Dynadot is one of the more popular registrars that offers an API for registering domain names. Domainers have been using Dynadot as their preferred registrar while drop catching expired domains via the API. Beginning this year in January 2012, Dynadot decided to open up it’s API to all users. Before 2012, users were required to spend $500 USD yearly to qualify for a bulk account that allowed API access. As of January, all users received access to using the API & the $500 yearly still qualified your account as bulk – but only offers bulk pricing on each domain registration’s price.
Since the API has been opened up to all users, Dynadot has implemented API connection restrictions based on each member’s spending. This means that users who spend more, receive more live connections to the central registry (Verisign) which secures more connections for drop catching expired domain names.
The general feedback from domainers is that Dynadot no longer offers a suitable API for their drop catching needs. I often get emails about the Dynadot dropking.com software that users often see the API return a: “System_Busy” error. Sometimes this is all they see in the drop catching activity log. Some people have given up on the API completely and moved on to drop catch names at Moniker or other registrars offering an API.
While Dynadot’s API is currently over subscribed, they are working on obtaining more registry connections for drop catching expired domains. According to Dynadot’s president: Todd Hann, additional registrar connections are on the way soon. So don’t lose hope on using this API for your drop catching needs. As soon as more connections are made available, drop catching should pick up for domainers who utilize this API.
So what happens now for users who have pre-funded their Dynadot accounts & still want to catch expired domains? After some digging around, I found this information from Dynadot’s support team. This basically covers how Dynadot’s API works & what you can expect from your spending and what to expect to catch using their API.
This table describes an example if six customers were accessing Dynadot’s API at the same time – based on their yearly spending habits. Notice that the live registry / API connections Dynadot is allowed are linear with each member’s yearly spending:
|Your Account Spending Per Year||Allocated API Connections|
I do get good emails from users who are sucessfully catching domains with Dynadot & their secret is to keep adding funds to their accounts on a daily basis. These drop catchers are throwing in $20-$40 daily & successfully catching approx 2-4 domains a day. Therefore securing more connections to the central registry for drop catching domains they desire. This in fact keeps adding connections to the user’s account from the pool.
I feel a lot of domainers have lost hope in Dynadot’s API, but you shouldn’t. If you look at the whole picture and invest on a daily basis, you will find that the Dynadot API can be a useful tool you can depend on for your daily drop catching activity.
If you have any questions or want to get involved in catching expired domains with Dynadot’s API, you can contact me at any time or checkout the tools for sale at DropKing. I’m more than happy to help with anything I can to make your drop catching experience successful.