Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) recently published its study about drop-catching — ”a process whereby a domain that has expired is released into the pool of available names and is instantly re-registered by another party.” The study showed that 100% of ”.com” and ”.net” domain names were immediately registered after they had been released.
Quoting: “The results also show that 87% of Dot-COM drop-catchers use the domain names for pay-per-click (PPC) sites. They have no interest in these domain names other than leveraging them to post PPC ads and turn a profit. Interestingly, only 67% of Dot-ORG drop catchers use the domains they catch to post these sites — most likely because Dot-ORG names are harder to monetize due to the lack of type-in traffic and because they tend to be used for more legitimate purposes.”
CADNA white paper Drop-Catching
Posted on 2008-02-01