We’ve all been there haven’t we? You find a domain name that you are really interested in, only to find out that it’s taken. You decide to do some more research on the domain and discover that it is not developed and it is set to expire in just a few short weeks! You really want the domain. What should you do? This is the perfect time to backorder a domain name.
By placing a backorder on the domain, this will greatly increase your chances of acquiring the domain when it becomes available. There are a number of services to place a backorder. Some of them are more reliable and some more expensive than others. To give yourself the best chance of landing the domain name, it is recommended that you place a backorder at more than one service.
Now just because you backorder a domain namethat you want to acquire, this does not guarantee that you will get it. For starters, the person who owns the domain may end up renewing it for another year or more. Or perhaps there may be others interested in the domain. If they also place a backorder on the name, then it will go to a private auction that will last three to seven days. The person who is willing to pay the most, will win the rights to the domain.
When you purchase a backorder for a domain, it will include one year of registration. The price ranges from around $15 to $70, depending on the service you use. Most of the services will only charge you if they successfully acquire the domain.
One of the drawbacks of backordering a domain name is that some times when you secure a domain that you were after, the name doesn’t end up at the registrar of your choice. In fact, at times your domain can end up at a rogue registrar that is difficult to manage and has poor customer service. You will also then have to wait the mandatory 60 days before you can transfer it out to your preferred registrar. However, if it is a domain that you really want, it will be well worth the hassle you have to go through.
Where To Backorder A Domain Name
GoDaddy.com – The best thing about placing a backorder at GoDaddy is the price. It is by far the cheapest service to use. The price for one backorder credit is $20.99, however if you purchase several at one time you will get a discount. In addition, you can also find GoDaddy coupon codes that can take the price down to around $15 for each backorder you make. The price also includes a one year membership to GoDaddy Auctions, a $4.99 value.
Although GoDaddy is the cheapest, they are also the least effective. If any of the other services also place a backorder for a domain name, you will not get it with a GoDaddy backorder. Another drawback to GoDaddy’s service is if they do not secure the domain for you, you will not be given a refund. Instead, you have a credit to use for another backorder. This is fine for people who purchase domains often, but for others who don’t, it can be an inconvenience.
How To Place A Backorder At GoDaddy:
- Create an account or log in to your existing account
- Click on “My Account” link
- Click on “Domain Manager” link
- Hover your mouse over the “Buy/Sell” tab and click on “Backorders and Monitoring”
- Click On “Add Backorders” tab
- Enter the domain name
- Select public or private registration
- Continue through check out and make payment
Snapnames.com & Namejet.com – These are the two most well known and reliable backorder services. They also operate in a similar manner. The price for a backorder at NameJet is $69 and the cost is $59 at SnapNames. Neither of these two services will charge you if they do not secure the domain you are after. But you will need to create an account with them and have your personal information along with a valid credit card on file. To increase your chances of getting the domain you want, it is recommended that you place a backorder with both services.
You will need to place your backorder at NameJet before 12 pm EST the day the domain is going to become available. The deadline at SnapNames is 1:45 EST. If more than one person places a backorder for a domain, then a three day private auction will ensue.
How To Place A Backorder At Snapnames Or Namejet
- Type in the domain in the search bar on the home page
- Click on the domain and enter your bid amount
- Sign up for an account
- Wait for the service to e-mail you with the results
- If necessary, participate in a private auction