Domain Backorder: The process in which a registrant uses the services of a Drop Catcher (Domain backorder service provider) to acquire an expired domain name(s). The mechanics to backorder domains varies greatly from each service provider, in both technical (drop script software/registrar base/bandwidth/batch pool connections) and price variation.
Regardless of backorder provider, no domain backorder comes with a 100% guarantee. This arguably stems from the fierce competition in the expired domain market for particular domains that are seen as highly valuable commodities which can (and are) resold in the highly lucrative domain aftermarket and/or used as revenue generators in the realm of paid domain parking. The high deleting domain demand ratio currently festers an estimated 90 million dollar annual capital take.
The use of more than one domain backordering service has been suggested by some industry insiders as a way of increasing the odds of domain acquisition for specific domain names of speculated worth. While this method is by no means foolproof, some domain pros active within the drop market have reported favorable results in doing so.
The DomainAlert Pro domain backorder platform is a first come, first served model. No two registrants can backorder the exact same domain name. Each backorder domain slot costs $18.95 and TLD extensions available for domain name backorder include .com, .net, .org, .info, .us and .biz.
If the domain backorder is unsuccessful, users can backorder another domain until one is captured.
To backorder domains using DomainAlert (ExpireCatcher) click here.
Pool offers a free domain backorder vehicle that services all TLD's as well as country extensions such as .ca, .co.uk and more. While the there is no initial cost to backorder domains for users, a fee of $60 dollars is instituted for a successful capture that isn't backordered by another Pool user. If more than one member backorders the same deleted domain name, a 2 phase auction is initiated.
To backorder domains with Pool click here.
Unpicked utilizes a first come, first served domain backordering system for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .us extensions. The cost for domain backorders from this provider is $19.95 per slot.
To backorder domain names with Unpicked click here.
4Domains is an alternative extension domain backorder unit that features backorder domain slots via a first come first served model. Domain backorders are for .us, .info and .biz, with a $60 dollar fee for each desired dropped domain.
To backorder domains with 4Domains click here.
Canadian drop catcher DropWizard uses an auction model format for .com, .net, and org tlds, and expired domain cctlds .ca (Canada) and .co.uk (United Kingdom). Domain name backorders through this provider are Paypal exclusive at a cost of $120.00.
To backorder domains using DropWizard click here.
Expiring domain service NameWinner is the backorder wing for Dotster. Users backorder domains through a bid auction format which entails .com, net, .org and .info. Initial bids are $40.00.
Note: Dotster expired domains are exclusively auctioned through this provider.
To backorder domains with NameWinner click here.
DotRegistrars backorder domain system DomWish is a first come first served model servicing tld extensions .com, .net and .org. Recent changes in this registrars terms of service have made DomWish the exclusive backorder provider for all expired domain names that have been registered through DotRegistrar.
Cost for domain name backorders using this platform, approximately $100.00 per slot.
To backorder domains using DomWish click here.
eNoms drop catching division Club Drop is a bid auction backorder service for .com, .net, .us and .biz extensions. The former eNom reseller exclusive backorder wing relaunched in late 2004 and now provides its services to public users as well. Initial bids for domain backorders start at $10.00.
To backorder domains via Club Drop click here.
DomainCatcher is an alternative extension domain backordering service focusing on .biz and .info dropped domains and country code extensions as well featuring .de, .tv, .ws, .at, .co.uk, and .ch. Registrants using this german drop catcher can create an account free of charge through the provided interface.
To backorder domains with DomainCatcher click here.
SnapNames uses a bid auction model where users can backorder domain extensions from .com, .net, .org and .info. The initial domain acquisition cost is $60.00 if no other SnapNames user has backordered the domain, however an auction does ensue if more than one member backorders the same expired domain.
Note: SnapNames is the exclusive auction service for Network Solution / BulkRegistrar domains.
To backorder domains with SnapNames click here.