A domain name I wanted that was not in auction is now in auction, for nearly $3,000 with zero bids and virtually no views (with exception of mine) – all within hours of my showing interest.
I know this is not domain name front running, but it’s shady. About 4 to 5 hours after getting my appraisal, I received another email telling me I had a refund for $79.99. Yes, a refund. And no explanation as to why.
May 1, 2011
Belief in conspiracy theories requires a healthy dose of paranoia, and domain name front running (DNFR) – the idea that domain name registrars like Go Daddy or Network Solutions are monitoring your domain name availability queries and registering anything you don’t immediately register yourself – sounds like a presumption of only the most suspicious and mistrustful. However, evidence suggests that DNFR does in fact occur. This article tells you how to avoid being taken advantage of.
April 3, 2011
A fellow Seattle Tech Startup subscriber recently posted her thoughts about a domain name that was taken before she could reserve it. In short, she checked the availability of a domain name at Network Solutions on one day and it was available for registration, but then returned a subsequent day only to find it reserved by someone else. Any person would find this frustrating, but I think this is no more an example of domain name front running than Bing was stealing Google’s results and using them to improve their own search engine results. Here’s why.
February 4, 2011