Last updated: March 20, 2018 at 6:03 am
It was back in my early days on the net. That was about 10 years ago – around the year 2006. There were lots of big dreams and lots of promising companies. One such was the website.ws opportunity, which promised the world on a silver platter in exchange for “nothing.” Well, sort of.
Website.ws, by the way, is a domain hack created by the company “Global Domain Internationals.” In other words, they put their own meaning to the .ws domain extension. WS in this case originally meant “Western Somalia” and was the domain registered for companies or individuals in Western Somalia.
Global Domains International created a domain registrar for the .ws extention and proposed that it stood for “website.”
So, with all the .com, .org and .net being sold out, you now have a unique opportunity to get yourname.ws, that is, yourname dot website! What could be more exciting!
But wait, it doesn’t stop there, for ten dollars a month, you not only get your own unique .ws domain, but you also get 100 MB webhosting and a free website builder.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any better comes along…the .ws money making opportunity!
How, just refer five people to buy the same package you did. And you’ll earn a dollar from each of them. And if, theoretically speaking, each of those five refer five, and so on and so on, you can earn about 20,000 USD in residual income while you retire somewhere in the private island of your choice.
So I bought the website.ws package and started to build a website. I registered www.infobay.ws.
Back in those days, I had also bought a lot of money making programs which teach you “step by step,” how to make money on the internet through clickbank, google adsense, selling ebooks, etc and etc.
So I came up with my own money making idea. I decided to create a really great general information website with lots of links to affiliate products.
And it was picking up steam. After spending about ten thousand US dollars and having poured hours endless hours on my website project, I woke up one morning to find my domain was for sale.
I contacted the seller and he said he bought it earlier that morning after it was released for sale. He said if I wanted it back, I can start bidding at 1000 dollars. So now my million dollar domain was in the hands of tyrant who was meant to capitalize on it. Knowing that bidding made no sense since it could easily run up to the hundreds of thousands of dollars if I added power to the bidding process, I told him to “go f**k himself.”
Trying not to panic I called Global Domains International and asked them what happened. They told me my credit card was declined. I called the bank and they told me they froze my credit card as a routine security check. I called back Global Domains International and explained my situation, asking them why they didn’t put a suspension notice before releasing my website to the public domain.
They couldn’t give me an answer except to hint that nothing could be done.
And that is how Global Domains International caused 50,000 US dollars that I had borrowed to go up in smokes.
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