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Your Website: Don’t get Bamboozled By Fake Important Documents and Notices

This is NOT an "Important Notice"

Because I do a lot of work with website, I inherit a lot of spam from companies trying trick consumers into paying for their services. The above image is of an email I received about one of the domains I manage, at first glance, it seems rather alarming. It's a fake important document. Some of these spam emails even infer that if you don't respond you will lose your website. One's reaction is to think that if they don't act FAST, no one will be able to find their website, it looks... so official.

After the first few times of receiving this type of document, some are for search engine optimization, others are for domain renewals, I learned to recognize the difference between a legitimate item that needed to be dealt with and one that is to be "junked." Here are a few tips to help you discern between the two.

  1. Know who you're doing business with. Keep all of your website registration information, complete with pass words and links in one place.
  2. Organize renewal information in one place, even setting up reminders on your calendar, or set accounts to auto renew.
  3. Make sure your internet providers are not in your spam or junk folders.
  4. Make sure your website is properly optimized in the first place and take steps to build traffic to the website independent of search engine optimization.

It's interesting to notice how although we are able to do so much more work, better and faster than ever before, these intrusions interfere with productivity. Sometimes to the point of taking up hours to track down the truth. One of the goals of this blog is to share ways I've learned to cut down on the needless time wasters and focus on what makes a difference.