Friday, July 11, 2008

Peter Croughs and the loss of my domain name

Last week, the domain name I've owned since 2004 - www.cooltools4men.com - suddenly disapeared. I didn't know how this happened as I thought my registration of the URL lasted another year, and I haven't had any emails warning me that I need to renew. Anyway, it looked like someone else has grabbed the domain name.

A bit of detective work has revealed what happened: I've been the victim of a cybersquatter called Peter Croughs, who goes around grabbing domain names just as they come up for renewal, then tries to sell them back to the original owner at great expense.

Why did I loose the domain in the first place? Because the domain registration company didn't auto-renew or warn me at all that the renewal date was approaching (as they were supposed to)

Apparently I'm not the first person this has happened to:

http://tinyurl.com/6l4xkv

Well, there is no way I'm going to be paying this slimeball a penny of my money to get my domain name back. So I've decided to buy www.CoolToolsForMen.com, which should be up and running early next week. The name is similar enough for me to carry on with as little disruption as possible. Plus I'm planning on one or two improvements. So at the end of the day things will end up better after this incident, not worse.

If you know anyone who might read my site, or if you are a member on any other men's fora where there might be men who read my site, please let them know the situation (perhaps by copying and pasting this notice).

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes I saw your site vanish.I am glad this was for the reason you said rather than an unexplained disappearance. I look at your blog most days and have done for several years. I can over say that over those years I seen any substantial reversal in feminism. Rather it seems to become ever more entretched.

Darren said...

I'm glad you re-found the site. May I ask how you re-found it?

Anonymous said...

I just clicked on the link in AH (my usual way in) and arrived at the new site .

Anonymous said...

Would you like something like "cooltools4men.mgtow.net"?

The Dapper Swindler said...

How are you not more angry? I'd be suing for breach of contract and demanding the old domain back.

chado said...

I had the exact same thing happen to me by the same a**hole just a week ago. I've have my site for a couple years, I even updated my account from GoDaddy, but then they told me that not only did I have to update my account, I had to go into that domain name specifically and change the credit card on that. This guy is scum. I have ran my entire business through my site for years, finally had some great Google rankings and a client base. Once my website was gone, my email was down to because they were tied together, so any past clients that I wasn't able to email can not get a hold of me now and I can not notify them of the url change.

Darren said...

Hi Chado. I'm very sorry to hear that. It must be even more angering when its your livlihood under threat.

Think creatively. There must be some way you could re-connect with at least some of your clients? Would they frequent any other sites that you could ask to put up a message re-directing to your new site?

Peter Croughs said...

Hello, My name is strange enough - Peter Croughs - but not the guy who baught your domain. So please rectify your blog and give more info about this person so innocent people stay out of harm's way. TIA