Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by blinger, Jan 27, 2010.
use code BOWL2010
Ordered one 2 days ago
came here to post this. $10.xx with private reg ftw.
Be careful when searching for domains on GoDaddy - I think they've been in trouble quite a few times for domain tasting etc. Only search on GoDaddy when you're ready to buy.
never had a problem with them in the past with this, I have heard of others doing it, but never godaddy
domain "tasting" ?
Nice thread BTW, thanks.
An ICANN accredited registrar can register a domain for 5-7 days, and monitor it check to see whether anyone visits it, anyone expresses and interest in it, whether it generates any type-ins or typo based traffic etc. If it doesn't no problem, the registrar cancels the registration, they pay no fees. If the registration exceeds certain criteria, they keep the registration.
Imagine if you're GoDaddy (or a related subsidary) - your registration fee on a domain is only a few dollars for most domains - you only need to make say, $1 per domain above the reg fee on 100,000 domains and you've got a nice profit maker for very little risk.
Just some of the things GoDaddy et al are up to. I think Standard Tactics LLC is now defunct/dissolved, but if you think that they're still not doing things like this you're pretty naive.
Trying to be inconspicuous
Does it only work if you are just buying one domain? i just put 6 in to see of it worked with the bulk free private reg and the coupon code didnt work at all.
i have some domains sitting in my cart yesterday and it only worked for one domain, the rest was regular price, that is usually how it is, works on one
code may be dead already though, 99 cent go daddy codes don't last long
Domain tasting died about a year ago due to the ICANN tax and monitoring of add/deletes, Networksolutions was one of the main registrars doing this, Godaddy is super shady though with their policies and their expired domain auctioning. You also had to watch out for rogue whois servers/sites that would go and register domains that you've looked up. A majority of the tasting was actually for seo type purposes, and not specifically trying to snipe domains from people.
Enom has more iirc http://www.verisign.com/domain-name-services/find-registrar/index.html
There's a lot of reasons why they have so many registrar accounts including the expiration/monetization/auctioning. These accounts are very expensive to apply for. The registry only allows so 4 EPP connections, there is some rate limiting on the extreme end other rules and stuff to dodge.
Have you heard about drop catch services like snapnames? They literally park servers across the street from the registries and hammer them to register domains immediately as they come available. Some of these services have now created their own registrar accounts, but a lot of the big registrars allow companies like snap domains to use one of their connections in the event that that connection wins the domain
Also having multiple companies allows them to apply to be a TLD registry multiple times. There's a few other reasons why they do this too, including aquisitions.
This logic should be used for your cost of your domain registrations - if you make a $1 a month on your domain then it's basically free to renew each year. There's a few big players that do this, but the main one in kenya registers tens of thousands of domains, all linked to each other with various banner ad's. If I remember right they recently sold their portfolio for 7 million - keep in mind that their domains paid for themselves, by making like $0.60 a month
The cost for a .com domain is also $6.86 to the registrar plus a 0.18 icann tax. Most registrars do not even come close to making $1 over a domain, most of the profits come from upselling services like hosting/email/dns/privacy. Godaddy is basically buying their clients by offering $1 domains, add in a few inconveniences like no transfers for 3 months after a contact change, auth info codes and domains being auto locked 24 hours after the code is issued, etc, and they eventually make the money back. You figure one support call from a 1 domain client and they pretty much lost all profits from then for the next few years
yea it's invalid now
My best domain names usually come to me right after the $0.99 deal expires.