Domain Name Gold Rush
The Domain Name Gold Rush
All the good ones are taken. The really good ones, that is. But
they don't always stay taken.
Domain names often come back onto the market. Even before they
do, domain name prospectors are sifting through them to find the
gold domains among them.
Why domain names become available again
Thousands of domain names expire every day. Other domains are offered
for sale. The reasons are varied:
The webmaster forgets to renew the domain by the expiry date.
The email address that the domain is registered with becomes invalid,
and the domain name registrant doesn't receive the renewal notices.
- Lack of need or funds
- The company that had registered the domain goes out of business.
- The website owner loses interest in or doesn't have time for
- The website owner doesn't have funding to continue the website
- The domain name registrant registered numerous domains on speculation
and couldn't afford to continue renewing unused domains.
- The domain name registrant may realize how much a domain is worth
and decide to sell it.
- The domain name registrant may have registered the domain because
of its potential worth, with the aim of selling it later.
What makes a previously registered domain name valuable?
In July 2005, the domain name website.com sold for $750,000, the
highest-valued domain name sale this year. Why would anyone pay
so much for a domain when they could register a new domain for under
- Instant traffic
If the domain name previously pointed to a website, search engines
have already indexed that domain name. Other websites probably still
have links to that domain. If the domain is listed in directories,
these links bring in even more traffic. You register the domain,
and the work getting incoming links has already been done for you.
- Surf value
Sometimes web surfers search by typing generic words followed by
dot com (or other extensions) into their browsers, for example,
dogs.com. This particular domain name redirects to the website for
a company that sells pet products and services. A domain name like
this constantly brings visitors to the website without the cost
and effort of advertising and marketing.
- Easy to remember
Your company name may not be memorable, but domains such as dogs.com
and website.com are. People are more likely to return to a site
or pass on the name to their friends when they can easily remember
How to find domains pending expiration
You decide to join the gold rush for valuable pre-registered domains.
Finding expiring domains is the first step, but you also need to
research domains that are about to come back on the market.
Lists of domains pending expiration
At these websites, among others, you can search for domains containing
keywords you enter. At expireddomains.com, the results contain domains
that are currently available, soon to expire, on hold, in the Redemption
Grace Period (RGP), or for sale by their registrants. Extensions
searched: .com, .net, and .org.
The domainsbot.com database searches .com, .net, .org, .info, and
.biz extensions for domains that are available, for sale, or expiring.
You can find some (but not all) incoming links to a domain by entering
"link:siteURL" (replace "siteURL" with the domain
name) into Google or Yahoo. When you find the links, follow them
to see what types of sites link to the domain. How would you feel
about having these particular sites linking to your site?
Also look into any possible problems associated with the domain.
Search engines may have banned the domain if the previous site had
controversial search engine optimization techniques employed, such
as the use of hidden text or links. Check the history of the site
at a domain name via the WayBack Machine.
If the domain previously pointed to a site with gambling or adult
content or a lot of affiliate links, or if it employed questionable
search engine optimization techniques, search engines may have banned
the domain. Aside from the possibility of a domain being banned,
you may not want incoming links from sites associated with these
types of content.
How to register domains pending deletion
You've decided on a domain that you want. How do you maximize your
chances on getting it?
At eNom.com's Club Drop, you can bid on expiring .com and .net
domains the day before they're available to the public. You can
also be notified when domains matching your search criteria become
The NameWinner system places bids on .com, .net, .org, and .info
domains for you. It bids only as high as is necessary to maintain
your high bid position up to your maximum bid.
How to profit from your domains
- Selling domains
If you have a domain that may be valuable and that you aren't using,
consider selling it at a domain auction. If you already have a buyer
for a domain, you can transfer it securely through Escrow.com.
- Paid parking for domains
With paid domain parking programs, also called "domain monetization"
or "monetize domains," you can earn pay-per-click revenue
via targeted advertisements. These sites offer domain monetization
- Park Quick
- Domain Spa
- Google Adsense for domains
With the right knowledge, timing, and a bit of luck, you have a
chance as a domain name prospector to hit pay dirt.
About the Author
Lois S. is a Technical
Executive Writer for http://www.websitesource.com
and http://www.lowpricedomains.com with experience in the website