Freshie February Promos!

We can’t believe February is already here! And with it of course, comes lots of love. So we’d like to share some of that lovin’ with you all:

Use the promo code, ’91XOXO‘ to receive:

$8.49 COM/NET Registrations

$8.49 COM/NET Renewals

Don’t forget about our other great deals too:

$6.99 .ASIA

$10.99 .TV registrations ($9.99/year when you register for multi-years)

February is sure to fly by, as it’s the shortest month of the year. That means you’ve got less than 30 days to take advantage of these hot deals- so get registering!

Pssst….check back at Name.com from February 6th-12th for the deal of the century on .CO domains!

New Office Digs!

We are so excited! Our recent move took us across town from the Lowry district of Denver, Colorado westward over to the heart of Cherry Creek. Months of planning surely paid off as the new space is shaping up to be nothing short of fantastic! We now look as vibrant as we feel. With the move comes increased visibility for Name.com, which we are ready for. We’re hoping to get more name recognition since after all; we are Colorado’s largest domain registrar.

The new space has a modern look and feel. It was important to Bill, who is an artist at heart, to be in a space that fosters creativity and aids in the process of ’91making things’ whether that be ideas or products. With our new central location already members of the Name team have decided to leave their cars parked at home and hop on a bike or hit the pavement by foot to get here. Personally, i’m going to wait until the snow melts 🙂

Check out the pictures below and tell us what you think! Feel free to take the virtual tour as well. WARNING: Video will more than likely make you dizzy (It was my first video and my footage is really shaky. My apologies, I’ll get a better one up soon!) New Office Digs!

Video edited, compliments of Joshua Ciampa from Name.com on Vimeo.

January 2011 Promos

Happy New Year from Name.com! With the new year comes a fresh start and clean slate to tackle all your goals. We’ve got some extra motivation to help you get started with your new year’s resolutions whether they be to save money, move your business forward, or build up your portfolio.

Use the promo code ‘HAPPY2011‘ to take advantage of:

$9.25 .COM and .NET registrations and renewals
$8.49 .ORG registrations and renewals

Bring in 2011 with a boom! We are very excited around here about what 2011 has in store for us. The sky’s the limit as we continue to grow, expand, and improve. Happy New Year and happy domaining from the name.com team 🙂

Happy holidays from Name.com!

’91Tis the season for sharing joy! It’s official, winter is right around the corner and the holiday d’e9cor has already started taking over our grocery stores and shopping malls. Thankfully, as we brace ourselves for colder temperatures the thought of quality time with family keeps us warm. In keeping with the generous spirit of the giving season, we’d like to share our December promo with you:

Use TISTHESEASON to receive $8.99 com/net registrations and renewals.

The Name.com team wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season and fantastic New Year!

1 Week 1 Project: A Study in Accountability

How many of you have vowed to write a blog post once a week only to have an inactive blog staring back at you six months down the road? I will raise my hand as one of the blogging idealists that has a hard time turning ideas into a written reality. Now how many of you have had a weekly project turn into a monthly project and then into yet another dead project? I will raise my hand here as well, and if you did the same, right now you’re probably wondering the same thing as me — sheesh, what the heck do I do with my time??

Enter Mike, a Name.com customer and good buddy of mine, and his site 1 Week 1 Project. The idea is simple: he works on one project per week and he blogs about it (resulting in at least one blog post per week). As the site says, it’s a study in motivation, accountability, and self-imposed limits. It’s an idea I’ve loved from the start and some of the projects Mike has taken on are equally as clever.

One of those projects was Teach Me Your Trade and I’ll Teach You Mine. A brilliant idea really, the concept was to meet with someone for an hour and learn from them on whatever topic they wanted to teach; then you switch and you get to teach that person for an hour. Having not seen my friend for over a year, I was excited to get together for a couple hours and drop some knowledge. In our session I shared my thoughts and experience on managing a community, and in return I received some much needed CSS guidance. It was a great exercise and to be honest, the mutual learning/teaching thing is kind of exhilarating. It’s something I think we both wanted to try and continue beyond this one weekly project.

Motivation and accountability is something that I’d be willing to bet most people struggle with, so it’s been really fun to see the projects Mike comes up with and then to return the next week to read whether or not he was successful.

Have you found your own solution to the motivation/accountability gap? Let us know in the comments!

If you’re a Name.com customer and you’re doing cool things on the interwebs, shoot us an email! We’d love to see them.

Cyber Monday Promos!

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and that you survived the chaos of Black Friday. Now that our bellies are full and our wallets have a nice dent in them, it’s time to turn our attentions to more pressing matters. You may have heard of this little thing called Cyber Monday and here at Name.com we’ve got a special promo in store for you.

