Any advice on Domain Sniping?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Yr Blues, May 23, 2008.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    There's a domain that I've been waiting for years to expire, and it will next month. Actually, it's my real name, and the guy that owns it never did anything with it for the 6 years he had it. It's also his name, too.

    Anyway, I never sniped before. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Not as easy as it seems. This is what will happen:

    1. It will expire. Unless he has a HORRIBLE domain host, he can still get it, can't remember the window. Godaddy generally gives me 3 weeks after it "expired" to get it back at normal fee.
    2. Once this window passes it enters this "dark place" this is where the domain is "lost" to you but no one else can get it either. I once had a domain enter this place and called godaddy and they said for like $1XX they can retrieve it from this "dark place" or I can wait for it to really expire and then it goes back to the public.

    3.After 90 or so days in the dark place (at least with godaddy) it becomes public. That's where i rebought back a domain I had forgotten about.
  3. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Here's a bit more information....

    I heard a rumour once that they were gonna try to pass some law to stop people holding onto names for the sheer hell of it, at least in England. When I first wanted to register my domain name the .com was available. It was a joint thing with some mates so it wasn't bought immediately. After all agreeing to do it the .com was gone...some domain company bought it up. I'm sure that people are out there watching these searches and flagging interesting names and taking them (at least back then). It's been four years and the price on it is still stupidly high, I don't need it....but I want it.....

    Anyway...sorry for going off on a bit of a tangent....I hope you get your domain!
  4. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Thanks y'all. Do I need to pay a sniping company or can I just buy it like a normal domain registration?
  5. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    are you sure he never did anything with it ?
    A couple of years ago I registered the domain with my name and the only thing I do with it is forward to my business domain and add a an email adress to the domain, it's just cool to have an emailadress that goes like me@myfullname... I even got my iPod engraved with it just in case I loose it or it gets stolen.
  6. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I don't know if he's using it for e-mail, but I aims to use it for a website. Anyway, if I do get it it's not like I would feel bad about it. He would get a long period of time to decide. Actually, it does show that he re-upped it once, so he's likely to do it again. But if he doesn't...:D
  7. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    #7 - They'll buy it for you the second it becomes available. I have a few back-ordered here. In order to compete with the bots and scripts that pick up already used names, you have to play ball and just not "hope" someone does it buy.
  8. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Is that the best website to use? :confused: I'll bookmark it. Thanks.

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