There are a lot of reasons to buy a domain name. Maybe, you are going to start your own business or want to make money purchasing or selling domains. You should make a choice: to register a new domain or buy an already existing one; decide what domain name to choose, which domain zone you need. If you have chosen to buy an existing domain, you should learn more about auctions.
What is so valuable about buying domains at the auction?
You can buy a perfect domain name for your brand, even if someone has registered it earlier than you.
It allows you to find aged domains, which have better authority.
When a domain has existing search rankings, it is much easier to promote.
You get a domain name is already familiar to many users and has constant visitors, which equals steady traffic flow.
Existing backlinks increase citation flow and improve promotion.
Domain already ranks for relevant keywords and generates a particular volume of search traffic.
The registrar puts up domains for auction, where they are sold off to the highest bidder.
Millions of domains are put up for auction daily. Experienced SEO experts and online businesses prefer to use trusted domains for their projects. Buying an aged domain with existing rankings saves time and funds that you would have otherwise spent on promoting a web source from scratch.
As domain sale makes a very profitable investment, many entrepreneurs engage in the professional domain sale.
GoDaddy Auctions is a large marketplace that connects domain sellers and buyers. In this secondary market, you can buy a great domain name at a price that benefits you.
There are several types of auctions:
Bid — the seller names a starting price and a minimum bid. The user who offered the highest bid gets the domain.
Offer/Counter Offer — the seller names the minimum price, while buyers can either accept it or counter offer. In the former case, the most attractive offer wins the domain. The seller can convert the offer into a 7-Day Public Auction and name an opening bid. The more buyers offer, the bigger is the opening bid.
Buy Now — the domain is sold at a fixed price.
Offer/Counter Offer with BuyNow — when you submit an offer, the buyer can accept it instantly or counter offer it within a 7-day public auction. If the buyer’s offer meets an opening bid within the binding period, the seller sells the domain to the bidder.
7 day auction listing — while it follows ordinary auction rules, this auction allows the seller to set their own reserve price. If the bidder manages to meet the reserve price, they win the domain.
Even after the auction ends you have a chance to buy a brilliant, profitable domain at unprecedented price. To make it happen, you have 5 days after the end of the auction. This period is called GoDaddy Auctions® Expired Domains Closeout.
Various registrar names can be listed on GoDaddy Auctions. After the deal is made, the buyer and seller arrange the domain name ownership transfer with the registrar.
GoDaddy does not charge buyers with fees. In some cases a one-year renewal fee can be added to the price of the expiring domain.
GoDaddy Auctions is a completely transparent and comprehensive domain name sale and purchase platform. Here you can easily find a high rated domain and profitably promote your online web source.
SkimDaddy is a browser extension that helps to find great expiring domains on GoDaddy Auctions and examine their important SEO metrics all at once. It’s compatible with Chrome Browser, FireFox, and Safari (for Mac OS). The extension mostly operates in a background mode. One click on the plug-in icon opens GoDaddy Auctions web page in a browser, allowing users to:
Find the most monetizable domains GoDaddy has to offer;
View domain data (Google rankings, age, Google traffic, etc.);
Keep tabs on domains you are interested in;
See the time left until the auction’s end and receive special alerts;
Organize your domain search.
GoDaddy provides minimum info about the domains put up for bidding. Due to this people used to spend hours looking for data in order to evaluate a domain name and make a buying decision. By using SkimDaddy, you will be able to pick a suitable domain name as well as evaluate it and make a winning bid.
What makes SkimDaddy so unique is that it allows you to view all necessary domain info before you purchase it. While webmasters have to use an extensive range of tools in order to learn everything about a domain, SkimDaddy hands over the essential data to you on the spot, no other apps or tools required. You can browse all listed domain names and filter them for numerous criteria: from positions on Google SERP to price.
While SkimDaddy is a background extension, the SkimDaddy page will pop up each time you visit a domain that will expire soon.
Advanced domain name search
Unfortunately, the search system on GoDaddy Auctions is not as targeted, and versatile as many online business owners and web experts want it to be. On the contrary, SkimDaddy makes it incredibly convenient with the help of a wide range of filters. If your business project requires a trusted domain that belongs to a particular domain zone and ranks for relevant keywords, with SkimDaddy, you will be able to find all prospective matches within seconds.
