Before starting a new web site or blog of your own, one of the biggest concerns is going to be the actual name for your web site. Even though there are a limitless amount of domain name combinations available, nearly all of the good ones are taken. Going for something generic and basic is pretty much off the table. At the same time you are going to want to focus your efforts on getting one of the big three domain extensions, which are .com, .net and .org of course.
With domain names growing in value every day, it’s no surprise that the best domain names will sell for millions. Securing a really great domain name of your own may only cost you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars if you know the right places to look.
From grabbing expired domain names, looking through online auctions and marketplaces, to even contacting the owners of a domain name that you want really bad… all of these options can put an excellent domain name in your hands for less than you might think.
Let’s take a look at each of the methods discussed and get you on your way to securing a great domain name.
Using Domain Name Expiration Services to Secure Great Domains!
As someone who has built up a nice little portfolio of a few hundred domain names, I can truly appreciate the value of domain name expiration services like NameJet and Pool. How these services work is simple. You create a free account on their web sites and look over their top and recent lists of domains that are about to be expired. You can also create a “dream” list of domains names that the network will monitor for you. If you are interested in any of these expiring domain names, you will have to place a $69 bid on the domain. If the domain expires and the network grabs the domain name, you are the new owner. If other people are bidding on the same domain name, you will go into an auction process where you will bid against other people who also place an initial bid on the domain. In the end, you will only have to pay for the domain name if you are the high bidder or end up winning the domain.
I’ve been able to secure some really excellent domain names through NameJet and Pool, including one of my top pay per click marketing blogs. If you are bidding on high end and valuable domain names through services like NameJet, some domains will have a minimum proxy bid of around $5,000.
Looking to Domain Name Marketplaces and Auctions
Outside of domain name expiration services, another great site to find and buy domain names is through online auctions such as eBay and Flippa. Ebay is a massive online auction resource, but it’s usually loaded up with low end domain names that aren’t of much value. Flippa is quickly becoming the best place to buy and sell web sites and domain names. You never know what you will find on the web site and sometimes you can get great domain names for a steal! I was able to secure some great web sites and domains for much lower prices that I had expected. Be sure to look through their site and sort listed by Most Active and Ending Soon.
Contacting Someone Who Already Owns a Domain You Want
If all else fails and you can’t seem to find a good domain name through an expiration service or auction marketplace, your best option may be to contact the owner of the domain name you are looking for. If the domain doesn’t currently have a web site associated with it, there is a much better chance you may be able to buy the domain name.
To find the information to contact a domain name owner, you can choose any of the following:
- Use Whois to look up domain owner ship contact info
- Contact the site owner through their contact page
- Pay a professional service like GoDaddy Domain Buy Service
What Domain Name Do You Want for Your Web Site?
Now that you have an arsenal of resources to secure a really great domain name for yourself, it’s important to spend the necessary time and thought process behind getting the domain name that fits you and your web site. Don’t jump for the first great domain name you see. Make a list and be sure to build up your “dream list” of domain names for expiration services to keep an eye out for. You never know what domain name might be releases next!