There are millions of registered domains out there, so if you are planning on registering a domain name, there is a great chance that your desired name is already taken. However, this doesn’t mean that people can’t buy these registered domain names. If you find yourself in a situation like this, there are a few steps that you should take.
To start with, use the search engines of the most popular websites focused on selling domain names. There are many domain owners who are interested in selling their domain names and they are listing them for different services. The prices might surprise you, but they completely depend on the owner. We should point out that you will pay this higher price only once and the next year, you’ll pay the regular price for renewal.
The next thing that you should do is to find out whether the domain name comes with a contact form. If you are using the Internet for a while, it is very likely that you’ve visited a so-called parked page – a website that has only ads on it. These websites are usually bought by individuals who register domains with an intention to sell them later. Many of them have a special Buy button. If you use the button, it will probably display the price of the domain name. So, in case you like some domain and it’s registered, make sure you visit it. It might be a parked site.
Another thing that you can do if you want to buy a registered domain name is to visit the ICANN WHOIS search. This is the place where you can see who is the actual owner of a domain name. The search page provides information like full name of the owner, home or office address, email address and phone number. It’s the best idea to use their email and send and ask them whether they are interested in selling their domain name. If they are interested you should be prepared for negotiations.
Finally, if these steps can’t help you, it might be a good idea to think about using the same domain name but a different extension. For instance, instead of opting for mywebsite.com you can use mywebsite.net or my website.org. It’s worth mentioning that the number of domain extensions has increased in the last few years and you can now find extensions like .news, .science. sport and more.
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— Chris Mobbs (@chrisifg) 20 de mayo de 2017