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Some Sunday Thoughts


It’s another lazy(ish) Sunday, and here are some things I am thinking about today. Hope you have a great afternoon!

  • Does anyone know of a tool/script that I can use to analyze names at Snapnames and Namejet? Specifically, I would like to load a list of names (10,000 or more) into the tool, and it will spit out the GAKT exact matches, # of results in Google, # of advertisers in Google for that keyword, Average PPC for the term, and Ovt for the domain name as of the last update? I’d imagine it would require someone knowledgeable about programming and Google.
  • For those who don’t know (some people asked in a previous post) GAKT stands for Google Adwords: Keyword Tool, and it can be found in your Adwords account. I only use the exact match searches to get an idea about how many people are looking for those keywords. It’s not an indicator of type in traffic to me, but it does show how many people are looking for information about that topic every month.
  • I am very thankful that the earthquake in Chile and subsequent tsunami action seems to have relatively limited casualties. I have a friend who has been traveling to Chile and I heard from him today (he wasn’t there). Glad that he wasn’t impacted.
  • I hope this doesn’t come off as “jerky” but I want to give a quick tip when registering domain names. Any name could be developed into just about anything. When buying names, think about whether you will spend the time to develop it or whether someone else will realistically pay you for the rights to do it. I would much rather own one good name that I bought for $2,500 than 300 newly registered names. If you don’t end up selling them, you’re just going to double your carrying costs the next year.

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 (17)

    rob sequin

    You may not be able to find all those tools in one place but these might help…

    Also try, and estibot.

    February 28th, 2010 at 1:48 pm


    This script would save me about 90 mins/day, ES.

    February 28th, 2010 at 2:20 pm


    Hi! I am SO EXCITED! Because, like I need to obsess about domains anymore, but I joined DomainStryker for a seven days membership for $1.00. Andrew Rosener said glowing things . . .

    February 28th, 2010 at 2:54 pm


    Here is a screenshot of the interface:

    Here is the website:

    It supplies lists from NameJet, GoDaddy, and Snapnames.

    February 28th, 2010 at 3:18 pm


    I’m developing a site where I can sell domains that I register. But my business will not function the same. Instead of just selling the name to a domain, I’m going to register names that can be used for a business. By selling the domain name I am going to give a person permission to be the boss of a business that I will partner with. For example, let’s say I registered I will have an explanation of what the domain name means, the purchase price (I’m going to list every site to sell….none of the $25,000 listings unless I feel that a name is too good not to list at that price), and the business idea I have in hand. I would just do all of the business work myself for each domain, but there are only 24 hours in a day. My goal is to help people build small personal businesses that I am a partner in.

    February 28th, 2010 at 4:06 pm


    I really don’t think they have an accurate casualty assessment yet El. The number jumped this morning to over 700 and an estimated 500,000 people who are now homeless.

    They’re having a serious problem with looting and the President of Chile just ordered the military to assist police in trying to maintain control of the population.

    They’ve got catastropic transportation infrastructure damage for a span of over 700 miles. Rebuilding highways, bridges, and streets is a humongous task and requires tons of equipment, manpowerr, and will take years to do.

    They’re going to need a lot of international help just to assess all the damage done.

    February 28th, 2010 at 4:12 pm


    I am a develop of the site to sell the domain to what you can do as the end use. But I am not the business function of the same. In the stead I am selling domain of the name. I am the registerer to be used for the business. If I do the sale of domain this person has the boss duty to be my dear partyner

    I register this and have the explainer of what this can be to make. I am all sites to sell for no more dollars and no price is too very much. I have this in my hand for the domain and do this work with my hand on the name for myself pleasures but i can not for 24hrs of day use my hand. I must find this partner to do it for to save my hand from pain and to help them.

    February 28th, 2010 at 10:38 pm


    If there is a demand for a powerful app like this (which I assume there is since more than a few people just in this thread indicated they would use it) why don’t get a bunch of guys together, pool our resources and hire someone to get this created…
    Anyone else in?

    February 28th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Stephen Douglas

    Hi El,

    I started to write a response, specifically to your comment “I would much rather own one good name that I bought for $2,500 than 300 newly registered names. If you don’t end up selling them, you’re just going to double your carrying costs the next year,” and I ended up with short novel.

    I decided to move my answer to my blog — it details why your thinking on this is wrong, and much more hassle than you would expect.

    Nobody would be happier than me to see a response to my comments on your statement above. Come on over and check it out… It’s fairly long, but has comprehensive examples to consider.

    Thanks El

    March 1st, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Andrew Rosener

    Elliot is right on point. I wish I had taken that advice when I started out. My first 1,000 domain names were essentially a very expensive lesson, however, a very good lesson.

    My second 1,000 domain names were an even more expensive lesson because I wasn’t just registering new domains which were of little value, now I was backordering domains which were of little value. Although this was a very different lesson. Now I had the keywords correct (no more, but I was still buying garbage gTLD’s a lot.

    It wasn’t until my last 200 names that I got it right. Now, unless I have a clear development plan or feel that I can resell the domain for at least “X” times purchase price, I pass.

    If you are about to register a new domain, STOP. Write it down on a little piece of paper, slip it under your pillow like a tooth for the tooth fairy, and in the morning if it still sounds like a good idea then go ahead. If not, then it’s worth little more than your old tooth.

    March 1st, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Stephen Douglas

    @ Andrew

    You could have saved yourself a lot of money and time by first buying a domain investor ebook like “Domain Graduate”, and taking it further, hired a domain consultant to help teach you the ropes before you got in too deep. 1000 domains is at least $7500. A domain consultant would have showed you the ropes, set you up with the right contacts, and helped “reign in” your impulses to buy.

    Good consultants: Elliot Silver, Adam Strong, Rob Sequin, Andrew Allemann… and some other weird guy, forgot his name.

    March 1st, 2010 at 8:36 am


    Agree with Stephen 100% on the 300 vs 1 post!

    March 1st, 2010 at 8:58 am


    EstiBot already does this with all bulk appraisals.

    When you export a report to CSV, you see [exact] search volumes, CPC, ad competition, overture, trademarks, appraised value, search results counts, ad counts, other TLDs, and about 30 other analytics.

    Good luck,

    March 1st, 2010 at 9:18 am


    “Good consultants: Elliot Silver, Adam Strong, Rob Sequin, Andrew Allemann… and some other weird guy, forgot his name.”

    Are you refering to Ronny Johnson?

    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Stephen Douglas

    @ Senile

    No, never heard of “Ronny Johnson”. I’m thinking of another guy… a fearless handsome domain expert that some people see as a hero. He’s been considered a genius, and yet still accessible to the “little people.”

    Dang if I can’t remember his name!

    March 2nd, 2010 at 9:35 am


    If you still need something like this, let me know – i can help.

    October 18th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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