Complete Guide to Domain names Backorder

Started by xiaolanzhuji, Jul 31, 2022, 08:23 AM

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What is a backorder for?

Popular domain zones (.com, .net, .org) have the shortest and most sonorous domains.
There is an opportunity not to use free second-class domains, but to intercept a good one. Often even three-letter domains are released, the minimum cost of which on the secondary market is $17,800.

If the domain is no longer needed by the owner, after a while it is released after non-payment. Domains are frequently released both after cybersquatters - people or companies that massively register domains for sale, and ordinary users. In such cases, backorder solutions help to intercept it.

Domain life cycle

The domain life cycle is clearly shown in the diagram above.

Despite popular belief, a domain is not released immediately after non-payment. During the renewal grace period (status - Expired, lasts 0-45 days depending on the registrar), the domain can be renewed at the normal cost. After it, the recovery period begins (status - Redemption Period or Pending Delete Restorable, lasts 30 days), during which you can renew the domain at the cost of 5-10 registrations. Only after these periods, in case of non-renewal, the domain is deleted from the registry within 5 days. Before the domain is released, backorder services bombard the registrar with domain registration requests.

You can check the status of a domain using the whois protocol. To do this, you can use online tools: f.e, But personally, I recommend using a command-line utility, because frequently requests from websites (for example, GoDaddy) are sold to third parties. Download link: You need to download it, unpack it, drop the .exe file into the user's folder. After that, the "whois" command will be available from the command line

Why is it better to use services

Manually, you can only get a domain with a complete lack of competition. To buy a domain without delay, you need to be a registrar, so the chance of getting it manually is extremely small. Backorder solutions check domain availability 3-5 times per second. If you write a script to check against the registrar API at a similar speed, the account will simply be banned for excessively frequent requests. A backorder is a process that requires well-established logistics and accredited registrars, so it is better to use solutions: for example, DropCatch 1201 has a registrar.

Backorder Services

Now let's go through the solutions for the backorder. The most popular, with approximately the same power, are three. Their application is free, payment is only if you become the owner of the domain.

— NameJet
Cost: $80
Private auction
— snapnames
Cost: $80
Private auction
— DropCatch
Cost: 60 $
public auction

Another popular smaller service: Pheenix. It has two plans: Super Saver and Gold, for .com domains the cost is $21 and $60 respectively. Gold backorders are more important for Pheenix than Super Saver. It works on a prepaid basis: in case the domain is not caught, it will be possible to put it on another one.

GoDaddy also provides backorder solutions: according to reviews on, it works weaker than other backorder services and frequently puts domains up for public auction. The payment principle is similar to Pheenix.

Regardless of the service, after registration, to confirm the card, services block up to $ 1 on it. The amount is returned within 10 days, depending on the bank.

How best to order a domain

Now the feature. If you don't really need a domain, and you want to take the risk of picking it up manually, before doing this, check if it is in the NameJet, SnapNames auctions, and if it is in the DropCatch database. If the answer to all three questions is no, you have a pretty good chance.

If the domain is only in DropCatch, which happens frequently, put a backorder on them. Otherwise, they will capture it and it will go to HugeDomains, a partner of DropCatch, where they will raise the price a lot: domains with an approximate cost of $70 according to EstiBot are sold there for at least $2,000.

In DropCatch, an application can be submitted at any time before the end - the rates are hidden. If the domain is in a public auction, for example, in NameJet it is called Last Chance, in SnapNames - Expired, it is advisable to place a bid 15 minutes before the end.

My advice is not to use the DropCatch discount club and apply for the full price: according to reviews from the popular forum, many people have this situation: DropCatch catches the domain, but sends it not to the person who sent the application, but to HugeDomains.

If the domain is available in all three services, apply for a backorder in them. The more applications in different solutions, the more likely it is to successfully catch a domain.

History of my backorder

Now to the history of my backorder. For the future domain, the presence of the keyword "seo" was fundamental, and after reviewing the whois of all domains with this keyword with two letters before and after, and all the words of the English language with 3 and 4 letters, I came to the conclusion that all sonorous domains are occupied . Therefore, I had to catch.

The domain caught DropCatch for me. There were no other backorders for the domain, so it immediately went to me without an auction for $60. The maximum time for filing an application was until 20:45, at 21:11 a message was received about a successful capture. Still, about half a day later, the domain appeared in the control panel.

If you have experience or any suggestions on how to supplement the article, I will be glad to hear from you in the comments.


Do they keep domain only as a registrar or can you make a transfer?
Do you mean the time until which you can make a backorder?
Do you recommend do it at the last moment?