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17. May 2015

New Fields and FilterDNS Status Columns, Yandex TCI, Twitter/Facebook Stats, New Languages

You can add the new fields using the Column Manager . The checks already run for a while, but not every domain has a result yet! Also I had to reset some columns because of errors.

Yandex TCI - Thematic Citation Index

Yandex TCI is similar to Google PageRank. The higher the TCI is the better. It seems to be very selective what domains have a TCI. I currently only have 14,000 domains with a TCI 10 or higher in the database and I checked millions. Also it is possible to "fake" it by redirecting a domain on another domain. If a TCI is fake, the check resets the value to 0. You can read more about it here. It is also called TIC in some places. I guess that has something to do with the translation.

New DNS Status Columns

You can now see the DNS Status for the Domain Name for 9 more TLDs. The new TLDs are: .US, .CA, .UK, .CO.UK, .CO, .EU, .COM.AU, .IN and .CO.IN Already included for a while now are .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ and .DE. For CNOBI I have the zone files, so checks are really fast and easy. Unfortunately you can't get zone file access for a lot of TLDs so for .DE I'm making real DNS Request to the NS Servers and the new TLDs are implemented the same way as .DE. I made a mistake with the Status DNS Check for .CO.IN and .IN and had to reset all results, but now everything is working correctly. You will see an exclamation mark for TLDs without a result and the usual green/red bubbles for available/taken.

New Languages for the Keyword Filter

You can now filter Keyword Domains for Croatian, Slovenian, Romanian, Hungarian, Malaysian and Indonesian. I do not speak any of these languages, so I'm not sure how good the word lists are. Please let me know if it is total gibberish. For Indonesian I only have a very small list of 6,000 words, but for Croatian the list contains 600,000 words. As a comparison, my English word list has 350,000 and the German list has 1,400,000 words. If you know of places where I can download a dictionary or word lists for a language I currently do not support, please let me know (translation is not necessary). The format doesn't matter, because I process them anyway. You can also enabled the new languages for "Always Camel Case Domain" in your User Settings.

Facebook and Twitter Stats

If you are looking for domains that already have a social background this might be helpful to you. You can now see a bunch of Facebook Stats and Twitter Tweet Count. As far as I know you can't get Tweet Count for the full Domain. That is why I call the Twitter API twice for the Domain with and without www. I might add an additional column that has the higher value to make sorting and filtering easier. A related new feature is the Namecheck that works similar to the Status DNS Check. It lets you see if it is possible to get the Domain Name as a Facebook or Twitter Username. Unfortunately I found a Bug with this and had to reset almost 13 million results...

02. May 2015

More Domainlists AddedDynadot, Namesilo, NamePal, Bido and

27. Apr 2015

Faster Domain Search ResultsNew Version of the Domain Name Search

I'm happy to announce the release of a new version of the Domain Name Search (the search box in the top right corner). The new version looks like before, but it is a lot faster and that was the main reason for updating it. The previous version had some speed problems with the initial search and that made some of my ideas for the search impossible.

The old system used Sphinxsearch to find domains, but for the listing itself (paging, filtering, sorting) it used mysql. To make this possible I had to save the result list from sphinx in mysql. That was very slow for some searches.
One of the edge cases I looked at was the search for "the". This results in over a million domains and could take up to 35 seconds to generate. With the new search it takes around 1.4 seconds. The average search now takes around 0.3 seconds and I still have some ideas on how to improve it further.

The implementation effects a lot of places, so if you notice problems, please let me know.

26. Feb 2015

No Deleted Com/Net Domains at 25. Feb 2015No Domains dropped, Verisign moved the domain drop

As you can see there are no new deleted com/net domains yesterday. That is no problem on! Verisign just didn't drop any domains, so I can't show any. It looks to me that they changed the dropdate for the domains from 2015-02-25 to 2015-02-26, so we will have a bigger drop than usual today (>160k domains).

10. Feb 2015

Domain WatchlistAdd domains to your private Watchlist

Today I've added a very basic Watchlist, that lets you mark domains you are interested in. In all Domain lists you now have a star in front of the domain name and by clicking on it, you can add/remove the domain to/from your Watchlist.
With the Filter Common Filter -> Listing Settings -> only Watchlist you can view the Domains on your Watchlist that are in the current Domain list. The Watchlist is in a very early state of development, but it already works and I will improve it in the future.
Some things to consider:

  • You can disable the Watchlist in your Settings , if you are not interested in it or do not plan on using it.
  • Domains can be in multiple Domain lists or move from one list to another. If you mark a Domain in one list, you will see it marked in other lists as well and if you mark it in Pending Delete for example, you will see it marked in Deleted Domains after the domain drops.
  • Domains at some point will be removed from domain lists. If you have added a domain to your Watchlist and it gets deleted from the domain list, you will not find it anymore. At least with the basic system at the moment. I have plans to fix this issue later with a separate Watchlist page.
  • If you mark Domains in the Domain Name Search in the right corner, it can be tricky to find those again. This will be fixed in the future as well.

If you notice problems with the Watchlist or have ideas for improvments, please let me know.

*Update*: Someone mentioned today, that the Star would make it harder for him to read the domain name, so I moved it behind the domain name.