You can decide for yourself in a moment. Ever get one of these emails?
Below is some handy advice on how to cut them out & save $1000s when acquiring domains.
This won’t be news for domainers or others well versed in WHOIS spam, but hopefully will save some regular people a little hassle & a lot of money.
What’s Going On?
InTrust Domains contacted me regarding a ‘similar’ (read: near identical) domain for sale.
InTrust Domains were very concerned that I should hear that the .COM would soon be available for sale. As such, they spammed me via my WHOIS info.
However, InTrust Domains did not own the .COM domain. Yes, you read correctly.
I own the .NET, somebody else owned the .COM – but the .COM registration had lapsed and was about to drop.
That means anybody – you, me or hell even “Arthur Simmons” – would be free to register it once the registration lapses.
Reread their pitch email – they don’t offer to sell it to me, or say they own it. They merely ask if you are interested in it.
I’ve no idea what InTrust Domain’s busines practices are. However, I’ve heard rumours of other unscrupulous companies using emails like this to decide which domains to dropcatch – and then trying to sell domains on for $1000s.
What Is Dropcatching?
When a domain registration lapses, it becomes available (after a period) for anybody to register. Dropcatching is the process of buying lapsed domains the moment they become available to re-register.
Since many people are often trying to reregister these domains – for traffic, backlinks or simple domain value – competition can be fierce.
That’s why you need to use a dropcatching service to snipe the domain for you the millisecond (literally) it becomes available to register again.
How to Dropcatch a Domain
There’s no need to pay Arthur Simmons or InTrust Domains $1,000s to do this – anybody can do it themselves, typically for c. $69.
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My mate Tom feels the same way, and has just launched his very first ever coding project to tell the world.
The site is called 7 Books, and it’s a site for users to share lists of their favourite books. Think Amazon Wishlists had they not been hit with the ugly stick. It’s built using Google App Engine & Python, uses your Google Account to login & looks beautiful.
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