Full guide for backing domains

Hi, habrasoobschestvo. Passed my first successful domain seizure. And today I will tell you what I learned in the process of backing up, my observations and how to get a good busy domain.

What is a backerder for?

In the popular domain zones (.com, .net, .org) the shortest and sonorous domains are occupied.
There is a possibility not to use free domains of the second grade, but to intercept a good one. Often even three-letter domains are released, the minimum cost of which in the secondary market is $ 17,800 .

If the domain is no longer needed by the owner, after a while it is released after non-payment. Domains are often released as after cybersquatters - people or companies, massively registering domains for sale, and ordinary users. In such cases, services for the postponed domain order (eng. Backorder) help to intercept it.

Domain life cycle

The domain life cycle is clearly shown in the diagram above.

Despite widespread prejudice, the domain is not released immediately after non-payment. During the grace period of renewal (status - Expired, lasts 0−45 days, depending on the registrar), the domain can be extended at normal cost. After it begins the recovery period (status - Redemption Period or Pending Delete Restorable, lasts 30 days), during which you can extend the domain at a cost of 5−10 registrations. Only after these periods, in the case of non-renewal, the domain is deleted from the registry within 5 days. Before the domain is released, the backorder services throw a registrar with the domain registration application to the registrar.

You can check the status of a domain through the whois protocol. To do this, you can use online tools: for example,whois.com . But personally, I recommend using the command line utility, since requests from sites (for example, GoDaddy) are often sold to third parties. Download link: www.nirsoft.net/utils/whoiscl.html . You need to download it, unpack it, drop the .exe file into the user's folder. After, from the command line will be available the command "whois domainname.com"

Why it is better to use services

You can manually register only a domain with a complete lack of competition. To buy a domain without slowdowns, you need to be a registrar, so the chance to get it manually is extremely small. Services for the backdoor check domain availability 3-5 times per second. If you write a script to check with the registrar's API at a similar rate, the account will simply be banned for excessively frequent requests. Backorder is a process for which you need streamlined logistics and accredited registrars, so it is better to use services: for example, DropCatch 1201 has a registrar.

Backdoor services

Now go through the services for the backdoor. The most popular, with about the same power, three. Their application is free, payment is only if you become the owner of the domain.

- NameJet
Cost: $ 80
Private auction
- SnapNames
Cost: $ 80
Private auction
- DropCatch
Cost: $ 60
Public auction

Another popular service is smaller: Pheenix . It has two tariffs: Super Saver and Gold, for .com domains the cost is $ 21 and $ 60, respectively. Gold backeders for Pheenix are better than Super Saver. Works on a prepaid basis: in case the domain is not caught, it will be possible to put on another.

GoDaddy also provides backup services : according to reviews on NamePros.com, it works weaker than other backdoor services and often places domains in a public auction. The principle of payment is similar to Pheenix.

Regardless of the service, after registration, to confirm the card, the services block up to $ 1 on it. The amount is refunded within 10 days, depending on the bank.

How best to order a domain

Now the trick. If you don’t need a domain and want to risk picking it up manually - before you do this, check if it is in NameJet auctions, SnapNames, or if it is in the DropCatch database. If the answer to all three questions is negative - you have a pretty big chance.

If the domain is only in DropCatch, which happens often, put a backorder with them. Otherwise, they will seize him and he will go to HugeDomains - DropCatch's partner, where they will greatly increase the price: domains with an approximate cost of $ 70, according to EstiBot, are sold there for at least $ 2,000.

In DropCatch you can submit an application at any time before the end - the rates are hidden. If the domain in a public auction, for example, in NameJet is called Last Chance, in SnapNames is Expired, it is advisable to bid 15 minutes before the end.

My advice is not to use the DropCatch discount club and put an application for the full cost: according to reviews from the popular forum NamePros.com , many have this situation: DropCatch catches the domain, but sends it to the person who sent the application, but to HugeDomains.

If there is a domain in all three services, submit an application for a backorder. The more applications in different services, the more likely to successfully catch a domain.

The story of my backdoor

Now to my backorder story. For the future domain, it was important to have the keyword “seo”, and after reviewing whois of all domains with this keyword with two letters before and after, and all words of English into 3 and 4 letters, I came to the conclusion that all sound domains are occupied . Therefore, I had to catch.

The domain caught DropCatch for me. There were no other back-ups for the domain, so he went directly to me for $ 60 without an auction. The maximum time for filing an application was until 20:45, at 21:11 a message came about a successful capture. Still, in about half a day, the domain appeared in the control panel.

If you have personal experience or any suggestions, which can add to the article, I will be glad to hear you in the comments.

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