Depending on the Registrar that the domains were registered with, they expire after different periods of time. Also, the most wanted domain names can be taken within seconds after their previous period expires and they become available again. The only way you can grab the exact domain name that you desire is to arm yourself with patience and know exactly when the domain name will be available again.
The sources of information for expired domain names are a few. Some of them are completely free, some of them require a membership fee for a subscription.
Before starting, you should be completely aware that the search for domain names that are interesting takes a lot of effort – whether you are searching for terms and feeding these terms into a search engine or you are browsing through endless lists of domain names that are expiring. There are more than 20 000 domains that expire every single day so the search for interesting and catchy names can be felt like searching an almost impossible to be seen needle in a towering haystack. However, all the effort can be worth it if you succeed in your enterprise and find your desirable expired name.
What domain names should you look for
You are on the hunt of expiring domain names because:
You want the name for yourself
You want to invest in it for a resale later on
If you are on the hunt of a name to use it to build a service or a site, you probably already have a list with criteria for the name – what makes it good, names that are suitable for the service or the product that it will be representing, etc.
You should also pay attention to who was the previous owner of your domain name and for what he was using the name. Most of the expiring names are ,,fair names’’ (that means that they are available for everyone to use them), you would definitely not want to run afoul of the legal department of a large corporation – for example IBM or even Microsoft. Even if you prove to be in your rights eventyally, you should be careful after all.
You can make a WHOIS search to find the current owner of the domain name that you have chosen to buy. However, there are cases where you cannot find information about the owner of the domain name. Such cases can be when the information about the original Registrant is deleted in the record of the domain.
That is the exact time to talk about the ,,Wayback Machine’’ that Archive.org offers. The site provides stored ,,snapshots’’ of numerous sites all over the web at different times. If you want to find more information about the domain name that you have chosen, visit Archive.org and enter ,,www.domain com’’ in the search of the site and check If there are snapshots of a site with the domain. If there are any, you can browse through them to find out who was the previous owner and what was the purpose of his site.
You want to buy an expired domain name?
It is possible to manually register an expiring domain name when it will soon be expired but the competition that you will meet while ,,fighting’’ for the most wanted names is strong so the manual methods won’t be enough.
There is a whole industry that is spread around the taking of expired domain names. The solutions bellow won’t provide you an infallible solution of securing the expiring names, but they can be of some help.
SnapNames com is probably the biggest firm about the ,,fight’’ for expiring names and it is also the most well-known one. The site will register the expiring name for you for a fee. However, if the name is popular there will be competition. If there is more than one person that wants the name, it will be placed up for auction.
There are other companies that can help you register an expired domain. You can browse through our section to find more.
If you want to have a bigger chance to get an expired name, you can simultaneously backorder the name at one of the automated services. Most of them charge you only if your registration is successful so you will most likely not be charged.
Now, before doing anything else, let’s focus our talk on the Multi-Lingual domain names.