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Use DomainIQ to Help Consolidate Your Portfolio

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domainiq-logoI pay for a monthly membership to DomainIQ that I use mostly to find domain names to buy. DomainIQ allows me to identify domain names that are owned by a company or associated with a particular email address. I thought of another way to use my DomainIQ membership, and it might be especially useful to people with larger portfolios.

When I was having a look at my own portfolio on DomainIQ, I realized that the results also include the domain registrar where each domain name is registered. I had look through my portfolio, and I found a few domain names at domain registrars I don't recognize. Although a few of those registrars are owned by Network Solutions and the names were in my NSI account, there were a couple of domain names at registrars I don't use regularly. This tool enabled me to initiate transfers and consolidate my holdings. It's a nice additional way to use my membership.

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See Other Domains Before Inquiring

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I want to share a piece of advice for those of you who opportunistically acquire good domain names privately. Check out whether or not the domain owner has other domain names of interest before sending your inquiry.

Let's say you are in the market for good one word .com domain names and think Exclaim.com would be great for your portfolio (my company owns the name).  Before inquiring, it might be good to have a short list of other domain names the owner has so you can inquire about those, too.

When you are buying domain names on a one off basis, the domain name might be priced much higher than if you are buying a package of domain names. In addition, by inquiring about more than one domain name, the domain owner will likely be able to tell that you are a domain investor rather than someone who is planning to build "the next big thing."

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Monitor Your Own Domain Names

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With domain theft becoming a major issue these days, it is imperative that we are vigilant with respect to the status of our domain names. Obviously the easiest way is to monitor account alerts from our domain registrars, but if someone is able to access our accounts, I presume they could change the notifications or circumvent the process without us knowing that something was altered. If that happens, domain names could be transferred out or pushed to other accounts without us knowing about it.

One potential solution is to monitor your domain names via third party monitoring service like DomainTools or DomainIQ. Any time a change is detected, the third party service will send an email notification with the change that was made. If you know of other domain monitor services, be sure to let share it in the comment section.

I think the best way to  monitor my domain names  is to set up an alert for either the registrant name (business or personal name) and the email address used for domain name registrations. When the service → Read More