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General

What are valid search inputs?
What types of domain names are included?
Does this application cost anything?
Are the dates used in this application my local date?
What browsers are supported by this application?

Suggestions

What are Suggestions?
How are Suggestions derived?

Recently Expired Domain Names

What are Recently Expired domain names?
Which TLDs are included in Recently Expired domain names?
Are the dates used in this application my local date?
What is the other data that is listed for each domain name?
What is the format of downloaded file, how can I un-compress it?

Registrars

What is a Registrar?
Why should I add a registrar in this application?

Glossary

Glossary

General

What are valid search inputs?

Allowed Characters Usage Examples Description Sample Results
Space flower shop Multiple keywords can be separated by spaces. All keywords will be contained in the resulting domain names. Flowershopva.com
Yourflowershop.net
+ (plus sign) flower+shop Multiple keywords can be separated by the + character. All keywords will be contained in the resulting domain names. Flowershopva.com
Yourflowershop.net
* (asterisk) *shop


shop*


*shop*
Enter a keyword following the * character to search for domain names ending with the keyword.

Enter a keyword before the * character to search for domain names beginning with the keyword.

Enter a keyword surrounded by the * character to search for domain names with the keyword anywhere in the domain names.
onlineshop.com


shoponline.net


onlineshop.com
shoponline.net
$ (dollar sign) $flowershop Use $ in front of a keyword that is a compound word so that it is not split into the individual words. Yourflowershop.net
Onlineflowershop.com
, comma flower,shop Multiple keywords can be separated by commas; one or more of the keywords will be contained in the resulting domain names. Up to 3 commas are allowed in a search query. Flowersonline.com
Shopyourway.net
; semicolon flower;shop Multiple keywords can be separated by semicolons; one or more of the keywords will be contained in the resulting domain names. Up to 3 semicolons are allowed in a search query. Flowersonline.com
Shopyourway.net

What types of domain names are included?

You can search for available domain names with .com, .net, .tv and .cc extensions

Does this application cost anything?

This is a free tool provided by Verisign.

Are the dates used in this application my local date?

The dates referenced in this application are relative to the United States Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).

What browsers are supported by this application?

This application is designed to support the 2 most recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Older versions of these browsers may result in unintended content display and/or functionality.

Suggestions

What are Suggestions?

Our Domain Name Generator suggests domain names that are available to be registered. Just enter a keyword or domain name and this tool will give available options for .com, .net, .tv and .cc domain names based on your input.

How are Suggestions derived?

The Suggestion feature employs multiple methods for suggesting domain names. It provides topical items (trends in the news), synonyms, popular prefixes/suffixes, geographical domain names and related terms.

Recently Expired Domain Names

What are Recently Expired domain names?

These are domain names that have expired and will soon be dropped from the registry of active domain names so will soon become available for registration. After domain names expire they pass through the Auto-Renew Grace Period and Redemption Grace Period stages of the domain name lifecycle, during which they can only be re-registered by the previous registrant. If they are not re-registered during these stages they are classified as Pending Delete and become available to be registered by anyone five days later.

Which TLDs are included in Recently Expired domain names?

At this time, only .com and .net TLDs are included.

Are the dates used in this application my local date?

The dates referenced in this application are relative to the United States Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).

What is the other data that is listed for each domain name?

You can review things such as what the previous website was used for, how long the domain name had been registered for and whether various common website features where present. This is a great tool for understanding the type of traffic that the domain name may still be receiving and prioritizing domain name investments. See the Glossary below for full details.

What is the format of downloaded file, how can I un-compress it?

CSV file compressed as gzip with extension .gz. It can be uncompressed using gzip utility available on Unix and Linux systems or using many popular file archiving utilities like 7-zip. More information about gzip can be found here

Registrars

What is a Registrar?

A domain name registrar is a company assists consumers and business owners by verifying that a requested domain name is available, and then by registering it with Verisign or another registry company. After the domain name is registered, you can begin using it for a web site, email or other Internet services. Some registrars also provide additional products like website and email hosting, online marketing services and as well as other and services.

Why should I add a registrar in this application?

Saving one or more registrars to your account will allow you to register the domain name(s) that you have discovered quicker and easier. After saving a registrar, when you select the Shopping Cart option you will be redirected to that registrar's page to order your desired domain name(s). If you have saved more than one registrar, you can choose one to be a default that is automatically selected or choose which one to use when you select the Shopping Cart option. You can save your registrar(s) by logging in and selecting My Registrars in your account options.

