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Posted by on Feb 20, 2009 in Internet Utilities | 1 comment

Checking Domain Availability

Don’t Alert Others of your Ideas!

There is one MAIN thing you want to be careful of when checking to see if a domain is available or not, and that is alerting others that somebody is searching for it.

You see, there are some people who monitor searches for domains so that they can quickly register the domain in the hope that you will buy it from them at more than they paid for it.

A good way to prevent this is to use tools available from respected and well known Domain Registrars, such as GoDaddy and Moniker.com.

Tools to help you

To facilitate this (because I register domains quite often now, IT’S A DRUG I TELL YOU!) I have created to search tools that you can install if you use IE7 (Internet Explorer 7) or FireFox web browsers.

You will then be able to just type the domain that you want to check it’s availability of, and press enter.

To install these “search engines”, just click on the “down arrow” at the top right of your browser and click on the “Add DomainCheck“. This Search Engine will use Moniker.com’s Domain checking service to see if a domain is available to be registered.

The reason I use Moniker.com is because it can check more than one TLD at a time, for example, if you type in “james” (without the quotes) and click on the magnifying glass, the Moniker.com results will show you the results for james.com, james.info, james.org, etc. etc. etc…

You might have also noticed the ability to add the “CoZaDomains” Search Engine.

This search engine will check the availability of “.co.za” (South African) domains, using the tool provided by www.anno.co.za (the site that hosts my website).

Anyway, let me know if you find these tools useful…

1 Comment

  1. 6+ years after you posted this – a reply! Everytime I check a domain name (not addicted; not often) I wonder about lurkers looking to beat me to it. Hadn’t considered the use of search engine results.

    If this info is still current (prehistoric in internet years) I’ll be sure to use.

    Got here looking for the stat plugin for WP.

    Thanks, keep up the good work – Jef

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