What is Domain Drop Catching?
To really understand this question it’s probably best for us to break the term down and give you a visual image. First, whenever someone decides not to renew a domain it goes into an expired status (as displayed by the red dotted line in the image above). Once in that status, the domain name must go through a specific drop cycle before it’s deleted (or dropped) and available for new registration by a new business or individual. When someone says they want to drop catch a domain name it means they intend to catch (or register) that domain as soon as it’s gone through the entire drop cycle and becomes available for new registration.
Why do People Drop Catch Expired Domain Names?
The reason behind domain drop catching is simple – if there is good domain becoming available for new registration then you most likely won’t be able to register it by hand. At this day in age, tons of people look over daily lists of deleting domains and register them for investment or development purposes. When this occurs (which happens daily) it becomes a race to register the ones you want before your competitor does. Sitting around and waiting to register a good deleting domain by hand most likely won’t happen because others will use software like DesktopCatcher to automatically catch it the second it becomes available for new registration.
The purpose of this software is to help you search, analyze and then automatically register those deleting domain names. DesktopCatcher can be an extremely powerful tool for anyone in the web industry including domain investors, website owners, search engine optimization experts or anyone else who enjoys the process of picking up good virtual real estate that others don’t renew! Look over the features listed throughout our website and see which registrars you can use to automatically catch expired domains.
The Ultimate Guide to DesktopCatcher (eBook)
Every purchase includes a free copy of our eBook, The Ultimate Guide to DesktopCatcher. This helpful eBook steadily walks you through every step of getting this software setup, configured and ready to go! Find step by step instructions which explain exactly how to create registrar accounts and obtain API information, along with helpful drop catching tips and more information about searching and analyzing expired domains before you drop catch them. Everything needed for running DesktopCatcher is covered!
Searching For Deleting Domains
To Search and Filter through upcoming or past deleting domain lists click the Tools menu, then Search Deleting Domains. Once this box opens you can select your desired date and click Pull Domains to download and display the list of domain names deleting on that particular date. You only need to click this button once and may want to allow a couple minutes for the file to be downloaded and loaded into the software. Once the list is loaded you can begin filtering by extension, length, numbers, and other metrics.
Analyzing Deleting Domains
Once you have pulled and filtered your list of domains you can then save and load them into the Bulk Domain Analyzer tool. This unique feature is located under the Tools menu and utilizes the MOZ API to retrieve certain analytics including Page Authority, Domain Authority, MozRank, and Link Counts. Quickly analyze thousands of domains in MOZ!
Running the Drop Catcher
The first step to running DesktopCatcher is making sure you have the proper API details saved. Click the Settings menu and then API Settings. From here you can select different registrars and click the Key option to see their API details and requirements. Enter your API key and other information (if required) here and save them. Once your API settings have been saved you should close DesktopCatcher completely and reopen it to assure these get saved locally. Once this is done you shouldn’t need to edit these ever again. Step two involves adding the domains you are wanting to catch. Click the Load button under Domains to Catch and browse to the text file that your domain list is stored in. If you do not have domains stored in a file then just type or copy/paste them into the same box manually (domains should be one per line with no http:// or www) inside.
Now you must decide whether to run DesktopCatcher immediately until you choose to Stop it, or use the scheduler option to run it during a specific time frame later on. If you wish to run immediately then Check each registrar you want to use and click Run. If you wish to enable the scheduler feature then Check each registrar you wish to use and then tick the Enable Scheduler box. From here you can choose to set the Begin and End time manually, or click one of the Preset boxes to automatically load a time frame which you previously saved. Once that is done you still need to click the Run button to initiate it. You should see a red Waiting to start message to know it’s ready!
The One-by-One Feature
The One-by-One feature increases your odds of catching more .COM and .NET domains. When disabled, DesktopCatcher will cycle through each domain in your list and try to register them one after the other. If the One-by-One feature is enabled DesktopCatcher will take your domains and automatically sort them into their exact drop order. It then focuses every request on one specific domain at a time rather than cycling through them. The One-by-One feature lets you chase more domains while increasing your odds of being more successful because it knows what order the domains will be dropping in. Because of that, it can focus all requests on just one specific domain at a time. Once that domain has been registered (by you or someone else) the software will automatically move onto the next domain in your list and will begin to focus all requests on that domain. Please note, this feature only works with .COM and .NET domains and you must have at least one NameSilo API enabled for it to work properly.