to find a competent domain name backordering service
How to find a competent domain name backordering service
As a domain player, you know that almost all the great domain names
were taken before 1999. It is difficult now to get an even fairly
decent domain name.
Sometimes, however, some registrants do not recognize that their
domain names are pretty valuable and drop them after they find no
application for their domain names.
That is when the backordering comes into play. Now you need to
know that there may be many people waiting to backorder the same
domain name. So it's important to find a backordering service provider
that can maximize your odds of getting the domain name for a minimal
price. That could be quite some task.
The key for a successful backorder is to find a competent backordering
service. Here are some tips for you to consider.
1) Choose a backorder service that works with quite some registrars.
More registrars mean better odds for you to get the domain name
2) Avoid the backorder service that places the domain name on auction.
With such a service provider, you are not certain if you can get
the domain name for a price you want to pay. Auctioneers are always
seeking the highest bid for a domain name.
The bad news is that considering both 1) and 2), you may find that
no service provider may meed your demand. As a matter of fact, almost
all the backorder services are running an auction mode business.
Some major backorder service providers are listed here for your
This may be the biggest. It works with a dozen of registrars.
But that does not mean they can have a better chances than others
to backorder a domain name. If the domain name is fairly of low
grade, then they might be able to snap it for you. But for a great
domain name, the competition is keen and chances are snapnames.com
can not get it for you.
Snapnames.com places the domain name backordered on auction. The
auction goes for three days. In the end of the auction, they award
the domain name to the highest bidder. A recent example is infodepot.com;
snapnames.com awarded it to a bidder for $1250 for the domain name.
The minimal bid is $60.
Pool.com's business is similar to snapnames.com. They may work
with fewer registrars. But sometimes they still have better chances
of getting quite decent domain names. The minimal bid is $60.
Namewinner.com is part of dotster.com. They work with a few domain
registrars. Occasionally, they can snap a few great domain names.
They also place the domain names on auction. But the auction is
done before they snap it. The minimal bid is $30. One thing that
clients need to be aware that when you enter a so called extended
The so called extended auction is to sell the domain names Namewinner.com
registered. Please be advised that there will be a $50 fee when
you eneter such an auction. You not see any statement easily. So
be advsied to keep off or be ready to apy $50.
Enom.com is an ICANN accredited registrar. I am not sure if they
work with any other registrar(s). The minimal bid is $30. The features
associated with the backordering look great. However, I personally
do not have an experience with the service. But it does look nice
after I look around inside an account.
Godday.com is an ICANN accredited registrar. I guess they do not
work with other registrars. This is one of those backordering services
that do not place the domain name on auction. They charge an $18.95
flat for a backorder.
The price looks great, but do not get excited too early. Three
things will cool you down. A. Chances are they do not work with
other registrars. So it's not easy for them to get the domain name
for you. B. For a good domain name, you can not even have a chance
to place the backorder. C. No matter they win the domain name for
you or not, you pay up front the fee and there is no refund.
For the price you pay, if they fail to get the domain name for
you, they monitor the domain name or you can place another backorder,
which is not friendly to most people. It seems godaddy.com makes
some money out of the process rather the result. People need to
exercise caution when considering using them.
One trap is their "invest edge" service, which charges
a monthly fee. This service allows you to place bulk backorders
at a real low price. It sounds great to those who backorder a lot
of domain names such as a professional domain player. But it's really
not much of service that you can use.
By trap, I mean that A) you can barely find any good domain name
to order. Many good domain names may be backordered by others. Remember
they only accept one backorder for one domain name. B. Godaddy.com
will keep charging the monthly for the service even though you order
the service just for one month.
After you place the order for the invest edge service, they may
send you an email saying that you need to cancel the service while
in reality you do not order the service for more than one month.
Be fearful for such a tactics. I personally do not recommend any
of service at godaddy.com because of this.
Integrity is the key
When you consider a backordering service, the integrity is the
key. This is particularly important when you backorder a first grade
domain name that might be worth tens of thousands of dollars. How
can you be sure that they will give such as domain name to you and
not keep it for themselves? Who is most reliable and trustworthy
can be everyone's guess.
Among all the services I know, snapnames.com is the one I trusted
most although they could not get you every domain name you want.
They seem doing a fair business in any aspect you can imagine. I
would recommend snapnames.com to those who seriously want to backorder
a domain name! (Disclaimer: I do not have any affiliation with snapnames.com)
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