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Is some company registering the domain names I look-up?

Diabolical scheme to snatch good domains or mere coincidence?

10:41 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Forgive me if this sounds stupid or has already been covered.

Last week I looked-up a domain name that was exactly on-target for the next website I want to do and it was available. Today I look and it's registered to someone else. Is there some way that someone can get a list of what domain names have been "looked-up" to see if they're available (not the registrar I checked with but someone else -- the registrar would WANT me to get the domain name through them). I'd imagine that having such a list and then registering the names that are being looked-up would be a great business...

...or am I not getting enough sleep?

6:55 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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actually, I'm 99.9% sure that resellers of larger registrars can see which domains are searched for.

If that's possible (and I'm almost certain it is), then it's no far stretch to think that whois dot ess see can also have database of recent queries.

I don't know that they do anything with that database or if they share it with anyone (not nice to be making false accusations), but I wouldn't doubt that such a database exists.

Recently there's been a few big players that have been registering everything under the sun on a traffic test basis for a few days then cancelling the registrations that don't show traffic promise.

I didn't know about this. It makes sense though. I recently backorderd a domain through GD and they sent me email notifications the day it dropped letting me know they were going to try and get it for me.

When it dropped, they said they weren't able to get it for me. I checked the whois (they sent me a notification of the whois change) and it showed the name of some other company as the registrar and the same company domain in the nameservers.

5 days later, I got an email from GoDaddy saying that they WERE able to capture the domain for me and that I was the new registered owner.

I doubled checked the whois at godaddy and whois do ess see and both showed me as the owner.

I checked the prior registrants name again and went to their website and it's just a simple page that just a fake whois that doesn't return any results (but probably records the searches)

Very interesting indeed.

Is that "legal" for them to bulk register domains for a "traffic test" just to drop them a few days later?

10:08 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is that "legal" for them to bulk register domains for a "traffic test" just to drop them a few days later?

Well, that non-profit org that's supposed to ensure registrars toe the line don't have any specific "law" that says "Prrrt!"

2:42 am on Jan 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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well. my theory is opposite.

i usually get the names i want, even if i keep them in mind or a day or two.

recently, i dreamt of a new busines idea and searched new domin name. i was sure that i wud not get the 6 alphabet double word in any case, which i searched 2 days ago. well, I got it and now it looks like that should i start the business idea or just get soem premium on the name itself.

the idea looks great but i dont have investment to do it . But i have two domains, matching like pieces of a jigsaw for the business idea, and one of them is 6 alpha - 2 name one.

in the past also, i usually get domains, which i search. i am a reseller for a domain company myself so i keep some balance amount with them, and catch the domains that strike to me.

4:36 am on Jan 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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But don't ever let your domain expire, it will definitely get snatched up by someone willing to sell it back to you at a premium...
5:00 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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He's right.

I just checked a name I let lapse 5 years ago. Guess what? It's parked.

I found one backlink for it, no alexa rank, no pr.

It can't be worth 6 bucks a year for type-ins either, because the name was owner's initials + widget.com...


2:15 am on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does the current registrar have an advantage? Dont they have to let them drop? What timelines are involved once the expiration date goes by?
6:21 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Bloody hell!

Anyone willing to sticky me the offending registrars.

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