When you don’t see a particular scam email for a while you begin to believe the scammers have realised no one will fall for it anymore and have moved on to other ventures.
But, it seems some scams never die.
I registered a couple of domain names last week and today I found this message in my inbox. This message, and other similar versions, have been doing the rounds for years, but it’s the first time I’ve seen one for a while.
The message is from Domain Registration Services, DomainServicesOnline.org, and is
a total scam at best misleading, but in my opinion a scam, preying on people’s fear of being left out of search results.
If you’re a client of mine, please ignore it.
If you click on the link in the message and go through to the website checkout page, you will be asked for credit card details to pay the US$97 fee to have your site submitted to “all major search engines”.
Don’t waste your money.
- You will never be able to verify if Domain Registration Services have done what you’ve paid them to.
- All major search engines = Google and Bing/Yahoo.
- You can do it yourself in less than three minutes!
- Your site will be indexed by search engines regardless of whether or not you submit your URL.
If you have a new website and you want to submit your URL to the major search engines (although there is no guarantee this will speed up your site’s appearance in results and it certainly has no effect on your overall rankings) here are the links:
Bing/Yahoo – http://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url
(Bing and Yahoo are now search partners and have a shared site submission link.)
Click on the links above, type in your URL, click submit and that’s it. No credit cards, no fees, no risk.
But, submitting your site won’t put you “on the first page of Google”. What you are doing is giving the search engines a nudge to tell them about a new URL. Your site may be indexed shortly after you submit it, or it may take several days, or weeks, before your new site appears in search engine results. And, if you decide not to submit your URL, the search engines will eventually index your site anyway.
So, save your money, ignore the scammers and focus on building relevant and engaging content for your website to help improve your search engine rankings.
Full text of email from Domain Services Online below.
We would like to congratulate you on registering thefamilyfoodcoach.com.
Important Info About Your Newly Registered Website
We’d like to congratulate you on registering thefamilyfoodcoach.com.
Your next step is to ensure your website is listed in the major search engines.
You can submit thefamilyfoodcoach.com to Google, Bing, and Yahoo by clicking the link below:
P.S. It is important to remember that without registering your website with the search engines, it may not appear in the search results when people are looking for you. Please click here to register your website.
P.P.S. Don’t miss this the opportunity to list thefamilyfoodcoach.com in the search engines. Your satisfaction is our top priority, please visit: https://www.domainservicesonline.org/thefamilyfoodcoach.com/ to complete registration.
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