.help TLD Domain Name Registrations are a SCAM!

TL;DR new .help TLD domain names are a fucking scam!

I buy domains and hosting from Heart Internet and for the past 10 years they’ve delivered a pretty good service allowing me unlimited domains, bandwidth and hosting for a fixed monthly fee

From time to time I indulge a flight of fancy and register domains with a view to publishing various side projects usually as an exploration into a current clients niche which allows me to explore options, tools and widgets without the constraints of the clients infrastructure.

I also dabble in various SEO themed topics for my own personal amusement.

Yesterday I started typing in various keyword into Heart’s domain name checker and discovered that the epic domain name seo.help was available for just £40. So being the opportunist I am I jumped on the chance to register a 3 character domain which ideally suited an SEO Q&A site I’ve been planning for a few years now. So a few minutes later the sales was complete. I jumped to my Reseller control panel and tried adding hosting…. only the domain didn’t show.

I raised a support ticket and was told that this was being processed by the registrar.

A few hours later I checked the domain using who.is and found it had been registered by someone else (dynadot.com) from under me… so back into support:

I checked with uniregistry.com who appear to be the administrators of the .help TLD… it isn’t a “premium” version.

This got me angry however Heart assured me it wasn’t their doing

Not to be beat I found that optimization.help was also available so back into Heart I go to try and register this.

…nope scammed again!

Waiting to see if optimization.help is miraculously registered again from underneath me by dynadot.com… will keep you posted!

#rage

About the author

Mark Rushworth

With over 14 years experience in online design and marketing I, like many others, began my professional life as a web designer before realising my talent for digital marketing. This I have pursued as my primary career focus since 2007. Since then Ive worked across all sectors for clients big and small delivering the best bang for your buck.

2 comments

  • Mark, I laughed out loud reading the first sentence – I could picture you telling me this face to face. In seriousness, this was helpful. Our agency purchases domains from time to time for back-link building, and we haven’t tried that TLD. Now we know to avoid it. I’ll keep an eye out for your update, as I’d like to hear the end result.

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