How do I grab an unused domain?
April 26, 2011 7:38 AM Subscribe
How do I grab a domain that is currently parked but not in use?
posted by special-k to Technology (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I need a domain name for professional use. My last name is 3 characters long and is also the name of a computer part so obviously the TLDs are taken. However, lastname.me, and lastname.info have never been used for anything but are both taken by domain hoarders *
Is there any reliable service that will take care of snapping these up without charging an arm + leg? I am handy with programming and could run a PHP script on my site to DIY this part.
I'm reluctant to contact current owners because doing so would indicate that the domain is worth something and therefore more incentive for them to hold on longer hoping that I (or someone else) will pay up big. So it seems like a better idea to stick domain expiry date in my calendar (I am aware that there is an expiration process and a 3-4 month wait before it goes on the market again) and wait it out. Is that the smart approach here?
* Googling contact info shows each of these people have registered a ton of domains. Each one is just filled with auto-generated SEO crap and the name servers are for parked domains.