Top Bottom
Dan.com

question How to prevent domain name searches from being stolen?

Dynadot

Domain Name Invest

Established Member
Impact
38
Hello,

I don't know what methods you use to search for available domain names, personally I usually check their availability on Google Domains (I find their interface quite convenient for searches).

Lately I felt like looking for new domains to buy, and it turns out that a domain name that had not been re-registered since 2009 has just been registered barely a day after I detected it.... funny coincidence!

I suspect that some people are monitoring the searches made from some registrars, but maybe I'm a bit of a conspiracy buff...

If this is the case, how can we avoid having some domain names "stolen" as soon as they are detected?

Thanks in advance for your answers.
 

Sjpals

Established Member
Impact
44
I’ve read about GoDaddy front running and doing other shady stuff so that’s why I don’t use them.

I do omit the extension when I search for a keyword. For example, on Namecheap, I type a keyword “crypto” and then search. This brings up crypto in all extensions on Namecheap. So Namecheap would never know which exact domain I was interested in, just the keyword.
Oh wow, I thought it was my imagination that this was happening
 
Impact
1,019
Okay, so day 1 results. I have a list of 490 names that are interesting to me. It is a list of 2 word combinations for an industry I am in. I am using bulk search at a registrar. Out of 490, 115 are available to hand reg, 2 are listed for sale, and the rest are registered and avail for backorder only. I am going to register a few of these today... will run the list tomorrow same time.

And yes, these are all domain names that make sense. I will NOT release the list (I am potential buyer for all of these, this is not some made up garbage domains. lol.) I will however disclose the registrar I am testing this with. Will then do same tests at various registrars.
 
Impact
1,019
Okay, so day 1 results. I have a list of 490 names that are interesting to me. It is a list of 2 word combinations for an industry I am in. I am using bulk search at a registrar. Out of 490, 115 are available to hand reg, 2 are listed for sale, and the rest are registered and avail for backorder only. I am going to register a few of these today... will run the list tomorrow same time.

And yes, these are all domain names that make sense. I will NOT release the list (I am potential buyer for all of these, this is not some made up garbage domains. lol.) I will however disclose the registrar I am testing this with. Will then do same tests at various registrars.
Okay, and I registered 20 of those names.
 
Impact
1,019
Okay, so day 1 results. I have a list of 490 names that are interesting to me. It is a list of 2 word combinations for an industry I am in. I am using bulk search at a registrar. Out of 490, 115 are available to hand reg, 2 are listed for sale, and the rest are registered and avail for backorder only. I am going to register a few of these today... will run the list tomorrow same time.

And yes, these are all domain names that make sense. I will NOT release the list (I am potential buyer for all of these, this is not some made up garbage domains. lol.) I will however disclose the registrar I am testing this with. Will then do same tests at various registrars.
24 hour change... 95 names now available after I registered 20 out of the 115. This means in the past 24 hours, no other names which I searched for registered.
 

Clover

Find your luck
Impact
492
Yes, I've had the same thing happen to me when using NameCheap, literally was registered the same or next day I searched it, I know this because I went back a few days later to register the domain and it was taken.

I totally believe they do monitor them, because I've used a MineCraft username checker before, and it would log all the available names and list them on display on their site when you've found one that is available.

Live and learn.
 
Name Worth