Domainers in their daily routines process a significant amount of data related to pricing, outbound sales, investment opportunities, management of the portfolio, etc. Manually it is tough to do the task. Here are 9 free services pro domainers use daily managing their daily routine. You can start using them too.
With 430 million users that include 128 million US users LinkedIn is arguably the largest social media site for business people. Contact list from Linkedin can be very targeted for domaining purpose. The majority of important contacts about a company/individual can be found on concerned people’s profile. You don’t have to subscribe to their upgrade. Free features are enough for domaining purpose. I have made it a habit using Linkedin first for outbound sales. Zoominfo.com and Clearbit.com are other alternatives to Linkedin.
ExpiredDomains.net is free but the best research tools to conduct research on pending-deleted domains and deleted domains. This excellent tool allows you to filter your search by criteria like PageRank, traffic, Moz rank, CPC, etc. You can find domain extensions like .com, .net, .org, .info, .nu, .se and few others.
To use the service optimally, you must register. It is totally free. Without registering, you will not be able to see or use the great features the site offers.
NameBio.com continues to be the best service for searching sales history of domains. Namebio has the list of categories of domains such as 4L, 6N etc. to make the site more user-friendly. You can use it every day to find out reported sales on the previous day. You will have great ideas how different types of domains are doing in the market. There are other sites to check history, but they are not reliable as they have been caught with manipulating data for their advantage.
Namepros, with nearly half million of the members, is the largest domaining related forum. They have a great marketplace, and you can engage in domain trading directly with buyers/sellers without any middleman. Diverse information about domaining including latest news is posted on daily basis. The site is a must for domainers. Many who’s who of domaining are the members.
The site is free though there is paid option as well. Even the free option allows you to browse every section of the site though you may be restricted performing some sections that is marked for paid subscribers.
I have used many WHOIS database, but I find whois.com/whois to be the best. The site may not be the a full fledged site offering the WHOIS service, but certainly the whois tool they provide is the best in the industry. A whois tool helps you find out the owner of a domain for buying/selling domains.
Domain.buzz is a relatively new site that acts as aggregators for domain related news. You need to visit the site if you want to know the latest happening in the domain industry. They aggregate news from diverse sources, which if you visit individually can consume a lot of time.
DomainSherpa is one of my favorite sites for reading interviews of domain professionals. The site is run by the charming Michael Cyger. It has a very comprehensive list of domain related resources but the exclusive interviews it conducts and posts that make the site stand out. Michael has interviewed of almost all pro domainers in the industry. The interviewee shares their experience and wealth of information which can greatly benefit newbie and intermediate domainers.
Are you planning to invest on domains but have no clue what domains to buy and where? Just head over to DomainShane.com. The website is run by Shane Cultra-one of the most prominent faces in the domain industry. He reviews domains listed for auction at various marketplaces, picks the valuable domains and appraises them for free. Besides choosing domains and appraisal, e also post great stuff about domaining off and on.
Estibot has some restriction for free members, but its domain appraisal service is still the best. The tool appraises a domain taking into a variety of factors like age of domain, CPC value, past sales, search volume, etc. In addition to appraisal, it also showed whether the same name with different TLDs extensions available for registration. The site also displays a list of similar domains available for sale. I would trust the appraisal more than any other tool.
The 9 free tools for domaining purpose discussed above is sine qua non for domain investor. As a domain investor you have to stay updated the rapid development taking place around and be ready to buy/sell when an opportunity arise. These free services go a long way helping you in your domain business.