Expired Domains

I came very close to losing a pair of treasured domain names this week. I’ve been sitting on (not squatting, mind you) these two domains for a few years. Boy was I shocked when I logged into my favorite cheap domain registrar to find the two domain names missing from my control list. While the domains expired back in April, I never received advance notice. Fearing the worst, I quickly checked WHOIS…

Seeing that the two domains were marked “Pending Delete,” I quickly sent an email to my registrar to find out what happened and if it was indeed possible to hold onto the domains before they were released to the wild.

A kind support rep at the registrar quickly responded to my note, with the frightening news…

Since the domains are now in PendingDelete, they can no longer be redeemed and renewed. They should be released for public registration within 24 hours, at which point you can register them as new domains.

Being new to the world of expired domains, I scrambled for information. I found Mike Davidson’s article How to Snatch an Expiring Domain to be quite helpful and decided to roll the dice with Enom’s “Club Drop” service.

To make a long story short, Enom’s Club Drop allowed me to grab the domains as soon as they expired. While the registration on each domain cost me more than double the price at my favorite registrar, I was not hesitant to fork over an extra thirty bucks or so in order to hold onto the domains.

It didn’t take me long to figure out why I failed to receive notice about the expiring domains. I’ll point the blame squarely on my service provider’s notoriously overzealous spam filters. Time to whitelist my registrar.

Now I’m not a domain name speculator, by any means, but I will cop to holding a handful of cards. I’ll get to develop this pair of aces – one of these days. After all, it’s not too often you get the chance to play a hand a second time.

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  • Kyle Polansky

    I think this might be a similar problem to what Google is doing. They allow people to test their software and report any bugs in the software. When a normal consumer notices all these bugs, they quickly turn around, and start looking at other products. Google is known for its incredible improvements through different releases of it’s various software platforms, but unfortunately, many consumers never give the product a 2nd or 3rd try once many of the bugs have been all worked out.

  • http://twitter.com/iMarkF1 Mark Dalton

    but at the moment you cant upgrade unless you are a developer anyway so we will all be waiting until the fall either way as it hasnt been released yet, only seeded to the developers and to be honest people who try any of the unoffical work arounds to get the developer seed online is risking ruining their phone entirely as they shouldnt be doing it in the first place

  • http://www.speakapple.net Ben Rubery

    Luckily for me I have a couple of developer friends. The beta works okay.

    But for those bricked, as I attempted the first time round, putting your iDevice in DFU mode and restoring from backup resolves the issue.

  • doug matthews

    good article and i thoroughly agree with every word

  • http://twitter.com/plotikai James Murphy

    On the iPad and iPod this is true, however this is not true on the iPhone. I found that the cellular radio actually remains disabled until the iPhone is activated, which cannot be done without registering your device as a developers device.

  • http://technology-question.blogspot.com Appleinfoexpert

    I agree
    On everything you
    Said. You told them mostly it’s a beta it not ready it only made for testing.