In-depth SEO metrics
SkimDaddy provides all users with a valuable and vital resource - data. Letting prospective buyers learn literally everything about the domains featured in the listings, SkimDaddy considerably saves time. You do not have to look for various analytical services that offer you just a bit of insight into the domains of interest at a high price. SkimDaddy provides you with large volumes of data without charging extra fees within a single, convenient system.
Complex domain evaluation
Unsure how to place a bid on a domain and make it work for you? Pay close attention to the domain’s SEO metrics and compare them to other, similar domains at the auction. With the rich data SkimDaddy provides, you will easily establish a price that would be profitable for you and attractive to the seller.
Real-time auction tracking
With SkimDaddy you will be able to efficiently manage your work with auctions and make a winning counter offer right before the auction ends. With push-up messages alerting you about the auction coming to an end, you won’t miss the best deals for you and your business. This feature is particularly useful to bidders interested in buying several domains at once.
SkimDaddy can be found in the Chrome Web Store or downloaded directly from the official SkimDaddy website. The download and installation are free of charge.
You can download SkimDaddy from the website:
You can install SkimDaddy to a different browser: Firefox or Safari.
Click ‘Add extension’ and it will be downloaded to your browser.
Once the installation is complete, you will see the SkimDaddy icon on the browser toolbar.
To download SkimDaddy from Chrome Web Store:
Downloading and installing SkimDaddy does not oblige you to buy the tool once the trial period expires. You can uninstall the extension at any time and remove it from the system.
If you change your mind, you can re-download the extension by revisiting the mentioned above steps.
After the end of the 14-day free trial period, you won’t be able to use the extension features. You will see the notification informing you about the expired trial period in the extension window. To resume your work with SkimDaddy tools, you need a user account. Choose the most convenient option for you:
Subscription - auto-renewable plans for experts who want to use SkimDaddy extension without interruption.
One-time payment - for buyers who need extension temporally (one-time project purchase or purchasing a domain for personal use).
Click ‘Subscribe’ to choose a subscription or one-time payment option on the Pricing page.
Becoming a full-scale SkimDaddy user is simple and quick:
You buy any of SkimDaddy subscription plans.
Or make a one-time payment for a certain period.
We create an account using the email* in your payment info.
You receive an email with your personal password.
You become an official SkimDaddy user, receiving full access to all benefits of the service.
Note! You must enter your current email when willing the payment form, because this is where we will send your personal password for your SkimDaddy account to.
Once this is done, you have the option to change your personal data like password or email in your account right in the extension window (‘Settings’ tab).
SkimDaddy provides users with an opportunity to configure the tool according to their preferences. It features several Settings designed to offer a better and more flexible usability.
What can you do in Settings?
Change your personal data.
Do not like the idea of being confined to one password and one email within SkimDaddy for the rest of eternity? We do not like that either. Therefore, once you activate your account, you are free to change your data, including your email and password anytime. There is no limit on how many times you can do that, so you are granted full freedom over managing your personal data.
Activate auction ending alerts.
With this feature, you can stop worrying about missing the end of the auction. Tick one or more boxes and then click ‘Subscribe'. From this moment you will be receiving email notifications to warn you about the auction coming to an end in 60, 30, 10 or 5 minutes, depending on the options you chose.
Show or hide help information.
You can check/uncheck the box near this feature to start or stop seeing pop-up hints or tips that explain the terminology used on SkimDaddy or instruct you on following required steps.
Enable or disable default comments.
Each bid you make comes with a default comment that a seller can view. If you do not need it or want to leave comments on your own, uncheck the box next to this feature.
This option is extremely useful to users from various parts of the globe as it translates the keywords used by expired domains to rank up. Aside from offering better understanding, this feature can also give non-English website entrepreneurs an idea, about the queries they should base their own keyword sets on when promoting their website in a native region. The features allow users to translate the keywords to over 50 languages, from French to Zulu.
These settings allow you to get the best experience with SkimDaddy as well as help you manage the time more efficiently by adjusting the tool usability by your individual requirements.
You can use SkimDaddy for free and without any registrations during 14 days. If you want to continue working with the extension, buy subscription and register.
