So I'm entertaining the idea of starting up a commercial blog -- you know, the kind with ads and such. The domain name for it was something that came to me in a flash of inspiration, and a quick search for it revealed that it was available! That is, almost...
It's actually in the "pending delete" phase of a typical URL's life-cycle, as defined here:
The particular domain I'm after is registered with GoDaddy.com, and for less than $20 CAD I'm able to backorder it -- which actually means next to nothing, because:
- GoDaddy puts all their expired domains up for auction, whether they've been backordered or not;
- There's a very good chance that GoDaddy won't even catch the domain when it's released.
As with domain-squatting there's big business in gobbling up domain names as they expire. So just for the privilege of bidding on the URL I want I'm backordering it with three other domain-catching services:
And once the name gets grabbed by whomever, the bidding begins.
At least I know in advance what I'm in for, thanks to this helpful forum thread... And if you're in the same boat now you will too!