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Free Tools For Quick Domain Research

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By Bob Hawkes, Sep 24, 2020
  1. Josytal

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  2. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    A good idea that I have noted. Unfortunately the cost of some of the paid tools is such I have not tried them, but have some. Perhaps in some weeks I will be able to do one on it. I agree an important topic, and thanks for suggesting.

    That looks very elegant, and is a tool I did not know of before. Thank you for suggesting it.

    Wow that is indeed comprehensive, particularly for those developing sites and seeking to optimize search. I definitely will explore it more. Congratulations and thank you for producing such a great side @BrandPlease ! And thanks for telling us about it @Josytal . Thanks also for just now also telling us about DNHat's Domain Availability Checker too!

    I hope some others will add tools that they use for domain name research that were not mentioned in the article.

    Bob
     
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    Sharadkumar Established Member

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    awesome!!

    thanks sir for share best Information.
     
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    Appreciate your time and efforts , Thank you.
     
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    cornell VCW.COM, BJR.COM FOR SALE Blue Account

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    dofo is way off showing previous taken tlds, might as well pick number from hat. .. any ideas if dotdb is more accurate? I'm only looking for tool to show how many tld taken..used to use unireg search but its limited tld. beyond slow, and often mixes exact and suggestions....
     
  7. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I am afraid my experience is different than yours. I find Dofo pretty up-to-date and accurate. I actually recently did a test of how long after a name was registered before it was picked up, and at least for the few I tried Dofo got it prior to dotDB. I think that is why in general Dofo often show a slightly higher number - they are similar but like one shows 95 and one 101, or one 35 and the other 38. It could also be due to different handling of names that have expired but still could be reclaimed. I am tagging @Macit who may wish to add more, but my experience is that Dofo is accurate and within a day or two of being up to date with new registrations. I mean obviously if one needs to know critically the status of a particular name one should go to the Whois, but if one needs to know there are about 50 TLDs registered I think either are accurate enough.
    Bob
     
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    Thanks very useful!
     
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    Pay.My.id Top Contributor VIP

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    Awesome sharing Bob... Thank you
     
  10. Macit

    Macit Founder of dofo.com Dofo Staff ICA Member Gold Account

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    Do you have any concrete evidence about what you are claiming?
    If you talk with some real data then I would like to check it.

    Thanks a lot, Bob.

    Before someone talking about the data accuracy, he should know what data about domain names come from where, how, and when.

    Whenever a domain name is registered, it is put into the zone file.
    Registries update the zone file every ~24 hours and share the updated zone files with their partners (like Dofo).
    They do not share the new domain names, they share the whole zone file. You should read the previous zone file and the current one to find the different ones to understand what are the newly registered domain names. By the way, we are talking about 500 million lines of files or one 50GB file.

    Having the zone files is the easier part, who knows how hard getting whois records? For one domain name, it's easy, for 1K is too. What about trying to keep up-to-date all the 360 million domain names' whois records?

    The registries of ccTLD do not share any zone file publicly. Companies like us should have their own methods to discover the other registered domain names.

    This is not something like to check if a domain name is registered or not. This is about checking more than 200,000,000,000 domain names.
    (There are 200 million unique registered name / without the TLD. So you have to check all 1,000+ country-code domain extensions. Not every ccTLD has public whois records, not every ccTLD accurate public DNS records. Some ccTLDs have 100 daily whois limits, even some others 10 per day.)

    As for the new registrations, I can easily say Dofo is the quickest one to show.

    For more than 4 years we are trying our best to cover all the domain names, keep the data up-to-date, and serve what we have with a clear UI to our users.

    I normally used to these false-claims but if someone talking about what we are doing without knowing anything and talking like that without any data, I'm starting to think about even what we are doing at Dofo is really worth it or not.
     
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    I checked one of my domains age in AiSERP and it showed 33 days old (which is when I bought it), The domain from what I see on Wayback Machine shows it was crawled with a website in 2010. Hmmm...
     
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    Wayback Machine is an archive, it has nothing to do with domain age.

    The domain must have been dropped by previous owner, deleted by the registry. After deletion, the domain was available for re-registration. Then you registered the domain, hence the new date - starting afresh. There should be no confusion here, unless you're looking for fault by all means.

    https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp-status-codes-2014-06-16-en
     
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    Not looking for fault, but from the below link, I thought it would tell me the total age of my domain, not just when it was recently purchased. Maybe I need a website that says something like "Domain Birthdate Checker" then?

    https://www.aiserp.com/domain-age-checker
     
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    In that case you can use HosterStats: http://hosterstats.com/

    There are others, but the thread is all about free resources.
     
  15. passini

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    I want to share a little "shortcut" I use everyday for quick single whois searches using the browser.

    Older domainers should know about this, maybe the new ones no, or maybe this is useful just for someone leazy like me...

    Anyway just type in the browser url bar:

    whois.sc/domain.com

    And you will land in the domaintools whois results page for that name.

    Domaintools were using the whois.sc domain before rebranding. When they switched to the new domain they kept the older one as a "whois shortcut redirect".

    Maybe someone will find this useful.
     
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    Sorry to say that doesn't seem to work anymore :(

    It redirects to the main domain with the daily limit.

    If there's a trick to this that I'm missing, let me know.
     
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    It works - I have just checked a domain (y)
     
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    It works for me.
     
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    Okay, please define what you mean exactly with "it works" because I'm not seeing the same.

    Yes, it "works" to redirect to the main site.

    Is the data actually older? If so I'll need to test this.
     
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    It is just a url shortener to type in the url bar to save time for a quick search. The daily limits of domaintools still apply obviously when you land there
     
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  21. 1Darko

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    It redirects to domaintools page and I see the data for the domain - I have just checked another one
     
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    I will share a free tool too:
    Knowem.com - social handle search and trademark search - all in one place
    Search over 500 popular social networks, over 150 domain names, and the entire USPTO Trademark Database to instantly secure your brand on the internet.
     
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    Sorry I think we just have a different idea about what this means.

    Is there an actual advantage using the old domain as a redirect over the new rebranded domain?

    Reason I'm asking is because you can use the rebranded link as a redirect in the address bar and as far as I can tell it seems exactly the same. Please correctly me if I'm missing something.

    https://whois.domaintools.com/example.com
     
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    yes you're right - it's the same (y)
     
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  25. passini

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    https://whois.domaintools.com/example.com

    This is long to type in the browser url bar manually no?

    I think you go the domaintools page and then you type the name in the search box.

    The other one as I explained it is just a shortcut to go directly there saving time. I type it directly in the browser url bar. In all these years it saved me lot of time.

    But as I said maybe it is useful only for someone leazy like me...
     
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