We have different subscription options to offer more convenience for our customers. In addition to these subscription plans, a one-time payment option is also available. You can become an official Skimdaddy user for:
Therefore, if you do not want to subscribe to SkinDaddy yet, you can just purchase a plan without having to deal with auto rebill payment.
The inclusiveness of our system makes our service open to a wide range of users and ensures safety and security of payment processing. FastSpring and Norton Security secure the safety of each method. With security concerns taken care of, you are free to choose the method that works for you.
Pros: One of the fastest ways, allows you to begin and finish the transaction in a matter of seconds. SkimDaddy also includes a wide range of credit cards to ensure that user can pay regardless of the service they use. We accept MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover cards.
Cons: While you will have no difficulties with paying for SkimDaddy services with your credit/debit cards, keep in mind that each bank has its own set of fees and requirements that you have to be aware of.
Pros: PayPal is a highly popular service that allows safe transactions and can be easily integrated with nearly every site or provider. It is widely used worldwide and makes purchasing services or items a simple and convenient process.
Cons: The process of the transaction can be more time-consuming compared to making purchases with debit or credit card.
Pros: Amazon payments are as good and reliable as payments by PayPal, allowing you to manage your purchases without creating any extra accounts in other services.
Cons: Amazon Payments mostly cover USA and UK territories. Therefore, the buyers that are not residents of these two states can find this option to be quite inconvenient.
Pros: High levels of security - as you make a transfer, you are 100% sure that your funds will reach their destination.
Cons: Although the procedure is relatively fast, it still cannot compete with the mobility of using the credit card or PayPal. If you are not a fan of waiting, this option may be not for you.
You can track your payment easily, because SkimDaddy grants every client an access to their by payment history. To view your payment history go to Settings and click 'Payment history'.
This section of your Settings shows your payment number, the exact date of the transaction, price as well as the plan and the type of payment. For better control over their payments, the customer can even download payment data in PDF file type as well as get an access to the payment data online.
The targeted search will help you find a domain that will fully meet your demands. Set your own domain name search settings and use expanded extension filters.
To start searching:
Click the SkimDaddy icon on your browser extension panel.
Open GoDaddy Auctions in Chrome or FireFox (for OS Windows) or Safari (for Mac OS). The extension will pop up by default. If nothing happens, сlick the SkimDaddy shortcut to open the extension.
SkimDaddy algorithm allows you to find the desired domain in a matter of seconds. Use various filters for more accurate results:
With this set of filters, you can select the domains by Google positions, the volume of search engine traffic, price and find domains featuring certain keyword or domains that used to rank for this keyword.
If you need more targeted search results, use advanced filters. Choose domain names and take into consideration Alexa Rates, zone and domain age. These criteria will come in handy during website promotion. The advanced filters will also help you choose a domain with the most acceptable price and avoid competition with other bidders.
After you choose necessary criteria, you will see the list of domain names that meet your specific needs. You can work with that list right in the extension by using the following features:
Quick view of the domain price and several keywords;
Convenient sorting options;
Click on the domain you are ready to buy to open the auction page in the browser tab.
Basic SkimDaddy filters provide a quick, yet efficient and detailed search for the most popular criteria.
This set of filters allows you to choose only domains that have/had positions in Google TOP for the last three months. Configure your search to include only domains that rank in Google TOP 10/TOP 30/ TOP 50/TOP 100. By buying domains with existing positions you make your web promotion easier and save a lot of your budget, instead of spending it on promoting newly-registered domain.
Here you can set your search to show deals that end in a certain period. Depending on your needs and schedule you can use filters and select offers that run out in 6/24/48 hours or 3/7/10 days.
Enter the volume of daily search engine traffic to find domains that fall under that range in search results. Daily visitor number depends on the website subject. If you are looking for a domain for business in a narrow niche, the minimum number of daily visitors can be over 30. If you work in more popular fields like music, movies or gaming, you should look for domains where daily visitor number hits 100. This way, you can find a truly decent domain for your project.
Search domain name by a specific keyword. Define, which keyword is a priority for your future web source and reflects its subject the best. It is the way to find the perfect, memorable domain name that would be attractive to visitors. You can even enter a brand name into the field, because someone may have already used it to register a domain and now you can buy it at the auction.
