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This page presents a directory of valuable free resources for domain name professionals. The sites listed have been selected by our editors. If you have a site you would like us to review for possible inclusion, please email us with the URL and a site description (allow 30 days for us to review and respond).

FORUMS, SOCIAL COMMUNITIES, BLOGS & NEWS SITES

iGoldRush
www.igoldrush.com
iGoldRush.com was one of the first domain information resources on the Internet and the site played an instrumental role in helping new domain investors learn the ins and outs of this business. Paul Goldstone and his team make continual improvements in the site to keep it among the most useful domain destinations on the web.
Domain Name Forum
www.dnforum.com
Domain Name Forum has a mountain of valuable information available for free viewing. However, a membership fee is required to post in and view some threads at this busy venue for domain pros. 
DomainState
www.domainstate.com
DomainState forum is a great place to find answers to all of your domain questions. The site also has an excellent suite of free tools. It is moderated by 3 veteran and highly respected domain industry professionals and has attracted more than 1,000 members.
NamePros.com
www.namepros.com
NamePros.com is a domain name forum headed by website developer Ron James. In addition to the well-known domainers who frequent all of the major forums, NamePros attracts many new faces you might not see elsewhere. 
AcornDomains
AcornDomains.co.uk
AcornDomains.co.uk is a growing community of UK Domain Name owners, buyers and sellers. It is free to join and participate at the site where you can also list your domains for sale or domains wanted.
DomainInvesting
DomainInvesting.com
Written by Elliott Silver, ElliotsBlog is a great resource for those who are developing their domain names. Elliot often gives step by step accounts of his development efforts so that others can learn what works and what doesn't from his personal experiences.
AdamDicker.com
www.AdamDicker.com
AdamDicker.com is the personal blog written by DNForum.com owner (and GoDaddy.com Vice President) Adam Dicker.
NameClub 
Arab Domain Forum
www.nameclub.com
New Arabic language forum operated by Thunayan K. AL-Ghanim's Future Media Architects. FMA's involvement guarantees a quality online community for the rapidly growing Middle Eastern domain industry.
DomainForum.info
www.domainforum.info
DomainForum.info, operated by NicIt.de (Germany's 2nd largest domain marketplace) has a unique dual language community with sections for both German speakers and English speakers. The owners say their goal is to bring the USA and German/European markets closer together.
IDNForums.com
www.IDNForums.com
Perfect place to learn about the rapidly growing field of International Domain Names (IDNs). Also check out the site's free puny code converter, a very handy tool when searching through IDN domains.
IDN Club
www.IDNClub.com
This China-based Chinese language site gives its approximately 1500 members a place to discuss, trade and share information about IDNs. They also offer their members a free translation service; Chinese to English or English to Chinese.
Seven Mile
The Official Frank Schilling Blog
Here's a chance to learn from a real master. Frank Schilling (of Name Administration, Inc.) is regarded by many as the world's most successful domain investor. His blog, Seven Mile (named after the beach in front of his Cayman Islands home) offers invaluable insight into the ins and out of the domain industry.
DomainNews.com
www.domainnews.com
Site with frequent news updates. Especially good at finding news items from the European market that are often missed elsewhere.
MobiEnthusiast
www.mobienthusiast.mobi
This site is just what the name says - a place for .mobi enthusiasts to get news and commentary on their favorite extension. This site has a very appealing, clean layout and is being frequently updated.
DirectNavigation.com
www.directnavigation.com
The DirectNavigation.com blog is written and edited by veteran domain investor Larry Fischer, one of the most knowledgeable people in this industry.
IN Forum
www.inforum.in
INForum.in is the web's biggest forum devoted to India's rapidly growing  .in country code. 
Domain Name Headlines
DNHeadlines.com
DNHeadlines.com has amassed a huge variety of domain related RSS headline feeds into one convenient location.  
Mobility.mobi
mobility.mobi
Mobility.mobi is the forum for .mobi fans. The site describes itself as "the largest, most active, and fastest growing dotMobi and Mobile Web forum in the world" and the activity on this busy site backs them up on that. 
DOMAIN TOOLS
Acronym Finder
www.acronymfinder.com
This site lets you type in an acronym to find out what that set of letters is commonly used to represent. This is especially helpful in identifying usage of valuable 3-letter domains. There are over 470,000 definitions for acronyms and abbreviations from 1 to 24 letters in length. There's also a "words in meaning" search (reverse lookup) which allows you to find acronyms that contain keywords.
Alexa
www.alexa.com
How much traffic does a particular website get? Alexa will give you a good idea. You download a free toolbar (which millions of others have already downloaded). Alexa tracks where the toolbar users visit and uses the data to assign a ranking number to every website. The number (which appears on the toolbar) shows where the site you are visiting ranks among all sites on the web. More detailed traffic information is available by clicking on the ranking number. It is similar to how Nielsen uses an audience sample to determine TV ratings. Alexa is now owned by Amazon.
Archive Wayback Machine
www.archive.org
Domain history is revealed by the Archive Wayback Machine. Type in a domain address and if it previously had an active web site on it, the Wayback machine will let you see those old web pages! Data comes from Alexa who has archived billions of web pages dating back many years.
DNS Locator
www.dnslocator.com
Handy tool that lets you look all domains and websites that are hosted on a specific nameserver. Includes links to retreive WhoIS information, Alexa ranking and incoming links for each domain found.
DomainsBot
www.DomainsBot.com
DomainsBot helps people find the perfect domain name through an intuitive domain name suggestion system that can understand users' ideas, based on word or terms supplied, and suggest suitable domain names. This free service is used by thousands of webmasters, domainers, and branding professionals.
Domain Tools
www.DomainTools.com
DomanTools.com is famous for a variety of indispensable tools accessible to its paid members, but the site also offers a wide range of completely free tools like WhoIs and IP address lookups, a domain suggestion tool and a domain typo generator to name just a few. The free tools are on the blue navigation bar. The fee based tools are the Power Tools in the gray colored bar.
JustDropped.com
www.justdropped.com
Expired domain research site providing a free tool for searching expired domain names as well as pending delete, on hold and redemption period domains.
Nameboy
www.nameboy.com
Nameboy helps you formulate domain names in a novel way. You enter your favorite keywords and it returns a list of domains, including names with similar words, that may be just what you are looking for.
PC Names
www.pcnames.com
This handy tool allows you to type in a keyword and get back a list of all recently expired domain names that include the key word and are still available for registration. The results will also contain domains containing similar keywords to give you even more purchase options to consider.
Public Interest Registry
www.pir.org
PIR is the registry for .ORG domain names. Use their WhoIs function to check on the status of .ORG domains you are interested in. To see who owns the domain and their contact info, you will need to click on the direct link PIR gives to the registrar for each domain, then use the registrar's WhoIs for the lookup.
TESS Trademark Search
TESS is the U.S. Patent Office's official search engine. Invaluable in checking if a name you are interested in has been trademarked (and if so, for what purpose. You still may be able to use the name for an alterate purpose).
Verisign WhoIs
www.networksolutions.com
Verisign is the registry for .com and .net domains. Their WhoIs is the authoritative source for information on domains in those extensions.
WEBMASTER TOOLS
CleverForward.com
www.cleverforward.com
Free URL Forwarding! Many registrars charge extra for you to have your domain name forwarded to another URL. With this handy free service you can still get the job done and keep your money in your wallet! 
ClickMojo!
www.clickmojo.com

