dtobias writes "After making comments to the effect that the .name domain was not "useless" (as frequently described by other participants here) but merely needed better marketing, I decided to try my hand at it myself by joining their affiliate program mentioned in the registry site. My Dan's Domain Site gets decent traffic from people interested in domain names, so having banners for .name could drum up some interest. However, I ran into some problems."
First of all, this was one of the many affiliate programs that only pays via PayPal. I have some problems with this service for various reasons, and don't wish to give them any business; I'd much prefer the availability of alternative means of payment.
But I swallowed my pride and forged ahead with the signup, even though it meant having to use that hated payment service. Although the web page I got upon submission said I might have to wait a week for my application to be evaluated, I actually got an acceptance email within minutes (this was late at night, so it's apparently untouched by human hands).
The real problem came once I logged into the affilate site and created some banners for use in my site. (Like most affiliate sites, their site generates HTML code that they want me to use unchanged; and like most sites, this code has various errors that prevent site validation like missing ALT attributes and unescaped ampersands; but that's a different rant.) The promo blurbs for the affiliate program claim that affiliates could choose from different registrars to use for affiliate registrations, but actually catalog.com is the only one listed there. And, as it turns out, the banners end up linking to a page that says:
We are no longer accepting pre-registrations for .name domain names at this time. We will begin accepting domain registration on a real time basis on, or around Mid June. Sorry for any inconvience. We appreciate your patience and look forward to your business.
Well, it's considerably past Mid June (though it doesn't say what year!). Apparently, then, this affiliate program is a complete bust in terms of actually being able to make sales of .name registrations.
Are those guys trying to fail, or what???
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