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This post is slightly off topic, but I'd like to tap your collective wisdom on a problem I'm having with my personal site.

I've owned the domain markagreenfield.com since November of 2006. About a month ago, the site stopped working. After some investigating I found that someone else now owned the domain. I was able to transfer my site to another domain - markgr.com - but the damage is done. Traffic has disappeared. A year of work to get my site to the top of Google when you searched on my name is gone. Many people who followed my site are probably thinking I abandoned it.

For the first three weeks after this happened, when you went to markagreenfield.com it looked like my site, but it wasn't under my control. If you viewed the source code, there were hidden links to porn sites. For the last week or so, when you go to markagreenfield.com, you get an error message saying the site doesn't exist.

My hosting company assures me that they renewed the name in November, but I'm not sure I believe them. They have not been responsive at all. When I did a whois lookup when this first happened, the address given was fraudulent. Now it's obvious that I'm being blackmailed when I do a whois lookup: http://www.whois.net/whois_new.cgi?d=markagreenfield&tld=com

Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. While I'm sure I have legal recourse, I'm not sure I want to spend the time and money. I just want my domain back!

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Hi Mark,

I had this exact same thing happen to me with my father's business website www.terrysprecast.com. My provider failed to inform me of my site expiring and when I went back to register it I found I had a squatter. The site is of no relevance to anyone else and it's a small, family owned business. I called ICAAN and was happily surprised to find a woman picked up the phone and I explained my situation. She couldn't recommend much but did give me the email address of a person who could tell me when their domain registration is up on my site. I emailed him out in Austria but never heard back and pretty much gave up on the situation. I also did not want to take the lawyer route. I also put an offer in to purchase my site back and they came back with over a $1000 offer. I found this posting inspiring to get back on them again and use the approach mentioned above http://thomasfreudenberg.com/blog/archive/2005/12/28/cyber-squatter...

Let me know if you have any further luck in getting your domain back! Lets hope they start putting stricter laws in place for these folks stalking around on other folks rightfully owned domains!
What really scares me about this whole episode is that my domain did not expire, it was stolen. (At least this is what I'm being told by my web hosting company.) I didn't think this was possible.
I've been using MidPhase for stuff lately. I've had great luck with them, and they consistently upgrade my account (if I ask) when they offer new plans with more stuff at the same price. You get a lot for the money too, IMO. I've also recommended them to others, and so far no one has came back and chewed me out for making a bad recommendation. Look them up if you want, http://www.midphase.com. If you (or anyone else for that matter) decide to give them a twirl, let me know. I'm on their affiliate program, so I get kick backs for people I sign up ;) But trust me, I wouldn't be trusting them with my two sites if they hadn't been treating me right.

Which reminds me, stay away from iPowerWeb.
I'm sorry. In my country ,sometime domain is lose. But it's not impotant
it's funny
hum, we getting spammers to this now?
I have finally succeeded in transferring my domain - markgr.com - to a new web hosting company. For those of you who have asked, my previous hosting company was Page-Zone. Needless to say, I would recommend staying away from them.

As for markagreenfield.com, it's been three months and the issue has not been resolved. I'm not sure if I will ever get it back. I don't think it will be worth the time and effort.

I'd like to thank everyone for their advice and assistance.

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