I am frequently asked what types of tools I would want to help make my business life easier and more efficient. The one response that has stayed the same for years is a bulk Whois look up tool. I would like to be able to do Whois searches in bulk so I can analyze large lists of domain names.
I believe there is at least one website that offers bulk whois lookups, but I haven’t found one that offers it in the manner I would like to see it. Since there might be a company that can do this, I will share my thoughts on the ideal bulk Whois search tool:
The tool should be able to search hundreds of domain names at once. For example, I might have a keyword list of all types of sports (soccer, baseball, football, futbol…etc), and I can paste the entire list with the extension included. After a short period of time, the tool will spit out the following helpful results:
- Registrant name, address, and phone
- Registrant email
- Creation and expiration dates
To make this even easier for me, I would like to be able to download a csv file with the list so that I can manipulate the data and make it more useful and actionable for me.
I would need to trust the company that creates this tool because it would be very easy for the owner of the tool to analyze what I am researching and potentially use the data in a way that competes with me. A large company may be less likely to use my data when there are hundreds or thousands of other users, but a “friend” who builds this tool might gain access to information I might not want shared. Yes, there are ways for people to monitor what domain names I buy, but there is also Whois privacy available to allow me to shield the names I want to keep private.
I don’t think I would pay much for this tool, but I do think it would be popular. That means that it might not become a cash cow, but there are plenty of great companies that would advertise on a popular website that is visited by domain investors regularly.
If there is a tool like this and I am simply unaware of it, I hope you’ll share this information with me and others who read this. If you think a bulk Whois tool would be handy, let me know that as well, because that might encourage a company to build something that is desired by many others.