Caught Godaddy Red-handed

by Mr.Seo
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I found a very high cpc search phrase with almost 20,000 monthly searches using keyword planner. The market is less than 2 years old and the first 10 search results are written articles. I figured I could build an e-commerce product site and add customer and product reviews.

As soon as I started my search on Godaddy the page loaded slowly and after about 10 seconds, it said my domain was not available. I tried again but got the same thing. I opened another window and used a third party site that searches for domains, and it instantly shows which tlds are available. There the domain was available for purchase.

I clicked the third party site link and it went to Goydaddy. All of a sudden I could buy it. One window saying the domain wasn't availabe and another saying it was. I bought it. It has happened before but i was to busy to follow up. Warriors watch them very carefully.
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  • Profile picture of the author interpoll90
    Originally Posted by Mr.Seo View Post

    I found a very high cpc search phrase with almost 20,000 monthly searches using keyword planner. The market is less than 2 years old and the first 10 search results are written articles. I figured I could build an e-commerce product site and add customer and product reviews.

    As soon as I started my search on Godaddy the page loaded slowly and after about 10 seconds, it said my domain was not available. I tried again but got the same thing. I opened another window and used a third party site that searches for domains, and it instantly shows which tlds are available. There the domain was available for purchase.

    I clicked the third party site link and it went to Goydaddy. All of a sudden I could buy it. One window saying the domain wasn't availabe and another saying it was. I bought it. It has happened before but i was to busy to follow up. Warriors watch them very carefully.

    Please can you tell us the third party site you used? As this will also help us.
    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr.Seo
      Originally Posted by interpoll90 View Post

      Please can you tell us the third party site you used? As this will also help us.
      Thanks.

      Here you go
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  • Profile picture of the author rjh1960
    I got one for you. We had a waterbed website for our furniture store. We were making sells to several locations out of state. All of a sudden our sales dried up. It was a busy part of the year for us so it went unnoticed for awhile. When I checked into what was going on I found out GoDaddy had sold our domain name out from under us. We had a renewal notice on the domain name and renewed it and they still sold it.
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  • Profile picture of the author melprise
    Never use GoDaddy for your domain searches, never! Go to other major registrars like namecheap.
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    • Profile picture of the author Philip Pun
      Originally Posted by melprise View Post

      Never use GoDaddy for your domain searches, never! Go to other major registrars like namecheap.
      True i've had horrible experiences with them and even their user interface is not easy like namecheap .Namecheap is just very easy to use and godaddy opposite
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  • Profile picture of the author cheapprice175
    I've seen available domains (I mean non registerd ones) taken up by Godaddy and when I search the same domain on namecheap it shows unavailable. Quite obviously they have a system in place to pick up high quality domains that they sell for a premium price. I'm sure every registrar does it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanM
    Well, this has happened to me too, but most of my domains are in still GoDaddy. Perhaps need to reconsider!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author JulieWhite
    Godaddy sucks, there is not doubt about that. I never use their tool to search for domain names, as they turn the good ones into "premium domains" - forcing users to pay more.

    Use namecheap.com
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    • Profile picture of the author fredlynx
      I've had similar experiences with GoDaddy. Finding a great available domain name only to find it "not available" after going through the checkout. Thought first time that is was just one of those things...I wasn't fast enough although you would think that the domain would lock out from being picked up by someone else when actually going through the checkout steps. someone else nabbed it a second before me, I thought. But...
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  • Use enom.com not godaddy. Namecheap is an enom reseller. Stay away from Godaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aspirexx
    I only chose godaddy to get the best price on my domain name and wordpress managed hosting (best option for me). Next time I think I will choose hostgator for my hosting and namecheap for my domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author themusiccoach
    I have had it happen too but I always am able to get domains for a dollar there by finding codes so I have a hard time not using them!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I had similar problem just this week when namecheap was under maintenance for an hour. I used godaddy's bulk domain search feature and was shocked to see one of the domains available costs $855. I tried using the individual domain search and the result was still the same. I tried different browsers thinking it was a cookie problem and the result was still the same. One thing I noticed was godaddly loads slower.

    I keep monitoring namecheap and right after the maintenance was done, I checked the domain. It costs me just $10.6 to grab it... Now the $855 domain according to godaddy is in my namecheap account...
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      Now the $855 domain according to godaddy is in my namecheap account...
      Interesting, Adie. And not an atypical story at all, I think.

      The number of people I know in the domaining business (i.e. people who really know their way around the domain-registration business, because it's a significant part of what they do for a living) who would ever dream of using GoDaddy is zero.

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  • Profile picture of the author LegendaryGuy1
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    To be honest, I wouldn't trust Godaddy whatsoever. I could remember when they had a 69p sale and I was just on the verge of buying it until I reached checkout and there was so many feees involved which took the cost to £11. I have no idea how it happened.

    I only purchase domains from namecheap.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      In 2009, back when GoDaddy used to sell .info domain-names at $0.99 each and give a year's free privacy protection on each if you bought 5+ at a time, I used to buy large numbers of them (just to use for hoplink masking/re-direction and similar purposes), and then transfer them to Namecheap about 5-6 weeks before each expired. Battling with GoDaddy's check-out pages to make sure I was never overcharged was a hassle, but at the time it seemed worth it. Just about. Not long after that I moved everything I had there elsewhere and closed my account, and to be honest I really wished I'd done that sooner. Nobody has to do business with these people, if they don't want to.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOJerry
    I have been hearing scum bag stories about GoDaddy for a decade now. I would never use them
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  • Profile picture of the author bandphone
    This happened to me too last week. Found a great 1 word domain that I was very shocked was available and by the time I got to checkout it wasn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author rabbitking
    I stopped using GoDaddy a long time ago because I caught them stealing my domain name ideas and registering them.
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  • Profile picture of the author pewpewpewmonkeys
    I have been hearing scum bag stories about GoDaddy for a decade now.
    Of course you have. Affiliates of other services love to bash large competitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    You couldn't pay me to use Go Daddy. Read their terms of service / use before you use them. Read every word.

