Web Domains: Tools To Use, Articles To Read
A thought-out domain name can save you a lot of time and bring you a lot of traffic . Search engines love topic-related domain names and they seem to be an important aspect which is being used to evaluate web-pages. Besides, if you have a popular web-site with enviable reputation, you might be willing to make sure that your visitors don’t get to some surprising web-sites mistyping your site’s URL.
An overview of related resources is therefore both useful, handy and time-saving. Apart from that: apparently, domain names handling can also be a successful business, you just need to know what trends are coming and which terms will be important in the future.
Let’s take a look at essential, hand-picked domain-related tools, articles and resources we’ve found in the Web during our research.
Search for Domain Names
- Picky Domains
The community helps to select optimal domain names.
- Make Words
A generator for Domain names
Finds free domain names combining two or more keywords.
Searches for domain names with max. 4 or 5 characters. There are still some interesting options available; however, there are no free domains with three characters any more.
- Domain Hack Search Utility
Finds domains, which are the combination of exotic TLDs, directories und subdomains. For instance, http://smashin.gm/agazine/ (can be registered as a Gambian domain)
- Word Mixer
Mixes several words together, combining them to create new terms. Ideal for creative domain names.
Finds terms similar to English words. Once the domain you’ve chosen is already taken, you can use this tool to generate similar words.
- Domains Bot
Looking for similar names.
Articles and Information
- How To Get Started As A Domainer
An extensive introduction for everyone who’d like to make business with domain names. Here are 28 tips, tools, techniques and financing options to get you started on your way to successful domaining.
- How to get in business with domains?
About MySpace’s founder Richard Rosenblatt and his future business strategy. “His Companies Have Sold for Over $1.3 Billion: Can Demand Media’s Richard Rosenblatt Do It Again with Domains?”
- Establishing a Domain Portfolio
Let’s get you started on establishing a domain portfolio that will secure your brand and generate revenue.
- What’s in a name? A lot if it’s your domain
An article about Cybersquatting, registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.
- Every good domain is taken. Here’s why
Kevin Ham built a $300 million web company in Vancouver you’ve probably never heard of.
- How Madison Avenue let down Corporate America and how both failed
The real world of domains.
- Masters of their Domains
Forget condos and strip malls. Domain names, the real estate of the Web, have been delivering far greater returns. How some of the savviest speculators on the Net are making millions from their URL portfolios.
- How to Snatch an Expiring Domain
This article will explain the domain expiration process and what you need to do in order to use it to your advantage. An article by Mike Davidson.
- 10 things you MUST know before you register a domain name with anyone
The essentials and basics of domain registering.
- Only 30% Of Top Domains Sold In 2006 Actually In Use
The most expensive domains registered in 2006 and what they’ve become in 2007.
- Mysterious Domain Names with Ads
Keep it generic and keep it in .COM. Making money with Domain Names.
A powerful word-mixer. You can enter up to 15 words in each prefix/suffix column, then combine them into a big list of potential names. Then check them all at once to see if any are still available.
Over a dozen of Tools, e.g. Domain Spy, Name Server Spy, Reverse IP Search, Whois and Typo Generator . The registration is required.
Whois domain name search & lookup.
DNS tools, DNS hosting tests, WHOIS, traceroute, ping and other network and domain name tools.
Estimating Domain Name Value, History, Stats Tool and Forums.
- Reverse IP DNS Domain Check Tool
Finds domains that share server with you; such domains have the same IP.
Domain-related Forums and Communities
Domain-related Magazines and Weblogs
- DN Journal
The Domain Industry News Magazine.
- Seven Mile
Domains category in in Frank Schillings’ popular Weblog.
Antony Van Couverings Webblog
- Rick Schwartz’ Weblog
Domain King’s thoughts on domains, traffic, closing more sales and just plain old business and marketing 101.
Domain name optimisation blog by Michael Gilmour.
- The Key
Paul Sloans Blog
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This article is by Sven Lennartz from smashingmagazine.com.