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
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the URL and a site description (allow 30 days for us to review and
SOCIAL COMMUNITIES, BLOGS & NEWS SITES
|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
|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 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 is a popular free
domain forum with nearly 1 million members and 4.8 million posts. It
is a good place to connect with experts, grow your network and stay
informed with real-time updates.
|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.
|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.
Arab Domain Forum
|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, 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.
|Perfect place to learn about the
rapidly growing field of International Domain Names (IDNs).
|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.
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.
|Site with frequent news updates.
Especially good at finding news items from the European market that
are often missed elsewhere.
|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.
|The DirectNavigation.com blog is
written and edited by veteran domain investor Larry Fischer,
one of the most knowledgeable people in this industry.
|INForum.in is the web's biggest
forum devoted to India's rapidly growing .in country
|Domain Name Headlines
|DNHeadlines.com has amassed a huge
variety of domain related RSS headline feeds into one convenient
|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.
| 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
|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
|Archive Wayback Machine
|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.
|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 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
|DomainTools.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.
|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 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.
|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
|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 is the registry for .com
and .net domains. Their WhoIs is the authoritative source for
information on domains in those extensions.
|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!
|Promotion strategies and traffic
and expiring soon domain name lists. Mojo 30, 60 and 90 day expiring
type-in lists and more
|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.
|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).
|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
|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
|ICANNWiki is an excellent resource
for anyone interested in following ICANN, the organization charged
with overseeing the domain name system.