With GoDaddy’s integration borked, here’s how to list your domains on Afternic and get GoDaddy-branded sales landers.
GoDaddy’s integration with Afternic, which theoretically lets customers add domains to Afternic from within their GoDaddy account, has been in beta for over two years. It broke back in May, which I discovered after submitting names that didn’t get listed and didn’t get the corresponding ‘for sale’ page.
The promise of the integration is a good one: simply click a few buttons from within GoDaddy to add your domains to the largest distributed sales marketplace, and get a GoDaddy-branded sales lander for the page.
While waiting to get this fixed, you can still replicate the process using the original Afternic interface. It comes with some headaches, though. As a result, I’ve opted to list my domains on Afternic but point them to sales landers at other companies, such as Dan.com and Squadhelp.
Either way, you’ll want to list your domains on Afternic directly. That’s no big deal if they haven’t been listed by someone else before. If they have been listed before, you’ll need to contact support to get them to acknowledge that you own the domains now. (One of the promises of the GoDaddy account integration is that it should be able to verify that you own the domain.)
Also, note that Afternic doesn’t have two-factor authentication. It’s a big security hole.
Once listed on Afternic, you’ll also need to change your nameservers to get the sales lander that was created from within the domain listing system at GoDaddy. Instead of ns1.afternic.com and ns2.afternic, which leads to traditional parking, you’ll want to use ns3.afternic.dom and ns4.afternic.com to get the sales lander.
GoDaddy operates the biggest domain name Afternic. I can’t wait for it to all work correctly to help domain investors sell more domains.