Surely you’ve recently searched for all domains names you thought it would suit your business, personal blog, or any other website idea you want to start, and you found it all token / unavailable for registration, you may add some numbers, dashes, or changing some characters… unfortunately all your efforts at that have proved futile, this post is a glimmer of hope for you as a new domainer trying to get a rare, unique, interesting, and easy to remember domain name.
we will start with “Expired domains” and “Deleting domains”, Thousands of domain names expire every day. The reasons are different. Some owners forgot to renew the domains, some just don’t want them anymore or they moved on to other projects. For most people these so called Expired Domains don’t have any value. They just see a bunch of Domain Names someone else deleted and move on, but for the people who know about SEO or the value of good Backlinks, Expired Domain Names are money just waiting to get picked up from the street. The only problem is to separate the good ones from the bad ones. That is where you come into play.
what you have to do is two things :
- take a look at “daily expired domains lists”, the internet is full of sites providing this service for free, just search for “expired domains list” or “deleting domains lists”, some of those sites has a advanced search where you can search for keywords, domain name length, pagerank …etc.
- did you find the domain you want to acquire ? when will it be available ? umm no one can answer you, but we know for sure the day when it will be deleted, and maybe a two hours interval, you have to backorder the domain name, a service you can get from all domains name companies, so the company you asked them to have the domain will keep trying to register it during the “two hours” till they succeed or another company succeed (the domain is not available), don’t worry the winner is always one of five companies we will talk about them.
- now let’s say, the catcher (domains company) you choose to catch the domain succeed to get it, will they give it you you ? well, if you are the only person asked them to get this domain, so yes. if not, you and all people asked for this domain will enter a private/public** auction for 3 days for this domain.
** : almost all of the captures auctions are private (only the people asked for the domain can attend), one or two companies offer the domain for public auction (any one can attend).
Who is the best domain name drop catcher ?
- SnapNames.com: they charge $69 dollars to backorder a name and only charge your card if they catch the name for you. The cutoff time to place your order for a .com domain is the day of the drop at 1:45PM EST. If there where multiple people that backordered the same domain, the name goes into a private 3 days auction. A private auction means, that only those who backordered the name can bid on it. You can backorder a domain regardless how much time there is left until the expiration date.
- GoDaddy.com they charge 20.98 for a single backorder but the price goes down to as low as 16.78 if you order in bulk. With godaddy you do prepay but if they do not catch the name for you, they issue you a credit to use towards backordering of another domain. If more than one person backorders a name, the domain will end up in a private auction. You can backorder a domain regardless how much time there is left until the expiration date.
- NameJet.com they charge $59 dollars to backorder a name and only charge your card if they catch the name for you. The cutoff time to place your order for a .com domain is the day of the drop at 12:00PM EST. If there where multiple people that backordered the same domain, the name goes into a private 3 days auction. You can backorder a domain regardless how much time there is left until the expiration date.
- Dynadot.com they charge anywhere from $12.00 – 14.99 if they are successful in catching your domain. The cutoff time is 1:45PM EST and should there be more than one order request the domain goes into a private 3 day auction. A domain must have the “Pending Delete” status for you to be able to place your order.
- Name.com they charge your card $49.95 to backorder a domain and if they are not successful they refund the money to your card. If they have a problem refunding your card they will simply apply a credit to your account. They are unique whereas they only allow one backorder per domain. This means, they if they catch the name you backordered with them, it’s automatically yours, no auction. If you search their DomainNabber system for a domain and it doesn’t show up, it simply means someone either ordered it already or the domain isn’t yet in the redemption / pending delete period.
- BackorderZone.com they charge $49.95 to backorder a domain but only charge your card if they where successful in catching the domain. They offer discounts for bulk prepayment of backorders. The cutoff time is 1:00PM EST and should there be more than one order the domain goes into a 3 day auction. You can backorder a domain regardless how much time there is left until the expiration date.
- Pheenix.com they charge 18.95 upon a successful catch. The cutoff time is 1:45PM EST and should there be more than one bidder the domain will go into a private 3 day auction. You can backorder a domain regardless how much time there is left until the expiration.
- DropCatch.com they will charge your card $59 if they are successful at catching your domain. A domain must have the “Pending Delete” status for you to backorder using DropCatch.com. If there where more than one bidders and they catch the name, it will enter a 3 days “public auction”, this means anyone can bid even if they did not backorder the domain.