It’s harder than you think to get your domain name purchase right.
Here are our top 5 tips in domain name acquisitions.
What would you add?
1. Use an escrow agent, even an online one. Domain name transfers are not instant and not guaranteed. There is some time between clicking “transfer” and the transfer occurring and both parties will feel uncomfortable about the other having hold of the money. Best place to keep it is with an escrow agent until the transaction is complete.
2. Transfer the domain between accounts at the same registrar. You might save a few dollars getting cheaper renewals elsewhere, but the timing of paying the purchase price and the various mechanics to transfer a name between registrars is too big a risk.
3. Domain transfers are usually done on a pull mechanism – the buyer requests the transfer and the seller approves it. Make sure there is an obligation for the seller to approve the transfer.
4. If you’re in dispute don’t resolve the dispute without acquiring the domain. Never settle with the domain name be cancelled (it’s even better to settle with the other party retaining by agreeing not to use the domain name). Cancelled domain names are picked up quickly (and mostly automatically) when they become available. You’ll quickly find yourself back at square one with a new person on the other side, or worse a new person with a legitimate right to use the name!
5. Make sure you consider past and future use of the domain name. Like a trademark assignment, once the domain name is in your hands the previous owner shouldn’t continue to use it in any branding.
Any other tips or war stories out there?