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24. Jun 2014

ExpiredDomains is movingThe Website is moving to new Servers

The current Servers have some issues, so I've decided to order new hardware and today the website is moving. A lot of the backend Servers are already done, only the website is missing. You will experience a short downtime when I switch the database and the domains over, but I hope it will only be a couple of minutes.

*Update* The move is complete. ExpiredDomains is now running on the new Servers.


11. Jun 2014

Can you add Majestic SEO data please?Please add Trust Flow and Citation Flow to ExpiredDomains.net

I'm getting this question a lot lately, so I've decided to post my usual answer here and on the FAQ.
Short Answer: I would love to add Majestic SEO data to my website, but it is just to expensive for me to buy the necessary API requests.

Long Answer: Majestic SEO was the first backlink provider I contacted back in 2011 when the Yahoo Site Explorer closed. Back then they had a light API you could use for free under some circumstances so I asked what those are. Sadly they only offered that API to developers that needed a very low number of requests and for the volume I need I would have to pay £1000 per month. As you know I offer this website for free and paying that kind of money every month is not possible for me, so I dropped it.

At the start of 2014 a user persistently asking me to contact them again, so I did. Maybe something changed. I provided them with the number of users I have and asked if they could increase the number of API requests on a plan I can afford in exchange for brand exposure. The answer I received was basically the same as in 2011. I can publish the information on my website, but I would need to pay the normal API request prices.

At this point some people argue with: "But other websites do it."
I do not know how others are doing it. Maybe they can get by with lower number of requests, but I currently need to process between 120,000 to 180,000 domains every day and that would mean "The 1000 plan" for €1200 per month. I'm sorry, but I want to keep this website free and that means I can't afford that.

I might ask them again in 2016. Maybe something changed. ;)


14. Jan 2014

Backorder .de DomainsDENIC introduced a Redemption Grace Period

As you may know the .de TLD is the biggest ccTLD and the second biggest TLD overall. Backorder was not possible for .de Domains because there was no expiration date for them and after you deleted a .de Domain it was available for registration seconds later. There was no indication that a domain will be deleted soon and there where no droplists.

DENIC (Registry for .de Domains) announced the introduction of a 30 day Redemption Grace Period for .de Domains at the end of 2013. Now there is finally an indication that a Domain will be deleted soon and that will makes it possible to Backorder .de Domains. This is good news, because it will open up the .de market for Domainers all over the world. If you want to invest in ccTLDs you can now participate in drop catching for the best ccTLD.

The switch to RGP for .de Domains is now complete and you can find Deleted .de Domains here on ExpiredDomains.net again. The list gets updated once every day at 3:00 AM UTC. RGP Domains are in the Pending Delete Domain List 5 Days before they get released.


25. Sep 2013

Two new Deleted Domain ListsDeleted .fr Domains and Deleted .nl Domains

As announced last month, today I've released the next two Deleted Domain Lists. You can now find Deleted .fr and .nl Domains on ExpiredDomains.net. I'm still figuring out stuff about those tlds, but it is working to a point where it is usable. Hope you like it.

Other changes/additions

  • Released .eu, .be, .fr and .nl Domains in the Pending Delete List.
    Notice: The Dropdate shown is not verified! If you want to Backorder or Snap a Domain yourself, you have to verify it yourself!
  • Disabled the Deleted .nu Domain List, because my Droplist for that disappeared.
  • Fixed a bug in the Google Info Check for Pagerank Validation.
  • Added a new filter "only new last 30 days".
  • Added some more Registrars to the Preferred Domain Registrar list.
    If you contacted be about adding a Registrar and it is still not there, then it is not possible at the moment. Some Registrars do not support Domain Availability using a GET request and that makes a redirect impossible.
  • Created a new Portuguese language file. The results should be a lot better now.

What's next

  • I'm still working on increasing the .co.uk Droplist and with that the number of Domains in the Deleted .uk Domain List.
  • The delete cycle change of .de Domains should be coming up soon. I've prepared for that already and hopefully the transition will be smooth.

TLDs I looked into adding, but decided not to

  • .pl: Domain Tasting is possible here and from my research it looks like almost every Deleted Domain gets tasted and auctioned off. No point in adding a Deleted Domain List. Another reason is that the whois server is very restrictive...
  • .es: There is no public whois server available for .es domains. That makes availability checks impossible for me.

As always if you have suggestions or find any bugs, please let me know.


14. Aug 2013

ExpiredDomains.net is now 3 Years online11 new Deleted Domain TLDs added

3 Years ago ExpiredDomains.net was auctioned off at Sedo and lucky me won the auction. I didn't really have a plan what to do with it, but 8 days later the first version of the website went online. Of course it was a very different version of the one you see here today, but over the years the project grew and grew.
Now at the Third Birthday I'm happy to release another 11 new Deleted Domain TLDs. Enjoy.

I do not yet know the exact drop times for some of the tlds, so they might change in the future. You can find the update interval on the member homepage.
The lists that are marked with "own droplist" do not have public available droplists, so I'm creating my own for them. The system that creates the droplists calculates the expected drop date, but does not verify it! You should keep in mind, that it is possible that domains drop before or after the here published drop date. Of course that does not have an effect on the Deleted Domain Lists, because only Available Domains get released here. Another thing to consider is that the droplists are not 100% complete. I do my best to get them as complete as possible, but it is technically impossible at the moment to have each and every domain in them.

I've also added Portuguese to the system. Newly added domains already get checked against the wordlist and over time all domains will support it. You can find it under additional filter and you can select it in the always camel case domain name setting. Because I do not speak the language, I'm not sure if what gets produced there is usable or not, so please let me know if it works or not.

Last but not least, this is not the end! I'm working on two more Deleted Domain Lists (.fr and .nl) that will hopefully be released next month. Also I'm currently working on expanding the .co.uk Droplist.
If you have suggestions for other TLDs or find any bugs, please let me know.