Look for a domain name that already has rankings for a certain keyword. You will receive a list of domains with existing Google TOP 100 positions. This will allow you to pick the best domain name for a fast project promotion.
Set the price brackets to find the reserve prices and opening bids that meet your budget.
If you want to find a domain that will truly meet all your goals at GoDaddy, you can do it in a professional way and apply even more filters and features of SkimDaddy extension. Use the maximum number of criteria when looking for a desirable domain with Advanced Search.
GoDaddy Domains Aftermarket offers several ways to buy and sell a domain. You can learn more about them in Overview - Introduction to GoDaddy Auctions. This section considers the diversity of types of GoDaddy auctions. Select a particular auction type to view all related offers in search results.
Whether you want your domain name to be original and creative or short and official, you can use these filters to configure the domain names that will pop up in search results.
Select the preferred number of symbols and specify the type of symbols you want to see in a domain name in a ‘Patterns’ field that will appear under the ‘Symbols’ filter.
L - letter;
N - numeric;
V - vowels;
C - consonants.
To focus the search system on a certain domain zone, use a corresponding filter (com., org., net., us., info.).
It is possible to customize your domain zone search further with additional filters from the ‘Custom list’.
It features all possible domain zone used on the Internet - from the most popular ones to very field or location-specific ones. You can select all domain zones instantly by clicking ‘Select All’. Click ‘Unselect All’ to customize a list of preferred domain zones manually.
Use the quick search bar to find all domain zones you need.
Alexa Rating is an essential SEO element, which must not be ignored during website optimization. Increasing Alexa Rating of a newly-registered domain is a very hard and complicated task, which makes the purchase of a domain with a high rating a real solution. This filter allows you to view only the domains with <10m/<5m/<3m/<1m Alexa Rating in your search results.
Define how many bids you a ready to compete with and enter the numbers into the fields. The results will reveal all domains that match your query. It will enable you to wisely consider your chances and make a move before somebody else does. Find the most promising domains with the lowest bidding competition and increase your chances to win the offer and get a valuable web source.
Enter the preferred domain age brackets into the corresponding fields.
The older the domain is, the more authority it has on the Internet. Search engines hold aged domains in high regard, which makes them a very successful purchase. With this filter, you can find domains that are up to 20 years old. Discover trusted domains at available prices.
We understand that nobody makes blind domain purchases. Therefore, in SkimDaddy we focused on main criteria of choosing a really good domain at GoDaddy auction. By using these sorting options, You can choose a domain name that meets your business needs right in the extension window by clicking on the range of metrics featured in the search result listing.
Shows the number of keywords in Google TOP 100 for the last three months. You can tweak this filter to sort websites by the number of their Google TOP 100 keywords either in ascending or in descending order.
The more keywords rank positions in Google TOP, the easier it is for you to promote the website. However, keep in mind that a domain with good keyword rankings will cost you more.
Indicates each website’s daily rate of Google organic traffic. By clicking on that filter, you can select ascending or descending order for the domain list. Websites dedicated to such popular subjects as online gaming, movies or music usually have the highest number of visitors.
If you buy a domain for niche-specific business, keep in mind that high traffic volume is not the most essential criterion in this case.
Here you can see the current price for the website. Note, that there are different types of auctions. If the seller does not indicate ‘Buy Now’, it may not be the final price of the domain. When a domain is put up on the auction, the highest bid wins.
Displays the Alexa rank of every website in the list. It also allows you to view websites with the biggest and the lowest rank. Just click on it to choose your preferred way of sorting.
This is where you see how many bidders are currently ready to buy the domain you got your eyes on. It helps you to estimate your chances and look for an option with a tolerable competition. The bids can be sorted from largest to smallest and vice versa.
Shows you the age of all domains featured in the list. You can switch between the youngest and the oldest domains.
If you want to sort domains with the longest or the shortest domain name, this variable is your little helper. Clicking on it will sort the domains in the way that is more convenient for you.
Last, but not the least, it shows you how much time you have left before the auction ends. Find domains with an acceptable deadline by organizing them in an ascending or descending order.
Aside from data in the search results listings, SkimDaddy allows you to get even more familiar with the domain that caught your interest. Click on the domain in the list to go to see its profile in the extension.
