Be Cautious When Using Domain Search Tool

In March, I wrote an article about how the Domain Search Tool can help you find a buyer for a domain name, and Andrew Allemann recently posted a great video illustrating how to use the tool. In short, this DomainTools tool can help you find other domain names that use your keyword string in them, and it is an exceptional tool to help you find someone to buy a domain name.

I want to give you a bit of a warning if you are using this tool though, based on something that happened to a friend of mine a week ago. It’s not the fault of the tool, but it’s more of a business risk.

Would Love to See This List Data

Every day, is filled with websites that share lists of names that are coming up for sale or auction. One thing that I think would be very interesting to look at would be a master list of those domain names that were mentioned 6-12 months ago and the current owner.

I think it would be interesting to see whether these investments would have been good (meaning an end user owns the name) or whether they are currently unregistered or owned by a domain investor. This wouldn’t be a definitive list since a domain investor-owned name wouldn’t necessarily equate to it being a less valuable domain name, but it would be interesting to see how many have ended up being bought by an end user.

Making this data even more valuable would be if someone used DomainTools Whois History Tool to track the end user-owned domain names and see if a domain investor owned them in between the time they were publicized in a blog and the present time. If that’s the case,

Use the Domain Search Tool to Sell Domain Names


About a week ago, I wrote an article with some insight about how to use the Domain Search Tool, which is a free tool from DomainTools. I want to share another way to use the tool, this time to help you sell domain names.

In the past, I used LeadRefs to find potential buyers for my domain names. Unfortunately, LeadRefs closed shop, so I now employ the “old fashioned” method of finding buyers by looking through Google results to see advertisers and see what companies are listed in the organic results. This is certainly a good way to find leads, but it can be time consuming.

The Domain Search Tool can help you find prospective end user buyers. What you should do is

Domain Search Tool: Powerful DomainTools Tool


I use DomainTools on a daily basis. In fact, it’s probably one of the five websites I visit most on a daily basis, most specifically for the Whois Tool. One tool I underutilize is the Domain Search tool, and I want to share how it can help you buy domain names.

On the DomainTools website under the “Buy Domains” tab, there is a link for Domain Search. Clicking that link will take you directly to the Domain Search tool. With this tool, you can search specific keywords to find domain names that are registered and unregistered.

One of the best searches is for

Keep Your Whois Contact Information Accurate

I want to share a tip for those of you who don’t use an email service like Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL in favor of hosting your own email on one of your domain names. If you ever sell that domain name, make sure you update your Whois contact information.

Yesterday afternoon, I found a domain name I wanted to inquire about. I saw that the Whois contact email address was a name @ a fantastic one word domain name. I thought to myself that perhaps I could inquire about that great name, too, and buy two domain names at once. I visited the second domain name and saw that it was parked.

More intrigued by the better one word domain name, I decided to do some more research on it. I saw that the Whois registration went

DomainTools Revamps Reverse Whois Lookup Tool


DomainTools has a variety of exceptional tools I use daily, including the Whois lookup tool, Whois history tool, IP and NS history tool, and several others. One tool I use a bit less frequently is the Reverse Whois Tool, although it is very helpful, especially when negotiating an acquisition or sale.

The company recently revamped and relaunched the Reverse Whois Tool, making it faster to operate, more intuitive, and less expensive. I wouldn’t say the reports are now “cheap,” but if you are able to work out a better deal at a cost of a couple hundred dollars, you are well ahead of the game.

I had the chance to try out the improved tool, and I was impressed with the speed of the reports as well as the search functionality. It’s a big improvement over the former version.

Brand management firms as well as intellectual property lawyers are going to love this enhanced tool. Cybersquatting impacts all of us (both in terms of cost and reputation), and this tool makes it easier to find the bad guys and connect the dots between their malicious registrations.

Here’s the company’s announcement with more information:

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