domain registration - does it matter?

As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information. Such personal information includes: Forename and surname Address information Email address ...
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How long is the redemption period on a domain?

There is a domain that I would like to buy that has a status as follows: Registry Status: redemptionPeriod I presume this means the current owner has a grace period during which they can repurchase ...
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When does an expired domain become available for others to register?

I'm trying to purchase a domain name that was registered and apparently already expired. This is its status: Status: clientHold http://www.icann.org/epp#clientHold Status: clientTransferProhibited ...
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My domain registrar has gone bankrupt but the domain is locked, what can I do?

My domain is registered through a company that has gone bankrupt. The domain status (according to the whois database) is: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#...
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Concerns regarding registering a domain name with a home address

If I purchase a domain, I'm usually required to enter an address. Usually, the address can be accessed publicly by any sort of WHOIS lookup. I'm uncomfortable publishing my real home address; what do ...
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Why aren't gTLD domains sold in a unified price?

As far as I understand, the Israeli Internet association (ISOC-IL), always sold domains with Israeli ccTLDs (.*.il), whether directly or indirectly (through its representatives or through the ...
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Should renewal price of gTLD will always be identical to the price of purchase?

This question is a follow up for this question As far as I understand, the Israeli Internet association (ISOC-IL), always sold domains with Israeli ccTLDs (.*.il), whether directly or indirectly (...
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What is the safest way to search for domain names availability?

I am victim of Domain name front running. I searched for domain names on some sites & I lost those names soon. Now, what is the safest way to search for availability of domain names ? Using ...
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How can I buy my own personalized Top Level Domain (TLD)?

Starting fomm tomorrow January/12/2012 I heard it's possible to apply for your own TLD i.e. .whatever in place of .com .org etc. I thought it would require a huge amount of money (I heard stories ...
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How do you calculate exacty when a domain in pending delete status will become available?

A domain I want is in the "pendingDelete" stage according to WHOIS. I have been monitoring it since "redemptionPeriod", and it entered into pendingDelete five days ago today. After checking a few ...
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How do I register two-letter domain names for URL shortening?

Some websites - mainly for URL shortening - have short domain names. Now my question is: how can I register two-letter domain names like aa.com or bb.in?
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Is it possible to register an “.er” domain?

Where could I go to register a .er domain?
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain hack for my personal website name?

I want to create a personal webpage for info about myself (potentially for employment or other contact purposes), but the .com extension for my intended name is already taken. The name I want ends in ...
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Can a registrar ransom a domain name which has become popular?

I am slightly paranoid about my domain name I have. I think the site I am building could have potential and take off in the future. I am worried though if the people I registered the domain name with ...
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Does a longer registration length/period for a domain name improve its SEO and search ranking?

While I was renewing a domain of mine with a well-known domain registrar, the support person who was on call with me said that I'd improve the SEO ranking of my domain if I increased the registration ...
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Can a company take my domain away from me?

I have a domain which coincidentally is the same name of a company. Is there any legal way in which this company can take my domain away from me?
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Can I register a domain name that contains a company name or trademark?

I wonder is it legal to register a domain name that contains a company name. For example cococola.cc (considering that this domain name is available). Can I buy and use any domain names that contain a ...
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New Domain Registration - Price differences

I need to register new domain name. I gone through many sites. All sites are showing different prices. Lowest price (99/- Rs) I found on http://www.bigrock.in/. On other sites, like GoDaddy or ...
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What Should I do when my registrar steal my domain name? [closed]

I have registered a .buzz domain and after a week my registrar, GoDaddy, blocked my account and changed the who-is info and name servers. When I got in touch with them, they told me that because ...
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How to ensure I always buy an informative domain in the lowest price possible?

While it seems to me that if there ever were ones the eras of free or unified pricing for either ccTLDs and gTLDs are gone; I assume that there still might be some criteria to ensure that a price of ...
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How to register domain for 15 years?

I have heard that Google trust that website which has long expiry date. that want to know how can I register my domain for a long period.
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How do I register a domain name, but keep who I am secret?

Over the years I've seen a number of owner proxy services, but have never used one, and have no idea if they work; or for that matter if there's any legal risk to using them, such as making easier to ...
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Registrar with good security, DNS hosting, and DNSSEC and IPv6 resolvers? [closed]

I'm looking to move my domains away from GoDaddy, but I'm having a tough time finding anyone with comparable features at a (even remotely) similar price. I've looked at the usual suggestions (...
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Can I make my site available world wide without renting a hosting server?

I know this question is basic but I am from iOS background and a beginner also. I need a clear conclusion on some of my confusion. I have gotten many answers to this question having contradiction. I ...
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When does a .io domain drop and become available once it has expired

There is a .io domain name that has expired and I would like to purchase it. I understand with top level generic domains such as .com .net and .org they have several phases before they actually drop. ...
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How does domain pre-registration work for the end-user?

