Domain (URL) Tools and Resources

Domain Tools and Resources
Domain Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources for Domainers

For those interested or actively involved in domaining (buying, selling, trading web site domains), these are the resources and tools that I use, and that many domainers recommend.

It includes the following domain tools and resources:

  • Forums list - the place to learn and mingle among active domainers.
  • Best Registrars - These are the best places to register domains.
  • Domain Tools - Useful tools to help you efficiently find and extrapolate domains.
  • Domain News - Learn about the latest on domain-related news.

What is a Domain?

First of all, I'll explain what domain names mean. They are organized in subordinate levels (subdomains) of the DNS root domain, which is nameless. The first-level set of domain names are the top-level domains (TLDs), including the generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as the prominent domains com, net and org, and the country code top-level domains (ccTLDs).

Below these top-level domains in the DNS hierarchy are the second-level and third-level domain names that are typically open for reservation by end-users that wish to connect local area networks to the Internet, run web sites, or create other publicly accessible Internet resources.

The registration of these domain names is usually administered by domain name registrars who sell their services to the public.

Domain, or URL, diagram
Domain, or URL, diagram

What is Domaining?

Domain name speculation, typically known as Domaining, is the practice of identifying and registering or buying Internet domain names, with the intent of selling them later for a hopefully large profit.

The usual URL's of domaining are generic words which can be valuable for type-in traffic and for the dominant position they would have in any field due to their descriptive nature. Hence generic words and phrases such as poker, insurance, travel, creditcards, lawyer and others, which are very attractive URL's of domain speculation as a top-level domain.

The speculative characteristics of domain names may be linked to news reports, fads, market behavior, or current events. *However, the effective period during which such domain-buying opportunities exist may be limited.

Quick turnaround in the resale of domains is often called domain flipping.

Domaining Forums

You can learn a lot by reading and taking part in domain-related forums. You can learn about niches that are available, techniques for finding and buying the best domains, and much more.

I have also included forums that are specific to certain countries, including the rapidly growing Indian market.

Domain Registrars

Registering a domain, that is purchasing the rights to a domain, is the first step in owning a domain, if the domain is not already owned by someone else.

Why do it matter which domain registrar you use?

Well, it matters mostly as an effective way to sell it later at an auction. I prefer to register domains with a registrar that also has an excellent auction component. I use Go Daddy because I prefer their cheaper registration costs and, most importantly, their domain auction service.

Which domain registrars to avoid?

You should avoid super cheap, small registrars because they could turn out to be nothing more than a fly-by-night "business" set up temporarily by unscrupulous, larger registrars. If this small, cheap registrar folds, then all domains roll back up to the large, much more expensive registrar.  Cheaper is not always better.

Domain Registrars

Domaining Tools

In order to take the guesswork out of potentially buying a domain it is important to do the 'due diligence' beforehand. You should research the domain(s) by looking at how often the nameservers have switched, whether or not the Google Page Rank is fake, look at the WhoIs info, and try to appraise the value.

Most of the premium domains have been taken, but not all.  Especially the localized, or geo domains.

Below are some of the best free domain tools available. 

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danu 5 years ago

try for available domains

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