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DNS Servers - free traffic

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  1. stevebrowne

    stevebrowne Active Member

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    If someone has pointed their domain's DNS server addresses at a domain under your control, can that be counted as free traffic and redirected at will? After all, they are the only people that can change those settings; if they point it at my server, what can I do about it?
     
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    Got to ask why they would do it first.

    But if using apache (or similar virtual host) could set up virtual host in conf and redirect to another account.

    Alternatively set up an account for the 'domain' and put a 301 ridirect there.

    good article here...

    http://www.gnc-web-creations.com/301-redirect.htm
     
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    The other party has a plural of a domain name. They may have owned the singular at some point I guess, but it dropped today and I caught it.

    The plural DNS servers point to ns1.<singular>.co.uk, which I now own and control.
     
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    If you setup your DNS server and httpd to respond to requests for that domain, you could point / do whatever you wanted with the domain name. Not very ethical imo !
     
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    That was really my question. Can I count it as free traffic and make use of it, or should I ignore it? I might just contact them and let them know. Saves getting into a whole load of bother...
     
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    In my opinion if the domain was pointing towards a domain of yours, example:

    name.com had a redirect to name.co.uk - that's fine (was setup by the user and was still in place). However if the domain name was simply on the DNS servers, then you setup the DNS/HTTPD servers to respond to requests to that domain - it's not really 'free traffic' as you are controlling/manipulating exactly where the traffic is going to. Not sure on the legal issues here either.. (if there would be/are any)

    Personally, I would inform the owner of the domain name and let them know their booboo :)

    Craig
     
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    Milk it for as long as possible. :)
     
  9. stevebrowne

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    I've emailed them. My good deed for the day. (one of them!)
     
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    Good man. The world is a better place :D

    Craig
     
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