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  • Picking a baby name based on domain name availability

    1. BY - Aug 07, 2014
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    Site generates list of available domain names for naming a baby.

    A lot of domain name registrars have pushed out PR in recent years about parents snapping up a domain name for their newborn babies.

    I have one matching my daughter’s name, and even registered them up for my nieces and nephews should they ever want to use them.

    A new site aims to help parents name their baby by telling them what domain names are available.

    Call it crazy, but it’s kind of fun.

    Just enter the future baby’s last name and sex and comes back with a list of available FirstnameLastname domain names:


    It searches only for .com domain names. Will that still matter when junior grows up and goes to college? Maybe he’ll prefer Or even

  • 4 subscription domain name services I use

    1. BY - Aug 06, 2014
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    Here are four subscription-based domain name services I use regularly.

    There are a lot of great subscription-based services for the domain name industry. Here are four that I use on a regular basis.

    FreshDrop $19.95 per month

    FreshdropFreshDrop is my go-to source for finding the best expiring domain names. A recent redesign might take long-time users a bit to get used to, but Freshdrop has a number of powerful filtering tools under the hood.

    I’ve used FreshDrop to find a number of great gems that I would have otherwise overlooked.

    DomainIncite Pro $79.99/month, $799/year

    DomainIncite ProDomainIncite Pro has a number of great tools for people who track the top level domain name business.

    I became a subscriber after ICANN borked the search function on its new TLD application database. I can easily search for new TLD applications on DI Pro based on applicant, back-end provider, status, etc.

    The service also has a very clean zone file table showing the latest new TLD registration numbers.

    A recent feature that may be interesting is a list of all websites using new TLDs that show up within the top 1 million on Alexa.

    Estibot from $29.95/month

    EstibotA lot has been said over the years about Estibot. Regardless of what you think about the dollar valuations it spits out, I find the service useful in a number of ways.

    A key one: finding gems from within a long list of domain names. When I get a list of domains for sale, I’ll run it through Estibot to see which ones pop out with its algorithms.

    I also periodically run my own domain portfolio through Estibot to see if I’ve overlooked something. I like how the appraisal results show which other TLDs my domains are registered under.

    The end user lead generator is also handy.

    DomainTools $49.95/month, $499.95/year

    DomainToolsEverybody uses DomainTools, right? It’s probably the most popular service on this list.

    I primarily use it for historical whois lookups. But I also use it to track for domain name changes (including in my own portfolio), finding domain sales and transfers, and to search for available domain names.

  • Estibot to launch domainIQ for reverse and historical whois

    1. BY - Jul 31, 2014
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    New service will launch next week.

    DomainIQThe company behind Estibot is launching a new domain name service called domainIQ next week.

    domainIQ provides reverse whois (all the domains owned by a person or company), historical whois, and other intelligence about domain names.

    Many of the features are currently found in DomainTools, and some are also found in the free service Whoisology. domainIQ will certainly compete with these services, depending on what level of detail and data the customer is looking for.

    Reverse whois lookups at domainIQ include a bunch of data including the list of domains, categories they fall into, extension break down, language, registrar, valuation break down, keyword density breakdown and more. You can view a video of how it works at

    Prices range from $24.95 to $149.95 per month. Each package includes unlimited reverse whois lookups, but the levels display a different number of results. For example, the mid-level $49.95/month package will show up to 100 results per lookup.

    Estibot rolled the service out to some of its long-time customers today. It will debut to the public next week.

  • A look inside today’s virtual domain name tradeshow

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
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    Virtual tradeshow is clunky but presents a good opportunity to chat with domain name companies.


    I remember going to a virtual tradeshow about a decade ago. It was clunky and hard to use.

    Apparently that’s the case in 2014 as well.

    I just attended Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow featuring a bunch of domain name companies.

    The process of registering, downloading software, and navigating the show floor was rather cumbersome. (Once you figure out how to chat with companies, you’ll find many of them aren’t available.)

    Nonetheless, it’s worth checking out if you want to chat one-on-one with representatives of domain name companies.

    Perhaps instead of a graphic-heavy virtual tradeshow, chat forum sessions with various companies would be more valuable. It would certainly be easier.

  • Demand Media spin-off of Rightside set for August 1

    1. BY - Jul 14, 2014
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    Rightside’s debut as its own publicly-traded company is imminent.

    RightsideDemand Media plans to complete the spin-off of its domain name business on August 1.

    Rightside will become its own public company on that date. It will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “name”.

    Demand Media shareholders will receive one Rightside share for each five shares of Demand Media stock they own.

    Rightside owns a number of domain name businesses covering the entire spectrum of the domain name business:

    Registry Service – Rightside Registry provides domain name registry services to new TLD operators including Donuts and itself.

    Registry – the company is an applicant for many of its own new TLDs. It will probably operate around 50 of its own top level domain names, including .ninja and .democrat.

    Domain Registration – Rightside owns both the largest reseller registrar (eNom) and a large retail registrar (

    Domain Parking – the company owns domain parking company Hotkeys. It also parks a number of domains on its registrar platforms.

    Expired domains and aftermarket sales – NameJet is a 50/50 partnership between Rightside and

    Domainer – Rightside is also a domainer investor with over 300,000 owned and operated domain names.