I’ve wasted days of my life by not using DomainIQ until now. In the next 3 minutes, my review will take you down a list of very important features to you, the domainer, but it will also point out some of the pros and cons (mostly pros) of this powerful suite of domain research tools. Let’s go.
There are three tools that were of particular importance to me before buying: finding similar domains by keywords, domain history lookup, and finding other domains owned by the domain owner.
We’ll talk about these tools first.
Similar Domains Registered
For straight domain leads, I used to search similar registered domains using the limited free search of ZFBot and NameDroppers.
DomainIQ is WAY better. It allows you to search for keywords every which way (including negative searches) and then delivers a full list of every registered domain that fits your criteria. Not only that but the list has the registrant contact’s name and email address. When you’re done, you can download an exportable Excel spreadsheet file.
This one tool alone is worth $25 a month.
Similar domains are the ultimate leads. If I own RedBrick.com and I can get a list of every other domain that has the words Red & Brick in it in two seconds, that’s worldly in terms of lead generation.
Love the reverse keyword tool search and I’ll be using it quite often.
As far as domain history, I was disappointed. I had browsed and been wowed by most of their tools by the time I got to domain history lookup and when I tried it, all it showed was the date a domain was first registered on.
DomainTools.com and WhoisRequest.org both give you more depth. They’re both limited in free queries but I expected more from DomainIQ.
Update: Their domain history results are spectacular but I looked under domain registration history which only gives you the initial registration date. If you run a basic report search and then click Whois History, you can find everything including the past registrants.
Another historyish tool is the domain snapshot tool that shows you a screenshot from different historical times. I don’t know if it’s straight pulled from Archive.org or not but what I like is you can scan the screenshots all at once, you don’t have to guess and click on each one unlike archive.
Another tool I really enjoyed was the bulk snapshot tool. What you can do with this is copy and paste a list of domains and instantly see if there’s a website on them. Think of this as a lead narrowing tool: you’d rather contact people that have a website up vs. people that don’t. This is a time saver that can initially weed out domainer registered domains with parked pages.
Other Domains Owned Search Cheapness
As for other domains owned lookup or “Email/Registrant Domain Count Lookup” (think of a Whoisology search), DomainIQ’s results are superb but the Basic plan is stingy in the number of times you can lookup.
You can get 150 basic reports per day but basic reports are limited to 25 results. If you want the full list of domains, you have to use a comprehensive report and you only get 10 of those per month.
The Pro Plan gives a much more reasonable 250 comprehensive reports per month. That’s so disproportionate. I pay $25 and get 10 comprehensives but I pay $50 and get 250? 2x the cost to get 25x the results.
I’m dinging them for this. Just give the Basic Plan 25 if you want to be cheap but 10 is weak for a premium suite.
The tool does work great, just like Whoisology so I have no qualms with the performance.
Know someone’s Google Analytics or Adwords code? You can find all sites that use the same code. I didn’t use this but really cool feature. Would have been extra hot when Adsense was in style but still nifty.
Similarly, you can also look up all the domains on a particular IP. For example, if you look up a site, you can find all the other sites hosted on that same IP address which could help you identify a site ownership connection – even if the Whois is privacy protected.
There’s also a bulk Whois search tool. Again, didn’t use this but you can quickly look up ownership on a list of domains. This can come in handy if you research a bunch of leads through Google and then want to pull the Whois contact data quickly.
Also, you can send emails through DomainIQ, both anonymous and regular. I don’t know how the anonymous email works but that could come in handy, particularly for making offers. Both options say, “Ideal for revealing owner’s email (if behind proxy)”.
One extremely unique tool is the domains nearby tool. What you can do with this is see the domains registered in a given geographical area. The only use I can think of for this is finding what domains your neighbors or nearby businesses own. It’s interesting but the application with obvious utility hasn’t hit me yet.
For those of you who want valuations, you can usually* get an Estibot appraisal just by running a Basic Report (*I’ve had multiple times where the appraisal showed up “unknown”). If you run a group of domains through the Portfolio Analyzer you can also get a quick portfolio valuation. As we all know, Estibot isn’t accurate for many domains but then again the value of domain names is subjective so as sales are continually fed into Estibot’s algorithm it will be continue to be the best we have.
Lastly, the domain monitoring and alert functionality DomainIQ provides you with is amazing! You can monitor when someone or a company registers a new domain name (heh, hem this is very nice!). You can monitor when domain with a keyword or keywords is registered (again, nice!!). And of course you can monitor changes on existing domains like a server change or new ownership. And there are even more options here.
And there is yet more that DomainIQ.com has to offer. I’m sure I’ve glossed over some other great tools but the overriding point here is this is a sweet suite. For $25/month it’s a no-brainer.
The two other plans are Pro at $49.95 and Expert for $149.95
What I love is how obvious the value is – and they know it! They don’t try to lock you into a contract. You can cancel, upgrade, or downgrade at anytime. Why? Because they know they don’t need to lock you in – you will be hooked on the value. To adapt a line from George Costanza, the product insists upon itself.
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I recommend you start at basic and only upgrade if you outgrow it. The bigger plans appear to just be more of what the Basic offers so it’s not like you’re missing out on access to anything.
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PS There’s a space for a coupon code when you sign up but I searched for DomainIQ promo codes and couldn’t find any that still worked. If I am able to finagle one, I’ll be sure to update this post.
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