Want to buy expired domain names? You should know about these five sites

This weekend a friend who is starting to get into the world of domain names asked me where I go to buy expired domains. I shared some of my favorite sites for buying expired domains and was surprised that he had only heard of one of the five. After sharing my top five list with him he said, “you should really put this on your blog as I know a lot of people who have no idea where to go for expired domain names except for Go Daddy” – so here we go:

  1. NameJet – this has been one of my favorite aftermarket sites for years, they often get really high-quality names and have one of the best backend platforms out there.
  2. Pheenix – from the creator of FreshDrop, a service I used a ton back in the day, Pheenix has a pretty slick system for sorting through expired domains to narrow down to exactly what kind of name you’re looking for.
  3. Go Daddy Auctions – I’ve been using Go Daddy Auctions for a long time, given that they’re such a huge registrar it’s not surprising that they have a massive inventory of names.
  4. Park.io – when it comes to non .COMs, this has quickly become my go-to. While the site lives on a .IO domain they sell a bunch of other extensions like .ME, .LY, .VC and more.
  5. ExpiredDomains.net – while I have the least experience with this site, I know a fair amount of people who use it and like it so I thought it made sense to include it in here.

Like anything new, I always recommend that people start slow when buying domains, expired or not. Just because you win an auction doesn’t mean you bought the domain for a wholesale price. It takes knowing not just what a good name is, but what a real wholesale price is to make sure you don’t end up buying a great name at or above retail (i.e. leaving little or no room to resell).

Feel free to share your favorite places to buy expired domains below, there are plenty of other great sites out there but I wanted to limit my list to five to keep things simple for people who are just getting started.

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  • Doron Vermaat July 9, 2017, 10:52 pm

    ExpiredDomains.net = the one site to rule them. I have to admit, I only started using it recently but it really is the only one you need since you can search inventory from all the others + more mentioned in your list.

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  • Joe July 10, 2017, 3:46 am

    Hello Morgan, Two days ago I did not publish my comments because they censored me, who does not answer the questions?

    Sincerely.

    Joe

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    • joe July 10, 2017, 3:48 am

      Thank you! for Publish it last

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  • Matt Holmes July 10, 2017, 1:03 pm

    So I like GoDaddy auctions because of the stats right next to the domains. I’m sure that’s for more amateurs domainers like myself, but what is another great way to quickly get stats on domains, and what stats do you look for? I’m interested in traffic, keywords it previously ranked for, and if it’s a brandable or local URL.

    I recently started using skimdaddy to enhance my godaddy bidding and it’s worked well, what do you guys use?

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  • Morgan July 10, 2017, 1:05 pm

    @Doron – thanks for sharing and interesting point re: ExpiredDomains.net, I’ll have to do a deeper dive there!

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  • Howie July 10, 2017, 2:42 pm

    Hello,

    Please write a beginners guide to NameJet, you obviously are quite aware of the system and it’s works, but I just don’t understand it or maybe it’s the website I find really poor to navigate.

    That would be fab.

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