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Company launches new homepage more targeted to security and enterprise services.
Don’t be alarmed if you visit DomainTools.com this afternoon and see the image to the right.
The company, known in the domain name community for its whois and domain searching tools, has updated its home page as well as some other elements throughout the site.
Whereas the previous home page focused on whois searches and finding domain names, the new one is all about cybercrime, brand protection, and enterprise offerings. You could describe the old design as transactional; the new one is more of a brochure for the company’s advanced services. (You can see the old site design on Screenshots.com, which is owned by the same company.)
Some of the look and feel extends to other pages of the site, although the various tools are mostly untouched as of now. The biggest change facing power users right now will be a slightly different navigation to use each tool. You’ll notice that the tabs near the top of the page have been displaced by drop down menus.
If you opt-in, GoDaddy and DomainTools customers will now see that your domain is for sale.
DomainNameSales.com’s domain sales platform has been quickly adopted by a number of domain name investors. But until now it has been missing a key ingredient of domain sales – distributed listings.
That changed today as the company announced a deal with GoDaddy and DomainTools to help generate more sales leads for domain names.
If a GoDaddy user searches for your exact domain name, they’ll see a notification that the domain can be purchased.
If they click the link, they’ll fill out a quick lead gen form that is forwarded to DomainNameSales.com’s brokers.
This is different from GoDaddy’s existing implementation with Sedo and Afternic, which instead sends customers to GoDaddy Auctions. (The Afternic implementation will soon change now that GoDaddy owns it.)
One nice thing about this arrangement is that DNS’ brokers will screen offers for clients.
At DomainTools, visitors will see a notification that the domain is for sale and, when clicked, will end up on a DNS sales inquiry form.
Both of the services come with a 20% commission, which is shared between the syndication partners and DNS. DNS reports that it has seen a 30% increase in lead volume when it syndicates its listings.
Clients have to opt-in for the syndication. To opt-in, go to the “Settings” tab in your account and select “Name Syndication”:
Look for the link at the bottom of the page about agreeing to the Service Agreement. Once you do that you can check the box to syndicate your portfolio. Your portfolio will be syndicated to the partner sites in about 24 hours.
Last week I visited the many domain name companies that call Seattle home.Last month I took my annual family “escape the Texas heat” vacation to Seattle. I didn’t get the chance to visit any of the domain companies in the area while I was there, so last week I took a return trip to Seattle to rectify that.
The collection of domain name companies in Seattle is large and growing. This is not by coincidence. A couple domain name entrepreneurs in the area have had nice exits and started other domain ventures for a second act.
Other companies, such as GoDaddy, have moved to the area to take advantage of strong tech talent.
Soon you’ll be able to add even more Seattle companies to the domain name list. Perhaps Amazon.com, which applied for 76 top level domain names, will be considered a domain name company.
While my company visits were mostly for information gathering and introductions, here’s a quick run down of the visits.
My first stop was to visit Archeo on Pike Street. Archeo is the pure-play domain name company being spun off from Marchex. Later this year or early next year it will become its own publicly traded company.
Archeo has over 200,000 domain names, and earlier this week formally launched its domain marketplace.
Archeo excites me. Its domain portfolio has a lot of low-hanging fruit because it hasn’t been touched for years, which means we’ll see a lot of action in its portfolio over the next 6-12 months.
The company is also starting to acquire domain names again, which may present opportunities for domain name owners with solid portfolios or individual domain names. The company will obviously be smart about acquisitions, but there’s one more large buyer in the marketplace now.
Archeo is also looking to do strategic deals with companies and entrepreneurs that want to develop domain names. Plenty of companies have tripped up trying to develop domains, but if done correctly, this could create some great case studies for the power of good domain names.
Just down the street from Archeo is DomainTools, the domain name data company.
DomainTools’ office has an open, startup feel to it. All employees – including CEO Tim Chen – work out in the open. Meetings are held in rooms named after top level domain, e.g. the .org room. (Perhaps it will rename some of them after the launch of new TLDs.)
The company is working on some neat initiatives that I expect we’ll learn more about in the coming year.
Next up I visited with Jay Westerdal, who founded DomainTools and sold it in 2008.
Although laying a bit low, Westerdal isn’t out of the domain business. He is involved with 11 top level domain name applications, a couple of which are uncontested.
The next day I drove out to visit with Donuts. Donuts is the largest applicant for new top level domain names. It originally applied for 307 domains but has since withdrawn some after settling contention sets.
The team at Donuts has basically every aspect of the domain name industry covered experience-wise. It’s also backed by $100 million + in financing and The Wall Street Journal named it the #14 top startup.
In other words: it’s kind of a big deal.
If there’s any disappointment to visiting the Donuts office, its that there’s no Krispy Kreme franchise located in the breakroom. That’s probably for the better; I suspect the company’s health insurer would jack up its rates if there were.
Seattle is home to much of Demand Media’s domain name operations, which will soon be spun off into its own publicly traded business.
That Demand Media’s domain group and Donuts are in the same city is not coincidental. Demand Media’s domain business is built on eNom. Paul Stahura, now founder of Donuts, founded eNom and sold it to Demand Media in 2006.
Demand Media’s domain operations cover the gamut of the domain business. In addition to eNom, the company runs expired domain service NameJet. It also has two dozen active new top level domain name applications and set up registry operations that will handle Donuts’ new TLDs.
While there I also picked up one of the popular .ninja mousepads. Someday these mousepads will sell for a lot on eBay.
My final stop was GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s quest for talent has stretched from Phoenix to Iowa to Silicon Valley and now to Seattle. Its new office in Kirkland is literally walking distance from Demand Media, which means quite a few domain people are bumping into each other while taking caffeine breaks at the same Starbucks.
The office is on Lake Washington. How’s this for a perk: work at GoDaddy’s Seattle office and you can literally drive your boat to work and dock it outside the office. That sure lends a new definition to “morning commute”.
Video explains a little-known tool for finding relevant buyers for domain names.
Over the years a number of tools have been developed to help domain owners find buyers for their domain names. These tools typically search for similar domains as well as online advertisers bidding for the terms found in the domain.
But the best tool for finding highly targeted buyers for your domains is often overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the tool wasn’t designed for this purpose, nor is it marketed as a way to find domain buyers.
In this video you’ll learn how to use DomainTools’ Domain Search tools to find highly targeted sales leads. The tool is free and doesn’t require a DomainTools account to use…although having an account unlocks an additional useful feature.
DomainTools releases new product with comprehensive data for a single domain.
DomainTools has released a new one-off product called Domain Report.
A Domain Report is a comprehensive, professional-looking PDF document that includes an entire profile of an individual domain name:
-Every Historic Whois record DomainTools has
-Our complete website screenshot history
-Owner (registrant) name and email address
-Current Whois record
-Registration dates and status codes
-Network name and IP location
-Reverse IP & Name Server connected domains
Each Domain Report costs $49.
Some of this data is available for free to anyone, and the rest (other than the reverse nameserver) is already included in premium memberships. However, I think the way the information is quickly collated into a professional document will make the reports valuable even to paid DomainTools members.
Of course, those that don’t have a paid account and need one off reports (a lawyer, someone brokering a domain, etc) will find these reports particularly valuable.