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One day I searched for a few such terms didn't directly purchase the domain(s) immediately. After a few days the domain was registered.
I didn't tell anyone about my search and it seems highly unlikely that it was mere coincidence that someone snatched up the name exactly one day after my query. Now I'm very suspicious about which whois lookup somehow handed out the 'recently searched' terms.
Has anyone had this happen before?
<snip>What can I do if I believe it's really happening - that someone is acting on my lookups?
Thank you for your advice in advance as always.
[edited by: Webwork at 2:01 pm (utc) on Mar. 11, 2006]
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Twice I had this happen to me. Guess I'm a slow learner, should have never let it happen the second time.
Now I do all the prelimiary checking by doing a search through all three major search engines for the domain name. Not perfect but better. I had one I was working on that wasn't showing anywhere, it just happened that someone else bought it within the same time period I was looking.
Now I only use whois or registrar lookups when I am ready to buy.
His domain was snatched by a company called Belgium Domains (which doesn't offer registratrions to the public!).
I advised him to not query the whois or visit the domain. As I had predicted, they realised it had no traffic and the domain was released before the 5-day period (so the domain Registrar was refunded). My customer was happy to buy it :-)
...the domain was released before the 5-day period.
I get the feeling this happened to me a couple of days ago. A few hours after searching a registrar and WHOIS for a domain name, a company in US-CA snatched it up!
Any opinions on whether I should wait for the 5-day time period to pass before selecting another domain name?