Domain (URL) 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.
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.
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.
The Best Domain Registrars
- Sedo Registrar
Buy and sell domains and websites with Sedo.com. Over 13 million domains and websites are for sale in our marketplace! Sedo's services include domain parking, appraisals, and brokerage.
- Go Daddy Registrar
GoDaddy.com is the world's No. 1 ICANN-accredited domain name registrar.
- Name.com Registrar
An excellent domain registrar.
- Register.com Registrar
Register.com offers domain name registration, web hosting, website design and online marketing - all in one place. Award-winning customer service 24/7 and small business tools to help build your online business.
- Dotster Registrar
Domain registration, website hosting, VPS hosting, email, and a full range of online business solutions from a trusted domain registrar.
- Webnames.ca Registrar
Webnames.ca Inc.'s mission is to continue to be the leading provider of .CA domain names and be a full-service, one-stop shopping venue for other Top Level Domain registration and value-added services.
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.
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.
- Name.com Geo Domain Tool
This is a very handy geotargeting tool for domainers.
- Page Rank Checker Tool - Valid Rank
Very important tool for verifying information about a domain BEFORE you buy it. Rank Checker Tool - Valid Rank
- GEO Domain Name Generator And Checker
A fantastic Geotargeting Domain tool!
- MegaFoo ... Webmaster & Domaining tools
This tool scans for all domain names and rounds up stats about each domain such as number of backlinks, domain age, PR, dictionary words and more.
- Domaining Tools
Domaining tools, software, news, and information, all FREE, to help you be a better, more profitable buyer and seller of domains and websites
- Domain Tools: Whois Lookup and Domain Suggestions
Domain name search tool; allows wildcard search of current, deleted/expired whois domains and dns tools.
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