Glossary

Term Long Description
Ads Detected Advertisements were found on the website. Helpful when understanding the monetization strategy of the previous website owner. Possible values are "Y" and "N".
Brand Safety A measure of how often profanity was found during the previous 3 months. Profanity is determined as any of roughly 150 profane terms that are considered as being highly obscene or vulgar. Possible values are "High" = no profanity during the last 3 months, "Medium" = profanity during one of the last 3 months, "Low "= profanity during more than one of the last 3 months. Primarily useful as a filtering mechanism.
Available On The date when the domain name is released by the registry and will be able to be registered through any .com or .net registrar. The domain names generally become available one at a time, starting at around 2pm ET on this date. The actual exact time a name becomes available may vary.
DNS Traffic Total amount of data transfers or calls across the Domain Name System. This includes both human to machine calls as well as machine to machine calls. DNS Traffic does not necessarily equate to web traffic.
DNS Traffic Reach The number of servers generating DNS Traffic to the domain name during the prior 24 hour period.
Domain Name Length The number of characters in the domain name. Possible values are 1-63.
Domain Rank A ranking of .com and .net domain names, based on the monthly cumulative traffic score for the domain name. Rankings for .com and .net domain names are independent of each other. For example a Domain Rank value of 1 for a .com domain name indicates that the domain name received the highest monthly cumulative Traffic Score relative to other .com domain names.
Expired On The date when the domain name expired. The domain name will go through redemption period and will become available 80 days after this date.
Inbound Links The number of links from other .com and .net domain names found linking to this domain name.
Login Detected Indicates whether or not a website has login capabilities. This can indicate a user base that may periodically return to the site. Possible values are "Y" and "N".
Outbound Links The number of links to other domain names in the .com and .net zones found originating from this domain name.
Personal Information Indicates whether the website collected personal information from users. Possible values are "Y" and "N".
Popularity Score An adjusted version of the Traffic Score taking into account the quality of inbound links as well as the DNS queries for the domain name, before the domain name enters the Redemption Grace Period. The score is a normalized score from 0-1000 where 1000 is the most popular. The Filtered Traffic Score (Traffic Score weighted to account for different types of DNS queries) and link quality equally influence the Popularity Score. High traffic volumes or loads from inbound links alone will not result in a high rank but rather a combination of both is required to yield a strong overall popularity score.
Redirect Destination If the website is redirected as indicated by a Website Type of Redirect or Masked Redirect, the redirect destination is captured and provided here. For example, example.com redirects to example.go.com. In this case, the value of this field would be "example.go.com"
Registered Since Identifies the date when the name was last registered. If a domain name has been registered multiple times this date will refer only to the most recent registration. For example, if the domain name was created for the first time 1/1/2000, dropped in 2001 then registered again 9/30/2010 and dropped in 2011, the Registered Since date would be 9/30/2010. This can be used to determine the age of the most recent domain name registration.
Shopping Cart Indicates whether the website had a shopping cart enabled. Possible values are "Y" and "N".
Third Party Checkout Indicates whether the website utilized any third party checkout application separate from the website's shopping cart. Possible values are "Y" and "N".
Monthly US Traffic Percentage of DNS traffic to the domain name generated by US based nameservers over the previous 30-day period.
Website Keywords The keywords are derived from anchor tags and image tags found on each website, and can be used to search for websites about specific topics. There are 4 sources that are considered for keywords: Title Bar, Meta Description, Meta Keywords and General Content area. All extracted keywords are delimited by commas.
Website Type An indication of how the website hosted on this domain name had been used. These are useful as filters to select the content that is most desired. All websites are classified in one and only one of the following categories:
  • Blog - A domain name that is used primarily for traditional blogging.
  • Parked - A domain name that is simply parked with generic or other Under Construction content.
  • Real Estate - A domain name that is used to advertise a property or properties that are for sale.
  • Redirect - A domain name immediately transferring the end user to a different location.
  • Masked Redirect - A domain name that consists exclusively of a frame pulling all of its content from a different website.
  • E-Commerce - A domain name that is used to sell goods including completing transactions online.
  • Online Business - A domain name that is used as a billboard or advertisement for a single company, meant to solicit new customers and provide basic information for interested parties.
  • Other - A domain name that is not classified as any of these predefined types.
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