Yes, I paid $54.99 to renew one of my expired domains. I accidentally let the domain lapse and it was all my fault. The email forwards that the domain hosting company sent didn’t reach my main mailbox and even though I had reminders set in my calendar, the domain expired. I suffered because of this. Generally, there is a grace period once the domain expires but in my case it was more than 30 days so I had to pay a premium to redeem the domain otherwise it would have gone to a domain auction and I was pretty sure someone would have snapped it up pretty quick. I had this domain for more than 10 years and I wasn’t going to let it go that easily. I haven’t really done anything with this domain but one day when I have a bit of time I’ll try to monetise it and easily make my money back. I previously wrote an article on the Business Legions Blog called “Never Let Your Domain Expire” and it’s so strange that it happened to me again. Lesson learnt!
TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID HAVING YOUR DOMAINS EXPIRE
Here are a few ways to avoid this:
- set your domain to auto-renew – you need to make sure you find a domain hosting provider that doesn’t rip you off when it comes to renewal costs. I’ve been switching between Alibaba Cloud, CrazyDomains and GoDaddy
- add each of your domain in your calendar and make sure you set an alert or reminder at different periods before the domain expires. I generally set it to alert a month, week and day before the domain expires
- add to domain to a monitoring tool and if the domain goes down it will send you an alert and you can investigate whether there is an issue with the hosting provider or if your domain has expired
Hope these helped and have you ever been in this same situation? What did you do?
I am an entrepreneur based in Sydney Australia. I was born in Vietnam, grew up in Italy and currently residing in Australia. I started my first business venture Advertise Me from a random idea and have never looked back since. My passion is in the digital space and launched several digital products. You will find these in the portfolio page.
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