DomainsBot : The secret to when to register on-hold domain names

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DomainsBot : Domain antiquity archives

Between 1997 and 2004, DomainsBot provided a domain expiration list service, to paid subscribers.

That service was indispensable, and it contained additional information about domain investing, in the form of newsletters.

We’ve been covering such past issues of the DomainsBot newsletter, and here is a blast from the past, titled: “The Secret to When to Register On-Hold Domains.

The article was authored by Alex Kovalenko and Lee Hodgson, and was published on 2/27/2001 – a time and era when many domain investors were still wearing diapers. 😀

This article reveals what happens to domains when they expire and what you should do to track and register on-hold domains.

Phone calls and e-mails are received daily from customers who want to know why the heck a domain that is already expired is still not available for them to register.

Outlined below is a straightforward 5-step approach that will allow anyone to register quality on-hold domains after their expired date.

5 STEPS TO REGISTERING ON-HOLD DOMAINS

Step #1. Check if the domain has expired yet or not. One good place to find out if it has expired or not is: http://www.PowerWHOIS.com. For instance, let’s say that you are tracking Holiday.Com (which you found in our DomainsBot.Com database along with another 100,000 on-hold domains).

PowerWHOIS.com displays the following when querying Holiday.Com:

[whois.crsnic.net]Whois Server Version 1.3Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information. Domain Name: HOLIDAY.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS2.HE.NET
Name Server: NS1.SIERRAWEB.COM
Updated Date: 08-jan-2001
The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and
Registrars.

[whois.networksolutions.com]
The Data in Network Solutions’ WHOIS database is provided by Network
Solutions for information purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining
information about or related to a domain name registration record.
Network Solutions does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a
WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this Data only for lawful
purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this Data to:
(1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail
(spam); or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
that apply to Network Solutions (or its systems). Network Solutions
reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting
this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

Registrant:
Holiday.com Inc. (HOLIDAY19-DOM)
109 Madrone Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939 US

Domain Name: HOLIDAY.COM

Administrative Contact, Billing Contact:
Schimmel, Eric (ES5809) eschimmel@HOLIDAY.COM
Holiday.com Inc.
109 Madrone Ave.
Larkspur , CA 94939
415-945-9969 (FAX) 415-945-9991
Technical Contact:
Hale, Brian (BH1791) webmaster@SIERRAWEB.COM
Sierra Web Design
930 Tahoe Blvd #802 PMB 491
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775)833-9500 (FAX) (314)810-1517

Record last updated on 08-Jan-2001.
Record expires on 06-Nov-2000.
Record created on 06-Nov-1998.
Database last updated on 3-Feb-2001 10:59:02 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS1.SIERRAWEB.COM 216.218.219.2
NS2.HE.NET 216.218.131.2

Step #2. Take a look at the Record Expires line near the bottom of the output. It shows that the domain expired on 06 November 2000, and is now considered to be an “On-Hold Domain”.

Step #3. Now there are two things that could happen, either: 1) either the owner of Holiday.Com will pay for his domain within 90 days and the domain will regain its status as a registered domain, or 2) in the case where the owner does not pay for the domain, it then gains the status of: Expiring Soon Domain”.

Step #4. Expiring Soon Domain means that the domain will become available 6 days after the Network Solutions database updated date. How can you find out when a domain name is considered to be a Expiring Soon Domain? Look at Sinners.Com according to the following WHOIS output, the domain should drop on Monday, 5 Feb 2001.

[whois.crsnic.net]Whois Server Version 1.3Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information. Domain Name: SINNERS.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS1.WWIA.NET
Name Server: STAR.WWIA.COM
Updated Date: 30-jan-2001
The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and
Registrars.

[whois.networksolutions.com]
The Data in Network Solutions’ WHOIS database is provided by Network
Solutions for information purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining
information about or related to a domain name registration record.
Network Solutions does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a
WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this Data only for lawful
purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this Data to:
(1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail
(spam); or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
that apply to Network Solutions (or its systems). Network Solutions
reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting
this query, you agree to abide by this policy.
Domain not found locally, but Registry points back to local DB.
Local whois DB must be out of date.

Whois Server Version 1.3

Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Domain Name: SINNERS.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS1.WWIA.NET
Name Server: STAR.WWIA.COM
Updated Date: 30-jan-2001

>>> Last update of whois database: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 11:10:57 EST <<<

The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and
Registrars.

The previous information has been obtained either directly from the
registrant or a registrar of the domain name other than Network Solutions.
Network Solutions, therefore, does not guarantee its accuracy or
completeness.

Take a good look at the Sinners.Com Whois record. Do you see the line that says, Local whois DB must be out of date, and how the Network Solutions’ information does not show who is the owner of the domain? This means that the domain Is Expiring Soon!

Step #5. Do you see the updated date? It says 30-jan-2001. Add 6 days to it, and that’s the EXACT date that the domain will be dropped, and available for you to register: 30-jan-2001 + 6 days = 05 February 2001. The exact time of the drop is from 6:30 AM to 6:45 AM EST, and most names seem to drop at 6:35 AM EST.

Now that you know how to register on-hold domains, the big question is: How do you find and track them? That is where www.DomainsBot.com comes in. We are committed to helping our customers register on-hold domains. Not only do we track all on-hold domain names, we also email you when they are about to expire. It couldn’t be easier. And we update our database twice a day with over 1,000 expired, Expiring Soon, and on-hold domains.

Good luck….


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