Another favorite DotWeekly post salvaged from archive.org It’s likely that some of this info has changed since 2008
Domain Name Drop Times
.com & .net = 1:00-2:15 PM Central Standard Time
.org = 8:30-9:30 AM Central Standard Time
.info = 3:30-4:00 AM Central Standard Time
.biz = 1:30-2:00 AM Central Standard Time
.us = 12:00-12:30 AM Central Standard Time
ALL .com & .net domain names that you Really want should be back ordered via a 3rd party drop cathing service like SnapNames.com or NameJet.com. If you are interested in trying to “grab” or register the domain name as it becomes available, you can do this now the AGP process has been adjusted. Again, it’s best to use SnapNames if you really want the domain as it increases your chances greatly.
There are also domains that are considered “partner” domains. Partner domains are domain names that are registered threw certain registrars which partner with auction services. Another plus about getting a partnered domain compared to a Pending Delete domain, is the partnered domain will NOT lose it’s original registration date and it will hold it’s “age” which is a big plus for SEO. (Search Engine Optimization)
If a domain is not back ordered, or no bids are placed at one of the below auction services, then the domain name goes threw the normal drop process and at some point will go into Pending Delete and “drop” after being in the Pending Delete status for 5 days and drop on the 6th day.
To find out who a domain name is registered threw, use a Domain Name Whois service like www.Whois.sc .
If a domain name expires and is registered at NetworkSolutions.com, Enom.com, NameSecure.com, BulkRegister.com and several other Enom Reseller accounts, the domain will Always go to NameJet.com auction service.
Domain Names with Godaddy.com or Wild West Domains all go to Auction.Godaddy auction service.
Domains registered with the registrar Melbourne IT, go to Afternic.com auction service.
Domians registered with Moniker.com, MyDomain.com, Register.com, Dotster.com, Answerable.com and any Registrar that looks like answerable.com go to SnapNames.com auction service.
You will need to place a Back Order for the domain. NameJet.com uses Pre-Release, but SnapNames and Pool use back ordering. If you are the only person to back order, you will get the domain for the min back order price. If their is more then one back order, a 3 day auction will take place.