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I am wanting to set up a website and have found that the domain name I want has been taken, although I cannot find an actual website that matches it. How can I found out how to get this domain if it's no longer needed?
Sometimes a redundant or speculated domain has a notice on the page of the domain that it is available for sale. This of course is explanatory. These domains tend to be expensive and well above the $11.95 range or so that Yola and others sell virginal domains.
Other times the owner is just sitting on it as they are no longer using it or they haven't got around to using it.
Then there is the group purchase of alike domain names to prevent someone coincidentally using these even though they will never be used, just locked out of the market.
You may be able to find the owner of an unused domain by running a whois and often a query will yield a contact email address. You could try and make contact that way.Some domains are private and really there's no easy way to chase these up for this purpose.
There are brokers around who will work to locate the availability of these domains but invariably their prices are astronomical. $100's to $1000's of dollars.
It is hard to find a good domain name this days. a specially if it is a short name.
What do you want to do on your website? We may help you to find a better name. Remember, if you want to get visitors to your website, then the domain name shouldn't be a name that you like or want. It should be a name that everybody will remember easily.