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A Word About Domain Registration Letters…

It happens like clockwork. Every month or so, we get an email from a new client with a scanned-in letter they just got in the mail. The name at the top varies – iDNS, Domain Registry of America, Domain Renewal Group – but the message is basically the same: send us money. Understandably, this puts people in a panic.

Here’s our advice on these letters: trash them.

These companies can register your domain, sure. But 99.99999% of domains are originally registered somewhere else – for less money. To find out where your domain is registered, go to and type in your domain. The “registrar” field tells you who should get your money – and they don’t bill you through the mail.

It can be easy to call this type of business practice a scam, but there really isn’t any type of law against it. They cover their asses fairly well. You’ll notice in the fine print that what you’re reading is not an invoice; paying them is purely optional and your domain isn’t going anywhere if you place that letter in the recycling bin. Maybe it can then be recycled into something a bit more important – like toilet paper.



Patrick King

Patrick is the Founder of Imagine and advisor to places on brand strategy and creative. His insights have been published in Inc. Magazine, SmartCEO, Washington Business Journal, The Washington Post, and Chief Marketer, among other publications, and shared at conferences throughout the US. He also has an amazing sock collection.

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