Archive for January, 2011

Buying an Expiring Domain Name

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I recently bought a domain name after it expired and learned a lot about the process. I had been watching the name for many years, periodically doing a whois lookups on it to check it status. Early last November I did a lookup on it and noticed that it passed it’s expiration date back in October, I thought awesome I might get a chance to grab it! I started researching the domain expiration process [1][2][3] so that I wouldn’t make any mistakes. Ultimately I was able to buy the domain name,, after several months and an auction. This post is about what I learned from the process, hopefully it will help someone else who’s looking into an expired domain name for themselves.

The domain expiration process is not always predictable and may take up to 80 days past the actual expiration date listed for the domain. While the domain is going through this process it will traverse through several states before actually being deleted.  Then once a domain is deleted from the system it becomes available for anyone to register it during the “drop period”. There are a hand full of companies that specialize in catching these freshly deleted domain names during this period. For this post I will start by describing the life cycle of a .com domain name. Next I will discuss the services that specialize in catching dropped domain names. Finally, I will conclude with a few thoughts of my own about the process.

Moving to a new domain:

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The blog is moving to a new domain:! The previous owner let the domain expire and I had a chance to snap it up. I learned a lot about how the domain expiration process works, I’ll write up more about that on my next post. For now I wanted to let everyone know about the new domain. The current domain will last for the foreseeable future, at least a few years. But if you have this blog in your RSS reader you should switch the feed’s URL now.

Way back in 1996 when I was in high school I first had the idea to register my name as a domain name. I looked it up at the time with a whois search and it was available. But at that time domains were much more expensive, it was on the order of $30 a year. I’m not sure if there were cheaper alternatives available at the time or not, but I wasn’t aware of any. That’s a fairly high price for a high school student with no job to register a domain name. I thought about it for a while and figured it would be worth it, even at the price. But by that time, just a few months later, someone else in Australia had picked up the domain. Presumably by another Scott Phillips…