Promotion strategies and traffic tips. Expired
and expiring soon domain name lists. Mojo 30, 60 and 90 day expiring type-in lists and more
available here. 
SiteUptime
www.siteuptime.com
Siteuptime provides free website monitoring services. Receive instant email notices when your website goes down or becomes unavailable. Detailed uptime statistics and performance reports are also provided.
RESEARCH
ADR Decisions .eu
www.adr-decisions.eu
This handy site is a full text search engine for looking up .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution decisions, ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy decisions (for gTLDs and some ccTLDs) and decisions under the Nominet Dispute Resolution Service (for .uk domain names).
GenericDomainNames.com
www.GenericDomainNames.com
If your potential customers do not understand the inherent value of high quality generic domain names, point them to industry veteran Ian Andrew's new site. It's a nice educational tool to show the business community why obtaining generic domains related to their enterprise is such a good investment.
ICANN
www.icann.org
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is the world governing body for domain names. As essential bookmark for everyone in the domain business. What ICANN does will affect you so visit often and stay informed.
ICANNWiki
www.icannwiki.org
ICANNWiki is an excellent resource for anyone interested in following ICANN, the organization charged with overseeing the domain name system.
NameNewbie.com
www.NameNewbie.com
The Beginner's Guide to Making Money With Domain Names. Expert advice on choosing names, registration, parking, buying & selling domains and networking within the industry.

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