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Who.Is - Other Services

In our last post we reviewed how we could use Who.is to find out who ‘owns’ a domain. ¬† Also, we covered how information associated with the domain can be found. To briefly recap our previous post, we found we could discover the following by using who.is:

  • determine domain registrar
  • domain status
  • expiration date
  • name servers
  • locate both administrative & technical contacts
  • locate IP addresses
  • and more

But there are other uses for Who.is that you may find useful… most of them dealing with expanding your domain search or usage.

Expiring Domains &  Domain Name Recommendations

You may not be aware but there are hundreds of excellent quality domain names expiring everyday either because they have been forgotten to be renewed or have been simply let go. To check on these domains, you can use the Who.is tool that lets you identify and register expiring or recently expired domains. Who.is will let you view up to six Top Level Domains (TLD), i.e, .com, .net, .org, .info, .us and .biz. You can perform the search by keyword or keyword phrase and once you’ve found a good name you can even go so far as to view the domain’s backlinks.

Want to ‘do your own thing’ but think all the ‘good’ domain names are taken? Then try the Who.is domain suggestion tool that makes it easy to view closely related domain names that are available. This tool bases the search on one of your relevant keywords and then fine tunes your search to get the best domain name available.

Website Information

If you’re thinking of advertising your site on another website, then you want to select the best site out there based on its Alexa ranking and traffic data. And, this same information can also be used to monitor your own site or your competitor’s site if you want to see what the competitions doing. Another perk is that historical information is available anywhere from one day to three months.

This information tool also give you data relevant to…

  • domain contact info
  • how site compares in speed to other sites
  • keywords
  • traffic data
  • subdomains
  • and more

Different TDL’s (Top Level Domains)

We’ll briefly cover the different types of domains and what the name means here. Aside from the .com, .net, .edu, .gov and the like being classified as generic TLDs, there are also ‘country code’ TLD ¬†(ccTLD) names¬†available. You may recognize some of the country code domains on sites you have visited but not known that they were in fact representative of other countries.

For example, www.who.is has the ‘is’ extension which is the ccTLD of Iceland – while some of the television and video sites like to use the ccTLD from Tuvalu which is .tv. Innovative way to ‘brand’ a site if you’re niche is video or television.

What TLD Parts Mean

So what do the different parts of a domain name mean? There are three parts to the name as defined below and shown in red . . .

Top level – this is the extension (.com, .net, .gov, and so on)¬† –¬† www.domain.com

Second level – is the name that refers to or identifies the website – www.domain.com

Third level – is at the beginning of the name and identifies where the site can be found – www.domain.com

Understanding what a domain name is, how it works and why you want to maintain control will go a long way to maintaining control of your domain as well as having a successful Internet business.


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