Do I Really Own My Own Domain Name?

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes – GoDaddy is one sponsor for the live and recorded videos I do. By entering coupon code ‘Chris1’ at checkout, you can save 10%. Yes, I bring this up for a reason. Jeremy wrote in and wondered if when you buy a domain name, is it really yours? Do you really own it, and what can you do with it?

Yes. When you buy your domain name through GoDaddy or any other site, you in effect own that name. Unless you do something illegal with the domain or are infringing on a Copyright, the domain is yours to do with as you wish.

You can use whatever name you wish to put on the registration info that will be made public. However, make sure that you put a few layers of security between yourself and the outside world. Not long ago, I recorded a video about domain name privacy to help you establish this security.

There’s also an interview I did awhile back about selling a domain. I don’t recommend selling it on your own. Use a Domain Broker in order to protect yourself, and make sure that all your ducks are in a row.

Last piece of advice: always register and re-register (renew) your domain names using the same site/service when possible. You may actually receive junk snail mail at the address you used to register the domain(s) with. You’ll get offers galore, and many of them are not legit. Be careful, and always do your research.

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