Domain Backorders

Getting your ideal domain doesn’t have to be a dream.

As low as

$27.98/ each

Includes registration cost and ICANN fee.

Free daily monitoring keeps an eye on your domain.

Valid until successful. If you don't get the domain, just re-assign to a different name.^

What is a domain backorder, anyway?

You know those little numbered tickets that you get at a supermarket? A domain backorder is kind of like that. If a previously owned domain becomes available, you’re in line to get it. Of course, there’s a little more to it than that.

Someone else owns it but you want it. Let’s make that happen.

An illustrated human-like "WWW" character walking holding a banner

Domains are forever (except when they’re not).

Every year, there are thousands of domains that expire and don’t get renewed for one reason or another. If any of those are the domain you’re after, that’s when we swoop in and get it for you. We can do it with any .com, .co, .info, .org, .net, .me, .mobi, .us or .biz address.

Illustration of woman holding a megaphone.

Go for the win.

Your dream domain could be someone else’s, too. If someone else wants the same domain you do, we’ll let you know. At that point, it goes up for auction. You can either bid to win or pass — it’s your call. Either way, someone new is getting that domain.

An illustrated handshake. One hand is reaching out from a tablet and the other from a stamp-like shape.

Get more from your credit.

Did you place the winning bid? If so, you're now the proud owner of your dream domain. If you didn't, you can transfer your backorder credits to another domain.

Options? You've got plenty.

Whether you won or lost that dream domain, there’s still a ton of opportunity ahead of you.

Let us show you the world of domain investing.

That’s right, domain investing is a thing. Purchase domains for standard rates, then resell them for profit on our Domain Auction site. It could make you a little (or a lot of) extra cash, and that’s never a bad thing.

Img Feat Domain Investing

If you buy a lot, why not save a lot?

Can’t get enough domains? Our Discount Domain Club offers the lowest prices around on new domains, plus a membership to GoDaddy Auctions and CashParking Premium, all for only $19.99/mo. It’s hard to find a better deal than that.

Img Feat Discount Domain Club

Money for nothing and your checks for free.

Have you ever visited a website where there’s nothing but ads? That’s the concept behind CashParking, and it can make you some extra cash. You earn 60% of the advertising sales made on the basic plan, and 80% with CashParking Premium. Why not let your domains work for you?

Img Feat Cashparking
Olivia F.
GoDaddy Guide

We love to help. Seriously.

Still not sure what you need? Give us a call. We’re happy to help, even if you’re not a customer. Call us at 1-480-366-3546 and we'll chat — or get back to you as soon as we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a domain backorder?

A domain backorder allows you to reserve a domain currently registered to someone else. If that domain name expires, you get a chance to register it before it's available to the public. After you backorder a domain name, we check its status daily and send you email notifications whenever there's a change. After the current registration expires, we attempt to capture the domain name before the registry releases it to the public. If we are successful and you are the only backorder holder, you become the domain name registrant. If there are multiple backorder holders, you can participate in an auction to win the domain name.

Check out our full FAQ help article for more details.

How do I backorder a domain name at GoDaddy?

When you backorder a domain name, we apply your payment to the domain name when it expires. If you're the only one who backordered the domain name, it's yours at no additional cost. If it goes to auction, we use your backorder payment to place the opening bid. You can continue to bid on the domain name, or simply move your backorder credit to another domain name.

Are domain backorders guaranteed?

While no domain backorders orders are guaranteed, we will make every attempt to acquire it on your behalf. If the current registrant doesn't renew the domain name, we use every registration channel at our disposal to register it for you. Our backorder process gives all of our customers the chance to get the domain names they want. If your domain name backorder is unsuccessful, you can keep the backorder on the same domain to try again the next time it expires. Or, you can change your backorder to a different domain at no cost to you.

How do I backorder and register multiple expired domains?

Check out the FAQ on our Bulk Search page for info. You can also search for expiring domains at our GoDaddy Auctions page.

How do I know when a backordered domain name becomes available?

If you purchase a domain name backorder, we notify you as soon as it becomes available. Plus, when you place a backorder at GoDaddy, we give you free daily monitoring tools to keep an eye on the domain name.

Why should I place my domain backorder at GoDaddy?

Every domain backorder includes:

  • Free Domain Monitoring
  • A one-year membership to GoDaddy Auctions®
  • One year of domain name registration, with proceeds going toward your first bid if the domain name you backordered goes to auction

How can I monitor my domain backorder?

You can log in to your GoDaddy account to view and monitor your backorder in the Domain Manager. That's where we display all of the important information you need, including status updates and the domain name's expiration date.

When can I expect to receive the backordered domain name in my account?

If we are successful in our attempt to secure your dream domain, we register the domain name to you and then put it in your account within 45 days. One year of domain name registration is included in the cost of your backorder. Annual discounts are available on NEW purchases only. Products will automatically renew until canceled. You may turn off the auto-renewal feature by visiting your GoDaddy account.