You Bought The Domains – Now Use Them!

I’ve written about this before, but I feel the need to do it again!

I cannot really understand why people / businesses that have purchased domains don’t take control of them? In other words, at least change the nameservers or re-direct the domain to another website.

Instead they do nothing, and the domains remain “parked”. This is despite me telling them by email that they need to change the nameservers.

Would This Happen With Real Estate?

If you have just bought a new home or an investment unit, would you let the previous owner stay on for free for months and months?

I think not. 😉

You’d want to take control; perhaps install a new tenant; or maybe do renovations to spruce the property up before either tenanting it or re-selling it.

So I’m not sure why this happens with domain names? Is it because it is not such a big purchase compared to real estate? Or is it a lack of knowledge? Or are purchasers relying on someone else to do it for them?

Three Examples

Here are three domains that I sold ages ago for decent 4 figure amounts each, and the new registrants have not changed the nameservers.

As I said previously, I have suggested that they do so. So now, hopefully by blogging about this, they may get around to it!

These domains have good “traffic stats”, so it really is in their interest’s to do so.

Has This Happened To You?

I know that I am not alone as far as this type of situation is concerned.

Do you have similar cases you can share? Or any comments generally?


4 thoughts on “You Bought The Domains – Now Use Them!

  • February 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Maybe you should change the name servers before you do a COR.

    • February 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Why? That’s not my responsibility. And anyway, most people wouldn’t know straightaway what nameservers they want to use.

      When I complete a sale, I send the new registrant a screenshot of the new WhoIs.

      I also tell them to log into their new account (generally at Drop or TPP Wholesale), and change the nameservers to their own requirements. Or alternatively, they can transfer the domain out to their registrar of choice for free (and do the nameservers there).

      So I do tell them.

    • February 11, 2016 at 7:09 am

      @Ed – what’s even worse about a situation like this is when the domain subsequently expires.

      You’re then faced with the decision of whether to renew on behalf of the new registrant – or just let it “drop”.


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