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Best domain checklist tips?

Labeled as question in Domain Buying and Domain Purchases, started by redemo, May 27, 2021

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  1. redemo

    redemo Established Member

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    This is my 30-point checklist before I register a domain name. Which points would you add or remove from this list? Thanks to the Namepros member who helped me to create this list today.

    Domain Registration Checklist

    1. Extension

    2. English words

    3. Number of words

    4. Search Volume

    5. Rosener Equation

    6. Length

    7. Characters

    8. TLD's taken

    9. Type in traffic

    10. Past sales

    11. Ads

    12. Social networks

    13. CPC

    14. Spam

    15. Backlinks

    16. Number of company names

    17. Radio test

    18. Age

    19. Brandable

    20. Generic

    21. Trademark-free

    22. Current registrar

    23. Renewal cost

    24. Industry

    25. Market trends

    26. Solve a problem names

    27. Looks good lower case

    28. Word or words don't begin with confusing letters

    29. Keywords appropriate to extension

    30. Memorable
     
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  2. NickB

    NickB it's a mystery VIP

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    I always like to see how many (if any) extensions are developed both for the exact match and same keyword/s...
     
  3. redemo

    redemo Established Member

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    @NickB I never thought of checking developed sites. That's definitely going on my checklist. Thanks mate.
     
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  4. VidhataPrakash

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    What happens if there is a trademark name in your domain. Do you get sued or you have to drop the domain.
     
  5. NickB

    NickB it's a mystery VIP

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    Wouldn't you check before registering/buying it to make sure? Seems the sensible thing to do........See number 21 on the list......
     
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  6. redemo

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    @vjcool231 I'm not a legal expert but it depends on a whole list of variables. For a start what you do with the domain matters hugely. If you try to sponge off the trademark by offering similar goods and services it's going to end badly for you. However I can register something like appletrading.com that sells apples. In that scenario Apple, inc can't do f--k all about it. The best example is go to www.nike.co.uk and it's a fully commercial computer company with no connection whatsoever to Nike, inc. There are too many other variables to list. In a dispute within I.C.A.N.N. guidelines I think your intention is the thing that the domain police will decide either way. Again I'm not an expert but perhaps a judge can over ride the domain police from I.C.A.N.N.
     
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  7. biggie

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    Hi


    by the time you go thru all that bull :poop: on that list,
    the name might get regged by somebody else

    i just go on gut feeling.

    imo....
     
  8. NickB

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    Ahhhh....biggie, biggie, biggie.....we all don't have your years (and years) of experience now do we......

    😅🤣😂
     
  9. biggie

    biggie GreenFriendly.com VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Hi

    well Nick,
    the more :poop: that's on the menu....

    the longer it's going to take you to order want you want.
    you standing there looking, trying to decide, i'duh.com want some .....umm.org

    so, the longer the list, the more conflict in the mind.
    if you reduce the list, then you reduce the conflict.

    imo...
     
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  10. Samer

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    NameInvestors.com
    Dofo.com
    Just enter your domain & see useful free stats.

    My personal favorite are developed websites.
    Deeper than # of ext —Rather Developed.(!!)

    For all we know those “other ext” re goin drop, and personally, i assume garbage will drop, if it has no content — or dead site is 1 of “other

    That’s why # ext took is a lazy, but oft-effective, dont forget to actually visit the URL “other” ext.
    How many dead sites or future drops? 🤨🧐
    A lot, i assume, but then again, i’m biased ; )

    Possibly, the best way, but have to manually audit and visit the ext deemed “other taken.”How many of those are legit?? VISIT ALL them
     
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  11. Samer

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    Big difference between seeing “x” taken and visiting them. But end-users using noncom, are golden, not random pseudo-ext dead not sites.

    I’m scared of an over-reliance on machines lol.
    But i love this thread.

    Samer
     
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  12. noneisnone

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    what @biggie said is the only tip there is
     
  13. NickB

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    I agree, though that comes with experience....

    Was pulling your leg, with an under current of seriousness.......the longer you are in the game, the shorter the list gets I suppose?.....starting out, it might be a good habit to go through as many of the above motions as possible to help with the learning curve....if you miss out, well... there is always next time.....

    I don't go through all the above when picking a domain, but have read up on a lot it.......suggest others do the same....

    @noneisnone no need to kiss arse....
     
