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Bidding on GoDaddy Auctions® domains

Submit offers or bid on domains with GoDaddy Auctions®. You’ll need a GoDaddy Auctions® membership to place bids on expired domains or 7-day auctions.

  • Bidding: Enter a starting bid and specify the maximum amount you want to bid for a domain. Our Proxy Bidding Service will bid the smallest amount necessary to become the highest bidder, and then it’ll automatically increase your bid by the minimum bid increment required each time you're outbid, until you reach your maximum bid amount.
  • Submitting offers: Submit one offer amount per domain. The seller is immediately notified and has seven days to accept or counter your offer. A GoDaddy Auctions® membership isn’t required for submitting offers.

To place a proxy bid, bid the highest amount you’d like. The proxy will only outbid the current highest bid by the lowest bid increment possible. If that bid is then increased, your proxy bid will continue to try to outbid the other bidders until your limit is reached.

There is no special interface to enter a proxy bid. Domains that are up for proxy bids won’t have a Buy Now price or Offer option available. You'll need to bid on a traditional auction listing such as a 7-day auction or an expired auction and whoever has the highest bid at the end wins.


The table below outlines the parameters around minimum bid increment rules, and all prices are shown in USD. For instance, if you see a domain listed in auction (in expiry, value-priced or 7-day public auctions) and the price is US$12, you must bid US$17. If a domain is listed at US$1100, you must bid US$1125.

Current price US$ (current highest bid amount) Next bid increment US$
$5 - $499.99 $5
$500 - $999.99 $10
$1,000 - $2,499.99 $25
$2,500 - $4,999.99 $50
$5,000 - $9,999.99 $100
$10,000 - $24,999.99 $250
$25,000 - $49,999.99 $500
$50,000+ $1000

Domains registered with us after May 2, 2005 that have expired are automatically listed on GoDaddy Auctions® 25 days after their expiry date. The current registrant can reclaim the domain from redemption up to 30 days after expiration. We cancel the auction and refund any applicable payments, if the current registrant renews the domain.

  1. Go to the GoDaddy Auctions® page and log in to your account. (Need help logging in? Find your username or password.)
    select domain
  2. From the Popular Searches menu, select Expiring.
  3. In the Enter Bid/Offer field of the domain you want, enter the bid amount. If your auctions account is not verified, you’ll be limited to submitting two bids for a total of US$1,500. Buy now listings won’t display this field.
  4. Select Continue to Review to confirm your bid or increase it.
  5. Select that you have read and agree to the Universal Terms of Service Agreement, the GoDaddy Auctions® Membership Agreement, and the pricing structure for GoDaddy Auctions®.
  6. Select Submit to enter your bid. Received an error message about an invalid or missing country code? Make sure you have a Country selected in your account settings prior to submitting a bid.

Once you’ve won your domain, you must submit payment within 48 hours.


Track domains on GoDaddy Auctions® with the Watching list. View the current price, the asking price, the number of bids placed on domains, and the auction end time.

  1. Go to the GoDaddy Auctions® page and log in to your account. (Need help logging in? Find your username or password.)
    select domain
  2. To add domains:
    1. Search for the domain you want to watch.
    2. Select the domain's watch list eye icon Watch eye icon to add to your Watching list.
  3. To view and place bids:
    1. From Bidding List, select Watching.
    2. In the domain's Make Bid/Offer column, enter your bid amount.
    3. Select that you have read and agree to the Universal Terms of Service Agreement, the GoDaddy Auctions® Membership Agreement, and the pricing structure for GoDaddy Auctions®.
    4. Select Submit Bid/Offer.

  • Backorder placed on a domain before it expired: We might use your backorder cost to place the opening bid on the domain. If you backorder a domain that's already listed on GoDaddy Auctions® and there are no bids for it, your backorder is used to purchase the domain.
  • Bid placed and someone outbids you: You’ll receive an outbid notice and are given the chance to place a higher bid. To avoid being outbid and losing your domain, you can either place a proxy bid or remain online until the auction ends.
  • Win the domain: You receive the domain and a one-year renewal for it. We move the domain to your account within 45 days. However, the current registrant can reclaim the domain during this 45 day grace period. If the current registrant renews the domain, we notify you, and you can apply your backorder to another domain or request a refund from our support team.

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