Unless you happen to think of a bad-ass domain name (that is still available for registration) by yourself, the best chance you have of getting a rock solid domain name, for use or sale/trade, is to watch recent domain expiration lists. More specifically, the daily domain expiration lists. I’m not talking about The Domain Name After Market from GoDaddy, where increased interest in a domain name usually results in the non-acquisition of said domain name. I’m talking about drop lists from registrars of domains that are actually expiring and are available for immediate registration through whichever registrar you please. Searching for and through these domain expiry lists can be a bit meticulous, though, so I’ve compiled a resource of links that you can bookmark and save for future reference.
Expired Domain Name Search Engines & Dump Lists
EBUB.COM Deleted Domains List
Pretty solid, easy to navigate through, includes Chinese domains.
NameJet Dump Lists
Dump lists for the next several days or the entire coming month.
Easy to filter through dump lists, includes German domains.
Expired Domain Boss
Search domains pending deletion up to three days in advance.
Expired Domains Finder
Interface is decent, PR/Backlink search, small database though.
Curated Periodicals of Expired Domain Names
Best Expired Domains
Curated list of expiring domains, usually with DMOZ links and PR.
All Internet Ideas Expiring Domains
Curated list of expiring domains for new businesses or niche sites.
DNXpert Expired Domain Names
Curated list of expiring domain names: real words and niche sites.
Do you curate a periodical list of expired domain names or know of a good expired domain name search engine to add to this list? Message me on Twitter, my handle is @typelife.