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Google Lost Its Domain Name For a Minute (Paid a Big Price For It)

Anyone can make mistakes (be it in the virtual world, or the real world)- including the big brands we all know today. In this article, you’ll get to read a story of how Google Lost its domain name for a minute and paid a big price for it. More importantly, you’ll discover big lessons to learn from it if your business has a website and how to protect your website.

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The man who bought Google for a minute

In 2015, a young man named Sanmay Ved who worked for Google was up late and playing with Google Domains ( Google website buying service) when he noticed’s domain name was available. He at first thought it was a bug and tried to check out the domain to see if he could buy it, and to his surprise, it worked!

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He bought one of the most highly-sought domain names just for $12!

Did you Know?

“Sanmay Ved was described as the man who owned Google for just one minute.”

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How Google Retrieved the Domain Name Back

However, it didn’t take quite long before the matter was resolved. Google offered to pay Sanmay Ved $6,006.13 ( which is a numerical value of Google) but when Sanmay decided to donate the money to charity, Google doubled the amount. You can read the full story here on CNN Business.


1. In Business, sometimes the little things can matter

On average, humans take roughly 20,000 breaths per day, yet most of us never really stop thinking about it. The only set of people who think about it is the people who find it hard to breathe the “correct” number of breathing in a day. The same thing applies to your business website too.

Sometimes the little things we often neglect can have a huge negative impact on your business. While its impossible to know everything there is, the best thing is to TAKE NOTE of those LITTLE THINGS that can cause a BIG SPARK.

2. Endeavor To RENEW your domain name (On TIME)

Your domain name represents your business name on the Web. This is why the more your business grows, the more you should be mindful of your business name on the web (that is; your domain name). It’s easier to restore a failed website with a backup but if a domain name is hijacked, it would take at least a year to get it back.

To prevent this, you can take note of the time you register your domain name and ensure to check the email you used for the registration to be informed on time when the renewal period is close by. You can also decide to put your domain name on Autorenewal mode which helps to automatically renew your domain name in due time.

3. Take Advantage of Domain Management Solutions

A Domain name is your first step to taking your brand presence online and at the same time, your first line of defense. Instead of you having to figure it all by yourself, you can take advantage of domain management solutions that would help you protect your domain name – both in terms of security, renewal, domain watch, SSL Certificate Management, etc.

One of the great advantages of having website care and domain name care plans is that; you do not need to worry about when, where, and how to renew your domain name as a professional automatically handles it.

4. Register with a Reputable Domain Registrar company

If you eventually decide to buy a domain name yourself, you should consider doing enough research about the Domain Registrar Company you’re planning to use. In case you are unsure of which company to make use of, it is recommended that you allow a professional choose for you so he or she can be able to help in case you have problems with your domain name.

Having your domain name registered with the wrong company can affect your domain name in terms of reputation, inconsistency in pricing, or some other who-knows-what issues. When it comes to purchasing domain names, we recommend going for Namecheap if it’s a TLD or Domainking if you want to get a GEO-TLD domain name. These two companies are recommended not only because they have been around for a while but also have been used for TuhamWorld CC clients’ website projects.


Your domain name as earlier mentioned is your brand name on the internet. It is the first thing to get when starting online in building your website and your first line of defense in case something goes wrong. This is why you must keep a close look at the type of domain name you’re purchasing, and to ensure its renewal on time.

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