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Is domain backordering an effective way to secure a domain when it expires?

Asked by MBinSF (16points) May 13th, 2009

I want to register a domain that will be expiring in the next few days. The domain status has moved from “redemptionPeriod” to “pendingDelete” so it should be available soon. I want to register it as soon as it becomes available I expect some competition for the domain, but I am not certain of that. What is the best strategy to get the domain as soon as it is dropped? What is the best service to use? Is Godaddy’s backorder service effective? Please advise. Thanks.

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YARNLADY's avatar

It will be just as effective for you to check back several times a day yourself, as to use a service. they have no ‘inside’ that you don’t have. Pretend you want tickets to a popular concert, and just keep trying.

richardhenry's avatar

You’re better off trying to catch the domain yourself as soon as it becomes available. One of the main concerns is that if someone else at the same registrar has added themselves to the backorder list for that domain before you, they will get it before you do.

funkdaddy's avatar

This is a great rundown of options available and what one guy did to get the domain name he wanted when there was some competition for it.

The domain ended up being – which he got for $369

richardhenry's avatar

@funkdaddy Hey, great link. Thanks.

Link's avatar

Perhaps you may want to think of a cooler, easier to spell, yet similar domain?


MBinSF's avatar

Now I can answer my own question. The link posted above by funkdaddy describes a similar saga to what I experienced. Its well worth reading if you are chasing a domain you must have in “The Drop”. In my case it was a must have for product I will be launching later this year. Initially, I set up a backorder with Godaddy, but got nervous and backordered with SnapNames and NameJet when I realized that the domain was previously registered at eNom. Supposedly, NameJet has an exclusive relationship with eNom that gives time some priority when names drop from eNom’s customers. Didn’t seem to matter in my case. SnapNames picked up the name for me first. There was a brief scare when SnapNames emailed me to tell me the domain was going into a 3 day auction and I was the current high bidder. 3 days later, no other bids, and the domain was mine! So was it worth it? You bet! I paid $60 to SnapNames and $20 to Godaddy, no payment to NameJet because they only charge a “success” fee. At the end of the day, I got the domain I had to have, for $80. No complaints. I hope this info helps others in similar situations.

YARNLADY's avatar

@MBinSF Thank you very much for the update, it is very thoughtful of you.

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