This week, I ran into some frustrating technical problems from my camera going out "halfway" through recording(you'll notice me disappear eventually), all the way to losing some footage altogether, and my contacts not wanting to sit in my eyes. It's been one of those sessions. Regardless, I managed to get you something useable, despite the glare in my glasses. When I recorded this video, I didn't have the intention of starting an "Industry Tools" series, but I figured why not, it sounds good and there are a LOT of tools I can cover. In this video I'm going over ExpiredDomains.net. I will touch on some filters, show you the basics about what they do and how to best use them to sort through domain names, and a few other points. The best thing you can do is open up ExpiredDomains.net and push all the buttons and take it for a test drive, that will be the best way to learn. You can also reference my written post about this topic while you watch the video: Setting up ExpiredDomains Filter’s Like a Boss Hear are some tips to help you, and I hope you get something out of it. Enjoy.
Hey guys, Ali Zandi here: Zandibot.com. I want to talk a little bit about the tools I use when I buy domains. Now that I’m doing videos, I can give you more of an in- depth look into my process. Maybe you’ll learn something, maybe you won’t. But this is how I buy domains; this is how I find domains. So I want to show you how to use the same tools that I do, kind of in the same order that I do (roughly) when I go to buy a domain name. I usually almost always start with ExpiredDomains.net and then I make my way around to the forums and other marketplaces, but this is where I start my search. So, when you open ExpiredDomains.net, you are going to land on this page after you login. And yeah! You can jump into ‘Marketplace Domains’ and click ‘GD Closeouts’. That‘s the fastest way to open this filter (get access to this filter link). So, that’s what I do, I click ‘Marketplace Domains’, then Closeouts, jump into the filter, pop them open, and as you can see you have more filters than you’ll really ever need. I don’t even use them all! But they are really good, like the ‘Domain Name Whitelist’ - so I’m going to go through (Let’s see!) - I’m just going to go through TDNAM - that way I can show you a ton of different types of domains. Ok, so there are 941,000. So starts with – Domain Name Whitelist – so starts with: I can say starts with ‘diamond’ and hit ‘Enter’ and it’ll show me every single domain in every TLD – you know, just, just unfiltered basically - except for starts with. So it will pop it all down and it will show me like, you know, ‘Diamonds’, ‘Diamondsarenotconquerable’, ‘DiamondRings.Company’ - stuff like that. Ok, so starts with ‘diamond’. Great! What about ends with ‘diamond’? Let’s see here! So if I put in ends with ‘diamond’, it’ll show me every single domain name that ends with the word ‘diamond’. Yeah! See so, ‘Diamond.Taxi’ – that’s weird! Anyway! Ok! And then from there you can even throw it into ‘contains’ and this will show it - whether it’s in the front, in the middle, in the back, wherever it is. As long as it contains ‘diamond’, it will show it. That’s that! Domain Name Blacklist Same thing - does not start with ‘diamond’, does not end with ‘diamond’, does not even contain the word ‘diamond’. Domain name contains… and I don’t really use this one (you can enter up to 15 keywords). Ok, so let’s stay it starts with ‘diamon’ [types the word incorrectly] and it also has to contain ‘company’. And I hit ‘Enter’. That really narrows it down from almost a million domains to only 3. So, there’s only three domains – unless I spelt ‘diamond’ way off bro. There we go! There might be a few more. Nope! Still the same amount: Diamond Company Diamond Electric Company Diamond Cleaning Company So it only showed you three. That’s really, really filtered down. I generally don’t use ‘Whitelist’ and ‘Blacklist’ unless I’m looking for a really, really specific name and I don’t do it too often but I ‘m going to tell you what they are anyway. Unwanted Characters So for you people looking for Chinese domains, you can go to town here. Whatever premium letters you want to see, you can exclude the ones you don’t through the blacklist. So now, all you’ll see is premium numbers, premium letters – Chinese letters I mean. You know I still don’t know what the verdict is on these, but anyway, ‘a, e, I, o, u, v, 0, 4’, and it’ll show me all these. Great! So now I can exclude or blacklist specific characters. I don’t need to comma or space them out. It’s pretty sweet! And same thing here, if I only want to see domains with ‘a, e, i, o, u, v, 0, 4’, I can put it in the ‘Whitelist’ and technically (it’s going to take a little longer here) technically - soit ‘ll show me only those domains. It’s pretty cool if you’re really trying to narrow it down. Next is Domain Name Settings So ‘no numbers’ - it won’t show you any domains with and numbers. ‘No Characters’ - obviously ‘No Hyphens’ ‘No Consecutive Hyphens’ – you know, like a domain, you know could be like [types in Google search bar ‘lajalf…hyphen….hyphen….] Makes no sense but they still exist. And then, you know, down here ‘Only numbers’ ‘Only characters’ ‘Length’ – you know, you only want domains that are 50 characters to like 75, I don’t know why! Or you can narrow it down - you only want to see domains that are shorter than 8 characters. And then ‘Hyphens’ - same thing - I don’t know. I’ve only bought one hyphenated domain and I sold it, and I never did it again. Vowels, Consonants, Characters, Numbers. Anyway! So this is your minimums and maximums with characters and numbers. Patterns Patterns are really cool! So you can see right here if you hover over these little symbols here, it’ll show you what the usage is. So like, C - consonants V is Vowel L is letter So if I want to look for - let’s