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  1. SEO Basics

    What Is SEO? A Brief Introduction
    3 Topics
  2. The Best SEO Tools I Can't Live Without
    5 Topics
  3. Building An SEO Foundation
    How To Develop An SEO Strategy
    4 Topics
  4. How To Look Up Domain Ownership History [Avoid Red Flags]
  5. Search Indexing: Getting Your Website Seen & Ranked
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  6. Content Production
    The Basics Of Keyword Research
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  7. How To Create Content SEO-Friendly Content
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  8. On-Page SEO
    On-Page SEO
    7 Topics
  9. How To Use Rank Math For SEO
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  10. How To Use Yoast For SEO [Step-By-Step]
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  11. Off-Page SEO
    Off-Page SEO
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  12. How To Get Backlinks In 2024 [Methods Proven To Work]
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  13. Technical SEO
    Technical SEO
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  14. Other
    SEO Best Practices
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How To Look Up Domain Ownership History [Avoid Red Flags]

vector graphic showing an illustration of a woman looking for domain ownership history

Let me ask you a question: what is a classic mistake that people do while buying a domain name?

Any guesses? Well, it’s buying a domain without checking its ownership history.

The majority of people buy a domain name they like without looking into that, while the reality is that looking into domain ownership history can reveal a number of valuable findings and save you from future costs of using a domain that was used for malicious purposes.

We don’t want you to make the same mistake. And that’s why we’ve prepared this short guide explaining how to look up domain ownership history quickly and easily. Let’s find out!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Domain Ownership History?

The domain ownership history is a track record of all the people who have bought a particular domain name throughout its existence.

Can the Owner of a Domain Be Traced?

It depends. If the domain registration is not private, then a domain owner can be traced easily.

If it’s private, then it may be a bit tricky (but still possible, regardless).

You can read more about the subject in the first tutorial linked below under the Similar Tutorials section.

Who Actually Owns Domains?

A domain name is actually owned by the person or entity who first registered it from an accredited domain registrar.

If they keep renewing the domain, it remains their property. Otherwise, if they fail to renew it then the ownership is transferred back to the registrar, who can transfer it to the next buyer.


What You’ll Need to Find Domain Ownership History

You’ll need the following two things in order to find out the domain ownership history of any domain name:

  • A credit/debit card: To pay for your domain ownership history report.
  • A PDF viewer: To open and view your domain ownership history report.


How to Find Domain Ownership History: Step-by-Step Instructions

Before we proceed, we’d like to tell you that this procedure requires you to spend a few bucks.

That’s right — if you want to learn about the full ownership history of any domain, you’ve got to pay for it.

Now if you’re okay with that, please proceed with the procedure explained below.

First of all, open the WhoIs History page of and enter the domain name whose historical ownership records you want to check.

Once entered, hit the “Lookup” button. This will lead you to a page like the one shown below. On this page, click on the “Preview Report” option.

Now you’ll arrive on a screen like the one shown below. Here you can see a complete historical overview of how many people or entities have owned a particular domain name throughout history.

If you want a complete report, you can buy it for $49 by clicking the “Buy Now for $49” button.

Keep in mind that these reports are usually long. Quite long actually — they may run into thousands of pages depending on the length of ownership history.

So buy them only if you’ve got the time to sift through that sort of information goldmine about your target domain!

Similar Tutorials to Check Out

  • How to Look Up Domain Owners: This tutorial explains how to find out the owner of any domain name very easily. It covers the scope of both private as well as public domain registrations.
  • How To Buy Expired Domains: Many times it’s not possible to get a domain name because someone else bought it. However, expensive domains often get expired before their owners can renew them. This tutorial explains how to buy them.
  • How To Change GoDaddy Nameservers: Once you’ve bought a domain name, the first step you’re required to take is to change its nameservers to point them toward your host. This tutorial explains how to do that when you bought your domain from GoDaddy.

Wrapping Up

So this was a quick method of finding out the domain ownership history of any domain name purchased from the best domain registrars.

We hope we explained the full procedure properly, and now you’re ready to start looking up the history of your preferred domain name(s).

If you still have any doubts though, you can drop them in the comments and we’ll try to answer them.

Finally, if you found this short guide useful then share it on social media so we get encouraged to create more such content.