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» We have just launched Free Estibot iPhone app!
We're proud to announce we have just launched an iPhone app that will make your EstiBot usage more efficient on portable devices.


A few features the app offers include:
•Instant appraisals with full analytics
•Lead research tool, research end-user leads and brainstorm domain ideas anywhere
•Whois research tool with access to historical whois records
•Watchlists to keep track of domains you like for later
•Simple, fast and responsive user interface


Download the free EstiBot mobile iPhone app and increase your productivity:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/estibot-mobile/id877814979?ls=1&mt=8


*The mobile app is currently available for iPhone/iPad. We are currently working on an Android version and will update you when it's available.

-Estibot
posted by Claudia on 2014-05-19 17:36:24
» Free Dropping.com Access with Estibot's Advanced/Expert Account.
EstiBot Advanced and Expert users receive free access to our latest site, Dropping.com, a feature packed service designed to help domain investors find and acquire expiring, recently expired and available domain names.

With Estibot's Advanced account you get free access to the Dropping.com Basic plan - $49/m value!

With Estibot's Expert account you get free access to Dropping.com Intermediate plan - $99/m value!
posted by Claudia on 2014-01-03 21:43:41
» Generate Leads - Sell Domains - Make Money
New Feature Alert!
Tired of waiting for a marketplace with millions of domains to sell your domain name?
Take an active role in selling your inventory by contacting potential buyers yourself!
We have just released a new version of our lead generator, the lead research tool.
This tool lets you perform comprehensive searches on over 145 million registered and active domain names to locate leads that may benefit from your domain name. You can also instantly contact the leads using EstiBot or our desktop based email program.
Check it out today and create your own leads.
(a demo video is also available)
posted by Luc on 2013-05-31 14:23:33
» Get your pass, pack your bags and see you at WebFest Global!
We're extremely excited to once again fly to beautiful Santa Monica for the domain industries BEST conference, WebFest Global (previously known as DomainFest).

We're very picky about the conferences we attend, because being a small company, our time is very valuable and our resources very limited. Every year however, we visit DomainFest (WebFest) and we strongly recommend it to our customers.

This conference is about networking and making money. It's extremely professional, corporate and fun. We generally do not recommend 3rd party services because the quality of service is usually poor or questionable, but after years of attending DomainFest, we feel comfortable and confident in putting our seal of approval on it. We visit it, and so should you.

Luc will be representing EstiBot.com and Dropping.com and will be available throughout the week to answer customer questions, get feature suggestions and much more.

Shoot an email to luc@lezon.com and meet the programmer behind the service!

Drinks are on us for all EstiBot/Dropping.com customers :)

See you there!!!
posted by Luc on 2013-05-31 14:26:22
» Instantly categorize your domain portfolio for increased profits!
If you follow domain industry news, you may have noticed that many domain sellers are significantly increasing their sales by categorizing their domain portfolios, making it easier for buyers to instantly find domains that are relevant to their business.

Categorizing hundreds of domain names by hand is extremely time consuming - let alone thousands or tens of thousands, which is practically impossible.

What do the pros do? They use the Estibot.com categorization tool. Used successfully by many of the world's largest domain sellers and registrars, Estibot.com Domain Categorizer will automatically categorize your domain portfolio within seconds, saving you valuable time and resources - and most of all, improving your domain sales.

All you need is an Estibot.com account, and you're ready to get your domain portfolio categorized right away - in addition to getting access to all our other high power domain tools. Here's a drilldown of the options available to you:

Novice $29.95 per month - categorize 500 domains daily
Intermediate $49.95 per month - categorize 2,500 domains daily
Advanced $99.95 per month - categorize 5,000 domains daily
Expert $149.95 per month - categorize 15,000 domains daily

Enterprise solutions are also available on request for very large volume queries.

Do what the pros do, go to our registration page right away to see what else you get with your subscription, and power up your domain business with Estibot.com.
posted by Esa-Pekka on 2012-08-19 02:26:57
» Protecting your privacy and sticking to our core business.
The domain industry is full of competing interests and shady companies. It is often compared to the wild west, and rightfully so.

In our industry, it's normal for a company, such as a parking company, or registrar, or even registry, to compete with its customers and build its own domain portfolio using data collected from customer queries. Some of these companies take measures to hide their actions, while others are open and proud to be in the same business as their customers.

In the last ten years, we have found that nearly every single service provider in the domain industry (that we are aware of), from drop catchers to parking companies to drop-list providers to registrars, to portfolio management and monetization services is in the same business as their customers, except EstiBot (if you know of more, let us know and we'll gladly add them to the list!).

