How to get this domain name?
September 22, 2010 2:05 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for advice on procuring a specific domain name.
posted by Pork-Chop Express to computers & internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
(I know this is a popular topic in Ask, so apologies if it's been covered and I've missed it. I've searched through previous questions and can't find what I'm looking for.)
I want the .com corresponding to my name; let's call it myname.com. This domain name has been used from 1999 until a couple of years ago for a small website pertaining to the descendants of someone else with my name -- family reunion and history type stuff. The domain name currently goes nowhere. Both www.myname.com and myname.com result in a "Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to..." message. I've been trying unsuccessfully to contact whoever owns this name to try to purchase it. Emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org don't bounce back but get no response. I found an email address on an older version of the site (through archive.org) that didn't bounce back but also got no response. The whois record doesn't list a registrant contact. The email address given for the administrative and technical contacts bounces back. The domain is registered through namecheap.com, but that's really all I know. My questions are as follows:
1. How can I find the owner to make an offer on this domain name? Am I overlooking some obvious means of contact? I can't offer more than a couple hundred dollars for it, but I feel like that might be enough, if only I could get in touch with the owner. Even if the owner told me they'll never sell or would only sell for $10,000, then at least my mind would be at ease.
2. Without contacting the owner, how else could I get this domain name? I've been following it for a couple of years, and it gets renewed every January. Does knowing that it's registered with namecheap.com help at all? Obviously, I'm not trying to snatch it from someone. I just want to maximize my potential for getting it if the owner ever let it expire.
Thanks for your help.