Here’s something to watch if you have your names at Godaddy and don’t have auto renewal turned on.
I don’t like auto renewal because I end up renewing names that I didn’t mean to and that price tag adds up quick. If you don’t have that many names it shouldn’t be an issue. But if you have a lot of names that you paid reg fee for initially, you don’t need to renew them if they’re not working. You can register something else and move on.
So I periodically go through my names and renew the ones I want to keep that are expired or soon to be expired. Lately I’ve been more on top of it all because I’ve been auctioning them off at Dropcatch instead of letting Godaddy take the free money.
Here’s where the problem arises:
If someone puts the domain in their shopping cart, and doesn’t complete the purchase or the funds never get approved, your domain will be in a limbo state for the duration that it is in the cart. It will not show up in your dashboard or anywhere in your account. I’ve actually had domains stuck in this phase, couldn’t find them and needed to transfer them because they sold at Brandbucket or Uniregistry.
The time frame for this limbo state could last for days and it isn’t consistent. Depending on where the cart add took place will influence how long the domain is missing. If it was added at Godaddy, it should only be for a few hours, but if it’s added through an Afternic partner, who knows.
So in a scenario where the domain is close to expiration, or recently expired, then added to a cart prior to your domain renewal routine, it could be lost to the Godaddy auction process before you are able to renew it or know it’s even missing.
Obviously Godaddy is making a ton of money with the expired auctions, and it is my responsibility to track and manage my domains, but why do they make it harder. I’ve voiced my opinion before on how the expired auction process violates how the domain life cycle is supposed to work, this is one more thing that adds to my skepticism.
I have to think that there’s a certain amount of names that get auctioned off by Godaddy because of this glitch. There’s currently 437K expired names at auction with Godaddy. They will reap the rewards for every name that sells, there are no private seller expired domains. If fact you can’t even auction a domain at Godaddy if the expiration is within 30 or 60 days. (not sure)
I know they’ll never do it, but if they let domainers participate in the expired auction proceeds, no one would ever transfer their names away and these issues would be resolved. Think of the great inventory Godaddy expired auctions would have if you had the opportunity to intentionally let your names go through the expired auction process. Those names would have the same advantage as the Godaddy inventory, the valuation, traffic numbers and they would show up in the distribution feeds as expired.
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AssetSuccess.com Manage your assets
BabelChain.com No one knows what they’re saying but they pass it on down the chain
BuzzRewind.com A review of the latest buzz topics
CarDojo.com I can see this as a used car dealership
Compmatic.com comp on auto pilot
EasyGrand.com $1000 with no effort
EquityParking.com Make money parking your domains… This is a legacy domain that probably has no value if it’s in reference to domain parking. So maybe it’s for parking cars
ESwiper.com Electronic Swiper
FullPlanet.com the whole world
GoldTheory.com A site about gold or theories that are really good
HempInvestment.com the best organic material on the planet
LuckSuccess.com This is the plan for many domain investors
MinuteWall.com Prefab wall that goes up in a minute
NailRehab.com A product for brittle nails
RentHead.com Get a consultant that’s smarter than you
TakingChance.com get out of your comfort zone
WeDoDirtyWork.com For the things you would pay any amount of money for someone else to do.
WordJumble.com Sounds like an app game
YourSemi.com A name for truckers
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LLL’s, CCC’s, 5L’s
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