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Use the Domain Search Tool to Sell Domain Names

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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

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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

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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

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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:

Win One of Three Free DomainTools Professional Memberships

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I’ve said it many times before, but I probably couldn’t operate my business on a full-time basis without using DomainTools. The company’s Whois lookup is quick and comprehensive, and its Whois History tool is what I use to perform due diligence before buying any domain name in the aftermarket. There are more tools than these, but these are what I use daily.

DomainTools is currently running a special Christmas themed contest, and the company will be giving away three free professional memberships. Each membership has a $500 value, and you’ll likely extract much more value than that if you are using the tools daily… even one deal that you close on or choose not to close on will make the membership worthwhile.

Here are the basic details that you can find on the special holiday themed website that was created for this (SantasFavoriteWhois.com):

Send an email to Santa before January 2nd, 2013 about your wish to win a FREE year of DomainTools’ Professional membership. In your email, you MUST include two things: 1) Your full name and 2) A quote about the value YOU see in using DomainTools that can be shared. Santa will draw THREE lucky names to be announced on January 4th, 2013 via Santa’s favorite DomainTools social media channels.

I am sure there are terms and conditions, and you can find that on DomainTools’ website.

Go Daddy Policy Change May Help DomainTools

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I read about a policy change at Go Daddy’s TDNAM auction house that was implemented as result of domain investors circumventing the system to acquire domain names that had been previously auctioned. The company described the problem in this way:

Domain investors often watch Go Daddy Auctions ® for expired domain names of value. When they find domain names they want, they use the public Whois records to harass the current registrant into redeeming the domain name and selling it directly to the investor. Based on customer complaints, many investors participate in this practice, and some even hire outsourced teams.

Although I think losing out on sales was more of a problem rather than Go Daddy’s concern about domain investors harassing their customers, I think this “fix” will probably bring additional business DomainTools rather than solving any problem. The Whois History tool is a powerful tool that can essentially circumvent privacy and allow people to see the prior Whois information, enabling them to contact domain registrants as they have been doing.

With that said, I don’t see why Go Daddy doesn’t have the same sort of system employed by other registrars that prevent customers from re-registering domain names after the grace period. I suppose it would be a potential customer service issue if a registrar is auctioning its clients domain names rather than using a partner like Net Sol does with NameJet).

In my opinion, the solution won’t really work for Go Daddy because anyone who is buying names like this will sign up for a DomainTools account and continue as usual (if they don’t already have one). I think the way to stop the problem is to change the timing of the auctions.

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