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How Do People Get A List Of .co.uk Expiring Domains?

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  1. MurrayYeah

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    Forgive me for my stupid question that has probably been asked a million times before..

    But how do people get a list of .co.uk domains that will soon be expiring?.

    I have no idea how it works really, what you need etc :-| doesn't seem like its just readily available to anyone or easy.

    If anyone could prove an answer or point me towards a thread where this has been answered already then Id mucho appreciate it.

    Thanks.
     
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    monaghan Moderator Staff Member

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    if you use the forum search, you'll find many discussions.

    Nominet don't publish so it is a manual exercise.
     
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    Hi, yes thanks, I actually just found a post by you explaining a bit about it in this thread

    /new-domainers/102405-how-catch-domain-name.html

    Id love to be able to get into the catching biz, but I think Id need heavy tutoring and guidance.

    Do you mind me asking how you first learnt all about it?.
     
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    For me and I'm sure many others, this forum probably taught me most of what I know. Spend a few hours reading the forum, most if not all of your questions will be answered and anything not covered feel free to ask specific questions and there are many experienced people on here that will be willing to help once you've grasped a few basics.

    Finding this forum is the right starting point and domainlore.co.uk will help you find what's dropping over the next few days for free. There are other people offering more complete lists if you search but it's a good place to start for free.
     
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    Thanks redbird.

    Sorry to be a pain but do you know of any must-read threads I should take a look at?.
     
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    There are probably better threads to start with but the one that springs to mind is Here you'll pick up some ideas on the issues involved while building a drop system. Unless you are an experienced programmer, that may not be the route you are able to take but use it as a guide and then use the search facility for terms that you don't understand and eventually you should be able to piece it all together. Most of the questions you have will almost certaionly have been answered previoulsy.
     
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    Oh god, I'm never going to be a dropcatcher because that stuff is so far over my head I can't even comprehend it.. :shock: lol

    I see a lot of talk on here about dropping domains and the value being the domain name itself..

    I'm also interested in the value of the domains for their backlinks.

    With how you guys catch them do they keep their PR?)(assuming they had any to begin with) or no.

    Thanks for the replies so far I appreciate it.
     
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    I wrote a PGP registration module for my domain / hosting business in PHP as I was fed up with the quality of service from 123-reg and other resellers I'd tried, so joining Nominet and writing my own was the next logical step. If you can code, all the necessary information is on the Nominet site, although you will probably want to write an EPP client now. I then read up on the DAC and hooked a new registration engine into the code and started catching domains - easy!

    The code is basically

    :start
    DACWrite("domain.co.uk")
    If DACRead() == "domain.co.uk,N"
    {
    EPPSend(domain.co.uk.create.xml)
    }
    delay()
    goto start

    Naturally you'll need to know how to read & write to a network port & SSL network port for the DAC & EPP functions. Tweak the delay to ensure you keep within your DAC Quota limits and away you go. Naturally things like timings of requests and server location are things people keep themselves :)

    If you want to build a drop list, then stuff a list of names into the DAC and save the resulting output to file / database.
     
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    You might as well be talking a different language to be honest, I don't think being a domain catcher is going to be for me.. not got the technical background for it ;/

    Just out of interest, how many co.uk domains roughly drop a day?.
     
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    There's many catchers who offer public catching, so probably best to sign up with as many of these as possible and book your desired domains this way.

    There's usually somewhere between a few hundred and a few thousand .uk names reach expiry per day, however, there's generally far fewer that are actually of interest to anyone, most of the domains not renewed are junk (hence not being renewed by the current owner)
     
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    Dont give up though MurrayYeah, thats the name of the game with the web, you learn as you go along, what things mean, how things work, etc. You'll probably be surprised how much you'll learn over the next 6 months.
     
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    In the past two years I've gone from knowing nothing much about online shenanigans to learning html, CSS, photoshop (then using those with wordpress with some basic understanding of php to design some ok looking sites) & then on top of that a solid level of SEO.

    Learning these things has been very frustrating at times, gives me a headache lol, but the payoff for the effort and hard work has been worth it.

    I think to learn something like this from scratch id need a lot of time, will & personal tutor, 3 things I'm not blessed with currently.

    I though it might be something as simple as, you buy a bit of software, it gives you lists of expiring domains.. nice and easy lol

    But it obviously is far from that and requires a level of dedication and expertise that you guys have spent a lot of time and hard work on, and much respect for that.

    Thanks for all help guys.
     
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    There are several public catchers on here that will go after names for you for about £30-£50 no win no fee. It's an easy route into the world of dropcatching.

    Reasonable lists of what's coming up are free at DomainLore

    Doesn't have to cost a lot to get started only skill required is identifying a good name. Some are obvious some not so and people have their own criteria
     
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