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Where do expired domain name lists come from?

Lots of people sell them, but where do they get the data?



5:49 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've been looking around lately and noticing a lot of people selling expired domain names, but where does this data come from? Is there a central database somewhere that these guys poll to see what's expiring when?




11:17 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You used to be able to pull the lists - zone files - from the central registry but that's history. Now it's a matter of developing lists using proprietary software.

There appears to be a lot of licensing of the same data. :)


12:09 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think if you are one of the ICANN appoved registars then you can get that data from them. I am not 100% sure on this though.


12:49 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys--I was afraid it was something like that.


11:39 pm on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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you can search through the names that are "pending deletion" within a 7 day time frame from one of the drop catchers, ie; www.snapnames.com or www.pool.com

good luck!


6:18 pm on Oct 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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" you can search through the names that are "pending deletion" within a 7 day time frame"

Yeah, you can search. Only to discover that the minute your domain is released it is automatically reregistered by some who collect domain names. Unless it is some weird domain name. So be very very fast.


6:11 am on Oct 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Actually you don't have to be a registrar to have access to the zone files... Verisign provides a program whereby they grant FTP access for free to qualified applicants.
If you have a legitimate reason you can get access too. By running "comparisons" over the previous version of the zone file you can get a picture of which domain names are changing status, which ones are purged which ones are newly-registered etc.
Also it is possible to register .com without providing DNS servers. Then these names will not be included in the zone files.

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