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How to Get Your Dream Domain Name When It’s Already Taken

written by John Chow on April 9, 2012

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In the world of the Internet, your domain name means everything. Unfortunately all of the good and generic domain names are taken and getting your hands on any of these gems can cost you thousands, if not millions of dollars! One of the best ways to get your hands on a valuable domain name is through the use of expiring domain name services and auctions.

Two of my favorite domain expiration services are NameJet and Pool. I’ve been using these guys for years and have been able to secure some amazing domains names. Many of the domains I’ve secured through these networks are domains that I was just wishful thinking on and if they ever happened to expire and I could get my hands on them, I gladly would. Other domain names that I have been able to pick up are pure gems, such as my Pay Per Click blog with ended up costing several thousands of dollars just for the domain itself, but brings a massive amount of value, immediate brandability and “exact match” search ranking power with it.

How to Get Your Dream Domain Today

As mentioned, my two favorite domain expiration services are NameJet and Pool, so I would recommend you sign up for a free account with both of these services. Once you are setup you can start browsing through their sites and looking over their featured domain names that are up for expiration and even place a future bid on domains that may become available in the future. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to secure your own “YourName.com” domain name, or picking some generic domain name that would never expire, you can make a “wishlist” of domain names and these networks will monitor as many domains as you like, and you won’t have to pay any fees until you actually win and secure a domain name.

The minimum price to place an initial domain bid is $69, but this will vary depending on the expiration service you use. Should any of these domain name go up for grabs, you will be notified and if you are the only one bidding on the domain name, you are the winner! If anyone else is bidding on the same domain name, you will all go into an auction process.

Getting Your Domain Name Outside of Expiration Services

Expiring domain name services are awesome for grabbing valuable domain names that may soon expire, but what about when someone has a domain name you must have but they aren’t easy to contact or looking for a sale. Here are a few methods that may help you with a possible sale.

  1. Use Whois to look up domain owner ship contact info
  2. Contact the site owner through their contact page
  3. Pay a professional service like GoDaddy Domain Buy Service

Building Your Own Domain Empire

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to build an empire of domain names or just looking to get your hands on a couple high end domain names that you’ve always, with the resources listed above it can all be possible. As mentioned, I’ve been able to secure some amazing domain names over the years, and many of which that I never thought we become available, let alone drop!

The best way for you to get the domain names you have always been dreaming of, is to take action now. Join the sites I mentioned above and start making your wishlist of domain names. You never know when one of these gems might drop and end up in your possession!

This post was guest blogged by Zac Johnson

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{ 16 comments }

Scope Gater April 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Thats true John.I had a hard time deciding on my blogs domain but i settled onScopegater;www.scopegater.com

Nikulas April 10, 2012 at 4:02 am

Hey John looks like you’ve had a slight mental hiccup,
 
“It doesn’t matter if you are looking to build an empire of domain names or just looking to get your hands on a couple high end domain names that you’ve always [missing word] with the resources listed above it can all be possible.”
 
I guess the word/s is “wanted”? “craved for” or “lusted over”? teehee.

lesleyannrodriguez April 10, 2012 at 4:46 am

Hi Zac/John! Another resource worth mentioning is PickyDomains.com

Zac Johnson April 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

 @lesleyannrodriguez Cool, always good to have another resource! Thanks.

fas April 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

But that also means that getting anything below 100$ is difficult.

Zac Johnson April 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

 @fas I’ve been able to secure some decent domain names for the minimum bid amounts. It’s quite surprising.

TadResTeresa April 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

Great post, especially the tips on finding valuable domains. I do agree with fas though about the price. 

jsrampton April 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

Great resource, love it

Life Insurance Over 85 April 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Great post indeed. I am always on a lookout for expired domains but my dream domains never seem to come through. If it is a good domain, high chance the owner will renew it again.

Zac Johnson April 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

 @Life Insurance Over 85 I was surprised to see some people let really good domains expire, especially when they are personal names!

HealthWrong April 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Hello Zac,  I wonder how much I would need to spend to get a 2-word finance related domain?

Zac Johnson April 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

 @HealthWrong Take a look around and see what NameJet has to offer. It’s likely that you will have to pay a decent amount for a .com and a good name. Also check out Sedo.com and Flippa.com, might find some good domains for sale on those sites as well.

RentsBrickell April 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

Thank you for the info!!! Just found your website from Shoemoney and really like the look, Starting a website is never easy and reading up on he advice and tips oher bloggers offer helps alot! Thanks!

Olawale Daniel April 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

My wonderful Zac. Great idea for getting back our lost domain names from others who have claimed it.

BTW, @Zac Johnson, I need your advice.

There is someone interested in selling a PR4 domain name to me for $2000. What are the things I should look out for before paying for the domain name.
Thanks for your support and this great post. I’d be expecting your nice response so that I will not make a mistake.

James April 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I have been lucky enough to find domain’s that weren’t taken yet

Chrisbb May 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

I think godaddy is still pretty good for getting a domain name, I been using it for years with no prob. Their support isn’t that bad either. I found a pretty good article/video on how to buy a domain and set it up here: http://howeduvideos.com/lesson-2-get-a-domain-name/