While GoDaddy domain page mostly displays the data relevant to the auction and provides you only with a brief description of the domain progress on the Internet, SkimDaddy gives you a full insight right in the extension window. Here you can learn all important details about the domain you want to buy, evaluate it by all important criteria and choose the winning price of your bid. Moreover, you can see its daily Google traffic - the right corner of the domain page features the current number of daily Google visitors.Also, Domain Info provides you with:
With SkimDaddy you will never miss any important detail. You can access web sources that contain more info on domain history straight from the extension window. Get Whois data and analyze the analytical data, crucial for further promotion.
Whois is a massive database of registered domain owners, where every user can see all registrar data, which is very important if they plan to acquire a domain. The Whois data is available in a readable format, so you can easily find out when the name of the domain you want to purchase is going to expire.
Wayback Machine archive
Wayback Machine is a massive web archive that creates a snapshot of one or more website pages from time to time. This enables you to quickly see the snapshots of web pages made from different dates.
A huge online platform, SimilarWeb uses powerful technologies for data collection, measurement, and analysis. Converting data to simple charts, it allows users to view any website and see its progress on the Internet. The extension offers you a shortcut to the SimilarWeb page for the domain, containing its traffic ranking and stats.
Alexa traffic rank
See how well the domain for sale is doing, according to the Alexa Rating by clicking on a shortcut. It will reveal you the current domain progress according to the rating, the daily number of visitors and the estimated duration of visits, bounce rate, and websites users went to after visiting the domain. This valid data will help you to skip the most draining parts of your SEO campaign and get straight to attracting visitors.
Additionaly, Domain Info allows you to:
View the most essential domain details. The extension also includes information about the domain Alexa Rating, age, price, and a number of bids. Basically, these are the first rates you see in the domain profile.
View and sort keywords. Here, you have an opportunity to take a closer look at the keywords the domain uses to rank in Google. You have a full list of keywords at your disposal as well as data like monthly rate according to AdWords and positions of each keyword in Google for 3 months.
Moreover, every keyword has a link to Google search, so you could personally see how it is doing in search results.
If you have any particular keywords of interest, enter it into the search bar to avoid scrolling through the entire list. It will instantly reveal you all domain keywords matching your query along with their progress for the last 3 months.
Need your keywords list to be even more specific and organized? SkimDaddy made sure you can make it happen by adding several sorting options for you to tinker with.
Whether you rely on organizing results in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order or prefer to sort keywords by position or AdWords data, with these options, you will be able to view keywords quickly and conveniently.
Another great upgrade brought to GoDaddy by SkimDaddy, is an opportunity for you to view the most essential data for online business owners, webmasters and SEO experts. To help you get the clearest and the most detailed idea of the domain progress, SkimDaddy shows you the domain dynamic right on the domain GoDaddy page.
To get started, click any domain link in your SkimDaddy list. Now, aside from formal auction-related details, you will see more domain data right under the official domain data block. It is a convenient way for you to give an in-depth analysis of the domain success on the Internet and estimate its online performance in the long run. The domain dynamics under GoDaddy Domain Details are represented as clear and simple charts that allow you to:
Here you can view how many users have visited the domain from Google search engine for the last three months. The chart is designed to display both decline and increase in traffic. The difference between the months is shown in brackets near the total number of visitors for a specific date.
You can see how many daily users visited the domain from Google at a specific date by hovering your mouse cursor over the chart. It provides you with accurate data and helps to get the full picture of the domain success that you plan to purchase.
You can see the progress of the domain key in Google TOP for the last three months. SkimDaddy displays the keyword-related data in several charts and statistics tables, giving you a full breakdown of keywords progress in Google TOP 1/TOP 3/ TOP 10/TOP 30/TOP 50/TOP 100.
Each statistics table offers you an insight into the total number of keywords that ranked in Google TOP 1 / TOP 3 / TOP 10 / TOP 30 / TOP 50 / TOP 100 at a particular date. Also, it displays either a positive or negative difference between months if such occurs. As with the daily Google traffic chart, you can also see the accurate number of keywords ranking in Google TOP for a particular date. Hover your cursor over the chart to view the data.
