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Is there any way or any particular registrar to use that will allow me to register a domain name as soon as it becomes available?
I don't like those sites where you express an interest in a name about to expire and then you bid on it in an auction. They hear you are interested in a name, buy it, then resell it to you apparantly.
How can I get a name as soon as it becomes available? I've been watching one name that expired two weeks ago yet still cannot be registered.
When a domain expires it's is not available to be re-purchased straight away.
Here is a chart that explains how it works. You will not be able to buy the domain before it enters the release zone - can be 70 days after expiration.
I don't like those sites where you express an interest in a name about to expire and then you bid on it in an auction.
It only enter the auction 'mode' if more that one people requested interest in the domain using the registrar that got hold of it after it was released.
My advice would be to register interest with the main domain backorder sites (SnapNames, Pool, DomainIt) and hope that no one else is interested in it. If you are lucky, you may buy it for only $60.
First, look into backorder domain services, these companies try to get domains the second they expire if someone is interested in them. Normally the fee is $60 but some are higher (a higher fee does NOT ensure a better chance of getting the domain). Registering with more than one service only improves your odds of getting it. If more than one person wants it from the service that acquired it, then it goes to auction.
Second, with these companies, if no one wants the domain they may still acquire it and put it on their auction block. But, if no one bids on it then the price drops. I've been successful in getting a few good domains for under $10 this way. This only works with the company that registered the domain.
Lastly, and this is most of the time a slim chance, wait for it to expire, then try to register it with your registrar of your choice. While this is normally the least expensive way to go it is the least effective.
How much is the expiring domain worth to you? Is it a holy grail or a "eh, it'll do" domain?
Also, look at what registrar currently has the domain about to expire and contact them, sometimes they'll sell the domain before it goes to a backorder, or they'll keep it if they know someone wants to buy it.