Stories of registrars front-running domains, or parking companies resetting stats so that they can re-register a domain for themselves, or drop-list services removing the top drops from their lists, are fairly common in our business.

Whether this is legal, moral, or ethical is up to you to decide, but one thing that is for certain is that this type of behavior creates a major trust issue, not to mention a conflict of interest issue, between the customer and the service provider. After all, how can you trust a company you park your domains with, or one you register your domains with, when they are in the same business as you, and may be acting against your best interest (such as showing you false stats, or registering a free domain you just looked up).

At EstiBot, we realized early on that appraising domains and investing in them would not be fair to our customers. We made it our company policy not to invest in domains (unless they are to be used on a new service, or if we are testing a service, such as a DNS service, for which domains are required).

This means that our staff, owners and in some cases even API partners, are prohibited from investing in domain names (with exclusions on domains for personal development, such as family domain names or domains owned by the staff member before they joined the company).

We take great pride in doing what we do best, which is creating software, tools and services for the domain industry. Our passion is software and we intend on sticking to that.

It is in our best interest to ensure that you feel safe using EstiBot, and that you know that your data is in good hands, after all, our business depends on it. As a result, we take extreme measures to safeguard your queries, and to ensure that domains you put into our search box remain safe and confidential.

The measures we take to protect your privacy...

First, we do not query any external sources such as the Registry, Registrar or domain marketplace or partner sites for availability or marketplace results (these are the most common types of data leaks that result in front-running).

For availability checks, we download the entire zone file daily, for all extensions, and we perform a local database query to check domain availability. This ensures that Registrars and the Registry do not have access to domain names you are checking on EstiBot. While this may seem like overkill for some customers, it was actually discovered some years ago that the Registry and many registrars were front-running (registering clients queried domains and trying to sell it to them for more).
Same goes for all marketplaces we use to display the "Similar Domains for Sale" list and "Buy Now" buttons. The database for these lists are downloaded nightly from the marketplace and inserted into a local database on EstiBot's end. Your queries are never exposed to the marketplace operator.

Certain queries, such as SERP and Keyword Search Volume queries, are either performed live or pulled from cache. We believe that these queries are not subject to privacy issues because they do not contain the actual domain (but the keywords) and are done on services such as Google or Bing which have no interest in competing with domain investors (nor can they identify the queries as such).

Next, we regularly wipe all personally identifiable queries from the log. We believe that holding onto this type of data is a liability and we do not want to store more data than our customers need.

Finally, all EstiBot servers are owned and managed by EstiBot, at a local Chicagoland datacenter. We control everything from server installation, to data backups, to the firewall and security settings.

As a tiny company, the most important goal for us is to keep our customers happy. One way we do this is we focus on creating great tools to make it easier to find, acquire and sell domains. Engaging in competitive practices is shady and unprofessional and does not help our customers or our company.

Always be weary of cheap or free services appraisal services, or any domain service provider that seems too good to be true. Do a quick check on the service operator to see if they are trustworthy, where they're incorporated (ex: US, Europe or Cayman Islands), if they are likely to compete with you using your data. And remember that you always get what you pay for!

Thank you for your business. This tiny company appreciates the opportunity to serve you!

EstiBot.com
Luc & Team
posted by Luc on 2012-05-07 10:58:10
» Our experience with BuyDomains/Afternic
EstiBot's business policy is not to purchase domain names or engage in any behavior which competes with our customers. EstiBot staff (including CEO, etc) are prohibited from registering domain names. We feel that appraising domain names and also investing in them creates a major conflict of interest.

Our passion is software and services, so we focus on serving our customers and not competing with them.

We do buy domains for new projects and when the time came to buy a domain name, we visited Sedo® and BuyDomains® for our search.

Our budget was ~$15k, and that was for two domains, for two different projects. We were the end users for these domains.

The Sedo search interface proved slow and hard to use. It would show IDN domain names even though we specifically wanted to exclude those. It also showed extensions other than .com and unpriced domain names (which we also set to filter out). We ended up eventually giving up on Sedo because of the interface and difficulty in searching.

The next service we checked out was BuyDomains.com. The service was faster than Sedo (although it wasn't blazing fast) and the filter feature actually worked.

We were able to find two great domain names within an hour of searching on BuyDomains. Both domain names were available using the "Buy It Now" option which was important to us because we didn't want to waste time submitting offers and waiting for responses from domainers who expected millions of dollars for four or five figure domains.

The final checkout price was a bit out of our range though and we emailed BuyDomains to see if they were open to negotiation (stating our budget and letting them know we are ready to buy right now at this price). We heard back within 30 minutes (ON A SUNDAY) and finalized the transaction by that evening.

