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DomainTools Seeking Director of Marketing

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In a tweet posted this afternoon, DomainTools announced that the company is seeking to hire a new Director of Marketing. The in-house position will be based out of the company’s Seattle, Washington office.

From what I understand, the roll previously fell under Susan Prosser’s job description, but Susan is now more focused on Industry & Partner Relations as Vice President of the company.

Here are the desired skills and experience for the qualified applicant:

  • Provide leadership, training, and management for a superior Marketing organization.
  • Drive market research and competitive intelligence.
  • Work with Product Management to define and execute go-to-market strategies.
  • Enforce brand consistency across our websites, marketing collateral, PR, etc.
  • Manage by data and metrics; lean towards the science of marketing as much as the art.
  • Test new channels for membership acquisition such as affiliate, SEM and display.
  • Love to come to work every day, and make sure your team feels the same way.

The full job description is posted on the company’s LinkedIn page, and if you are interested in applying for the position, you can do so directly on the LinkedIn page. You can also learn more about DomainTools and its parent company on the Thought Convergence website.

DomainTools Offering Free Trial

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I saw this Twitter post from DomainTools this morning offering a free three-day DomainTools trial, and I think it’s a great chance for people to check out how many tools they can benefit from.

Every day without fail, I use DomainTools Whois lookup Tool, Whois History Tool, Whois Monitor Tool, and probably a couple of additional tools I can’t think of off the top of my head. I also receive Registrant Alert emails virtually every morning, and I use that to see what domain names are being looked up.

In my opinion, when buying a domain name in private in the aftermarket, you need to use DomainTools Whois History tool to make sure the deal is legit and the owner is really the owner. It’s one of the most critical tools I use to do due diligence, and the other is just my gut feel.

There are plenty of other tools and services that I use, but frankly, I really don’t think my business could operate without a DomainTools membership. I can’t think of any other tools or services I can say that about.

If you don’t have a DomainTools account and you want to be serious about investing in domain names, you need to have one. I recommend using the free trial when you know you’ll have three days to really use all of the tools and see how beneficial it is.

Although DT is an advertiser, I wasn’t asked to post this nor am I using any tracking or affiliate link.

Screenshots.com Archived SOPA & PIPA Protests in Visual Gallery

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Yesterday was a historical day for the Internet. Many of the largest websites we visit (Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist…etc) had some sort of visual protest of two Congressional bills that are currently under consideration in the House of Representatives (SOPA) and the Senate (PIPA).

It was really neat seeing many of these large websites showing their opposition to these two bills, while encouraging customers and clients to contact elected officials to let them know how they feel about these bills. As an American, freedom of speech is a right we are given, and being able to publicly protest legislation is important to this democracy.

In the past, we only had newspapers and other print publications to save and reference historical dates and events. There is now an alternative to the old way: Screenshots.com.

Screenshots.com  was launched by DomainTools  in December of 2011, and it archived the home pages of many websites that protested SOPA and PIPA. If you visit, you can see a visual gallery of the SOPA / PIPA protest. The protest is fresh in my mind now and is discussed in a variety of publications both online and offline, but it will be forever recorded visually on Screenshots.com.

Personally, I think it would be great if individuals could create accounts on Screenshots.com and archive articles and websites that are important to them. This could be good for many reasons both good (perhaps a mention in a  prestigious  publication)  and bad  (perhaps archiving stolen content or libel).

DomainTools Launches Screenshots.com

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In early February, Ron Jackson reported that Screenshots.com had sold for $32,500. The third largest deal of the week was completed by Eric Rice, and the buyer was DomainTools (as Mike Berkens noted a while back). The company has been offering historical screenshots of websites via its Whois lookup page. For instance, you can see the old format here.

A press release went out this morning announcing that DomainTools is now using Screenshots.com to display historic website screenshots.  The new website is free to use for any visitor, and anyone can view or download the screenshots. You do not need a DomainTools account to use Screenshots.com.

This is a standalone website, and like other DomainTools’ websites, it provides much more information than just screenshots. For instance, when you search a website, Screenshots.com lists the # of domain names owned by the registrant of that domain name as well as the # of domain names on the same nameservers. It’s a handy new site, and I can imagine a whole host of uses for it.

