Comments on: Things to Look for When Finding End User Buyers Domain blog featuring domain investing strategy, domain valuation, and domain development commentary from Elliot Silver, founder of Top Notch Domains, LLC. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:39:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Michael Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:25:06 +0000 Louise, thanks for doing that, but I was just using catfish as an example because that’s what Jorge used above me.

By: Louise Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:23:16 +0000 @ Michael, Here you go:

By: Rob Monster - Epik Mon, 19 Apr 2010 02:35:57 +0000 @Logan, @Elliot – The sending feature requires a paid membership. The sending cost is low but it is countermeasure to prevent people from using the system to spam. We’ll look into making this more clear. To date, we mostly have introduced it to a few clients who are wanting help with selling their domains.

By: Michael Sun, 18 Apr 2010 23:30:38 +0000 @Mike – That’s very close to what I’m looking for, but precisely what I want would be search results with: or or
Catfish.tld (you solved this one)

With Keyword being a wild card (*).

I tried doing “site:*catfish.*” and that gave me KeywordCatfish.— as you suggested, but I get no results when I try these:


Not sure why, but it is already closer to what I’m trying to get. Thanks for the help. If anyone stumbles across how to do it please let me know.

By: Elliot Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:37:42 +0000 @ Logan

I had the same issue when I tried a couple of tests. I tried sending end user emails using my own domain names as a test and they failed.

Also, I would recommend filtering sites like Yahoo, Bing, Wikipedia….etc, as it would be extremely unlikely that an email to the whois contact would result in a sale.

By: Mike Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:37:10 +0000 @Michael, not exactly what you are asking for, but one thing you can do is to enter in a ‘*’ for the tld of any keyword you want to search for to see results for that keyword in every tld that is indexed. for example, to search all catfish.— sites, you would enter:


this is just a quick way to see all the extensions for sites of that keyword that are actually indexed, plus what titles and meta-descriptions they use, and who ranks highest/lowest. also can generally tell who is parked by the meta-description

By: Logan Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:35:37 +0000 @Rob – when I tried, none of the emails would go through. They always said Failed or Banned or some such. I got this same response using the provided mail router and using my own SMTP mail server configuration. I find it odd that ALL would receive such a response.

By: Rob Monster - Epik Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:40:48 +0000 @randomo – Thanks for the feedback. The site is still beta. We use it internally so please pound on it and send feedback. My email is rob -at- . It works, but it is not ready for public launch. We have given a few power users and clients pre-launch access while we finish development and testing. I have been using it for weeks.

@Michael – A small tip a propos your original question: if you click on any of the suggested names that the EndUserGenie finds, it will go find all related names even if they are not live and developed.

By: randomo Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:35:08 +0000 @Rob – That looks like an interesting tool. One little quirk on the site: when I tried to create an account, I had to check a box that said “Agree to terms?” – but I couldn’t find the terms anywhere. Maybe I’m overlooking something obvious.

(I understand that since this is an unannounced tool, it may not be polished; just wanted to point this out FYI.)

By: Louise Sat, 17 Apr 2010 22:52:29 +0000 @ Rob, that was exciting – I signed up for and, but I think I have to be approved or notified of the auction before I can send out a listing . . .

Playing the Drop Market panel at TRAFFIC Las Vegas was interesting, which I caught the tail end of so now I can place a face to your name. Good job on your web projects, including Epik auction, because the interface is uncluttered, simple, and fast! Hope it works out! :)

By: Nuno Alex Oliveira Sat, 17 Apr 2010 22:00:21 +0000 Hello Michael,

Such a search operator doesn’t exist. I researched and asked several people but it seems that for now we don’t have any luck.
Some services can give a close result, but none has all tld’s.

Best Regards,


By: Rob Monster - Epik Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:34:04 +0000 @Michael – You can try out a tool we built for locating end-clients. It is called It is not a tool that we have announced but it works. It finds the targets, mails to them and tracks who has been mailed what in a portfolio.

FYI, this is actually how I sold for $6500 after drop-catching it. We sold it at our auction site — In other words, I use to send leads to visit the auction listing at

By: Michael Fri, 16 Apr 2010 22:00:25 +0000 Does anyone know how to do a search similar to “inurl:catfish” but only for the keyword in the domain? That search will come up with stuff like which isn’t as useful. I’d like something similar to http://*catfish*.com with * being a wild card.

Also, wondering what you guys think about CC as opposed to separate emails. I always hear that you should send them individually, but I can’t help thinking if you send an email to AND, that it would spark their sense of urgency and competition knowing for a fact that their competitor is being given the same opportunity and whoever pounces first wins.

Love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

By: jorge Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:30:43 +0000 You should also look for companies that have similar .COM domains but longer than yours. So if you have “”, you might be able to sell to the owner of

You can find these kinds of domains on google with a search like:


This will give you a list of sites that have catfish in the URL (not necessarily the domain, but it’s a good start).

By: Elliot Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:22:29 +0000 @ Mitch

Very good suggestion. In fact, you can often find links to “affiliate program” or “partners” on websites, and that will lead you to the right person. Oftentimes affiliate program managers will understand the value better than others at the company.

By: Mitch Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:18:40 +0000 If you’ve got that perfect targeted domain,
don’t overlook finding some (get your foot in the door) email/phone contacts through affiliate advertisers at cj, etc.
You can’t find these on the websites, or whois contact info.

By: Elliot Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:58:14 +0000 @ Kevin

Doesn’t happen to me much. Can’t remember the last time actually.

By: Kevin Murphy Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:57:10 +0000 I’ve found these end user posts very interesting, but there’s one thing I’m not sure you’ve addressed yet:

When you cold-email a potential buyer, how often do you get a nasty response? There’s plenty of people out there who confuse speculation with squatting.