>Who stole my domain name?

>They’re watching you and your domain. ..

After writing about buying a domain name I’ve searched a little to find the perfect domain for my blog. I was ready to buy a brand new shiny domain name that I could call my own.

As I searched through the Internet to find the domain registrar that would be right for me, I found and settled for goDaddy.com because they seemed to have the lowest prices. The name I wanted was available, I jumped in joy but just didn’t buy it right away because I had other things to do and thought it could wait for the weekend.- If only I knew that a company called UltraRPM was spying on the domain name searches.- The day after I came and searched for the name again only to have goDaddy tell me that it was taken! No! it’s not possible ! Yes it is, it was registered a few hours after I had searched for it the first time by a company called UltraRPM. This practice which seems to be quite common is called domain kiting or domain tasting. Wikipedia describes it as

“.. a practice of registrants using the five-day “grace period” at the beginning of a domain registration for ICANN-regulated generic top-level domains to test the marketability of a domain name. During this period, when a registration must be fully refunded by the domain registry, a cost-benefit analysis is conducted by the registrant on the viability of deriving income from advertisements being placed on the domain’s web site.”

The fact that people register domains only to test them out and release them a few days later is not bad in itself. What is bad is that they take domains that they know people are interested in buying so they can try and sell them to those same people at a high price during the period when the domain costs them nothing. Hopefully most domains are released after the five-day grace period and can then be registered at a regular price.

So the next time you see your desired domain taken soon after it was said to be available, wait for about five days and it will most likely be available again, be patient.

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