Press release below:

DomainTools, the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring, today launched Screenshots.com, a website that allows users to view screenshots of what a website looks like now and throughout its history. Screenshots.com provides a web archive of images and data sets that can be used for discovering and evaluating the history of website homepages.  Users can track, and more fully understand, how a website’s homepage content has changed in its lifetime.

DomainTools has rebuilt the thumbnail engine that for years has provided a visual context to the powerful domain name detail information available at DomainTools.com. By launching on the premium domain name Screenshots.com, DomainTools is able to feature this important content in a more functional way for users that are specifically interested in home page archives.

Screenshots.com was created with key features in mind to help users better research competitive websites, easily scroll through a website’s image history, and discover details about the website.  Visitors can quickly uncover the year the domain was first registered, find similar type websites and learn how a website looked over time.  The site includes the ability for users to request an updated screenshot at any time.  The Featured Screenshot section on the home page scans news feeds for domain name references and showcases them on a rotating basis.

The DomainTools thumbnail image capture system, the back-end service for Screenshots.com, was originally developed in 2004. The current version now checks up to 1,000,000 websites a day and, unlike other screenshot services, captures critical external resources like ads and images. With Screenshots.com, what you see is exactly what a visitor would have seen when they visited the site.  Domain investors, trademark attorneys and brand agents alike have relied upon DomainTools’ screenshot history tool to make more informed business decisions and to investigate and defend potential trademark-infringing domain names.

For nearly 10 years, DomainTools has provided users with the most comprehensive data about domain names, and the launch of Screenshots.com helps extend that mission.  Together with DomainTools.com, DailyChanges.com, ReverseWhois.com, and Reversemx.com, individuals, small business owners, and many large enterprises use DomainTools’ breadth of tools to do everything from finding a good domain for a new business to verifying DNS and WHOIS information on corporate portfolios of thousands of domains.

About DomainTools

DomainTools is the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring. Like the white pages of the Internet, DomainTools provides a directory that serves a comprehensive snapshot of past and present domain name registration and ownership records in addition to powerful research tools that help to uncover and discover everything there is to know about a domain name. DomainTools is a Top 200 site in the Alexa rankings. DomainTools is based in Seattle, Washington.

Need a Job? DomainTools is Still Hiring

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DomainTools WhoisI’ve seen reports about just how bad the job market is these days. I am very thankful to be doing what I am doing because I know there are plenty of people who are struggling and don’t have a job. I think unemployment is over 9% right now in the US – a scary number to think about.

One company in the domain space that continues to have job opportunities is DomainTools. A few months ago, the company was looking to hire a SEO and Analytics Manager. The company has added other job openings to the list for job seekers in the Seattle area.

If you know engineers with expertise in the fields below in the Seattle area, send them the information. I have no idea what the pay is, but it’s nice to see that there are some companies looking to hire while others are downsizing.

If you happen to be someone looking for a job, or you would like to apply for one of the positions listed above, send an email to “joinourteam” at domaintools .com.

Why I Like Screenshot Tool

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I was making my daily inquiries the other day, when I saw a great domain name with a “coming soon” landing page. The page said that this was going to be a new venture and it would be launched sometime soon. There was no copyright or update date on the site or the footer.

Ordinarily when I see a coming soon page with a 2011 date, I generally refrain from making an offer. I know that development can be time consuming and expensive, so if the domain owner posted something that said the domain name was in the process of being developed, there’s little reason for me to make an offer to try and buy it since it will likely be expensive or there won’t be an interest in selling.

This is precisely where the screenshot history tool comes into use for me. On this particular domain name, I checked the screenshot history, and it showed me that the same landing page has been on the site since May of 2009. That indicates to me that the domain owner either got sidetracked or had other issues preventing him from launching the website. It also told me that he hasn’t monetized it, so he doesn’t know what he’s leaving on the table.

This information is invaluable in negotiating to purchase a domain name. If the guy replies to me and says he’s working on a website, I can tell him that it hasn’t happened in two plus years, so perhaps it might be a good time to throw in the towel and make some money from his underutilized asset. In any case, it’s a tool that I use on occasion, and when I do use it, I find it very helpful.

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