5 tricks to grab a good domain name on the cheap

By April 10, 2014 Uncategorized 6 Comments

It can be a real challenge to find a good quality unregistered domain name nowadays, especially if you’re looking to register both a .com and a .co.uk. Most of the good ones you can think of will already be in use or they’ve been registered by a dodgy domain squatter and are being auctioned for a hefty price tag. Don’t worry though, there’s still some really good names out there, it just takes a bit longer to find them.

Panabee

Enter in a few keywords that are relevant to the domain name your looking for and Panabee will root around the net and see what’s available. What’s really cool about Panabee is that it will try out different variations like adding ly or ing to your domain or changing the order of the keywords in the domain e.g. keyword1keyword2.com, keyword2keyword1.com. If all else fails Panabee will also suggest alternative keywords that may be more relevant. There’s also a nice feature that it will check if the suggested domains have their social media assets free like their twitter username (@yourdomainname) or Facebook page.

I actually used Panabee to help me find progressful.com.

Voucher Codes

Don’t forget to have a look around for some discount codes or special offers before you checkout a domain. The likes of Namecheap, GoDaddy and 123reg are always running some kind of promo to get a discount on a new registration name, web hosting or cheap domain transfer. I just did a 30 second Google around and found 20% of hosting with 123 and a discount on a .com with Namecheap.

Domains Bot

Domains Bot is very similar to Panabee in the way it uses a keyword based search to find unregistered domain names. However, their most useful feature is that it also includes domains that are being auctioned on Sedo and GoDaddy in the search results. Take the asking prices with a “pinch of salt” especially if they’re in the £1,000 – £10,000 value bracket. Within this price range it’s most definitely a buyers market.

Asking prices don’t mean a thing. Try a cheeky low bid, you’ll be surprised how cheaply these domains are sold for

One tip for anyone looking to make an offer on a domain. Try a cheeky low bid, you’ll be surprised how cheaply these domains are actually sold for.

Domain Droplists

A domain “droplist” is a daily produced list of all the domain names that are due to expire on that day. These lists are an absolute goldmine for domains that people have either forgot to renew or have simply let expire. However, good domain droplists a tricky to find. They’re usually widely publicised and more often than not the good domains are nabbed by the domain drop catching companies before they go public on the lists. All that being said – I’ve snapped-up some brilliant single keyword .co.uk domains from drop lists over the years for registration price only.

Where can you find some good droplists?

  1. Acorn Domains is a UK based domaining forum dedicated to mostly .co.uk domains. It’s a solid resource site for anyone looking for help on domains and there’s also sub-forum dedicated to domain drop-catching and droplists.
  2. Namejet is another massive domain ditching service that produces droplists. The downside is that they’re widely published and any of the good .com domains withh have been already caught.
  3. Expired Domains is a nice and simple lists of all recently dropped and deleted domains that includes .com and other country specific top level domains. I could literally spend hours searching through this site.

Domainr

The best thing about domainr is it’s speed. As soon as you start to type in a keyword it’s checking the availability of the domain instantly. It’s speciality though is scouring through the more obscure country top level domains that you simply wouldn’t think existed e.g. Ascension Island (.ac) or St Helena (.sh). Granted you may not want to use these as your main domain, but they’re perfect for creating a cool social media shorturl for your business e.g. redd.it or youtu.be.

About Tom

Reformed "black hat" SEO, self-made affiliate marketeer and classically trained web developer with a 2.1 BSc Hons in Computer Science . I also spend way too much time on tumblr.

6 Comments

  • Ed Christopher says:

    How do I know if a domain name auction is legitimate i am wondering whether moila.net is legitimate also what should I expect from the purchase if I buy a can of beans I walk out the shop with them who officiates a domain name transaction how can I tell if it is legit?

    • progressful says:

      Hello Ed. Thanks for commenting. In the past I’ve purchased domains at auction through GoName and
      BuyDomains and both transfers went flawlessly. I can’t say I’ve heard of moila.net – So, take from that what you will. The site seems to be a holding page for another company.

      With regards to the overall process you’re right to be very careful – in my experience there is a period of about 2 days where the domain is in “limbo” between the the owner, the broker and the buyer. That’s why you need to trust your broker e.g. BuyDomains, GoName etc

      I wrote a blog post a few months ago detailing the process of buying a squatted domain through BuyDomains. It explains the process I went through in a bit more detail:

      http://progressful.com/blog/buying-a-domain-name-from-a-squatter/

      For an added bit of security I’d always recommend buying the domain on a credit card. That way, if anything goes wrong you can phone your bank and try and get your money back.

      • Ed Christopher says:

        Hi, I have discovered that they were trying to rip me off and I would strongly advise anyone who gets approached by http://www.moila.net or dnimarketing to give them a wide berth. They tried to con me into buying a domian name I am interested at massively inflated “buy it now” prices. They actual auction is taking place on go daddy auction site when I found it the valuation of the domain was £42 moila had offered it to me saying they could stop the auction if I paid them £220 . I reckon they were hoping to win the auction themselves for very little money then sell the domain name to me for£ 220. Anyway stay away from moila.net and dni marketing they are a scam company use trusted sites to track down the actual status, administrators and owners of domain names then make sure younparticipate in legal auctions. My advisecwould be to never respond to bidding agents they play bidders off against each other. Using a credit card is very very good advise for any and every purchase on the internet. Internic.net is a very good place to start to find truthful, trustworthy domain ownership and status data. All the best Ed. Avoid http://www.moila.net and DNImarketing they will lie tobyou and rip you off..

        • progressful says:

          You knew the answer to the question before you asked it. To be honest, I’m not happy that you’re using a progressful blog post as a “churn and burn” proxy for a brand reputation attack against a company. However, the SEO in me is fully aware of the value comments adds to the page value of this blog post. That is the only reason your comments remain on this page. I’d appreciate it if you aired your dirty laundry elsewhere in future. Thank you.

          • Ed Christopher says:

            i didn’t actually – i discovered how to find out about by blogs like yours providing me with enough information to begin to think about the whole subject for myself and begin a research that led to the right conclusions and probably saving myself from being ripped off by professionals. You can do whatever want with the post it doesn’t bother me personally! It is not dirty laundry though i hope that it will be of value to other people looking for help and advise when either buying domain names or themselves dealing with companies like moila.net.That is all it is simple honesty and i hope a good caution although their experience may differ from mine. If i were you i would keep it any experience and feedback adds value to a blog – i have no vested interest in posting anything on here only to try and help people in a difficult situation like i was. Regards Ed if you are talking about the credit card comment i know that that is important because i was ripped off by another internet company and only discovered after my purchase that i had no way of recouping my loss from them – i would always advise using a credit card to purchase stuff on the web if you have one and be very careful if you don’t.

          • progressful says:

            Hey Ed. There are definitely plenty of dodgy domain companies out there looking to take advantage of people. Maybe you should make a Youtube video or a small web site about your bad experience. This would definitely be more useful to people than keyword packed comments on blog posts that are not really related. Best of luck!

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