List of Domain Name Backorder Services

When a domain name expires you can sometimes bid for it in auction.

However, many domain names never go to auction. Instead, they expire and are dropped allowing a user to register them for about $10 (the registration fee).

BUT, if someone else wants the same domain name as you they are likely to try to register it with an automated service — called a dropcatching service.

And let’s face it…computers are faster than us and can see if the domain name is available every second of the day; we have to sleep. To compete with them, you can pay about $60 and hire a backorder service (also known as a dropcatching service) to do the same on your behalf.

Notes:

  1. Some of these services charge to place the domain name backorder, while others only charge you if a backorder is completed. Do your due diligence.
  2. If more than one backorder is placed at any service, it’s likely to go to a closed auction at that service provider; in some cases, it goes to the first backorder.
  3. No single service provider can guarantee acquisition and – due to many factors – no one service provider is better at acquisition than another. If you really want a domain name, put in a backorder at all of them.

Here is a list of backorder services that you may want to investigate (in alphabetical order):

  • BackorderZone
    Free backorder with credit card on file; only pay upon successful registration, com/net: $49
  • DomainMonster
    Free backorder; only pay upon successful registration, com: £39.99 (other TLD pricing listed)
  • DropCatch
    Free backorder; only pay $69 upon successful registration (if more than one backorder, it goes to public auction where anyone can join)
  • Dynadot
    com: $14.99, net: $14.99, org: $14.99
  • Go Daddy
    Pre-pay $24.98 (or less) and use until successful for com, co, info, org, net, me, mobi, us and biz
  • Hexonet
    Free backorder; only pay $69 upon successful registration but must have sufficient funds in your account (prepaid)
  • NameCatch
    .in backorder and drop-catch service; $19.99 to place backorder with 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • NameJet
    Free backorder; only pay $79 upon successful registration (if more than one backorder, it goes to private auction)
  • Nidoma
    Free backorder; only pay 29€ upon successful registration; .es and .it domains
  • Park.io
    Free backorder; only pay $99 upon successful registration; .io, .ly and .me domains
  • Pheenix
    com: $24.99, net: $24.99, org: $24.99, tv: $58.95, cc: $58.95, xyz: $4.99
  • Pool
    Free backorder; only pay $60 upon successful registration
  • SnapNames
    Free backorder; only pay $79 upon successful registration (if more than one backorder, it goes to private auction)

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31 Responses to “List of Domain Name Backorder Services”

  1. Christian says:

    So I looked and saw the website I want and it says: Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-07-10T21:49:07Z. Registrar: TUCOWS, INC. After reading all your comments I am wondering what is the best way to try and get this site. I know the auction house is SnapNames but do I only backorder that one? Or I saw some comments that says backorder on all other websites as well. Last, do I have to pay all the backorder fees on all those sites or do they just charge you if you get it? Thanks so much again for your help.

    1. Correct. If the domain name is expiring at Tucows, then you’ll want to place the order at Snapnames per this article: http://www.domainsherpa.com/auction-partners-of-domain-name-registrars/

      You do not need to place any other backorders since Tucows has an auction partner.

  2. Vivek says:

    What is the success rate of GoDaddy? Is it reliable?

  3. John says:

    And for .NL, .DE, .BE and .EU your best changes are DomainOrder.com

  4. Bob says:

    Michael,

    If the domain name does not become available, for whatever reason including the original owner renewing it, can I withdraw my backorder from the backorder services companies listed above. I would prefer not to wait years until it becomes available, if it ever does.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    1. In some cases you can easily do so by looking at your backorders and clicking an option to cancel one or more. You’ll need to look at website’s help or FAQ section to determine how to cancel an existing backorder, or contact their support team to do so.

  5. Brian L says:

    Is it true that “no one service provider is better at acquisition than another”? Surely some are at least a little better than others, while some might only rarely catch a name? I realize there are no guarantees. Thank you for this, btw.

    1. Good question, Brian.

      When I read your question, I thought to myself “surely someone is better than the others.” But I don’t have any data to indicate one way or the other. And the “best drop catcher” has changed over time. It used to be Pool, then Snapnames, and today I think many would say Pheenix or Dropcatch are best. But tomorrow who knows.

      So I’ll stick with my response of “If you really want a domain name, put in a backorder at all of them.”

