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10 Best Free Resources for a Domain Investor

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By James Iles, Feb 16, 2016
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    James Iles Writer at JamesNames.com and Consultant PRO VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger ★★★★★★★★★★

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    In the domain name industry, we are very lucky to have such a wide variety of websites and resources to help us keep track of what is happening and to help us all profit from that. Fortunately, many of these resources are free to use.

    I wanted to share with you my 10 best free resources for domain name investors. These are all websites and services that I use daily.


    NamePros
    The NamePros platform (forums, news, blog, marketplace, etc.) is one of the best free resources you can have. As an investor, I feel that we're very lucky to have a central community space in which we can talk business, make new connections, and of course, make a few sales.

    The content on NamePros is also very educational: discussions and blog posts from a wide array of members often give beneficial hints and tips about various aspects of domain name investment.


    ExpiredDomains.net
    I personally spend over an hour every day on this website. The free service allows you to search through expired domain and aftermarket listings from the most popular marketplaces on the Internet. Customization filters mean that searching for a specific type of domain name is extremely easy.

    The entire system is extremely easy to use, and I have found the service to be very reliable. With a global Alexa ranking of just under 8,000, there seem to be plenty of people who agree with me. It's one of the finest free services I've used.


    DomainSherpa
    Michael Cyger (@DomainSherpa) has created an extremely valuable resource in DomainSherpa.com. The site, which has been running since 2010, includes hundreds of hours of interviews with domain investors, end users, developers, and SEO experts who all share their experiences within the domain industry.

    The videos and their content are always varied, and I believe that the videos on this website should be watched by everyone interested in becoming a better investor. The motivation and knowledge gained through the content is priceless.


    Domaining.com
    Some may consider Domaining.com (@DomainingCom) to be the nucleus of the domain industry. A free website from which you can stay up-to-date with the latest news from a variety of news outlets and blogs that cover industry events. I believe there is a small subscription fee to receive additional benefits, but the website itself is free to browse.


    DSAD
    Every morning without fail, @Domain Shane publishes his popular list of auction picks for the day. Shane is a seasoned investor who documents his journey on his blog for all to see, and I wish (for the sake of my bank account) that I had listened to his free advice a long time ago. The writing team he has assembled there also do an excellent job of reporting daily domain sales data, meaning this is a blog that I read several times a day.


    LinkedIn
    The popular business network is an excellent way to connect with fellow domain investors and service providers within the industry. Networking is one of the best ways of advancing in the industry, and LinkedIn gives you the perfect platform to start chatting to fellow domainers. Aside from individual profiles, there are also domain investment groups with thousands of members for you to join.


    Skype
    Since I began concentrating much of my energy into Chinese domaining, I've found Skype to be a vital tool for connecting with investors and selling domain names. Every morning I wake up to several messages from contacts around the World with new opportunities and new inquiries. Skype can also be a good way of connecting regularly with fellow domain investors to share ideas, acquisitions, and more.


    Domain Name Filter
    The free domain name filter has saved me from hours of manually extracting domain names from various drop lists and expired domain searches. This free website allows you to filter out domain names in a short amount of time. Whilst it is a little slow for large lists, it handles small/medium sized domain lists very well.


    NameBio
    To make decisions on investments and sales, you need to study data and trends to see what is selling and for what price. The most comprehensive domain name sales reporting website I've come across is NameBio. With a vast database of sales and simple filters, you'll be able to browse sales data efficiently and effectively.


    DNJournal
    DNJournal (@Duke) has been documenting the sales of domain names every week for over thirteen years. Independently verifying and publishing domain name sales has been an invaluable resource to the industry for both domain investors and end users.
     
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  6. Keith DeBoer

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    Great list of resources. All of them valuable. I have to give a shout to DSAD.com as they have really upped their game in recent months. The amount of quality content coming out of that site DAILY is astounding! Hat's off to Sh:Pane, Aaron and Josh and the rest of the crew!!
     
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    Good articles James. I initially missed the word "free" in the title and thought why James missed so many good resources like Domain Tools etc.:-$:|:laugh:
     
  8. ben pedri

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    Thanks so much james ,also the domain name filter link is not working can you re redirect it or list the link Thanks again Ben
     
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    i love namebio.com :D

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Great List, I think DomainTools or Whoisology should also be there.
     
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    Estibot is remaining :rolleyes:(Though it is not accurate ) !
     
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    another one to add - I love it - Called: JustDropped.com
     
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    Hey, Thank you james, I really addicted to expireddomains and moonsy . Keep Sharing
     
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    Thanks again for sharing such a precisely useful post. Great work.
     
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    The link is a bit mangled but it points here: http://www.bulkseotools.com/domain-name-filter.php
     
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    I really disagree with the majority of what was posted here.

    Truthfully, most of the aforementioned list has entertainment value. If we now consider entertainment as a resource, shouldn’t YouTube get an honorable mention?

    Here's my advice:

    Stop following and start leading. Winners don’t copy; they innovate.
     
  17. ben pedri

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    Is there anything you can share?
     
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    I have used ExpiredDomains.net. In my opinion -- it is a bit clunky -- but if you don't want to shell out the money for a paid tool, it does get the job done. I also used NameBio.com, before I purchased the the entire sales database for myself. I'd say Skype is a good tool but it isn't, by any means, a resource.

    There are loads of paid tools that are worth their weight in gold.

    If anyone is interested in that, let me know, and I'll share more.
     
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    In fairness to the blog poster, he did say "free" resources.

    I would be most interested in your list of tool Shane! Perhaps another thread or blog post?
     
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    Will do. Shoot me a PM so I remember to do it tomorrow.

    Also, nothing is free.

    ;)
     
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    Let me add few more,
    dntools, who.is, whoisology
    estibot and epik.com - free appraisal tools
    ntldstats.com and namestat.org - statistics
    domcomp.com and tld-list.com - compare domain name prices
    domainpunch.com - daily registrations
     
  22. ben pedri

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    Thanks so much ,see know how much we think we have everything you always get a couple more
     
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    Thanks James for this FREE list. I am surprised to know that Skype can be used as a tool too. May I please ask for more info on this? How exactly can skype be useful?
     
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    There is no fee for receiving the Domaining.com Newsletter. Cheers!
     
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    I agree, all round the site has upped in 'outage', they had a guest writer in to do Chinese Trends. I believe Shane noticed that I started a regular 4.cn Auction Report blog back in October 2015 :)

    Ali at Zandibot is writing some good material in his early launch days.
     
  26. Keith DeBoer

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    In my experience neither Estibot nor Epik is offering free appraisal tools. Have you used them lately?
     
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    I do take reference values from them every now and then.
     
  28. Keith DeBoer

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    Sorry, what I'm saying is, they used to be free, but lately they stopped working for me. I'm wondering if you've found the same thing or not.
     
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