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Scam: Domain Listing Services Corp

I received a startling letter in the mail the other day. I register most of my domains via www.GoDaddy.com simply because I get a lot of discounts due to the number of domains I register. Regardless, I can only assume this company whores the 'whois' information from new domain purchases and then sends out a letter advertising their horrific services! If you received a letter that looks like this, BEWARE:


Directly from the letter:
WEBSITE ADDRESS LISTING INCLUDES:
Domain name submission with 8 key words/ phrases to 25 MAJOR search engines, quarterly search engine submissions


Directly from their website:
We submit your website 4 times a year to over 25 search engines and business directories like these below...
Google Yahoo MSN AltaVista Excite
About Overture Netscape Lycos HotBot
Quickseek Scrub The Web Search Hippo Alexa Web Search Metadata Search Spider
Search It Super Snooper Ultraseek Info Probe whatUseek Network

Before we go any further....THIS IS NOT A GOOD DEAL! NOT FOR $75!! NOT EVER!!
What are the issues with this? First off, when you submit your website to a search engine you don't get to pick 'key words / phrases'. You simply submit your URL (www.example.com).

Second, search engines have evolved tremendously since the 'early days' and the need to submit your website to search engines is no longer needed. Rather, gather a few links from some authority websites soon after you launch your new website and allow Google and Yahoo to find your website naturally by doing what they do best - following links to find new content.

Thirdly, and based on my second point, continually submitting your website to search engines (for instance the 'quarterly submissions' advertised above) IS SPAM and will only result in getting your website banned completely from the major search engines.

I was so bothered by the fact that this company, Domain Listing Services Corp, is making God knows how much money off of uneducated people I decided to do some digging.

  • Here is a great post from Danifer Web Services.

  • Here is another from HyperSensory.com which notes that DLSCorp.net also operates as ilscorp - Internet Listing Service Corp. - yes, another scam!

  • Yet another from Les Jones Blog (take the time to read through the comments! It is well worth it!)

  • Rip-Off Report: Domain Listing Service Corp - says it all!


  • Please feel free to contact the following organizations with your complaints:

    FTC
    http://www.ftc.org

    Better Business Bureau
    http://www.bbb.org

    ZoneEdit - Their DNS host
    http://www.zoneedit.com or mail support@zoneedit.com

    WaveRiderHosting - their hosting company
    http://www.waveriderhosting.com


    2 comments:

    SEO Expert said...

    I got one of these too. Dumbar$e spamming scammers are trying to bill me for a domain that I let lapse 4 or 5 years ago!!!! Losers!

    Reporting them to spamcop, their host et al

    petertparker said...

    Hi Nice BLog Companies who offer training also offer seo training management services. Would they share all their knowledge with you? After all, you will be competing with them one day. Some of these classes are conducted by the CEO of the company -- when did they last personally optimise a site.