Snagging Expired Domains is Stressful


Mike Davidson wanted to get an expired domain, took him 3 months and he explains the processes involved. I have never tried to get an expired domain & never realised the ups and downs involved. This guy explains it well, you feel for him. Follow the title link for the full post.

I placed a backorder through GoDaddy for $18.95 thinking that was all I needed to do. During the week that followed, I learned a lot about the domain expiration process. Two and a half months and $369 later, I am the proud owner of a shiny new domain. A really really good one.

Once deleted from ICAN it goes into The Drop exactly 75 days after the listed expiration date.

“The Drop” is the unpredictable three hour period of time in which the domain is deleted from VeriSign’s database and released back into the ecosystem.

No point in trying to get it yourself

I quickly found out that there are no fewer than three major services which specialize in pounding away on VeriSign’s servers during the drop period.

He details the auction system he finally entered

The system immediately auto-upped the current bid to $369 and I was the leader. Six nervous minutes, fifty browser refreshes, and a thousand heartbeats later, my opponent was nowhere to be found and the domain was mine…

Thanks Lifehacker


Good .COMs sell higher on the drop

Often, good .COMs sell higher on the drop than they every would in the aftermarket. There is something about an auction that drives people to do things they normally wouldn't.

I stopped using the drop services middle of last year (still have some SnapNames credits I am trying to use). I had my suspicions about shill bidders like Mike and just couldn't justify paying these services.

Anyhow, a name for $369 on Pool can't be that good.

yep that could have been confusing.....

I meant prime selling season for the product the domains were about - they're specifically ski - it made sense when I wrote it but I guess not when you read it :)

When I buy boats, Gurtie, I tend like to buy them in the first quarter, usually late February to mid-March. That's right after the Christmas and property tax bills have piled in and just about the time the reality of the coming income tax starts to hit home. Also, the weather here is usually particularly crappy that time of year so that boat looks forelorn and dreary on the moorings and summer seems soooo far away.

So, I can see taxes and Christmas flushing out a few domains, yes. But what have you found to be the prime season?

the secret is to find a domai

the secret is to find a domain registrar who specialises in grabbing domains when they drop and then doesn't put them up for auction - which is tricky on .coms but still quite easy on's

then the next secret is checking occasionally on the status since last time I did this they grabbed the domains but forgot to tell me and we missed 6 weeks of prime selling season :(

I've been known to pick up a domain name or two, but it seems I'm always lusting after ones that have a multi-yr registration chastity belt. I'm not bottom-fishing and frequently just decide to offer a "serious" (depending on the domain) amount with the opening email. Sometimes that works, but in about half the cases no one seems to be home. Very frustrating.