Whois check: perform a Who Is domain check

Performing a WHOIS domain check on any website can be done by using our analysis section. The details provided is often quite in depth and depends on several factors.

To perform a free in depth WHOIS domain check on any site, click here:

Factors affecting a WHOIS domain result:

Registrar settings: In countries such as the US, it is possible to use a third party protection service which effectively renders the domain anonymous in search result, by displaying the details of the third party. This is called “domain by proxy” when using an ISP such as Godaddy.

Regional settings: In counties such as the UK, the domain by proxy often get’s waived as the culture is more open. Nominet, the registrar will waive the anonymity of any website when a party wishes to commence with legal proceedings, thus a WHOIS check will reveal immediately who the owners are. In the US, only some WHOIS searches will identify the owner, however the majority of sites would opt for an additional service which would hide the owners details.

Cached results:

It is possible that some services would have cached older WHOIS results for domains which has been analysed some time ago. Where possible, the results should be refreshed to ensure that the most current data is displayed. At times a WHOIS domain result can display outdated details such as a previous owner or old address. Always refresh the search results.

SiteTrail provides the most advanced WHOIS check:

The domain analysis will show who the owner is, or the third party. In either case at least an email address is available, whereas in some cases telephone numbers are available too. If it is a smart service such as Godaddy, it is possible that an administrative contact will be listed separately to the owners details.

In addition to basic WHOIS domain information, SiteTrail goes a step further by also revealing a link profile, evaluation inbound links, it attaches a value to the website by using a common algorithm to calculate value based on social factors, link equity and other factors. In terms of the server it will display whether it is a linux, apache, windows or other type. Traffic and visitor data will also be displayed. A full breakdown of the latest features will be displayed, but rest assured: for the most advanced WHOIS domain check in the world, SiteTrail can help.

Performing a WHOIS check with SiteTrail.com is really easy, here is a guide:

Simply visit our analysis page and enter a domain name without entering a prefix, so to analyse Google, a user would enter “Google.com” (do not type www.  Or http://)Next, the WHOIS and other results will be on display:

Getting ahead in the very crowded online space is not easy and every bit of competitive advantage that needs to be eked out should be. Nothing keeps your competitors at bay like owning the right domain for your online endeavour and the quickest way to scope out the competition and get ahead is to perform WHOIS database searches on existing domains.

Performing a  domain check on any website can be done by using our analysis section. The details provided is often quite in depth and depends on several factors.

Understanding WHOIS – the key to success

Like most things related to the internet, having a firm grasp of how they work gives you a significant advantage over other people. This is no different with WHOIS, so the first thing that you need to understand is how the process works, why it exists and the benefits of going deep when conducting a search in the database.

At its most basic, WHOIS is the internet’s telephone directory for domain names. Domains are regulated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and each new registration is required by this body to be supported by personal details of the registrant. These details are kept in a public WHOIS database and are accessible to anyone looking to learn more about a domain.

Case in point: you come across a domain that hosts a website that is doing very well and you immediately feel it’s a niche you can tackle. By doing a quick WHOIS search you can see how long the domain has been up and who the person is that’s running the website. This information will give you deep insight into the niche itself and just how quickly you can expect things to start going well for you.

There are of course other reasons for conducting a search of the WHO IS database but in the main it’s either for competitive intelligence, domain expiration snooping (handy when you want to buy the domain after it expires) or administrative data—especially when ownership transfer is being contemplated.

Private & Public WHOIS Listings

ICANN requires that all domains have contact details for their registrants on file but there is some flexibility towards those details being publicly available. Most registrars (organizations that are in the businesses of managing large blocks of domains) have what is called WHOIS protection. This allows you, the registrant of the domain, to keep your WHO IS records private. This level of privacy of course costs money and most registrars charge anywhere from $2 – $5 for the service. On the other side of the coin you have public listings which as the name suggests leaves your personal details for all to see.

It is important to understand too that WHOIS data is segmented across several areas and in most cases when a record is being kept private, there will always be some information that is publicly accessible.

This brings us to the quality of WHOIS searches or lookups as they are sometimes called.

SiteTrail WHOIS vs. the other guys

The detail that is retuned during a WHOIS search is dependent on many county and system-related factors. In Europe for instance, WHOIS results are not shrouded in the level of anonymity commonly seen with domains managed by U.S. registrars. This is good if you are looking to unearth some competitive data on a domain based Europe, but terrible if the domain is managed by a U.S. registrar. Your goal should always be anchored by this fact.

Whenever publicly available records are available you should try and use the most sophisticated lookup tool possible and no other WHOIS search tool does this as effectively and efficiently as the one hosted here at SiteTrail.com. That is not to boast or pour ridicule on our competitors—many of whom don’t take WHOIS searches as seriously as we do—but to highlight the benefits of using our tool for maximum results.

The domain analysis will show who the owner is, or the third party. In either case at least an email address is available, whereas in some cases telephone numbers are available too. If it is a smart service such as Godaddy, it is possible that an administrative contact will be listed separately to the owner’s details.

In order to get the best competitive data from a WHOIS search you need more than just when a domain was registered and who registered it. These details are helpful but cosmetic. The real powerful data will also include the details about the link profile of a domain. How many inbound and outbound links are there? A SiteTrail analysis check will answer both these questions. If a domain is ranking very well or if a website looks well put together, it is important to know what type of server (Apache, Windows or Linux) the domain is hosted on. This knowledge will speed up your rollout of similar themed domain if that is your intent.

But that is not where a WHOIS lookup using SiteTrail ends. Using our proprietary algorithm for ranking domains during search, you can get a sound understanding of the value of domain. Our ranking system takes into account a range of variables including link popularity, social integration, social connectivity and other important visibility-enhancing variables. Traffic and visitor data will also be displayed. A full breakdown of the latest features will be displayed, but rest assured: for the most advanced WHOIS domain check in the world, SiteTrail can help.

Our easy-as-pie  analysis tool

The depth of a SiteTrail WHOIS lookup is functionally complemented with a very easy analysis tool and using it is child’s play—literally.

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