Now, for the part that is usually most problematic. After making payment, we expected the transfer process to take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, since one of the domains was owned by BuyDomains while the other was owned by a domainer (who listed it on Afternic). They were both at different registrars too.

Within 3 days of the payment being sent we had possession of both domain names, a welcome email with login credentials for the two accounts and a confirmation from our BuyDomains account representative asking if we were able to access the domain names.

Throughout the entire process the BuyDomains/Afternic team has been EXTREMELY professional, fast and accommodating. Their professional conduct should serve as an example to all domain industry service providers.

It's very hard to find companies in our industry that respect the customer and provide a great service. We can say with full confidence that BuyDomains/Afternic is recommended by EstiBot!

A big thank you to the BuyDomains/Afternic team, you've made this small business very happy by providing just what we wanted, domains, quickly, smoothly and without the headache!

Checkout BuyDomains.com

This post is not paid for by Afternic, we simply wanted to share our experience.
posted by Luc on 2012-02-16 16:18:36
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Link to us from your website or newsletter and earn 25% monthly recurring commission for referrals - just go to the affiliate page and start earning right away!
posted by Esa-Pekka on 2012-02-11 14:30:13
» Happy New Year!
We would like to wish all of our customers, friend and partners a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

We have been extremely busy developing powerful new tools that will help you find great domains and sell domains you already own.

All active EstiBot customers will soon receive beta access to these new tools and sites!
posted by Luc on 2011-12-31 17:42:19
» If you like the Internet, stop SOPA...
SOPA, a new bill making its way through congress will allow anyone to take down web sites and domains belonging to anyone else by submitting a "this web site violates my copyright" notice.

What does this mean for domainers and web site owners?

It means that your online existence will be at the mercy of a government employee who will make the final decision as to whether or not your business or domain stays online. If they decide that some word or phrase on your web site violates some copyright, or if they are simply in a cranky mood, your domain will disappear.

This bill paves the way for Internet Censorship. Once this system is in place (from a technical level) it will be easy to add additional provisions to it and disable any site/domain for any reason.

Why was this bill introduced?

Hollywood lobby groups thought it would help them prevent unauthorized content distribution.

How does it work?

All Internet Service Providers, Search Engines, Registrars and backbone network providers will be given a list of domain names which must not resolve, show up in search results or be accessible.

What can I do to stop it?

1. Sign the petition - http://wh.gov/DfY
2. Email your elected representative and let them know not to support this bill - Get their Email Here
3. Tell your friends, family, customers and other businesses about it.

More info:

- http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/17/2567793/sopa-ad-nyt-twitter-facebook-google-oppose/in/2405432

- http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/22/2648219/stop-online-piracy-act-sopa-what-is-it

posted by Luc on 2011-12-22 18:57:53
» New Features - Categorization - Drop Lists - Monetization Appraisal
EstiBot is proud to announce the addition of the following new tools...

1. Domain Categorization - After months of work, we have created what we believe is the best automated domain categorization system in the industry. EstiBot will now categorize domain names with every appraisal. We also offer the categorization feature as a separate tool here. Check it out and let us know what you think.

2. Advanced Drop Lists - We recently begun to offer drop lists with over 60 analytics (previously we only offered drop lists with appraisal). These analytics include search volume, CPC, pagerank, Alexa, advertiser counts and much more. The lists are available to Advanced and Expert account level users. Click here to download a sample.

3. Monetization Appraisal - EstiBot can now appraise your domain names by looking at a revenue multiple or domain traffic. This new addition allows you to instantly increase the value of your entire portfolio. Even if your domain names receive very little or no revenue, EstiBot will still perform a bonus appraisal on the domain's traffic. This new addition was designed to increase the value of domain names that receive revenue or traffic but were normally under priced in EstiBot.

We have lots of great new features in the works so stay tuned!
EstiBot :)
posted by Luc on 2011-04-25 10:24:44
» Happy Easter!
The EstiBot staff wishes all of our customers, partners, friends and visitors a wonderful Easter holiday!
posted by Luc on 2011-04-22 15:36:20
» Need a domain management solution?
The ultimate domain organization, parking optimization and sales tool is now available exclusively to EstiBot customers.

Designed with simplicity and scalability in mind, our domain manager will forever change the way you buy, sell, optimize and manage your domains.

The system was created to solve the complex problem of consolidating all information pertaining to domains into a simple yet comprehensive reporting, sales and optimization tool.

