What’s In A (Domain) Name?

…Who could have known all those years ago when Gloria named that kid after her brother, that it would lead to an international incident?

Domain names have become ‘box office boffo’! ¬†Branding, identity, perception and image ALL play a part in the choosing of these names. Since the inception (intrusion? invention!) of the internet, how we look online means everything–from our business and professional acumen to our pet videos–in really does mean something when presenting ourselves to the world. Which brings me to my point. The internet is truly global in scope and influence. Just ask Jim Zhang.


Jim is the general manager of YG-registry.org who contacted me July 4th. He was doing a search on behalf of a company (I won’t identify them yet) who wanted to register ‘herbs voice’ as their internet keyword and their China/Asia/Hong Kong domain names. Jim states in his email to me that ‘…after checking it we find it conflicts with your company.’ He did his job well, even contacting me to get information on any affiliations I might have. I replied letting him know that, yes we did own the domain name and I invited him to the site to visit.


This morning I got an email apparently from a representative of this company. Here is the letter:

Dear Sirs,

Our company based in chinese office, our company has submitted the “herbsvoice ” as CN/Asia/Hk domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. Jim’s approval. We think this name is very important for our products in Chinese and Asian and Hongkong market. Even though Mr. Jim advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

Best regards

Jiang zhifa

A hostile takeover? It seems so. I tried to Google the company name and got a mish-mash of similarly named businesses but no direct connection–probably because they haven’t gotten the domain name approved!

Like anyone else, I don’t take kindly to people taking something from me just because they want it! C’mon, folks, be businessmen! Make me an offer. Give me a chance to at least feel like I’m being respected as a fellow¬†entrepreneur.

I did respond (as kindly as I could) by emphatically saying ‘I wuz here first’ and also letting them know that I would not be bullied by some Far East conglomerate. I suppose NOW I’m in the middle of some sort of international, interweb, multi-dimensional cloud of intrigue (did ya get that? I said ‘cloud’. I thought of that myself).

There is NEVER a dull moment here in ‘The Hole’. Please pray for ‘herbs voice’. It could be YOUR voice next!

Stay tooned–and Happy Voicing!!

3 thoughts on “What’s In A (Domain) Name?

  1. It’s probably some Chinese traditional medicine company that wants a web site for their talking ginseng.
    Turn the tables on them and offer to voice their cartoon herb… For a hefty price.
    Hang in there and fight for your site, Herb man!

  2. Be careful Herb. This feels like a phishing attempt. Do NOT under any circumstances give them any personal information!
    Personally, I’d be inclined to just delete the messages and not enter into any dialogue. If I am right, this is the safest approach.

  3. It’s a scam my friend. I had the same email about a domain I own and a follow up email from Jiang Zhifa with identical wording to the one you received. Google Jim or Zhifa’s email address – you’ll see lots of results about the same scam (& this page too, which is how I ended up here!).

    Bad luck, keep working. There’s no takeover coming….

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