Domains are ultimately allocated through IANA. For domains that have been purchased, you can do a WHOIS lookup to get some information on the owner.

If you want to sell a domain, is there any global, official, or semi-official way to mark it as For Sale? E.G. something you could put into its global WHOIS info?

  • You can list it on websites selling domain names. You can change the whois info, and you can put a website at that domain telling that you sell it. – Patrick Mevzek Jan 25 '18 at 14:51

No, there is no official way.

One solution would be to make the Technical, Billing or Admin contact name FOR SALE as a workaround. But that would rely on someone noticing it.

  • Do not do that. Regulations, specifically in ccTLDs, mandates that contact info are legit in the whois, a name such "For Sale" is not legit. You can be imaginative on the address though. Or the nameservers. – Patrick Mevzek Jan 25 '18 at 14:52
  • The address is also required to be correct. So unless one lives on "For Sale St," anything you might list on the address would also be considered a violation. There really isn't an official way. As alternates, he can list the domain in various marketplaces and maybe create a landing page. – Dynadot Jan 26 '18 at 19:19
  • @Dynadot you could easily say c/o in an address or many other tricks, but I basically agree with you and already gave the alternative solutions you list in my comment under the question. Anyway I wanted to say "specifically in gTLDs" in my earlier comment, but many ccTLDs check whois records to, so imagine it as a "standard" in all TLDs, that is easier. – Patrick Mevzek Jan 26 '18 at 20:47

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