Using citations to quickly identify great domains

iStock_000033144738_MediumIn this post, we detail a simple tool to quickly refine a list of domain names and sort the wheat from the sugar.

After a short break that turned out to be a bit longer than planned, back blogging for a short while.

(Does that count as a hiatus?)

Kicking off with an article where we list a simple method to quickly identify great domains from an initial list of 100.

First of all, let’s paint the picture. It’s 7pm on a Friday night and you’re booked to go out this evening. The dinner is smoking away in the oven, and the cats they-are-a whining for their milk. The phone seems to have been ringing all afternoon, and to make it worse the to-do list app is a bleeping away in a demented tone.

Amidst all this chaos, you’ve decided to start a bit of domaining. Sure why not.

Time in now of the essence. You’ve somehow got your list down to 100, but it needs some refining.

Here’s a list of 100 domains from such a day last December. Have a quick scan and see what you like, and then we’ll go on the technique:

hotcovers.com
hotelbradford.com
hourcashloans.com
howily.com
idealhosts.com
ilikejobs.com
infoply.com
intellegenic.com
intellegic.com
isitia.com
isurely.com
jaunster.com
jaypreme.com
jewel-hub.com
jewery-job.com
jobdrill.com
jobthrone.com
joshhub.com
law-planet.com
learnbegin.com
learnshares.com
logosurf.com
london-china.com
londonparade.com
london-tube.com
love-cooking.com
lutly.com
luxurypicks.com
luxury-toys.com
luxurywax.com
luxury-woman.com
machineprices.com
maineclick.com
mathtic.com
meatagency.com
mediagrouch.com
mediasetting.com
mediatical.com
mediholidays.com
megadesign.com
megafew.com
meganudge.com
megapit.com
megareef.com
midnightjob.com
mintcentral.com
moneybanc.com
moneyboon.com
moneyprofiles.com
movieforsale.com
movily.com
mp3expert.com
mp3experts.com
mudsolutions.com
mulchmachine.com
mumthing.com
mybooka.com
my-world.com
ncertify.com
needacheap.com
ninra.com
odemia.com
onetify.com
oniondepot.com
onlinetopcars.com
opticwizard.com
orangecabinet.com
orangeclasses.com
orangecontest.com
orangedealer.com
orangeskirt.com
oxomic.com
papworks.com
pennly.com
perlsolutions.com
phone-gadget.com
phonehello.com
pictly.com
pinkcreate.com
pinkfrogs.com
pinkjaguar.com
pinkperk.com
pinkslob.com
pinksurveys.com
pinkversion.com
pinkwheel.com
planaholic.com
planclub.com
powderbot.com
prague-travel.com
prayify.com
procordia.com
propertycondo.com
propertycraze.com
propertymutual.com
qarlic.com
rankaria.com
rare-game.com
rare-travel.com
rawestate.com
reactcentral.com

Google is famous for building it’s algorithm on citations. As namers, we can do the same. We need to be mindful of the past with regard to naming. So before the GTLD extensions, there was a real shortage of names. Net’s, Org’s, Info’s and Biz’s were snapped up galore.

At the time, this was the thing to do – but now things have changed.

However, we can still use the old registrations as a citation. To put it another way: would you like to invest in a domain property, that nobody ever bought any version of the name in the ‘established’ extensions – ever?

Sure, there are outliers – but what are the odds of this?

Thankfully, we can head over to DomainTools.com and do a bulk search of the 100 names. Here, we can graphically see the past history of the domains in the list very quickly, as DomainTools have cleverly made past registrations visible using dotted circles.

Your url on DT:
https://research.domaintools.com/buy/availability-check/bulk/?

Entering the list from above, we get the following winners:

MegaDesign.com
my-world.com
Planaholic.com

And a few cites…

OrangeCabinet.com
Howily.com (disclaimer: we hold the current registration rights to this one).

So, not only do we see the current registrations in the different extensions for the list; we also see the past registrations, which we can use as a citation.

Now, you might say well a hyphen…but these “my” prefix names are so hard to get that this could be an investable property. Trust me, quality “my” prefix names are rarer than a left wing hippy at a Donald Trump rally.

There’s no doubt MegaDesign.com is a great name.

Side-note #1: the DNS on MegaDesign.com before it dropped that day in December: a.ns.ultsearch.com // b.ns.ultsearch.com. Curious.

Side-note #2: be careful of using this technique on Godaddy closeouts. Often, the closeouts can all belong to the same owner.
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