Tip for Using DomainTools’ Domain Search Tool

I use quite a few tools from DomainTools. One of the tools I like best for prospecting is the Domain Search tool. This tool allows me to see all of the domain registrations in a specific keyword, making it easier to target prospective buyers who own domain names with a keyword similar to mine.

To give you an example, I own KitchenConsultant.com. I think other businesses with longer tail domain names might want to upgrade to KitchenConsultant.com. For instance, if someone owned BestKitchenConsultant.com or KitchenConsultantNYC.com, they might want to purchase the domain name my company owns. Searching “kitchenconsultant” will yield all of the registered domain names with that particular search term.

One thing I like to do when using this tool is to alter my keyword a bit to broaden the number of prospects. Instead of searching “kitchenconsultant,” I will change it to “kitchenconsult.” The benefit to doing this is that domain names that have KitchenConsulting in them will also be shown. This is also a helpful tip for longer tail domain names as well, where you leave off one keyword. In addition, this would work well to substitute out one of the keywords. For instance, if you own a legal domain name with “lawyer” in it, you could either search “law” for a broader search or you could exchange “attorney” in place of “lawyer.”

Perhaps this is an obvious tip, but you would be surprised at what seems obvious to me is a game changing tip for someone else. I would also imagine there are some people who use DomainTools religiously but don’t really play around with this particular tool.

II use the Domain Search tool when I want to do outbound marketing, and I find this to be helpful.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Hello Elliot,
    DomainTools was once a valuable resource for domain investors such as myself. I was a long time, loyal (Legacy) customer of theirs before they raised their prices ten fold+ and significantly reduced the services in exchange for the ten fold+ price increase. It was a devastating blow to me and my business, but I decided not to pay 10x more for 1/10 of the services (1/10 is being kind though …the enormous service decrease was the clincher to leave)….and I have adapted without them. I am not sure how your other visitors feel, but I have a hard time reading anything regarding DomainTools and leave with a positive feeling.

    • I totally agree with you.
      I was also a long, long time user of DT. (starting late 2002)
      Long before Ammar bought it.

      The irony is that they knew they were not suppose to warehouse whois data from registrars but Jay and then Ammar did it anyway. There was no one to slap their fingers.

      For many years, people would look up domain onwership and DT captured it and resold it to us. Almost pure profit. Initially they grandfathered domainers but then threw them under the bus.

      Screw him. I don’t need or miss DT.

  2. Thanks.
    but can you tell any free tool to check similar domain name or website on that keyword.
    any tool to check domains quality DA,PA,BACK LINKS?
    and find out end users email.

  3. I have to agree with B. Wells. I also felt it was very unfair by DomainTools to suddenly increase prices so much. So much for rewarding loyal customers!

    I am now using domainIQ and am very satisfied. Fair pricing and adequate whois history, which is still the most important tool for me.

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