I just stumbled across a dropping domain name tool called dropday.com that can accelerate the discovery and action on obtaining domain names that are soon dropping. I liked it so much I really struggled with sharing it or not.
I decided to write about it and share about its existence, because I’d imagine that it probably costs money to keep the lights on and servers whirring there, so I hope that this article helps people who are looking for a comprehensive drop intelligence tool.
The interface is a bit busy, but in a good way, and it’s all good from there… Dropday is well organized, with intuitively placed links and a minimum of jargon/acronyms. It turns out that by doing this, one can immediately filter, find and action the specific domains and quickly get what they want.
The developer bypassed the lure of the shiny web 2.0 distractions and went right for pure functionality. This site is to drop catching and expiring inventory as the BFG was in Doom.
The site is a mash-up of nearly every interesting attribute of information on the domain names, which saves the user from having to use a variety of systems to track their intelligence and make smart decisions about their purchases.
I have used other sites, and some have helpful elements beyond dropday, but I really was enthralled by how the information was organized and accessible.
TOP NAVIGATION BAR
|The top navigation, to start with, has a few, simple elements, including one for ‘online support’, which is high-lighted in blue so it pops out and is easy to find. VERY refreshing.|
You’ll find as a user that you will intuitively spend the majority of your time in “All Expiring Domains”, so it is up and to the left, as most site heat maps would indicate is the wisest thing to do.
This is also the default page when one arrives to the site. Another nod to intelligent User Interface in the development.
QUICK FILTERED DOMAIN SEARCH
For the ADD crowd who wants to get right to what they need, the site comes with some pretty comprehensive quick link / filtration in the first five columns of the display. This ‘Quick Filters’ region of the page, has some top-line informational stats, and their titles link you right to those specific results in a single click. It looks like the developer is both firmly clued into what people would look for, and how to organize and present it.
|First column contains a quick link to all the names in the system, plus totals and quick links to the next four days’ worth of information. As you’d expect, you click on the date and you get the domains just for that day.||Second Column isolates the domains with Traffic stats on various sites, using a variety of metrics, and of course, links you to each of those results, pre-filtered. You can immediately click to see only domains with Traffic, or specifically those with Google Page Rank, Links, or SERP, Yahoo Links or SERP, or Bing SERP.
The SERP filtration, that is the good stuff.
|Column three are some basic directory listings, DMOZ, Google, Yahoo,those with Alexa ranking or appearance in Archive.org and age, as well as a fairly well done measurement of inbound links, AND some quick-filtered typo and keyword domains.||In column 4 you can filter right in on the list you want to, and show domains by source. They include non-exclusive domains (raw drop) and also more predictable outcome inventory within the SnapNames Exclusive domains, NameJet Prerelease domains, and GoDaddy Exclusive and Closeout domains.
The ability to filter by TLD is very helpful as well. Dropday has pre-filtered COM/NET/ORG/INFO and BIZ, as well as a good selection of other TLDs.
|Column 5 is the dream filters. Visits per Day, Google Page Rank, number of Letters, Age of domain, how much history data, and what type of key searches, broken out into logical and intuitive filtered groups, easily found and clearly labeled.
I love this part because before even hitting the search box, I can drill right to the good stuff that I am looking for.
THE STANDARD DOMAIN SEARCH
|Having the search term anchored to the start or end of the word as well as being contained within is a very good method. The Standard search packs some power and some impressive and much needed ability to search beyond just gTLD domains. ccTLD and gTLD entries are present and they are all accessible in the screen, along with the ability to search by assembling a schema ‘pattern’ for what you want. This comes in handy if you’re looking for a particular profile of name or pattern within a string.|
THE ADVANCED DOMAIN SEARCH
OK, so you really want to roll up your sleeves? To start with, this functionality may be seldom used because of all the many pre-configured search filters in the first five columns. That said, fasten your seatbelts when you click on the link to switch into advanced search mode.
If those powerful preset filters didn’t have exactly what you wanted, you can configure down to the specifics by combining parameters and then save the search so you can easily recall it and run it another day.
You can search on everything but the favorite color of the previous registrant. A very nice feature for domain entrepreneurs is the CPC $ search and the ability to seed out fake PR and Alexa info. The searches have gotten a lot better about weeding out fluffed / bogus rank data.
The results of search appear quickly.
Continuing on in the tradition of smart user interface, the columns are all sortable by clicking on them, and clicking a second time reverses the order. Standard stuff, but you’d be amazed how many other sites fail at that simple capability.
Having a great search and tools is one thing, but if the site is not operating intuitively and quickly, it can get frustrating. Dropday.com had solid, fast performance of the search and filtration. No significant delays in loading the result pages.
Overall positive experience.
UPCOMING FEATURES I’D LIKE TO SEE
The ability to export CSV or XML would be nice, but I typically want that in order to pull together data from many sources to do my analysis. This site has a lot of that already applied.
Its all good. Smart interface, packed with quick-click filters and it lets you access all the search capability. This really resonated with my inner nerd.
Dropday is my current pick for tool to divine out the domains in the drop. Worth every penny.