Backorder & Monitor Your Friends’ Coveted Domains

I rarely do domain name consulting. When a friend or friend of friend needs some domain registration or acquisition advice, I am happy to chat with them if I am able to offer advice or insight. Beyond that, I am a hard no when people ask about domain consulting.

In the past, I would chat or exchange emails with these acquaintances a few times, and maybe I would follow up down the road if I recalled our discussion to see if they were able to get their coveted domain name. Since I did not have any sort of vested interest in their acquisition, their needs would generally fall off my radar shortly after chatting.

Lately, though, if someone I know is looking for a particular domain name that is registered by someone else, I will add it to my backorder list at NameJet. I will also add it to the Domain Monitor tool at DomainTools. While the domain name(s) may fall off my radar shortly after conversing with someone, if the status of the domain name changes in the future, I will be notified of the status update. I can then reach back out to the person to see if the domain name is still desired.

If a domain name expires or is going to be auctioned, I will be able to see that and be in a position to bid if desired. If a domain name changes hands, I can share an update on that, too.

The domain name acquisition process can be opaque. It’s not always easy to find a domain registrant and connect via email. In addition, it can be tough to negotiate and close a deal without domain name experience. I am happy to offer this to friends of friends if needed. Keeping domain names on my radar for the future can be helpful.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. “Your Friends’ Coveted Domains”

    your so called domain friends in the domain industry are the ones sending you the emails and lowballing the offers on your domains!!

    “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Posts

It Pays to Know Random Phrases

My eyes bulge out of my head sometimes when I see a somewhat obscure term in a domain name coming up for auction. Oftentimes,...

Monitor Landing or Parking Page Downtime

When I first started developing my domain names, I learned the importance of downtime monitoring. On some of my growing websites, there would be...

Squadhelp is Reinvesting and So Am I

Squadhelp CEO Darpan Munjal shared a series of tweets about the growth of the platform. Darpan shared that revenue last month was higher than...

If You Want to See a Stampede, Look No Further Than This…

If you're seeking engagement on Twitter in the domain name space, the best thing you can do is tell people you're looking to buy...

Nick Huber: “drop a little coin” for a Premium Domain Name

I do not know Nick Huber, but I see he has a large following on Twitter and frequently offers advice to startup founders and...