On occasion, an exceptional domain name will expire and enter pending delete status. Most often (from my perspective), one of the leading auction websites, like NameJet or Snapnames, will catch the domain name, and it will be entered into an auction with many bidders.
Sometimes, neither one of these large auction houses will capture the domain name, and it will be caught by another auction house, by a private company, or by a drop catching service that awards the domain name to the first and only backorder. This happens when the registrar doesn’t have an agreement with a specific auction house for its expired domain names.
PetSitters.com expired in August, and it dropped last week. NameJet and Snapnames weren’t able to catch the domain name, but Pheenix did have luck catching it, and you can read more about the result at Mike’s Blog. If you haven’t heard of Pheenix.com, you can read more about it here, although the company now allows multiple bidders and an auction format.
If you really want to have a chance at a deleting domain name, you should place backorders at as many venues as possible. In addition to the aforementioned NameJet, Snapnames, and Pheenix, there are a number of other venues to place backorders, including:
- Go Daddy
- Domain Monster
At some of these venues, there are fewer bidders than others. Some have better luck than others at catching dropping domain names, but it’s best to have all your bases covered.
Congratulations to Pheenix and Tran on catching PetSitters.com. It’s an exceptional domain name and will probably drive significantly more interest in Pheenix.