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How many whois searches per month would prompt you to develop or sell the domain?

Located in Domain Beginners, started by johsun123, Sep 19, 2016

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  1. johsun123

    johsun123 Established Member

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    And the reasoning?
     
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  2. kn65

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    Not sure I understand the question, can you please elaborate?
     
  3. johsun123

    johsun123 Established Member

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    Let us say there are 40 searches every month for whois of your domain. That shows some people are trying to find owner details.

    Someone may contact you for buying also.

    Do you, depending on the number of searches for your domain, decide to develop into a site with an eye on selling for future?
     
  4. -Matthew-

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    That is not how reality works. We all (at some stage) fantasize about people typing our treasured, yet worthless two name TLDs into the search bar. This is a three beer fantasy and little more. All you have to do is run your 'little gems' through every tool DomainTools.com has to offer and you will soon realize that only 'development effort' will create the magical numbers we all yearn to see.

    Domaining is not a savings account or the lotto, period. (well it is for a select few who have the prime nouns, but in general.. blahh)

    Regards.reality
     
  5. johsun123

    johsun123 Established Member

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    Hmm....

    I wouldn't be so condescending sir, and would not definitely jump to conclusion that questioner is a newbie out to make millions from stupid domains!

    Anyway, thanks.
     
  6. accelerator

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    Search volume is just one of many factors to consider. In reality there are other more important factors, such as:

    - Ad spend on the search term.

    - How easy it is to sell the product online.

    - Related domain name sales.
     
  7. johsun123

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    Thanks.

    Yes. I am aware of these too.

    High whois Search volume , for an ordinary DN, could trigger thinking to develop further. That was my thinking.
     
  8. Rory Ivey

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    I understand your question.

    You are not talking just about general search volume; you are talking about people searching an whois database for your domain.

    It's not a terrible idea as others make you seem. To check an whois you have to intentionally be after something:

    1. You either want to see the expiration date, age etc and for what reason?
    2. You want to see who owns the domain and for what reason?
    It's not far fetched to say the name may garner legitimate value or interest..We are not talking about keywords here where someone in google may not care about the name itself but may be after a product or information. But to use the whois, then there must be some interest or even curiosity about a particular name/owner. It's intentional. I know for a fact that I'm not using a whois database to look up a name I have no interest in. Unless I'm helping someone or comparing similar names. But even that shows something.

    I know some platforms show the most recently searched names, but I think if a whois search website added a feature that reveals searches for each domain by month or week or day etc.. then I think that is even more interesting that keyword searches.

    I applaud your thinking @johsun123

    You will make mistakes like we all do but you will go far. Too many are locked in a box.
    Keep thinking creatively and innovative.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016
  9. johsun123

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    Thanks for the detailed reply.

    You caught my thinking perfectly.
     
  10. ikhub

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    Is there any way to know how many whois search is there for a domain?
     
  11. Mr.Mashari

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  13. biggie

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    Hi

    i think a relatively high whois searches on your name, particularly when it's close to renewal, could signal interest by other parties or just curiosity

    but if the whois searches are year round, it would be good idea to add a few years to the registration.


    as for that being a sign to develop, maybe... it could be.
    say it's parked and has similarity to another brand, perhaps developing around a different subject, would
    "preempt" any infringement claim.

    but if the name is just getting whois searches and the domain doesn't have a good biz model to build around, what to do then.... leave it parked?

    as for selling, if the folks doing the whois searches are interested in buying, then you'll get an inquiry.

    imo....
     
  14. johsun123

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    Yes, I already have.

    That is what prompted this question. :)
     
  15. aramyus

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    I'm affraid that the number of whois searches is polluted by bot requests.

    For example, I routinely check domains where I have no interest at all and I am certainly not the only one doing that. I assume it will count as a whois search. Also, I am not a whois specialist, but I think there are several whois database replicas and I doubt the data is aggregated.

    Finally I haven't seen much discussions/reports on using whois searches as an indicator of interest.

    A better indicator would be the number of unsollicited requests you receive which I think everybody is tracking very carefully.

    Overall, I find your idea rather attractive, but difficult to implement. May be you could explain what whois sources you plan to use and how you are going to count. It may fire some new ideas.
     
  16. johsun123

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    Sorry for late reply.

    I am doing this for a friend who owns about 50+ domains.

    Some were sold. He uses a couple of domains for own business.

    Rest are OKAY to not-so-good to crap domains. I was checking whois data through godaddy and found consistent searches for some domains.

    There are occasional enquiries also.

    That got me thinking along these lines.
     

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