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You will find a searchable database of expired domains at whois.net [whois.net]. You can search by keyword but you cannot search by date unfortunately.
As to .eec and .eu, I'll have to leave that up to our European experts.
Please don't get me wrong here,I have enjoyed your previous posts a lot, but I've gotta say, I don't have much faith in the Whois.net claim that these are "dropped" or "expired domains". Many, if not all of the domains that they list there have simply never been registered and therefore remain available. It's just a marketing ploy to get you more excited about the names they are presenting. If you find one you like, great, but I seriously doubt what they are claiming (dropped or expired)is true.
One caveat, although most of domains are expired they may not all be. Registrars can remove a domain from the root zone file but it will not show up as available. However spot checking suggest that about 90 - 95 percent of these domains are available.
If anyone is interested or wants more info let me know.
Zook, barbarella welcome to the board.
Zook, a zone file raider!? I was just asking who had a static ip handy with that kind of storage and bandwidth. So can I pick your brain about them for a minute? How big are they? Is it tough to get approved to dl them? (I know the requirements, but have not done so yet). I guess I could setup a proxy on one of the boxes and redirect them as a dl'd them so I didn't have to have the space.
Thanks for all the work you've done zook. Your site has been a wealth of info:
That whois.net really is from expired domains - they just are slow in updating it.
hmmmm....raider? I prefer the term researcher. ;)
These files are big. The com one is 381 MB zipped and expands out to something like 3.5 GB. The net one is only about 60 MB zipped. Still hard disks are cheap and I'm doing all this on my laptop. The only problem dealing with such large files is slow but I set the programs running overnight.
The procedure was straightforward to get access to dl the files. There didn't seem to be a great deal of hassle but that could have changed. I got set up about ten months ago.
Glad you like the site. I think that I list most of the data that I have. The FAQ has the details.
>who in their right mind would have registered this thing?"...
I know what you mean. But remember, there are a lot of "lame brains" out there. I used to wonder myself about whether all the names were expired or just plants. But with some of the names I have seen I have had to come to the conclusion that they must be expired names as no-one in there right mind would plant such rubbish in the database hoping it would sell.
Some of them are so ridiculous you have to laugh. And some of them are also obvious scams on known brand names and established websites registered by squatters in the hope of making a fast buck.
But then there are also some gems in there. Two sites I have recently put together came from the whois.net deleted domains database.
If I may misquote Zig Ziglar, "When you go digging for gold, you have to move a lot of dirt to find the gold. Just remember though that you are looking for gold, not dirt."
When it is down to the wire you need to try to PURCHASE the domain rather than SEARCH FOR AVAILABILITY to really know if it has become available.
Many domain name sellers are using two databases, an older one for general searches and a newer one that they access during a purchase.
Found this out the hard way. :(
Too bad, I was hoping it would be a big success...
Does anyone know how often yahoo will delete the dead links from their database? I know for sure that a few sites were listed there at least 2 months without any hosts so it can't be a monthly purge. Was this a summer cleanup and I just had bad luck?