say! – I want domains that start with the letter ‘R’ - I leave it lowercased and then I put ‘CVVC’. So I want the letter ‘R’ at the beginning, followed by a consonant, two vowels and another consonant. I hit, “Enter”. I don’t know if there is anything out there like it right now, but it’ll filter it out. Yeah! Exactly! Real cool domain! Yeah! So that’s the patterns. Again, you know, you can blacklist them. Take a look at this popup; it’ll give you a really good idea of how to set your patterns in there. PageRank Sometimes I guess, sometimes I buy domains because of their PageRank even though it’s not really considered a ranking factor anymore. It still shows me that they had some semblance of quality content at some point - if they had higher quality PR, higher quality backlinks. So, I look into that sometimes, not very often. I do keep my eyes peeled for this PR thing. If it’s in red, I more than likely going to have to do a little more research and might not even touch it. But yeah! ‘Minimum, Maximum’ Common SEO I’ve never touched this. Minimum Backlinks - you know WhoIS year – that’s pretty much the only thing I ever touch in this box. You know I’m not a website developer. I don’t do it all the time so I don’t really need to look too far into the SEO. I might pop open like AHREF and look in there, get a quick glance but I don’t really filter out by this – just a year. Usually, I’ll only do a maximum. So, nothing newer than 15 years aged. Yeah! That’s that! Listing Settings So these are pretty cool! You can show, you know, ‘Only New’- like whatever’s poped up in the last 12 hours, 30 days, 7 days, you know. ‘Add date’- You can really get in here and you know, like ‘Names Ending’ - Today. You can just do that and just go though (make sure I don’t have anything else) and just go through it and look at domain names that – all of them are ending today- in some form or another. Whether they’ve been at “Buy it Now” for however many days, auction, wherever you go. They are all ending today and going away. (Let’s see “Expired”). So you know you can jump around, see what’s ending today like all this stuff is all ending today. Yeah! That’s that So the next tab is Additional So this is where you can come in and , you know, fine-tune it some more. All your TLDs are in here; you can really get in there and narrow it down. If you want English Words, if you want Spanish Words, Dutch Words, Norwegian, French, Polish, Portuguese. It doesn’t matter! You can set your minimums, your maximums. You can say, “Hey! Is this domain that I’m looking for also registered in like dot-biz, dot-org, dot-info?” Or it has like a minimum of 20 other TLDs that are registered for the keywords. Or you can find the available, so if you are looking for a brandable to start your own business, maybe you want to see if those are all available so you can make something up. Or you want to see if the dot-com is available but- let’s say- the dot-net and the dot-org aren’t. Perhaps, that can lead to like a flip. You can come over here to Geo So you can pick. This is really cool! So you can do like 100% Geo domains and apply the filter. It’s really, really tough but it’s a good algorithm. Let’s see! Let’s jump to (I have two filters. What filters do I have? Only 100% GEO right?) Let me reset it! Sorry guys! It was limiting it. [Clicks on ‘Only 100% GEO domains’] It should only be one filter. There we go! So now you can see. If I do it by like search volume, these are all, you know, ‘NewCastle’ – Place, ‘Crown’ (I’m sure that’s a place. ‘Crown.net’? That’s a great domain!) I’m going to watch it. (When does it end? 6 days. I’ll get back to it.) ‘Playing Poker’ ‘Dixie’ ‘Dixie’ Okay, so yeah! GEO. You can do ‘100% GEO’, you can do ‘Only Geo’. So ‘100% GEO’, I believe, is only like a city name, a country name - like an actual physical place. ‘Only GEO’ domains would be like country + keyword, city + keyword, whatever that may be. Adwords and SEO tab here Like Search Volume (Global)- You can say it has to have at least 10000 searches a month globally. It has to be (I wonder how high this goes- the Competition? I think it’s to 100). How much competition there is for the keywords? CPC – you know USA, UK You can even narrow it down even further with the categories, links, you know all this stuff - I never, I never come to this section. I don’t need it, other people might. If you’re a developer and you know, you’re looking for quality domain names, you could really, really narrow down the pick. So yeah, that’s that! Those are the filters. And that is pretty much the overview of expireddomains.net. The only other things you need to know are all these tabs here. You have these main two tabs right, these are all ‘Deleted’, like completed deleted gone through closeout – done for. You can come in here, and you know, I’ve found a few and I’ve gotten ideas just by visiting in here and saying, ‘Let’s check out some of this old stuff!’. Maybe I can go and register it in a new gTLd, you know, like Tennessee.Portal, if dot portal was a TLD. I’ll get ideas and I’ll come in here and maybe I’ll even find a hand-registration, but, you know, that’s for another video. You can see everything that’s been completely deleted here, even archived. Sometimes you can look back into the archives and you’ll find something. Down to the ‘Marketplace Domains’ tab. These are all your marketplaces. I mean, pretty much everything except for SEDO. I don’t know if they had some sort of API integration issue, something like that, I don’t remember. But yeah! Every other marketplace is here. So, that’s expireddomains.net. Really, really, really difficult looking but once you get a hang of where everything is and what it does, it can be a really, really useful tool. So I suggest you just jump on here and play around with everything, push all the buttons, and see what it does for you.