This neat SkimDaddy feature gives you a detailed and practical introduction into the domain online progress on the Internet and allows you to see and evaluate how well the domain keeps up with a progress over the time. See if the domain you want is worth its money in one click - with SkimDaddy, you receive all numbers, details, and statistics within seconds. Learn more than your bidding competitors ever can, without having to resort to the use of expensive professional tools.
Found a domain or two that look promising to you? With SkimDaddy, you don’t have to find them over and over again in a huge list of domains. Just mark them in a listing. This is how you add domains to Favorites.
After this, you can access desired domains in this tab, you can view their data, sort them in ascending or descending order as well as monitor the time left until the end of the auction.
If you want to be completely sure that you won’t miss the ending date, you can use another helpful SkimDaddy feature for your favored domains. Click the ‘Subscribe to Notification’ button to receive notifications on your email.
Adding the domains you are interested in to ‘Favorites’ gives you more control over the auction process and allows you to make a buying decision without any haste.
As it was mentioned above, every registered SkimDaddy user can activate the push-messages in order to keep an eye on the auction progress. To make it happen, go to your ‘Settings’ tab.
Push-messages are notifications that will be sent to your email after you choose to subscribe to them. Before you activate these notifications, you can choose when they should warn you about the end of the auction. SkimDaddy can send you push-messages 60/30/10/5 minutes before the auction is over. It is also possible to select more than one option. This feature is available only for the domains that are marked as ‘favorites’. You can activate it in your ‘Favorites’ or ‘Settings’ tab by clicking on the ‘Subscribe’ button.
— No, you should not. They are absolutely free. However, you are required to pay for the subscription.
SkimDaddy extension is compatible with PCs only.
— You don't need to have an account on GoDaddy to work with SkimDaddy extension. However, it is needed for the direct participation in the GoDaddy auctions.
— You can't log into SkimDaddy with the help of account of any other services.
— Of course, you can do without it, but there is no need for this! First of all, you have to know that GoDaddy provides its visitors with minimum information concerning this or that domain. And that is why it is very hard sometimes to make the right choice. For inexperienced users, it can be even impossible. SkimDaddy was created for your comfort, simplifying and improving your interacting with the auction. With its help, you can get in-depth SEO metrics of any domain offered for sale.
— Yes, you can. SkimDaddy extension is compatible both with Chrome Browser and Safari.
— You can work with SkimDaddy for free during 14 days. During this period all the extension options will be available for you.
— No, it is not necessary. During 14-days free trial period, the extension is entirely at your disposal without any authorization.
— You can subscribe to SkimDaddy and choose the most suitable subscription plan: 1 month, 3 months, 12 months or make a one-time payment for 31 days.
— Alexa rank is a rating system to evaluate websites. The rank is calculated using the combination of a total number of pageviews during the past 3 months and frequency of daily visits of a particular web resource. In Alexa, the lower you ranking number is the better. In other words, a low number means that the estimated traffic of your resource is higher in comparison to other resources that have a high Alexa ranking.
— Yes, this option is also provided. And by the way you don't have to do anything special, just use an appropriate filter located on the main page. Moreover, if needed, you can translate the keywords you are interested in into another language. In order to do this, go to the Settings and choose one of more than 50 languages.
— Parked domain means a web address that is not fully functional. This means that its pages have very little or no content at all, because it is currently under development or will soon belong to another owner. Such domain usually does not link to a real site and could be used for redirection or any sort of advertising. Typically, owners of such domains receive interest for this advertisement.
— Yes, it is possible to find a parked domain if it is offered for sale on the GoDaddy auction. SkimDaddy allows you to search by keywords, domain name, age and other criteria to make your hunting as targeted as possible.
— In principle, this situation will never happen to you if you make full use of all the possibilities provided by SkimDaddy. Go to the Settings, tick boxes you need and click the 'Subscribe' button. From now on, you will be getting email notifications informing you that the auction is about to end.
— It means that this domain is expiring and is available for sale on GoDaddy auction. If you happen to like the domain you are currently viewing, you become aware of the exclusive opportunity to become its next owner.
Please, note, that if the extension window appears on the website, it means that the site is put up for sale at GoDaddy auction. The extension’s purpose is to keep you aware of the most beneficial offers on the GoDaddy domain name auction.
You can hide the window by clicking “x” in the upper right corner.