It’s no secret among domain investors that one of the best places to find great domain names these days is through the NameJet PreRelease listings. When domain names expire from registrars like Network Solutions, eNom, BulkRegister, Tucows, Fabulous, and RegistryPro, the names will eventually end up being listed for backorder on NameJet. Domain investors can get the first chance to grab these names by placing a backorder on these listed names. If a backorder is placed on a name here, it won’t go through the redemption period and later on be dropped.
Generic Domain Finder has been tracking the best names that show up in the NameJet PreRelease listings since the start of 2012. Just because a name gets listed in the NameJet PreRelease listings doesn’t automatically mean it’s any good. In fact, at any given time, there may be around 300,000 names classified as PreRelease by NameJet. Generic Domain Finder applies an initial screening process to the list, and finds the names that have the most potential to be interesting to domain name investors.
Our screening process makes use of our free domain appraisal technology, to cut up each domain name into it’s component keywords, and to track any which contain misspellings, which reduce the potential resale value of the domain. It then tries to make an estimate of the value of the domain, based on the search volume of the keywords, the potential economic value of the keywords, as well as other properties of the domain name, including the number of characters, and the number of keywords in the domain.
The screening process cuts off more than 90% of the list of PreRelease domain names. That leaves more than 20,000 names to filter through – which is still more than most domain name investors want to take the time to filter through. Here are some tips that will help you find some of the undiscovered gold that exists in the listing of 20,000 names.
Searching for two word domains and three word domains
There are lots of other tools out there that attempt to find valuable domain names in the PreRelease listings. Several of them use a dictionary database to find exact match single keywords, to highlight for their users. As a result, single keyword domain names tend to attract a high volume of bids on NameJet. For example, as of April 1st, 2012, police.net has already attracted 191 bids from interested buyers, who have discovered the name and are interested to buy it.
police.net prerelease listing at namejet, 191 bids
However, it’s not as easy to find the great domain names that have 2 and 3 keywords, since there are very few tools online that offer that data. Generic Domain Finder provides an easy filter to select the number of keywords in the domain.
filter to find 2 and 3 keyword domains
The search results show both the original domain name, as well as the associated keywords in the domain name. Our keyword splitting technology is smart enough to recognize foreign language keywords and even names of people and places.
2 word domain name auction listings
Currently, based on recent domain name sales, there seems to be a sweet spot with 2 and 3 word domain names – so this is a tool that should help to put money into your pocket.
These filters are available on all of the domain name listings on Generic Domain Finder, including our growing list of dropped domains.
Searching for short brandable .COM domains
Another trend among domainers has been to invest in short brandable domain names. Generally, these names don’t have meaning associated with the word already. Ideally, the word will be short and pronounceable.
For these domains, it’s key to have the .COM. Since the potential buyer is a startup company, they will only having interest in buying a premium domain name if they will be able to buy the .COM extension.
A service called Wordoid generates these kinds of names automatically. However, as a frequent visitor to their site, it’s clear that even for a site like Wordoid, it’s harder and harder to find good, short, unregistered, brandable .COM domain names. That makes the domain aftermarket a perfect place to search for these names.
To find these kinds of names on Generic Domain Finder, the settings I suggest are to limit the characters to something in the range of 6 to 8, the number of words to 1, and to only check .COM.
Suggested filter settings to find short, brandable .com domains
Lots of other screening services will help you to find the short .COM domain names in the NameJet PreRelease listings. Generic Domain Finder has the advantage that it prefilters the NameJet listings to only select the names that have a higher chance of being valuable to an investor.
Example short brandable com names
As always, there’s nothing certain about the process of using Namejet. Often times, a name you’ll be tracking will turn to wishlist status on the final day before your backorder would have been processed. Generally, that happens if the owner of the domain name renewed the registration of the domain. That can be frustrating. But there are so many good names available in the NameJet listings, that you’ll surely be able to find other great names to invest in.