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Finding a Domain Owner Using


When trying to buy a domain name from a person or company in private, I frequently come across private registrations. I usually use the Whois history tool to see if there was an email address previously on file. I concurrently visit the website to see if there is contact information on the page.

Oftentimes people or companies acquired a generic domain name many years ago, and sometimes their projects failed or the domain name isn't being used any longer. When the Whois history tool doesn't help and there isn't any current contact information on the website (or the site doesn't resolve), there is one great option to find contact information:

Simply visit and search for previous iterations of the website. You may find a phone number, email address, or the name of people previously involved with the website and domain name. This information can be used to inquire about a domain name.

Think about it this way. Most of the low hanging fruit has already been plucked. The great generic domain names that may → Read More

Bounced Emails & Non-Working Phone Numbers


FailureSome of the best domain names I have ever purchased came after receiving a notice with the subject "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)" meaning that it was not received by the intended recipient. This tells me that inquiries from others went unreceived as well, and acquisition attempts probably ended there (or a phone call, which generally goes to a non-working phone number). Without having received many offers, a domain owner may be more inclined to sell his domain name to me if I can just get in touch and make a fair offer.

There are many ways to get in touch with a domain owner when the email and phone numbers don't work. A few ways to do this (although some might not be cost effective) include the following:

  • Find another contact at the company that owns the domain name.

  • Emails to random accounts @ the domain name (info, sales, webmaster...etc)

  • Google search for the company name or the previous owner's name to find an email, phone number, or address.

  • See the Wayback Machine archive of a previous website to find an → Read More