In our previous article about Expired Domains in the Redemption Period, we mentioned that for domain renewal during the Redemption Period, domains owners are required to pay the $100 Redemption Fee plus the original domain renewal fee. However, some people might find the $100 Redemption Fee is very expensive. Hence, it is very common that the domain owners decide to wait until the domain is released for general public registration. This approach is in fact very risky due to the following reasons.

The Possibility of Losing Your Domain

All domains are registered on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, there is no guarantee that you can re-register your domain name after it is released for public registration. Also, a lot of internet firms often trace those easy-to-memorize domain names for re-sale purposes. Therefore, it is not easy to re-register an already-expired domain name after it is released for public registration.

Page Rank Issue

All domain names have a value of PageRank(PR). Newly signed up domain names have a zero value of PR. Assuming the PR for your domain is originally at 4. Once your domain is expired and has been released for public registration, your domain will now have a PR of 0 and you would need to put a lot of effort to re-gain the previous ranking.