I’ve read a lot of articles over the last few months about domains being stolen at Godaddy. Names that didn’t have to be lost if the owners had made a little effort. If you have over three hundred domains, and most of us do, and they’re at Godaddy, then you have no excuse for having them stolen. You can sign up for the free Godaddy VIP service and never have to worry about it again.
A few months ago I received a phone call from Godaddy rep that said he wanted to talk. I was a little nervous as I had just written an article blasting the company and thought they were calling to “discuss” the issue. I can dish it out and I can take it as well but have to admit, Godaddy was a little bigger opponent than I was used to dealing with.
Fortunately they weren’t calling about the article per se. They had read the article and wanted to offer me a VIP membership. I immediately switched to thinking I was being sold. The rep said that Godaddy enjoyed my site and felt that I deserved to be in their VIP program. Despite the fact I was a little short the normal requirement of 300 domains (I think I’m over that now), evidently they give the memberships to “visible” people and my blog made me visible.
So here’s basically what you get with the membership (there are more things I’m sure but I don’t use them). The most important thing is the assigned rep. He/She takes care of your account, watching over it. You get special rates, remind you of renewals, and call you to verify that a domain is being transferred out. In short, nothing comes out of your account without a personal phone call to you and having you give the OK. It essentially keeps your domains from ever getting stolen.
I have to admit it’s a pain in the ass when I want to get domains out. No nights and weekends because the reps don’t work those hours. It’s a trade off you give to keep your assets safe. It doesn’t bother me as much as it used to because it’s forced me to be a little more organized. I also realize that I don’t want to sell to someone that’s not willing to wait until the next business day for a transaction. In short, once you get used to it, it works well.
I realize Godaddy is not for everyone. I also use Moniker quite a bit as well but for those of you that do use Godaddy and meet the requirements, I would suggest giving it a try.