How To Catch An Expired Domain

There’s a lot of money in the world of domains, and as such it’s become VERY hard to catch an expiring domain before someone else snatches it up. Had I known this 10 years ago, I would be a RICH man today!

I recently spent over 75 days trying to capture a domain I wanted, and I thought I’d outline my experience in hopes of educating others who are going through this.. There’s a lot of conflicting (and sometimes outdated) information online, but this info is as current as you can get!

Head on over to GoDaddy, and search for the domain you’re interested in. If the domain is already registered, you’ll receive a message that says XXXXXXXXX.com is already taken. (Get info)

Clicking the Get Info link will take you to the domain’s WHOIS page, where you’ll see the Registry Status.

Here’s a chart that illustrates the life cycle of a domain, courtesy of ICANN. (Click the image to enlargen it)

Here’s where life gets interesting. You want to start tracking the domain once it enters the Redemption phase. This lasts for 30 days, after which it’ll go into a 5-day Pending Delete status (if it’s not claimed by original owner). On Day 6, at roughly 2pm EST, the domain will be released and you can try to register it yourself.

If you’re afraid that someone else will grab it before you, you can pay an additional fee to a backordering company (prices start at $60 and go up from there), which don’t guarantee you that you’ll get the domain you’re after, but it’ll give you a fighting chance.

In my case, I was lucky and no one else was going after it. So on Day 81, I was able to register Gold Rush Tickets, and we’ve now begun building a Ticket Broker affiliate site on the TNow affiliate platform.


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