Starting now and running until tomorrow night (11/30) at midnight MST (GMT-7) you can use CYBERMON to receive:

  • $8.00 .COM & .NET registrations

Have a domain coming up for renewal? Is this the first time you’re renewing it? Well we’ve got something just for you! Starting now and running until 12/30, use 1UP to receive:

  • $8.25 .COM & .NET first year renewals

Cheers and happy holidays!

Name.com is Thankful For You!

With Thanksgiving coming up in a matter of hours, we of course started to think about some of the things we are thankful for here at Name.com. Sure we have a great team of people and a fun office environment, but what we’re most thankful for is you, our customers. You are the reason that we work so hard and have fun doing what we do. And for that, we thank you.

We wish all of our US customers a happy Thanksgiving and all of our international customers a very happy holiday season. Cheers!

New to the Team: Zach Flower

Community meet Zach.

Zach is the latest addition to our development team at Name.com and what an addition he has been. Although he’s not quite as intense as he looks in his photo. 😉

He may be a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, but Zach already has a number of years experience in systems administration, security, and product engineering. Zach is also a Colorado native (a rare occurance these days) and in addition to building cool stuff on the internet he is quite the musician, as you can see by his website. He’s recently found a way to combine these two passions by building and designing MySpace pages for local bands. Oh, and he also designs album art.

Name.com is a company full of people who wear many hats, so we are very excited to have a Jack of all trades like Zach on board. Please join us in welcoming him to the team!

Sell Your Premium Name.com Domains Through Afternic!

Name.com + Afternic

We are very excited to announce that Name.com is the latest registrar to join Afternic‘s domain listing service! This means you can now opt-in to list your premium Name.com domain names on their marketplace to find potential buyers. And if you make a sale on the Afternic marketplace, the transfer of the domain will be very fast, instead of waiting two weeks for the funds to go through Escrow and then finally to you.

To opt-in your Name.com domains into this marketplace, you will just need to follow these simple steps:

  • Sign up for an account on Afternic
  • Confirm your account via the email confirmation
  • Start adding your premium domains into your account
  • Make sure you select “Premium Promotion” when you add your domains
  • Follow the instructions on the opt-in email you receive after adding your domains

Not too long ago, Art discussed the benefits of premium domains and in Afternic’s press release, Name.com CEO, Bill Mushkin also touches on this and states that “The use of premium domain names to drive traffic and rank well through SEO is becoming more mainstream and is being used by small and big businesses alike.”

He then goes on to add “Joining Afternic’s DLS allows us to connect more sellers and potential buyers through the industry’s largest reseller network, giving sellers the best chance to sell their domain and buyers the best chance to find the perfect domain for their project or business.” A statement that really touches on one of our main goals here at Name.com: to provide the best tools and services to help you with your various domain name needs.

While other registrars may provide aftermarket services, they are often not the best experience for the customer. We are confident that by utilizing Afternic’s marketplace, we can not just help you sell and buy your premium names, but make the experience a pleasant one.

How To Spot a Domain Scam

In the past we’ve posted about the Domain Registry of America scam, and there are a few sites out there showcasing some of the other ones that are out there. One of my favorites is http://www.the-name-i-wanted-was-already-taken-so-i-used-a-lot-of-dashes.com/. Rather than continue posting about specific scams, we wanted to share some tips on how to spot them.

Know how your registrar communicates with you.

Most, if not all, of the major registrars will communicate primarily through email. If you receive a letter in the mail asking you to renew your domains, that should be a red flag. If you receive a cold call pressuring you for information, another red flag.

Know your registrar’s payment policies.

Since the majority of registrars do business online, you are most likely going to be paying with credit cards or some form of online payment like PayPal. If you are approached by a company (be it through mail, email, or phone) to pay via check, money order, wire transfer, or cash, that is a big indication that it is a scam.

You should also never give your credit card information over the phone, unless you are 100% certain of who you are dealing with. Giving this information out to the wrong party can cause all sorts of other complications for you.

Beware of fake appraisals.

Sometimes people will try to contact you, explaining that they wish to purchase your domain name after you use their recommended appraisal service. This is often times a scam where the party contacting you has no legitimate interest in purchasing your domain, and is only interested in receiving payment for your appraisal. In these situations, if the deal seems too good to be true..it probably is.

Always check where a link is actually pointing before clicking on it.

It is very common to see emails where the text of the link says one thing and it actually points to something else. You should also check for subtle differences in the URL (misspellings, alternative extensions, etc.).

Name.com will NEVER ask for your password.

We’re not sure what the policy is at other registrars, but at Name.com we will never ask for your password under any circumstances. There are tricky people out there that will try and pretend to be a support agent via chat or email, and they will ask for things like your password or account code to try and gain access to your account.

When in doubt, head to Google.

If you’re unsure about a company or a communication you received, try a Google search or two and see if anyone else has received the same thing. Chances are you’re not the only one.

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If you have anything else to add, please share in the comments. 🙂