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As the web grows, a number of services are springing up. Many I can recommend. A few I cannot. This page identifies a few that I feel I cannot recommend, and explains why. 

That said, it is important to note that I am not recommending against these listed here. I am not saying you should not use them. Rather, I am simply noting, for the record, that I do not recommend them.

The choice of whether to use them is yours.

Not Recommended

Not Recommended: Active ISPActive ISP: This particular web host has received some bad press on a list I monitor . . . and received it from a colleague I trust. Here are the allegations: (1) Activated bandwidth restrictions without warning or notice; (2) Automatically renewed a domain name without authorization; (3) Cancelled phone support in favor of email support; (4) email support normally takes 14+ days to get a reply; (5) Phone support costs 1 dollar per minute even if it is their error; (6) Denies FTP access to a webspace after the domain is moved to another host, even though the webspace is paid for, for several more months; (7) Promised a refund, but now denies it; (8) Is expensive: $115 dollars for a com/net/org domain. I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.

Not Recommended: Affordable-Domains.comAffordable-Domains.com: This particular registrar continues to send me a ton of unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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DomainFactory.comDomainFactory.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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Not Recommended: DomainProgram.comDomainProgram.com: This particular registrar continues to send me a ton of unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 35% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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DomainsForEveryone.comDomainsForeveryone.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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DomainsForPeople.comDomainsForPeople.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.  
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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Not Recommended: InternicOnline.comInternicOnline.com: This particular registrar has sent me unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 180% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a domain registrar? Check my WebMastering page where I list many. And be sure to check my favorite, NamECheap.
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Not Recommended: InternicOnline.comLowerMyBills.com: This particular service offers (among other things) long distance services. It has has sent me unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work. In addition, their pricing is not the best (more than 68% higher than my recommended provider!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(Looking for a long distance service? Be sure to check my favorite, OneSuite.
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Not Recommended: Multiplicities.comMultiplicities.com: Another spammer, this one offers a free search engine evaluation of your website. It is clearly machine generated as I receive notices for obscure pages on my site instead of the main page. In addition, the email is sent with a bogus reply address that bounces. For all of these reasons I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.
(Looking for a good site submission service?  Be sure to check out my current favorite SelfPromotion.com.
Disclosure: I participate in SelfPromotion.com's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.)

Not Recommended: Prohosters.comProhosters.com: This particular web host has sent me what they claim is "opt-in" mail. It was sent by gz.com. While the return address did not work, the mail did permit me to see the address to which the mail was sent and provided a link to the mailer and to an unsubscribe page. However, it also included a murk reference to H.R.4176. This set off red flags for me. (See my page.) For this reason I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.

Not Recommended: Ready-Made-Logos.comReady Made Logos (Ready-Made-Logos.com): Another spammer, this one offers inexpensive logos. The spamming appears to be done by one of their "affiliates". However, the corporate site does not include any contact information of any kind . . . not even an email address. For these reasons I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.
(Looking for a good cheap logo site. Be sure to check out my current favorite GotLogos.com.

Not Recommended: Prohosters.comSpam Remedy: This software, promising to help control spam, has sent me spam to suggest that I buy it! For this reason I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.

Not Recommended: Prohosters.comTrafficMagnet.com: This particular spammer, claims to have a great service to submit your website to "over 300,000 search engines and directories every month." Give me a break! Not only that, they begin every spam message with "I visited [insert site URL here] and noticed that you're not listed on some search engines." I've replied to a dozen of these messages asking them to tell me just one of the search engines that I'm not on. I've yet to receive one response. They have even sent me messages for sites I do not own. For all of these reasons I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.
(Looking for a good site submission service?  Be sure to check out my current favorite SelfPromotion.com.
Disclosure: I participate in SelfPromotion.com's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.)
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Who is Sarah Williams of TrafficMagnet?Who is Sarah Williams of TrafficMagnet?: ed Kohler wrote me to say: "I'm laughing as I write this because of the irony involved in sending an unsolicited email to someone about a spammer. I stumbled across the page of your web site because it includes a reference to the spammers at Traffic Magnet and thought you might find the article I've written about them interesting or humorous. If you enjoy it and think your site's visitors might too, I'd appreciate a link to the article from your web site. It's another way to reinforce how much of a scam service this spammer is offering." Thanks, ed, for a great article.

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