Why every domain owner should subscribe to a registrant alert for their domains.
If you don’t use DomainTools’ Registrant Alert service to monitor your own domain names, drop everything and sign up now (it’s free to monitor your domains). Here’s how this service has helped me in just the past few months:
1. It alerted me that one of my domains had changed to ‘pending delete’ because I neglected to renew it. That saved me from losing a valuable domain name.
2. It alerted me that four of my whois records at one registrar were erroneously changed by the registrar.
3. Just this weekend, it identified a domain I won in a drop two months ago that just changed to my name, but I realized I never got control of it (and it’s still on old nameservers). It’s a Halloween related domain, so I need to get it set up ASAP.
You get registrant alerts whenever you buy a registrant report, and domain owners can see their personal registrant report for free. You can also add other registrant alerts for a fee.
To set up your alerts, go to your DomainTools account or visit DomainTools.
Great tip. It’s amazing how many things can fall through the cracks and makes sense to have safeguards in place.
GoDaddy also offers a domain alert service for about $6/year which lets you monitor 100 domains. It’s not as comprehensive as the DomainTools service, but it can be useful if your domains are using whois privacy.
I have it and it is really good tool, also lets you see who picks up any names that you let drop.
Andrew Allemann says
Good point Robbie. It’s interesting to watch which of your expired domains get registered.
Good tip Andrew. I use the registrant alert feature on domaintools. Thanks for reminding me I need to update my monitors!
You can’t renew PENDINGDELETE domain…