This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration

I just got en email about a domain that I own “expiring”. I use a domain registrar that costs me about $11/year/domain, which is a pretty good deal. The price tag for this “renewal”? $75. Yikes! That’s a LOT of money… but then I dug some more. This wasn’t a reminder to renew my domain, it was a reminder to “send in [my] search engine registration”. What? Search Engine Registration?

Attn Levi, DJOSEPH

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for MIKEDOPP.COM.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by Jan 22, 2011 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).

Your registration includes search engine submission for MIKEDOPP.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Jan 22, 2011. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register MIKEDOPP.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.

I’m a little bit experienced in the way of the innerwebs, and I know that you don’t have to pay to “submit” your site to a search engine. Search engines make money from being able to find everything on the web (via ads and whatnot), and it’s in their best interest to not only have a large index of everything, but also to update that index as quickly as possible… after all, new content (like this article) is being published literally all the time. Literally.

Not only that, but I’ve got my search engine submissions automated. Every time I post (or edit) and article, something called a sitemap.xml file is generated and submitted to Google, Bing, and Yahoo! For free. Even the WordPress plugin to automate it is free.

So, in short, this is a scam to try and get money from you that you don’t need to pay. Add that email to your spam filter.

On the other hand, if you feel that I just saved you $75/domain/year, you could always show me how grateful you are by helping me pay off my mortgage.

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