I have spent a lot of time these last months crawling and analyzing expired domains, and I've found some really good ones. The really great domains are from country specific TLDs and the registration is both a bit more tedious and more expensive. So it takes a bit more time to set it up (for example finding someone to register it with their details when WHOIS privacy is not available for that specific TLD). But here's the thing. Every time I found an unusually good domain like this and start researching how to register it, someone else comes first and takes it. The latest example was today, when I was researching how to register a great domain that I found with domain privacy, verifying links etc. I checked to see earlier today that it was still available, yes it was. It had been expired for almost a year now. Then when I'm ready, it has been registered, 1 hour before me according to a whois lookup. If this was just a one time thing I would have though "ok, that's unlucky". But it goes for EVERY great domain that I find. Has happened with 4 of them in the last month, where three of them were PR6 with awesome link profiles. Of course these link profiles might invite easy access for crawlers to find the pages, but if they were that easy to find, then why have no one registered it for such a long time? Now I'm thinking, this can't be a coincidence, right? What are the odds that domains that have remained untouched for such a long time gets taken just moments before I try to register? I've thought of some alternatives to the cause of this: 1. Just bad luck 2. Trojan/Virus on computer 3. Site used for domain research publishing/using my query - Wayback Machine (don't think so) - Majestic (don't think so) - PR Checker Tool - Domain registrar (well known company) - OSE (don't think so) - Openlinkprofiler (don't think so) - Sales representative at domain registrar (only used in 2 cases) Or am I wrong to question this? What do you think?