How to Snatch an Expiring Domain

This is an eye-opening article about the methods and cutthroat business of domain name snatching. It is a fascinating read.

Contrary to popular belief, domains do not expire when they say they do.

…if domains are available to the general public 75 days after they expire, how do you know your GoDaddy backorder isn’t one of many other backorders from other people using other services? The answer is, you don’t.

And thus begins the cloak-and-dagger game of “getting in on The Drop”.

“The Drop” is the unpredictable three hour period of time in which the domain is deleted from VeriSign’s database and released back into the ecosystem.

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