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Advice needed on blocked domain name.

   
1:09 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)



I was looking for a domain name and found one on a domain auction, I jumped in and won it.all was great as I began setting my site up on EXAMPLE.com but then found it was blocked at my place of work. A check of archive.org shows that despite the name having nothing to do with adult, the previous owner had some softcore #*$! / bikini pictures on it. Due to that it appears it was flagged as #*$!ography by content filtering sites.

I've since contacted Lightspeed System, Fortinet, M86 Security, Websense, Blue Coat Systems and URL Blacklist to have their ratings reviewed. 4 of the 6 have changed my domain to sports (and subsequently my site is no longer blocked at my work). I'm waiting to hear back from others. If anyone knows of any others please let me know.

The keyword/name is memorable and well known for the area I'm launching in, plus I've invested significantly in a custom logo and the initial auction. Changing names isn't really an option. I also really love the name now.

My site is going to be a sports blog, so a % of my potential readership will be using PC's at work or college.

So, taking this into account do you think I'm OK to launch as EXAMPLE.com or would it be safer to launch as EXAMPLE.net and have the .com re-direct to catch type in's.
3:50 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator webwork is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



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My vote: Go with .com. Build the site out. Once it's established "as proof it's no longer bad" try to undo any existing banning/filtering.

Then form a union of wrongfully banned/filtered sites and get as much mileage as you can out of that collateral promotion. ;)

I lean towards "walking around" (Dissing? Ignoring? Not kowtowing to") systems that don't work, can't find the time or resources to correct a wrong, etc. Systems that don't correct their shortcomings, flaws, errors, etc. tend to eventually fail.

Why should I bend to the faults of a flawed system? Frack 'em if I can still pay the bills without 'em. Do the right thing and form a chorus that sings loudly about how SystemX if unfair, flawed, wrong, mean, unkind, . . . If you make a fair point, without coming across as whiney, whinging, a victim, you might just get the giant beast to bend for you instead of you bending for it.

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6:46 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)



Not sure how serious that was Webwork.
8:58 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator buckworks is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



My vote: Go with .com. Build the site out. Once it's established "as proof it's no longer bad" try to undo any existing banning/filtering.


I agree with Webwork on the above.

Systems that don't correct their shortcomings, flaws, errors, etc. tend to eventually fail.


Yeah ... eventually ... but in the meantime we need to figure out workable ways to move forward with our own goals.
6:44 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)



You need to go with Webwork's recommendation since, I assume at some point, you will want to monetise the site and you need to get the domain name acceptably clean and especially so if using AdSense.
 

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