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You may contact your registrar during this period to renew your domain, but will nearly always have to pay an additional fee in order to retrieve your domain name from redemption.
The amount of redemption fee could be an additional $50 - $90 (US), but each registrar sets their own fees for this service, some higher, some lower. Whatever amount, it is in addition to your renewal fees.
After 30 day redemption period, domain enters a phase called “Pending Deletion”, which is approximately 5 days in length. During this phase, domain is essentially “frozen”. It can not be retrieved by original registrant and it can not be registered by another party.
At end of this phase (which in practice may not be a full 5 days) domain is once again available to first applicant that requests to register it.
============================== #3. Don’t count on it ============================== If your domain name expires, don’t assume that you can simply re-register name again once it becomes available, thereby saving redemption fees.
Even if it is a little known name, there are literally thousands of companies and individuals that may grab your expired domain second it’s available, preventing you from re-registering it.
Companies that offer to send targeted visitor traffic to your web site often do so by purchasing other expired domain names.
Companies that resell domain names may snag your expired domain in hopes of selling it back to you at a premium or selling it to another party.
Someone else may have just really wanted domain name you had and placed a back-order for it (a request to purchase if name becomes available).
Most organizations and individuals that purchase expired domains do so using automated software, and therefore have a much higher likelihood of obtaining name than an individual attempting to monitor availability by hand.
================== #4. Summary ================== Each registrar has their own policies regarding expired domains; therefore, time you have to rescue your domain from hands of others may differ from schedule above. Check your domain name now, and keep a reminder to renew it. That way, you can avoid potential issues and additional costs of an expired domain all together.
Happy Site Building,
Gary King http://www.siteblueprint.com
Gary King juggles many endeavors, one of which provides easy to use tools for webmasters of all levels, including web, flash, powerpoint and corporate logo templates at http://www.siteblueprint.com