You desperately want to buy a domain name that is taken by someone else? Read this article and discover how to do it!
Today, there are millions and millions of registered domains, so it is no surprise that the domain name you want is not available.
You probably already have experienced this situation – you are inspired and motivated, you think you’ve found the perfect domain for your new website or blog. You take your laptop, you click on the domain name registrar, enter the domain, and an error response kicks back – the domain name has already been registered. Familiar, right?
It is pretty annoying when the domain name you just thought was perfect is not available and all the alternatives that are available simply don’t fit into your plans and what you are trying to make. If a lot of your first-choice domains have been bought, it is frustrating and sad.
But, just because a domain name is registered, that does not mean that you don’t have options left. There are some things you can do:
- Start with a WHOIS – If the domain name you want to buy is already taken, don’t give up. Instead, start with a basic research. If you use the WHOIS tool you will discover the status of the domain and all the background information such as when the domain name was registered, which service was used to register a domain, the name of the person who registered the domain, and when the registration will expire. Once you will have this information and you have an idea of the domain’s status, you can make a move.
- Make contact – If you have the contact information of the current domain owner and the domain name isn’t being used, you can make a direct approach. Reach out to the owner and ask him if the domain name is available. Be ready to negotiate and stick to a specific budget.
- Buy at auction and marketplaces – If you haven’t had any luck persuading the current domain owner, you can always try to find the domain on an auction site or a domain marketplace. You will have to visit some of the most popular auctions sites to see if the preferred domain name is listed. Here are some of the best auction sites – Sedo, NameJet, Bido, GoDaddy, Flippa, and NameCheap.
Hopefully, these tips will help you buy the perfect domain without spending too much!