With such features as automated valuation, categorization, lead generation, negotiation engine and instant end-user contacts, the system is capable of not just organizing your portfolio, but also at selling individual domain names to end-users.

The tool is currently being made available to EstiBot customers with at least 1,000 domain names.

To request more information or to schedule a live demo, email luc@estibot.com.
posted by Luc on 2011-02-16 18:37:20
» Going to DomainFest? Hit us up!
DomainFest is the industry conference and it's just around the corner!

If you haven't booked your ticket yet, do so at www.domainfest.com.

Wanna meet up for dinner or drinks? We're always interested in hearing your feedback. If you are interested in meeting with us please shoot an email to luc@lezon.com.

See you at the conference!
Luc
posted by Luc on 2011-01-13 18:18:22
» Ready for the New Year?
We've been busy working behind the scenes to add new features and enhancements that will not only improve the quality of appraisals but will help you sell your domain names to end users.

We will also start to roll out an informative new newsletter, with information ranging from legal domain issues to tax and accounting practices and much more.

We are very thankful for all of your business and feedback in the past year and promise to deliver bigger and better tools for you in 2011!

EstiBot :)
posted by Luc on 2010-12-28 17:24:34
» Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Esa and I would like to wish all of our customers and friends a Merry Christmas and a productive New Year!

Thank you for all of your business, feedback and kind words.

We look forward to serving you in 2011 with lots of new features in the works!
posted by Luc on 2010-12-24 11:08:43
» Want to sell your domain names to end-users?
One of the best kept secrets of experienced EstiBot users is our end-user lead generator tool which has been available since the release of EstiBot 2.0.

This tool is capable of generating end-user leads for domains you own and can even automatically e-mail those end-users.

The end-user tool is optimized to sell domains in the $500 - $2500 price range, and the leads generated are usually small businesses that use inferior domains or which do not have a web presence at all.

This tool is available in Exclusive accounts only and can be accessed by clicking "Help me SELL" this domain name (after appraising a domain).

More information can be found in our guide page,

End User Tool - Guide

Good luck!
Luc
posted by Luc on 2010-09-20 12:07:45
» Are you going to DevCon? We are!
We're happy to announce that we will be attending the Epik Developers Conference in Seattle from September 15 - 17.

If you are a domain investor and want to learn more about developing your domain names, then this event is for you.

It's the first conference of its kind and it's brought to you by the best domain development team in the industry, Epik.com.

Want to meet up for dinner or drinks?

We're very interested in hearing your feedback so that we can continue to improve EstiBot. If you are interested in meeting with us please shoot an email to luc@lezon.com.

See you at the show!
Luc L.
posted by Luc on 2010-09-02 15:20:30
» Welcome to the new and improved EstiBot 2.0!
Welcome to EstiBot.com 2.0!

We're very pleased to launch the new site, and hope that you will be equally pleased to use it. While a lot of hard work has gone into the redesign, we recognize that the site and service are still far from perfect. We encourage all users to submit their thoughts and feedback via our support ticket system.

In order to get the most out of our powerful domain name research tools, we highly recommend that you read the User's Guide as well as our frequently asked questions page.

Let us briefly address here some questions that you may have regarding the new site:

How do I use EstiBot 2.0?

It all starts with a valuation. The best way to explore our new features is to type a domain name in the text box on the main page and click 'appraise'. EstiBot will gather crucial data about your domain name, and display a results page where you will find a valuation, and a summary of vital information related to your domain name. Scroll down the page for even more information. Hover your mouse over the links to see more detail, or click to further investigate a given result.

The results page is your map to complete domain name information. From here you can quickly find virtually all you need to know about your domain name. Check whois, explore live availability information across various TLD's, browse past related domain sales, analyze keyword search data, PageRank, Alexa rank, advertiser competition and more - we've even crawled the domain for information about the website, metadata, parked status and IP address - just click for reverse IP lookup!

From the results page, you can have EstiBot generate End User Leads and even have EstiBot email end users who might be interested in buying your domain name: Just click 'Help me SELL this domain' to get started. If you are a domain buyer, you can register for our buyer network and set filters to alert you to appraised names opted in by EstiBot users (all appraisals are confidential unless users opt in to submit their names for sale in our buyer network).

Why are the valuations different from the previous version of EstiBot?

