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Domain Buying Tip


I want to share a relatively easy tip with you when it comes to buying domain name. This advice goes for both aftermarket acquisitions and hand registrations, and I think it can help you get an idea of the ease (or difficulty) you may have in selling a particular domain name.

Before buying a name, do a Whois search for similar domain names, and do a search of the same keywords in different extensions. If you see that others are unregistered or owned solely by domain investors, it might be challenging to sell it to an end user buyer for whatever reason. If other similar names are owned by end user companies, you will probably have a much easier time finding a buyer.

Let me give you an example.

Let’s say you have the opportunity to purchase a large city domain name (let’s say either at auction or hand registration. Do some research to see if plumbers own other large city domain names. In addition, see if any smaller town domain names are registered to local plumbers in that area. You should also check out other extensions, and do a Google search of the keyword to see what domain names local plumbers are using for their websites.

If you see the vast majority of similar domain names owned by other domain investors or unregistered, you may want to rethink buying the name. Yes, there could be some commercial value (obviously there is in my simple example), but if no plumber has bought one of the names from a domain investor, you should realize you will probably end up in the same situation.

Keep in mind this tip is one that I use when I am buying domain names to re-sell. If you plan to build out a domain name or monetize it due to known type-in traffic, this tip probably matters much less.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (13)


    Thanks, Elliot! Question: Do you ever have success in selling a .COM to the owner of the same domain in another TLD?

    October 23rd, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Elliot Silver

      I don’t recall but I am pretty sure I have. I was negotiating on one recently but we couldn’t work out terms. The company owned the .org.

      October 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    john Harrison

    I know you are unlikely to give away your greatest domain strategies but tips like this are very welcome and appreciated. thank you. I suggest many more purchasing tips please πŸ˜‰

    October 23rd, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I give quite a bit of info out but my greatest advantage is the gut feel I’ve gotten over the years. I can spend $50,000 on a domain name without blinking these days, knowing it’s worth at least that. Several years ago, spending $1,000 for a single domain name required some deliberation. I can’t stress enough that individual tips and advice can be helpful, but it’s a matter of getting a good gut feel based on making deals that is most helpful.

      October 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm


    One of the best ways to research this type of name is to use, enter “plumber” in the ends with category or whatever you are researching, click NO idn, numbers, or hyphens because zfbot will only show up to 10,000 names and if you include numbers or hyphens its way to many. Then you just look through the list of all the different ways plumber is used. You will see many city plumber names starting with best, fast, cheap, etc…..such as

    etc……..If you see lots like this there is a great chance its a very good name. There are 7,534 dot com domains ending with plumber.

    October 23rd, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    William Lin

    Thanks Elliot for the tip. I can now saving my money on aftermarket πŸ™‚

    October 23rd, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Peter Pan

    Thanks for insight Elliot.

    As a ccTLD investor, I’ve been doing this for years. I guess great minds think alike πŸ™‚

    October 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Thanks for the comment… As an aside, my brother was a big RVP fan until he left Arsenal. πŸ™‚

      October 23rd, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Talk like this

    @Elliot Ty. Great tips…
    @Todd Ty 4r gr8 tips

    October 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm


    Thanks for sharing Your ideas Elliot!

    October 24th, 2012 at 4:31 am


    Great tips indeed.

    I bought a lot of similar names in the past without doing extensive research and as a result none of these sold.

    October 24th, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Dom Aina

    Thanks for the very informative blog post. I’m just starting to get my feet wet with domains. I’ll definitely employ some of the methods to get me started. also has lots of aged domains for sale. Great work!

    January 31st, 2013 at 7:25 am

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