Which type of first-last name you must buy?

I was inquired by one of my blog reader who saw my domain name sale of EmilyJane ((dot)) com which was just over US$5,000. She shared one of her domain ChrisMosely ((dot)) com and asked how to sell this domain and what I did in order to get this domain sold successfully.

In my previous post I shared my sale of EmilyJane ((dot)) com and explained how I was able to sell that domain name. Normally I don’t invest in two word first-last name domain because it has very limited number of people who might be interested in buying your domain name.

There are several ways I go through scanning each first-last name domain before I take final decision of buying it. First is to look how many people are there with the same full name. To dig in deeply I look at Google by typing EmilyJane and see the result which shows there are lot of people with the same name and good number of websites having the same domain name in it.

Secondly, you can see how much exact number of domain names are taken in the same keyword I simply visit NameDroppers.com where I enter the domain like EmilyJane and select “Only Registered Domains” and find all the variations. Currently there are 121 registered domains having same keyword. If you give space between those two word name like Emily Jane than you can see there are 155 registered names.

If I find there are over 20 different variations taken than I go the next step to see how many people are there with the same name at LinkedIn.com – I could see there are 575 results for Emily Jane.

Also you can do one thing to see if there are any more variations registered with same keyword is to find at Google like this “EmilyJane .co.uk”. You will see that I have given space before .co.uk so copy the text if you wish to. It will show you all the .co.uk domains having EmilyJane keyword in it which NameDroppers doesn’t show. It display a limited number of TLDs with no ccTLDs option.

Now if I come to the domain of my blog reader who gave me ChrisMosely ((dot)) com so that I can guide her in right way. If you check like I did for EmilyJane you will find huge difference and very limited potential in this domain. Like there is not a single variation registered with same name. And having only 17 results at LinkedIn.

It’s all based on my view and how I go through scanning each domain name. There are many more ways to judge any particular domain name and I will discuss each of them in my future posts.

I would like to know if my readers agree with me or have anything else to say? I would love to hear comments from you, no matter how bad or good they are 😉

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7 Responses to “Which type of first-last name you must buy?”

  1. Jen says:

    Wow, thanks awesome. I really appreciate your analysis of my domain. Thank goodness I only spent a dollar on this particular domain.

    I actually have four of these personal names domains that although fail miserably based upon your method. I will however at least approach a few of the people who show up on linkedin and facebook that hold professional careers with the same name to see if there might be interest. Will try to turn these lemons into lemonade.

    I’ll def let you know how that goes. Again, many thanks for offering guidance and insight on the mechanics of your deal.

    Continued success.

    • AbdulBasit says:

      Thanks for your feedback. I really appreciate that.

      I wish you best of luck in selling all those four personal name domains and getting the best result out of that.

      Sure, you can let me know how everything went in trying to sell those domains. Also if you have any question just feel free to ask.

  2. zinj says:

    Salam Bro,

    Nice Tool NameDropper, and nice move on the name sale. Keep the blog coming like Shane & Elliot’s. One day we’ll have you on top of our regions.

  3. AbdulBasit says:

    Wa-Alaikum Salaam,

    Thanks for your compliment.

    ND is fantastic tool. It has helped me in finding many end-users and completing the domain sales with them successfully.

  4. Paul H says:

    NameDropper is certainly very useful and I’ve used it successfully to find end users. Another tool I’ve used when checking for buyers of ‘first, last or full names’ is Radaris.com There are a number of sites like this online and it can help you find even more people with the same name on places like Facebook etc.

    • AbdulBasit says:

      Paul, Thanks for coming and sharing another service which will definitely be helpful. I will check right now. But as you said we can certainly find more people on places like Facebook but the problem at FB is the people over there might not be as serious as the one who already owns the similar domain. I have tried contacting many people over FB but with zero success.

      However, I have found very good success rate while using NameDroppers for finding end-users. Also there was another similar service which was recently shutdown (LeadRefs.com)

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