      Now, this doesn’t apply to expiring domain names that have an auction partner: http://www.domainsherpa.com/how-to-grab-an-expiring-domain-name/

  6. Sam says:

    I wish backorder services would be as cheaper as domain name :P

  7. Michael Rodby says:

    GoDaddy now charges $24.98 for a backorder.

    1. Thanks for the catch, Michael. I’ve updated the data above.

  8. Fran says:

    Un aporte magnífico.

    Muchas gracias

  9. Josh says:

    Domain Monster charges $65 per backorder. It is no longer free: http://www.domainmonster.com/backorder/#bopricing

    1. Good catch, Josh. I’ve updated the description above. Thanks for posting a comment.

  10. Mike says:

    fyi – I just launched a site that does backorders for .io domains: http://park.io

    It’s the only reliable backordering service for .io domains

  11. DynaDot also has backordering services for com, net, and org domains. It works ok to catch some domains.

    1. Added. Thanks, NameYouNeed.

  12. Tim Evans says:

    In January 2012, I lost out on SportsBranding.com the hard way. Had it locked and loaded in my Pool, SnapNames, NameJet, and GoDaddy/TDNAM accts, a new backorder site I did not know about got it — BackorderZone.

    Check out BackorderZone.com — $49 for names you are awarded. BackorderZone got GoldenTate.com (a backorder we were watching for our client and we had backorders in on all the major services).

    I think Name.com has a $49 pre-pay service too, but have never used them before.

    I used CrazyDomains.com.au to get a .co.uk drop in 2013.

    1. Thanks, Tim. I’ve included BackorderZone.com. I’ve emailed them for pricing and supported TLDs.

  13. Pardeep says:

    does Unpicked still work? seems like it’s very old company

    1. I’ve emailed unpicked.com and nobody replied, so I removed them from the list above. Thanks for asking your question, Pardeep.

      1. It took 5 days to receive a response from Unpicked.com, and there was no signature on the email. They replied, “our backordering service is up and running.”

  14. Thank you very much for including us in your list Michael!

    We hope many of your readers will get to take advantage of the service.

  15. Josh says:

    NIC.io allows direct back-orders from their WHOIS page now.

  16. Thanks for pointing that out, Josh.

    I went and viewed the terms. Purchasing a backorder at nic.io (after you do a whois search) requires you agree to the terms:
    1. I understand how Back-Orders work (https://www.nic.io/backorders_explained.xzx)
    2. I understand, if I buy a back-order, I still may not get the domain name (https://www.nic.io/backorders_explained.xzx)
    3. I understand, if I do get the domain name, it will not be live until I pay for it to be renewed (https://www.nic.io/backorders_explained.xzx)

    So, as a US-based company, I can pay £60.00 for a .io domain name backorder for 2 years but if the domain name never expires then I lose that fee. I do not believe it can be transferred to another domain name.

  17. Mike says:

    no, it can’t be transferred to another domain.

    You have to pay £60.00 to backorder the domain, and then another £30.00 to renew/purchase the domain. Total of £90.00.

    If you purchase the backorder for £60.00 and the owner renews, you are out £60.00

    I have been tracking the backorders with park.io. A relatively high percentage are being renewed. Happened to us with a backorder of email.io, also happened with save.io and ri.io

    I believe nic.io did this because my backorder service (park.io) was getting 100% of dropped .io domains and people complained that is was unfair.

  18. MKM says:

    The .IO is highly sought after for startups and small businesses who can hardly afford to compete in auctions held by some drop catchers.

    With the new backordering system that nic.io has adopted it puts individuals at fair chance with drop catchers. They (nic.io) allow only 1 (one) back order and they do not allow auctions. So if a person has already backordered he stands a fair chance (i.e. does not have to worry about drop catchers) when and IF the domain name expires.

    This process puts the bulk drop catchers at a major disadvantage as it would be difficult for them to make unredeemable prepayment of 60 pounds for each domain name which has a likelihood of getting deleted. Moreover, they cannot backorder for 2 years if someone else has already backoredered for 2 years.

    60 GBP (for 2 years) is a reasonable risk an individual can take if he is pursuing a particular domain name but is a costly gamble for bulk drop catchers.

    On the other hand this provides another stream of revenue for the registrar as they get to earn twice (current owner+backorder) for a sought after domain name.

    I think it should be followed as a model for other registrars as well.

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