Domain Issues From the Past You Don’t Need to Worry AboutPosted: November 9, 2011
Few things change over time in the domain industry. Sure, some new extensions come out, hot trends come up and old trends cool off. New tools come out from time to time to make research easier. Otherwise, few major changes happen.
That said, I see people sometimes complain about certain issues with domains that aren’t issues anymore. It’s understandable – usually the injustice is reported much more than the resolution. Let’s put these to rest so they don’t get focused on anymore!
What are some domain issues from the past you don’t need to worry about any more?
Domain tasting was the practice of registering domains to see if they had traffic and delete them within the 5-day grace period to receive a refund. This was a major problem for a while as many expired domains were gobbled up by tasters immediately. If you had a legitimate business and your domain dropped, there’s a good chance you lost it to a taster and lost it for good if it had a lot of traffic.
Thankfully, ICANN realized what was going on and instituted a fee for deleting a domain within the grace period. That fee started at $0.20, then increased to $1 and has effectively done away with domain tasting.
If tasting wasn’t bad enough, domain kiting was the practice of indefinitely registering and dropping a domain within the 5-day grace period. The result? Millions of domains were registered without being paid for. The grace period deletion fee killed off domain kiting, which had kept tens of millions of domains “afloat” before then.
Network Solutions was caught in the act but many registrars have been accused of front running. This is when a registrar registers a domain that was searched for but not registered. They may end up keeping the domain or deleting it within the grace period.
In 2008, Network Solutions was caught doing this, supposedly to keep the domain reserved for their customers. Once the story broke, they did away with the policy. Enom, GoDaddy and others have been accused of the same thing, but it has never been proven.
You can fairly safely search for available domains on registrars without someone sniping the domain. That said, it’s still a good idea to get a domain immediately if you like it.
Fake bidding on backorder auctions
Halvarez…mere mention of that moniker runs chills down many people’s spines. For many years, an executive at SnapNames secretly used the Halvarez account to drive up bidding on a significant amount of backorder auctions. Whether it was a case of rogue senior level executive or conspiracy, we’ll never truly know.
It was discovered about 2 years ago at which point SnapNames offered compensation to many who bought names with Halvarez in the auctions. Since this took place, backorder sites are making sure it does not happen again. Even if it does, just make sure to set a limit you’ll spend on a domain and don’t go over it.
Thankfully, all of these issues are left in the past. The domain industry has been able to move past them and get back to business. That said, there are still issues to be aware of that have not been resolved as addressed in our next article.