Are you in the habit of registering your domains with GoDaddy? For many, GoDaddy is considered the cream of the crop in the world of registrars. However, as a gambling affiliate there are a few things you need to know.
Recently, GoDaddy stopped resolving DNS for many .DE domains. According to German Internet laws, .DE domains cannot be used to house gambling related content.
Is this really an issue? Well, most people will tell you it is. GoDaddy is in the process of taking these sites down without notification. If you are currently in violation of this condition, you must quickly decide which steps to take next. The last thing you need is for a well performing affiliate site to be taken down.
What Can You Do About This?
Well, you could move the domain to another company but don’t expect things to be much different. Any registrar can take the same action and many are expected to follow in GoDaddy’s footsteps. The law says that you cannot have any gambling content on a .DE domain. This holds true no matter if you live in Germany or another part of the world.
While you are permitted to keep your domain, sticking with GoDaddy as your registrar will not get you very far. When you infringe on German laws, you cannot expect positive results. One course of action might be to “sell” the site to a German affiliate who lets you run it.
When you build a gambling affiliate site on a .DE domain you are taking a big risk. All the work you put into your website could go by the wayside if it is taken down by the authorities. Is this a risk you are willing to take? Rather than do this, start out with a .com domain name. This will help you avoid a lot of stress and hassle down the road.
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