How to Buy a Domain Name From Someone: An In-Depth Guide

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Dani Nolan

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2019 March 25th at 6:22

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So you have a business, an established brand either in social media or in a physical shop and a great product. But to develop your brand or product further, you definitely need a website. But there's a problem... the domain that perfectly fits your company is bought by someone else.

Not everything is lost! In this post, I'll discuss how to buy a domain name from someone. Here are the steps you need to take to buy a domain name from someone:

1. Check if the domain is available
2. Find the domain owner contacts
3. Set the price tag and negotiate
4. Pay and transfer the domain ownership

1. Check if the domain is available

Before you learn how to buy a domain name from someone, you need to check whether the domain is available on one of the many domain buying services available.

Always use a trustworthy name checker to avoid any inaccuracies. There are many reliable domain registrars that we always use to check for domain availability.

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If you find out that the domain you want is taken, look for another domain extension with the same name. Understandably, your dream domain might be available with other suffixes such as '.biz' or '.net'. However, the .com extension might be the best for you, and you may not be ready to settle for an alternative.

In that case, the next best thing would be to try and buy the domain from its current owner. 

2. Find the domain owner contacts

how to buy a domain name from someoneThe best way to find out who owns the domain you want and find that person's contacts is through the WHOIS database.

This database contains all domain registration details. If you remember those thick phone books we had to use in the past - this is exactly like that but for domain owners information.

Usually, you will be able to find a name, email address and a phone number of the domain owner. However, that user might have an enabled privacy service that excludes all of his personal information from the database.

If that's the case, your best shot is to check if the domain is registered using GoDaddy registrar. GoDaddy lets you contact the domain owner through their WHOIS integrated database.

3. Set the price tag and negotiate

Before contacting, think about how much you would be willing to pay for that domain. Keep in mind that buying from someone else is almost always more expensive than buying from the registrar. Think about how important that domain would be to you and set the price accordingly.

Now it's the time to get in touch with the decision maker - finding out who owns the domain doesn't necessarily mean they are the real owner. It might be that whoever registered the domain is a website administrator. Or, if the owner is a company, the email might be a generic [email protected] or something similar.

Contacting the decision maker increases your chances of opening negotiations, unlike dealing with an employee who might ignore your message. This is also the point when you can find out if the owner is open to selling the domain.

Put in an offer - the negotiations can be the fun part of the process. And this is where you should also hold your cards close to your chest, so to speak. When it comes to negotiation, there's a saying that 'Whoever Mentions A Number First, Loses' - so don't say how much you're willing to pay in the very first message.

The best approach is to start negotiations by asking if the seller would consider selling it and if they would, at what price. However, always be prepared that the domain owner might not want to sell the domain.

4. Pay and transfer the domain ownership

If you've reached an agreement on the price and the seller gives the green light on moving forward, it's time to pay and transfer domain ownership. While this is happening, it's impossible for me to stress enough how important it is to use a third party as a facilitator.

how to buy a domain name from someone ownership changeThe role of the third party is to protect both parties as far as payment is concerned.

Since you will probably be paying good money for the website name, you want to feel safe.

That when you pay, you will be able to walk away with the domain.

The seller also needs assurance that they won't be ripped off once they transfer ownership - it's a win-win situation.

Transferring the domain ownership is easy and fully depends on the registrar that's used. Usually, it's free and involves a transaction ID (sometimes called an authorization code) that the current owner provides.

That's it! If everything went according to the plan, you're the proud owner of the domain.

How to Buy a Domain Name from Someone Else: Not as Hard as It Looks

When buying an already registered domain, be patient because the process might take a while. Concentrate on finding the right owner contacts and use your negotiation skills to get the price you want.

When buying a domain, don’t be in a hurry to quote a price. Instead, ask the seller how much they’re willing to sell the domain name for. In most cases, prices quoted by domain sellers are open for negotiations, and this is where you should put your best foot forward to make sure you arrive at a reasonable deal.

Consider involving a third party to facilitate the transfer of domain ownership. The work of a facilitator is to protect the interests of the parties involved and to ensure transfer of domain ownership takes place smoothly.

What's your experience with buying a domain from someone else? Comment down below!


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2019 October 3rd

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