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Keeping Your Domain Current

Don't risk losing your corner of the web by letting it expire.

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This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What happens when you accidentally let your domain name expire? A drop- catcher swoops in, buying the name to resell it or use it for a website loaded with advertisements.

"This [trend] has been growing over the past few years as the number of registries has been increasing," says Jay Westerdal, CEO of Name Intelligence Inc., a Bellevue, Washington, company that tracks the industry.

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