The valuation algorithm has been completely rewritten from scratch for EstiBot 2.0. We learned from the mistakes of the previous algorithm, and spared no effort in creating a better model. Tens of thousands of domain sales have been extensively analyzed to arrive at the best possible valuation model. With each domain appraisal, EstiBot takes into account a large number of variables and live statistics, and performs a complex mathematical calculation to estimate a domain name's market value. While it's still not perfect, statistically, the 2.0 algorithm is proven 70% more accurate than the 1.0 version based on domain sales prices. You may notice that for certain types of domain names, the valuation has decreased significantly, whereas for other types of domains, the valuation has increased. This is the result of extensive statistical testing and while it may not always please the domain owner, we are certain that the new algorithm will serve the industry better. It's worth remembering that domain valuation is not an exact science, and since EstiBot cannot access all information such as revenue data, it can only present a mathematical approximation of value based on the known characteristics of the domain name.

What else can I do with EstiBot 2.0?

EstiBot 2.0 is truly your one-stop site for all your domain name information needs. Please checkout our new tools page to view all the tools that are available. Parse domains into keywords, detect domain language, convert IDN domains, create lists of available domain names based on keywords, analyze trademark risk, view the industry's most complete domain sales history, explore the complete daily droplists and auction lists as appraised by EstiBot…. and there's much more. Please browse our 'tools' page to get an idea of the extent of the powerful tools we offer.

Have 100,000 domain names to analyze? No problem! EstiBot 2.0 excels in large bulk queries. With a paid subscription, you can use the website or tap into our easy-to-use API for instant bulk valuations - in fact, most of our tools accept bulk input, and produce the results in various formats, both on-page html and downloadable files. With an EstiBot account, you can automate your domain and keyword research like never before: Don't sweat it, let EstiBot do the work for you.

For enterprise level users, we offer customized, fully scalable API plans. Please contact us for details.

Is there an affiliate program?

Yes, indeed. We pay recurring cash for every member you refer, regardless of whether they had a previous EstiBot account, did we mention 1-year cookie! Sign up and start earning money right away!

What should I do now?

Please create an EstiBot account to get the most out of our tools, and start exploring! Please use our support ticket system to submit your feedback and any questions you may have. As we have just launched, things will likely break and there will be a few hiccups, so we really appreciate your feedback and patience.

Once again, a warm welcome to the new EstiBot 2.0, enjoy!

Esa and Luc
posted by Luc on 2010-01-31 19:42:10
» Work Status Update - EstiBot 2.0 Beta Ready... Again!
So we've delayed the launch of EstiBot 2.0 to add in some great new features that we think everyone will love.

Here is a summary of what was added in the last update:

1. End-User Lead Generator - Now you can generate end-user leads with full details (such as search volumes, CPC, Alexa, registrant, contact e-mail, phone and much more) for ANY domain. Simply appraise a domain and click "Help Me Sell This Domain". On top of that, you can instantly contact those leads with an offer to sell their domain. Support for templates, multiple e-mail accounts and much more available in your members area.

2. Direct Match Network - Want to buy domains that have CPC? Search Volumes? Overture? Valued between X and Y? Want to sell your domains to others looking for the exact domain you OWN? Then the Direct Match Network is what you've been waiting for. Appraise domains on EstiBot and receive instant notifications of users willing to buy at the appraised price.

Dozens of other small features were also added and the appraiser algorithm was upgraded to version 1.0.5 to offer better valuations.

Thanks for checking in and keep an eye out for more new features in the coming weeks...
posted by Luc on 2009-10-11 03:23:06
» Work Status Update - EstiBot 2.0 Beta Ready!
Or as ready as a beta can be ;) Things are running smooth. Ready for beta testers to give the service a go!
posted by Luc on 2009-08-08 01:10:36
» Work Status Update - EstiBot 2.0 Updated Algorithm
The algorithm is being updated in preparation for 2.0 beta launch. Many updates and additions have been applied to the site and backend.
posted by Luc on 2009-08-06 20:02:26
» Work Status Update - EstiBot 2.0 Alpha is Ready
Just completed the work on EstiBot 2.0 Alpha. Please submit all bugs and feature requests to luc@lezon.com or palvimaki@mac.com
posted by Luc on 2009-05-19 03:03:20
» Work Status Update - Guest Systems
Currently working on guest level access for unregistered users.
posted by Luc on 2009-04-20 22:50:30
» Work Status Update - Parser and Availability Systems
Work is completed on the domain parser and availability checking system as well as export functions. Next up is whois, registration and research.
posted by Luc on 2009-03-06 03:13:28
» Work Status Update - Billing and Support Systems
User subscription and control modules are done. Billing history and support systems are now in the queue.
posted by Luc on 2009-03-04 06:40:09
» Work Status Update - User module and subscription management.
Work is currently underway on Estibot 2.0. Currently I'm working on the user registration and manipulation module. Registration and PayPal integration are already completed.
posted by Luc on 2009-03-04 06:40:25