Domain Name Searches --> Can They Be Seen By Others? Is There A Software Used By Domain Sellers?

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Hi there,

Just wondering if my Domain Name Searches --> Can They Be Seen By Others? Is There A Software Used By Domain Sellers? Just curious as I'll not search for domains until I'm ready to get them if that is the case. Thank you for your insights! Thanks J
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  • Profile picture of the author jordorules
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I'd add:

    "He who searches, finds". Even more than that - if you search for a domain name....find it is available...and don't register it...what's the point? How much "thinking" does it take to register a $10 domain?

    There is third party software that MAY 'pre-register' a domain ....but only when someone searches for availability and doesn't register the domain they searched for. This has been discussed and answer on this forum for years.

    It is a temporary registration and the domain will be available again about 10 days later - for the same domain fee - if you are smart enough to ignore it and stop searching for a while. Most people can't do that and they find the domain "for sale" for a higher price....their repeated searches keep the domain "pre-registered".

    That is a FULL and COMPLETE answer - as long as you register a domain AFTER you've searched for and found it available and BEFORE you leave the registrar's site....you don't have a problem.

    Just curious.....Did you buy a truckload of -->....arrows?
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    • Profile picture of the author Pradeep Bhagwat
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      I'd add:

      "He who searches, finds". Even more than that - if you search for a domain name....find it is available...and don't register it...what's the point? How much "thinking" does it take to register a $10 domain?

      There is third party software that MAY 'pre-register' a domain ....but only when someone searches for availability and doesn't register the domain they searched for. This has been discussed and answer on this forum for years.

      It is a temporary registration and the domain will be available again about 10 days later - for the same domain fee - if you are smart enough to ignore it and stop searching for a while. Most people can't do that and they find the domain "for sale" for a higher price....their repeated searches keep the domain "pre-registered".

      That is a FULL and COMPLETE answer - as long as you register a domain AFTER you've searched for and found it available and BEFORE you leave the registrar's site....you don't have a problem.

      Just curious.....Did you buy a truckload of -->....arrows?

      Very informative reply. It is common experience that when we search for domain and don't buy it, after sometime or days it get booked. Kay Kings answer gives you complete knowledge about this question.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordorules
    Thank you Kay King! lol ya I like to use the --> a lot. Great info and answer. I hear what your saying about just registering it I'm talking about higher volumes though so that's why. Just was interested to know if there where others able to spy on my searches. J
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    The conspiracy theory is that domain registrars monitor your domain search queries and register any valuable domains that are available. Is it a theory or is it fact? Take it from a domainer, and if that isn't good enough, take it from the multitude of threads on this subject, that are dotted around the net: fact.

    Question is, should you avoid intense deliberation when it comes to domain choice? No you should not. It is an absolute fundamental rule of internet marketing that you should, in fact, devote a great deal of energy to domain choice. And I must disagree with Kay: It often, in fact, takes a great deal of thinking to select the right domain.

    I could expand a lot, but I'll be brief. Why is a domain often important?
    • Branding.
    • Intrinsic Value
    • Traffic.
    I could list many more, but let's address those 3. Imagine, for instance, that I wish to setup a simple meme website about dogs.

    I have competition, right? I need to use branding to try and elevate myself above the competition, giving people a reason to choose my dog meme site over the competition.

    And then you have traffic. I could register, without thinking, TomsFunnyDogs.com, or, I could use my melon and register a branded domain name or an EMD, an exact match domain. The latter would benefit me by having a popular search phrase, for it's name, that I can more easily rank for in search engines, and through anchor text linking to my site, and many other considerations, help me to rank better in search engines, socials, and everywhere else that uses a ranking algo with keywords as part of the ranking function. Both types of domain - branded or EMD - would tick several other boxes: short, easy to remember, catchy, clickable, easy to spell, etc, etc., etc. All of that? Traffic. Those elements and a great many more will help - though do not ensure - that the domain I put thought into selecting will benefit from more traffic advantages than TomsFunnyDogs.com.

    Which brings me to intrinsic value. I could register, without thought, TomsFunnyDogs.com, which has no intrinsic value. (I know, crackers, eh?) Or I could register, if I'm lucky (and clever), an EMD that does have intrinsic value. I might register one worth $1,000 or $50 or $10,000 but, whichever one I do register, if it has intrinsic value then I've just added that value to my business - before I've even made the website. And I've only spent a 10 buck registration fee. Neat, eh?

    So.

    This is the deal: Yes, you do run the risk of losing a good available domain, but it's an absolutely small risk, and never let it stop you thinking about domain selection.

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  • Profile picture of the author jordorules
    Thanks Tom great insights. J
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    I used to wonder about this, and probably still do, when the exact same thing happened to me. Ever since then I don't do domain name searches at registrars. I normally use BetterWhoIs.com to check on domain names. Haven't lost any since I started checking there.
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