When I am in acquisition mode, I almost always use DomainTools to do my Whois searches to find contact information for domain owners. One advatage of using DomainTools is that I can see if a particular domain name is listed for sale on an aftermarket platform like Sedo, Afternic, or Aftermarket.com.
Here’s what it looks like when a domain name is listed for sale:
This graphic tells me two things. First and most importantly, the domain name is listed for sale by the owner, so I know that I can buy it for the right price. Second, it tells me I can inquire about the domain name using one of the platforms instead of negotiating directly with the owner. This allows me to stay anonymous throughout the negotiations. It’s very helpful to see a domain name listed for sale via DomainTools.
With Frank Schilling’s Internet Traffic parking platform, domain owners can choose to display a bright orange banner announcing that the domain name may be for sale via DomainNameSales.com. It’s not necessarily for sale, but if you see the banner, it’s a good indication that the domain owner is willing to sell for the right price.
If you haven’t seen the banner for some reason, here is an example:
As of right now, it doesn’t seem that names listed on Domain Name Sales are listed on DomainTools, and I think that should change. This would likely increase sales volume, as it is another way to let people know a domain name is for sale without having to visit the landing page.
One issue would be that some people parking on Internet Traffic that utilize the sales banner are only passively interested in selling their domain names, and the likely wouldn’t want their names listed. I am sure this can be easily addressed, perhaps with a check box offering the listing on DomainTools and perhaps other venues.
I think if Domain Name Sales and DomainTools hook up, it will benefit domain owners who would like to sell their domain names.