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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    What is it you caught Godaddy doing? It seems like you're implying that GoDaddy wouldn't let you purchase a particular domain name until you clicked through to the Godaddy web site from an affiliate. Is this correct?
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    • Profile picture of the author edlewis
      Simple solution - Don't use GoDaddy. Ever.

      I haven't used them since I had several domains "tasted" over there a few years back.

      It went like this...

      I found a domain that was available....tried to buy it...and their system slowed down, gave me an error message...and then when I tried to go back and buy it again - it was registered!

      Some spammy service ran their ads on it for 5 days (domain tasting) and then they refunded it and the domain was available again. So basically they got to run their PPC ads on the site for free for 5 days.

      Needless to say, when the domain became available again 5 days later...I did NOT register it with GoDaddy.

      Use Namecheap...once you do - you will never even remember that GoDaddy exists.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr.Seo
      Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

      What is it you caught Godaddy doing? It seems like you're implying that GoDaddy wouldn't let you purchase a particular domain name until you clicked through to the Godaddy web site from an affiliate. Is this correct?
      Q. What is it you caught Godaddy doing?

      a. I caught them lying about the availability of the domain. In the past I would just use other keywords after I got that response.

      Q. It seems like you're implying that GoDaddy wouldn't let you purchase a particular domain name until you clicked through to the Godaddy web site from an affiliate. Is this correct?

      a.Yes.
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      • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
        Originally Posted by Mr.Seo View Post

        Q. What is it you caught Godaddy doing?

        a. I caught them lying about the availability of the domain. In the past I would just use other keywords after I got that response.

        Q. It seems like you're implying that GoDaddy wouldn't let you purchase a particular domain name until you clicked through to the Godaddy web site from an affiliate. Is this correct?

        a.Yes.
        If this is true, what do you think would be GoDaddy's motivation to only let a person register a particular domain name if the visitor comes to GoDaddy's site from an affiliate link?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    I never use GoDaddy for searching or buying domains now. For a rapid search, I use Instant Domain Search (shows availability while typing), then I just use Namecheap to buy. Much easier process all around.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      You couldn't pay me to use Go Daddy. Read their terms of service / use before you use them. Read every word.

      RoD
      Good point, Rod. I have to admit I haven't done that.

      I once also lost a domain name that I waited a few hours to register. Now, I don't ever look at domain names unless I'm ready to purchase right then and there.

      Though from what I'm reading here that may not be good enough (or maybe MY domain picks aren't good enough for Godaddy to bother with).
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  • Profile picture of the author historial0racle
    It goes to show that most of these "big fish" can't operate completely honestly. This is real shade they're throwing at people, most of whom are noobs. I never check with go daddy. I use 1 & 1 so hope this helps others to check moving forward. Also another tip is, buy cheap with 1 & 1 but then move to name cheap. 1 & 1 have horrible service but they have great prices for the 1st year. Just remember to move before expiring or you'll be slapped with a huge bill.

    Also another 1 & 1 horror story is that I purchased a domain for $0.99 and they charged me $15. They thought I wouldn't notice. I went back to them bringing this up and they just said sorry, we'll refund the difference. It was just a glitch. Ya right!

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by historial0racle View Post

      It goes to show that most of these "big fish" can't operate completely honestly.
      Call me a logician, but I don't think it goes to show any such thing at all: I think it just goes to show that GoDaddy can't.

      Originally Posted by historial0racle View Post

      I use 1 & 1
      The words "frying pan" and "fire" come to mind.

      I know countless people who have found 1and1 genuinely extremely unpleasant people to do business with.

      Originally Posted by historial0racle View Post

      Also another 1 & 1 horror story is that ...
      I'm amazed.

      You talk about how awful they are, and you even start a sentence with the words "Another 1and1 horror story is that ...", and yet you still say "I use 1and1" rather than "I used to use 1and1 until I realised what *******s they are" (which is what so many people I know say about them, and what it appears by your own admission you yourself have every reason to say about them).

      Most domain-name registrars are perfectly reasonable and sensible.

      It's not as if buying domain-names is hugely difficult.

      Avoid GoDaddy and 1and1, never host a site where you also registered its domain-name, host somewhere not owned by EIG, and those three things are about all that 99% of people will ever need to know, on this subject!

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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    I've had this happen to me before and I learned my lesson. I've also been burned by GoDaddy in the past and so I use another registrar for all my domain name purchases.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheFranchiseMarketer
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    Hmm, very interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author beasty513
    It should be possible to transfer my domain
    to another registrar correct? I want to move.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by beasty513 View Post

      It should be possible to transfer my domain
      to another registrar correct? I want to move.
      Yes, you can normally transfer a domain-name between different registrars other than during an initial period right after you registered it (maybe 2 months - I can't quite remember now?), and normally not during the one month immediately before its expiry-date.

      When I've transferred them, in the past, I've always done so about 5-6 weeks before expiry. This has always worked ok.

      (Now I just register them all at Namecheap and stay there!).
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  • Profile picture of the author jungleweb
    Wow Godaddy sucks! I never liked them anyway for various reasons, but I had no idea they were pulling stuff like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fat Wolf
    looks like i need to move all my domain to namecheap or name.com, thanks for the information
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  • Profile picture of the author okedokie
    nice share, i think i just try search with godaddy, unique domain but after a hours i try search again, they said it premium, dont know why

    so any experience to park domain for sale in godaddy ? i want try godaddy as the auction
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