You can change it by clicking 'change your preferred registrar' link below the red button on the confirmation dialog.
I appreciate where you're coming from, but I'm not sure the pros of switching outweigh the cons.
Which would you prefer? His site no longer being around, or be slightly inconvenienced by changing the default provider via a dropdown box?
I'm curious: how did you pick the "other keywords commonly found in domain names"?
2) Pick five common words
3) Scan the zone file, noting which registered domain names start and end with one of those common words.
4) Now parse those results and pick the words that are joined with them to form domain names (ie, the prefixes and suffixes)
5) Scan the zone file, noting how many domain names start or end with those prefixes/suffixes
6) Filter that list for the ones that occur > n times
7) Randomize the resulting list of prefixes and suffixes so it's not sorted by popularity
8) Add 100 per week
I've been playing with the site, and the sheer number of results can be a bit overwhelming. It might be neat to help address that by grouping together the suggested domains into categories of roots?
For example, there could be Places roots, filled with roots like hub, spot, -ocity, etc. There could be Frugal roots, with roots like cheap, cheapo, bargain, steal, etc. There could Newspaper roots, which add words like Observer, Times, Post, Chronicle, etc. to the users input. Other users could also create their own Roots, and share them... it'd be a great way to encourage community and create stickiness. If I have my 100 favorite Roots categories saved to your site, I'm much more likely to continue to use it to hunt for new domains.
When I search for a keyword, the results could be displayed in conceptual groupings (i.e. the different Roots categories)... that would help me quickly scan the results.
Just a thought... feel free to use or disregard. I'll definitely be using your site in the meantime!
If you (or anyone reading this) is interested in categorizing the 2,000 modifiers like this suggests, please drop me a note: email@example.com -- I'd be more than happy to compensate you for your effort.
One feature request, though: while almost no self-respecting site would use most of the TLDs out there, any chance you could add in support for domain hacks and/or otherwise give an option to aggregate data for specific non-.com TLDs? I've noticed that a lot of the hipper two-letter TLDs are actually becoming prime real estate (namely .io, .fm, and .am), and they're young enough that a lot of really good names are still available with them.
When do you update the file containing all the registered .com domain names.
How do you handle the registered domains after you create the file?
A toggle option to change the color scheme (since they convert about the same) would be really cool.
That said, it's your project - do what you want with it! Keep up the good work.
But the fact that LDS employs a strategy that consistently results in catchy-sounding, hyphen-free and available domains does differentiate it.
Not to knock domainsbot.com, they do have killer matching algos under the hood (as you mentioned), I don't believe they have false-positives (rarely if at all) and they bring in aftermarket domains to results, but from a starting point like "game", I only get 2 suggestions in the .com namespace (no hyphens, permit related keywords, suffixes and prefixes).
LDS on the other hand brings back 54 domains. I'm not saying all of them are gold, but I would certainly consider "gamegroovy.com" for a gaming related site.
This is likely the case for many other popular / high-value keywords, eg. cloud.
I think that branding is an exercise that requires a lot of creativity supported by a range of tools. LDS is very strong in its techniques.
Only thing I'd change so far is maybe moving the search bar slightly higher on front page, make it and the button bigger and putting light grey text in the search box. But, you've probably thought of all of that already, just my personal style. Anyways, this has been my go to tool for searching for domains since I found it here a month or so ago. Thanks for building!
As far as the search bar positioning, I'll play around with it and see if an A/B test or two indicates it has an impact. Appreciate the recommendation.
As I click on them all, they stop appearing again, but this is quite an annoying experience. Do you default-to-available if your query to WHOIS times out and nobody has clicked to check that link before?
Have you had any thoughts about how you might insulate domain squatters from simply showing up and buying every short domain for common searches?
Also, regarding switching default search registrars... considered making this a paid service? Would help with my question above too.
Re: making it a paid service -- how would you charge?
Limiting numbers of searches, depth of searches in free/no account vs having an account and/paying?
I'm not advocating for making it a paid service - squatters will probably pay too for a good service, my wishes for LDS are that it stays relevant in search quality and results for a long time and it can't be usurped by a few people with money -- most of who are squatters.
(I actually missed it and stumbled upon it on my own, but I went back and it was there. There are just so many options!)
I know there's a huge dropoff in competition when domains start to get long, but there are a few times it would be nice to have.
Feature request: allow us to add parameters to your url for sorting and start/end with options, instead of just the q present right now, so it can be more flexibly bookmarked and linked.
"Oops, Lean Domain Search's search algorithm failed with this search term."
I know generally the HN effect causes a lot of traffic when the post is active but very little increase in average traffic if you remove the days when a post is on HN frontpage.
What's your traffic look like on weeks without a HN post compared to weeks with a HN post?
I responded that I wasn't trying to sell to TechCrunch here -- this is the data I have, some of it good (2,000 results!) and some of it not (average number of searches has not increased). It's issues like these that I think about when I'm trying (sometimes unsuccessfully) to fall asleep at night. And I'm guessing it's similar not-always-sexy-world-conquoring issues that keep most other startup founders up at night too.