Earlier this week I registered a domain name. Nothing new there, I register new domains every other day, but this time I received an email a couple of days later:
Matt Lowe (Account #67128):
This email is being sent out to you because search registration for virtual-festival.com is pending.
Please register this domain to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo ASAP to avoid late fees.
Registering for search engines would help you show up in search results and increase your online presence.
You can register your domain clicking here.
We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.
The Search Registry
SearchRegistry . org
1787 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 1025
Washington DC, 20006
Or by Email:
info @ SearchRegistry.org
Please, if you receive an email telling you that you need to register your website with the search engines through them then simply ignore it.
Registering a website with the search engines is free.
The easiest way to register a website with the search engines is to create a sitemap.xml file and then submit it to the search engines through their webmaster tools. This is something that your web developer can help you with, or if you don’t have a developer then we can help you. Submitting the sitemap to Google is completely free.
Another easy way to get Google indexing your WordPress website is to use Yoast’s excellent WordPress SEO plugin, and setting it to “ping” Google when a page is updated. This will generate the sitemap for you too.
Avoid late fees
There are no fees for registering a website, and thus no late fees. Remember: Google, Bing and Yahoo all allow you to submit your website to their search engines free of charge.