How Snatcher.org Ruined my Domain Business
Normal people get up at 8:00 am and start their day with a mug of coffee and some hardy breakfast and what do I do? I go through thousands of domains expiring on NameJet and I manually filter out the junk, then post the dictionary results at my blog.
Five weeks ago, I received an anonymous email that said the following:
[...] Dude, your domain lists suck. You miss over 50% of the dictionary domains that get listed, you don’t show .net and .org domains and no serious metrics such as domain age, Google pagerank or Alexa that do matter when placing a NameJet bid [...]
An anonymous email calling me out like that? More than 85% of my visitors come to my blog for those daily lists that I publish so I was a little worried at first but soon forgot about it.
On Friday I received another email, right as I was getting ready to hit town for happy hour beer and tacos. Instantly, my appetite was gone and I felt the earth move under my feet. The email said the following:
[...] We promised you will not like this. Our service is bigger and better than those silly lists you publish daily. But don’t take our word for it, check it out at Snatcher.org – haha, loser! [...]
I had no option but to visit Snatcher.org to see for myself what the heck they were talking about. I created a Gold account that came with 500 credits and logged in their system.
All I can say is I hate my life right now.
The SiteSpotter service as they call it, is fully automated.
I didn’t have to download any NameJet lists, it’s all there already, several days in advance. I selected a list date from the drop down menu and soon enough the dictionary domains starting popping on my screen, getting parsed by some ajax to PHP technology that didn’t need to refresh the page.
I felt so embarrassed with my manual searches, I must have turned green with envy.
Indeed, SiteSpotter is way better than the dinky lists I produce by hand daily. With the SiteSpotter service I was able to select which TLD (com, net, org) I wanted to filter out. One can also limit the domain output by the minimum and maximum number of letters.
SiteSpotter can then query all these domains and display a number of useful features, such as the year the dictionary domain was registered, its Google Pagerank, the DMOZ data, and the number of Yahoo results.
I was cussing out loud about my luck, what with the introduction of this damn Snatcher.org tool that kicks me out of business! Not only can one sort the results alphabetically, or by domain age, domain length and by Google PR – you can also export the entire information out to a PDF file.
Damn it, this thing has more options than a Chinese buffet menu.
I’m really pissed right now that SiteSpotter exists. It is driving my livelihood and traffic down the drain. I can’t compete, Snatcher.org has it all and I am about to cry like a little girl.
My only hope is for NameJet to close them down. But I doubt this will happen any time soon so I simply have to get used to it.