I just pre-registered a .guru domain name through GoDaddy, and it just disappeared from the account panel. There are messages and receipts for my payments, but other than that, I have no clue ...
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On what criteria should I evaluate domain registrars?

Though I've been a web developer for a fair amount of time, I am going for the first time to buy a few domain names. I have looked into the domains I'm going to buy and know that they're available, ...
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domain name hijacked by my hosting provider with dubious invoicing practice

Over 12 months ago I purchased a domain name and hosting package from a hosting company. Before the 12 months was up i was sent a single invoice for the same amount as I had paid for the preceding 12 ...
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Multiple domains or one new domain or sub domains. Pros and cons

We run a website to provide cashback for forex traders from all over the world. Now, we'd like to add new services to our portfolio, such as cashback for poker, binary options and lots of online ...
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Will .day TLD be available to the public?

I am interested in getting a .day domain. However, I cannot seem to find it. IANA says it belongs to Google (through their subsidiary Charleston Road Registry), but Google domains says .day is not ...
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Should add my naked AND www domain as separate sites in Webmaster Tools

Just a quick question: In Google Webmaster tools I have my site set to set to www. and the naked domain. Do I need to add and verify the site for each variant or do I just keep it as the www and use ...
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Using a custom domain: How to update an A-record?

Tumblr makes it seem relatively easy to use a custom domain name. For a two-level domain: point A-record (IP address) to 66.6.44.4 But my registrar (Domain.com), doesn't make this intuitive, as ...
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How can a domain be showing as pendingDelete & redemptionPeriod, but not expire for another year?

I'm looking to buy a domain that's currently showing as pending delete, but also showing that it's in the redemption period. The strange thing is that it's showing the expiry date as next year, ...
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Our domain was suspended by registry due to “potential abuse”

We have been using the domain cdn4.website for our Content Delivery Network (CDN) for a couple of years. It is used by all the webshops we support. On the 28th of February all our webshops started ...
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Are .ninja domains available?

I am looking at http://domains.ninja/fr/timeline/, and I see that the top-level .ninja domain is in its last "stage". But I can seem to find a ninja domain (other than domains.ninja). Is the domain ...
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How long after your domain expires do you have to re-register it before someone else can?

Can you register an expired domain immediately after it expires, or is there a waiting period? (I'm sure this can be found on google, but I don't know the proper name for it. :( )
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Domain Name Expired, Will My Backorder Work?

I'm interested in a domain name that expired August 9, 2012 and backordered it a few months ago. When I check the status of the domain name, it is listed as "autoRenewPeriod". It has a new expiration ...
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Recovering domain name from a person I can't find

I have a problem with one domain and I have no idea how to go about it. I am volunteering for a small charity in Sheffield (UK), more specifically I am redoing their website. A while ago (few years) ...
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Where do domain name hosts get their own domains?

How does a registrar such as GoDaddy or Namecheap acquire their own domains (e.g. https://www.godaddy.com/)? Do they just use their own infrastructure, or do they have to pull some strings related to ...
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How do I check if a domain is blacklisted before buying it?

I found a domain which I'm interested in buying from another person (not a registrar or premium domains site) and I am not sure how to find out if it is blacklisted. I checked http://www.archive.org/ ...
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How would you convince a domain owner to sell his domain to you?

I'm wanting to have a domain name for my business that has already been registered by someone but that he is not using. He is offering it to me for $1000 (which is too much for me) and I offered him ...
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Domain Registrar Out of Business - Renewing Domain

About a year ago, I registered a domain name with KalyHost, who has gone out of business. It seems to have left me in limbo with how I am now to go about renewing my domain name, which expires in 3 ...
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Is there an advantage to purchasing a domain from a broker that's in “Pending Delete” status?

I had a domain which I let it go. It's current status is "Pending Delete". Ever since it entered into Redemption Period I've been getting emails from a domain broker for buying this domain, since I ...
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How it is possible for sites to have a '.blog' extension when it's not available yet?

According to official site for .blog, their domain extension will be available after November 21: Millions of short, easy to remember domains will be available when the .blog domain goes live ...
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What determines domain value?

I want to buy a domain but everywhere I go they tell me that domain costs $ 4000 who or what determines the value of this domain and why is it so high?
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Register .app domain for trademark holders

According to https://www.registry.google/, Google is planning to be the registry for a new .app domain. Registration will commence with a "sunrise" period on March 29 for those holding trademarks. ...
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Why does the 60-day “Change of Registrant lock” exist after changing a domain's contact details?

There are few circumstances, enumerated by ICANN at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/name-holder-faqs-2017-10-10-en in the Why is my registrar refusing to transfer my domain name? section, in ...