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Domain Tools I Use Daily


There are a number of tools that I frequently use to evaluate domain sales and acquisitions. Some of them are domain-specific, but others are used to evaluate traffic and revenue potential. Here are some of the websites with tools I use just about every day.

  • – I use Fresh Drop just about every day to evaluate dropping/expiring domain names on Snapnames and Namejet. There are a whole lot of analytics you can track, including incoming links, domain age, pagerank, number of other extensions registered, and a variety of other options. Members can save filters, allowing them to use the site with more consistency and more quickly.
  • DomainTools – DomainTools is probably the “grandfather” of all domain-related tools. I use DomainTools for my Whois lookups, Whois history search, and frequently the Reverse IP search when attempting to buy domain names. I think everyone who is involved in the domain space should have a DomainTools account.
  • Google Adwords Keyword Tool – Frequently referred to simply as “GAKT,” this tool is helpful in analyzing keyword search volume as well as the cost advertisers are paying per click. There are many search options here, but I prefer to use the local exact match search.
  • – I don’t know if I would really call a tool per se, but it’s a resource I use every day to stay on top of the news in our business.

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Comments (9)


    Google Keyword Tool is great, just not sure how accurate it is.

    June 16th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    domain strips

    The expired domain market is definitely crowded. Domain tools remains the most important in my opinion. Great post…

    June 16th, 2010 at 7:52 pm


    Just about the same tools that I use frequently. I also use Estibot to do some first/quick filtering of larger list of domains.

    June 17th, 2010 at 5:19 am


    It’s and for me. I don’t use for valuations though; I use its parsing tools, domain name generators, drop lists, whois lookup, and its valuation results for sorting on keyword searches and CPC.

    I think most people recommend because it has an affiliate program and people get paid for recommending it. is better in my view, although does claim to include and domain names. does not. I think Pool and eBay have the lowest quality domain names anyway so it’s no big loss.

    June 17th, 2010 at 7:02 pm


      @ Logan

      “I think most people recommend because it has an affiliate program and people get paid for recommending it. ”

      This is incorrect in my case. As you can see from hovering over the links in this post, I did not use an affiliate link, nor do I have an affiliate account with FreshDrop (or any of the aforementioned companies).

      June 17th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    June 19th, 2010 at 12:32 am


    For IDNs is a must.

    June 20th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    you can also try, for filtered drop list.

    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm


    Can you tell me what’s the best way to reveal an old/expired domain authority (besides backlinks) before buying?


    May 31st, 2011 at 2:41 am

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