  14. noneisnone

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    @NickB not kissing arse :o i just honestly agree overthinking isn't good ^^
     
  15. NickB

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    Better than not thinking.....(not directed at you, for people just starting out) 🙂
     
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  16. noneisnone

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    @NickB sure but op makes it look like a college finals exam to pick a name xd
    op you just ruined the fun in domaining Thank you Party pooper
     
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  17. biggie

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    Hi

    that is true, depending on how you do

    but when i started, majority of items on that list weren't even being considered.

    one went for .com first and other things were based on common sense choices or decisions.

    back then, you didn't know if a domain had traffic, unless it had overture score with extension included.
    so, how can one put it on the list today, when you don't know if an unregistered name will get traffic?

    sometimes i think, newbies get bombarded with too many metrics to check, some of which you can't verify or validate.

    imo...
     
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  18. redemo

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    Your responses are very interesting. I'm going to pour some petrol on the 🔥🔥🔥 now. Most of my registrations are co.uk and I honestly don't care if the .com is registered (most often it is) since most U.K. businesses of a mid-level don't really care if the .com is registered IF the .com is in active use by an AMERICAN or overseas company with a different range of products and services. Because that company normally will not show up in Google U.K. results.

    @biggie @noneisnone I have never used this checklist before. A Namepros member sent me some useful points then I spent half an hour searching Google checklists. It's brand spanking new today. You make good points about somebody else might register the domain first. I'm thinking this list would only be useful BEFORE auction end date or domain expiry date or if you are buying a domain from someone.

    I am not planning to do any of this manually. There has to be a way for a computer to do most of this work. @vjcool231 I would find and use an API from a site like Trademarkia depending on the cost. Also thinking @Samer about your point if a website is dead or has no content and how a robot could detect this? Perhaps the bot can scan the M.E.T.A. date tag to see date of last update, or scrape other dates on the homepage. The bot could ping Google for number of indexed pages for a given domain name. There are many other quality checks that can be automated with APIs.

    @NickB you made the excellent point about checking the status of developed sites. Only this would entail many hours of manual work. I'm not a programmer but I found these advanced Google search codes on another forum. These searches return indexed domain names with the keyword at the start or end, but not the middle (whereas inurl:KEYWORD shows the keyword mainly in the file names, which of course is irrelevant). These are the two query strings:

    inurl:https://KEYWORD
    inurl:KEYWORD.com

    You can substitute https: with http: or www. and substitute .com with any extension that you so desire. You can also perform the same search on Google search engines in different countries.

    Maybe there's a script that would pull the KEYWORD or keywords from a prospective domain and send these search queries to Google. The script would then scrape the number of Google results and display the active domain names in a list. From that list the script could send a bot to each of the websites and find out key metrics to define the quality and type of content of each site.

    I don't have the skills to write such a script, but I also don't have the TIME to check each of the 30 (now 31) points manually. If anyone knows how to do this message me a cost estimate. I'm interested to know how much it would cost.
     
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  19. NickB

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    I'm off duty now for the Bank Holiday weekend - reading https://brilliant.org (non affiliate) - watching YouTube Videos - reading about new extensions (see thread) - Visiting Kent beaches, Zoo's, Playgrounds etc - fixing website loading issues, new pages/articles - keeping an eye on drop catch auctions and a drinking a semi/lot of alcohol (it's been a long 6 months).........really not going to deep into domains and when Tuesday arrives will have forgot about this thread........

    I use no scripts - as @biggie said ^^^^^^^ maybe to many points.........learning can be a b*tch.......
     
  20. redemo

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    @NickB That's a great website "Master, don't memorize" I'll be checking that out shortly
     
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    Does it amount to Trademark violation if we offer (outbound) .com to users in other extensions? ( even if they haven't registered trademark yet)
     
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  22. redemo

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    @comRaid Please can you give an example so I understand your question better?
     
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    I do not want to hijack the thread. Asked this question as Samer mentioned "But end-users using noncom, are golden".
    Suppose "brandable.net" is in a successful business for last 3 years. They never bothered to register Trade Mark. And as per trade mark law, registration is not mandatory to claim trade mark. Now, if I register "brandable.com" from an expired list and try to reach brandable.net to sell it, am I putting myself in trouble ?
     
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    @comRaid your post would suggest that the answer is yes. Domain police will want to know what your intention was in registering the name. If you contact a company like brandable.net with brandable.com it's pretty clear what your intention was. I'm not a legal expert so maybe I'm wrong. In this situation I would set up a website for an entirely different industry. Then contact the company to say you need to raise funds and you're selling your valuable domain and have found a suitable alternative. This would show domain police a whole different set of intentions on your part. These are just ideas.
     
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