When we first got started with domain names, we did not understand their life cycle (admittedly, we still kind of don’t). Pre-releases, pending deletes, deleted etc. What does it all mean?
Basically, it’s all a process that starts off when someone does not renew their domain name.
It goes like this.
Pre-Release -> Pending Delete -> Deleted (dropped, free to register for anyone)
This was the best picture I could find on the net that breaks it down as simple as possible.
(Image Credit: EukHost)
What you will realize when studying this process is simply, you want to do your best to try to get domain names at the PRE-RELEASE level. These domain names will be the ABSOLUTE BEST because they are in the beginning stages of expiration.
The further domains go along the process of expiration, the lower quality they will be.
It’s kind hard for me to explain it to you in a blog post, it will be much clearer when your looking through domain names continuously.
Obviously, this means that Pre-Release domain names may be more expensive because they are more sought after.
That’s true….but not always.
We discuss this topic in the video below:
Here’s what I love about Pre Release domains though. When you get into the auctions on Namejet or Snapnames, you usually get in on a PRIVATE AUCTION.
This is so important.
Companies seem to be moving to public auctions and this majorly sucks. It sucks because anyone can come into an auction at any point in time and outbid anyone else and win the domain name. When an auction is PRIVATE, only people who put in orders by a certain cut of time can participate in the auction.
Anyway, if no one puts an order in for a domain name in the Pre-Release stage, it eventually finds it’s way to the PENDING DELETE list. The domain name stays on the pending delete list for 5 days. Within the 5 days, Drop catching companies will try their best to “catch” the domain name once it drops.
I am not going to even try to explain that process to you because I still get a headache from it.
There are several companies that you can put orders with but here are the major players that usual “catch” domain names that drop:
- Godaddy Backorder
If you can add more to this list, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
But let’s be honest, these are the MAIN players in the drop game, especially the first 3 mentioned above.
So, if a domain name goes through the pending deletion process and doesn’t get caught, it is officially “deleted”.
This means that you or I can run over and hand register the domain name with the registrar of our choice. Keep in mind though, most of the great/good quality domain names would have been picked up way before this point already.
That’s why it’s EXTREMELY difficult to find gems in the DELETED section but I guess it is possible.
I hope this helped simplify the process of the domain name life cycle, we will call it the Omar And Will Version. Watch the video version here.
If you have questions feel free to contact us.