Search Operators & Filters
The Basic search help article covers all the most common issues, but sometimes you need a little bit more power. This document will highlight the more advanced features of UpName Domain Search.
- Exact search ("")
By putting double quotes around a set of words, you are telling UpName to only consider the exact sequence of characters in that exact order without any change.
- The OR operator
UpName's default behavior is to consider all the words in a search. If you want to specifically allow either one of several words, you can use the OR operator (note that you have to type 'OR' in ALL CAPS). For example, [ fantasy book OR video ] will give you results about either fantasy books or videos, whereas [ Fantasy Book Video ] (without the OR) will show domains that include both audio and video related terms.
- Full Domain Name
You may also enter one or several fully-qualified domain names in the search box to explicitly see its availibility. Entering a full domain name also search on similar domains, and set the extension filter. For example, searching on [ frenchcuisine.com ] is similar to searching on [ french cuisine ] for only domains with the .COM extension.
Exceptions to 'Every word matters'
- Words that are commonly used, like 'the,' 'an,' and 'on,' are usually ignored (these are called stop words).
- Synonyms might replace some words in your original query. (Adding + before a word disables synonyms.)
Filters & Sorting Options
The left frame of the search result page shows filter options to narrow your search results. Set these filters quickly to narrow results to your business needs. For example, if you do not intend to spend more than $100 on a domain, use the price filter accordingly.
The following search filters appear in the left frame of the search result page. Click on any to narrow your search results:
- By Extension: Filter domains to the chosen domain extensions. For example selecting "Only .COM and .NET" will only show domains that end with either .COM or .NET.
- By Price: The minimum and/or maximum price of the domain to display. If the domain is selling at auction, then the highest bid will be used as price. If you set a price range, domains without bid or price will not be returned. If the maximum price is set to 0, only free domains will be considered.
=> tip: "Free domains" are domains that are not owned by anybody. You can registrer such domain with any registrar like GoDaddy or Dynadot. You only pay the registration fee, around $10 depending on the registrar you are using and the domain extension.
- By Domain Length: The maximum number of characters of domain to display. You can also specify a maximum number of words.
- No Synonymous: Prevent UpName from replacing your searched words with synonymous. Same as add "+" in front of all words within your search.
- Keep Word Order: Instruct UpName to give preference to domains that include search words in the same order as you entered them in the search box.
- No Hyphen: Remove all domains with hyphen ("-") from the results
- No Number: Remove all domains with digits from the results
- No IDN: Remove all domains with non-english letters from the results. This includes all domains with accented or Asian characters. IDN stands for "International Domain Names".
- By Sales Format: The format of the sales offer for the domain. For example you may want to consider only domain that have a fixed sales price, or domains that are currently on auction. Selecting Expired & Dropped will limit results to domain expiring or about to be deleted.
- By Listing Date: Instruct UpName to only consider domains that have been listed for sale recently. This is useful for bookmarking search results and revisit them periodically to see new domains matching a search.
- By Additional Keywords: Simple way of adding search words to the current query. Same as entering new terms at the end of the search box.
- More options: link to the advanced search page, where more search options are available. All current search options will be preserved when clicking to the advanced search page.
More search options and filters are available using the advanced search page, including filtering by seller, by pattern, by Google Pagerank or searching historical sales instead of current sales.
Advanced Seach Page
The advanced search page includes all the filters available via the left frame of the search result page, plus several advanced search options.
Search options only available via the advanced search page are:
- Hot Sales & Auctions only: Only search through domains that are featured or domain auctions that are very active at the time of search. This typically limits the search to domains that are extremely valuable ("super-generic"), and to domains that are selling at discount from their market value.
=> tip: Hot Auctions inlcude many expired domains. Indeed, expired domains usually start at a low price (i.e $10 on GoDaddy) and often have legacy traffic attached to them directed to the web site they were hosting before expiring. As a result, they attract much interest from Search Engine Marketers.
- Search sales history: Search historical domain sales. UpName may return domain that are no longer for sale. Still domain still for sale will be indicated below the domain name.
- Pattern: Search only domains that match the given pattern, such as consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel (CVCV). When constructing the pattern, you can use uppercase C to mandate a Consonant, V for a Vowel, L for any Letter, N for a Number. For example if you specify pat=NNNN, the API will only return domain names that are made of exactly 4 digits, such as 2010.com or 7777.net. If you enter a lowercase letter or a digit or a dash, then the specified character must appear in the domain name at that position. For example "19NN" will only match years from the 20th century. "eCC" will only match 3-letter domains starting with the letter "e" followed by 2 consonants.
- Only show domains with previous sales: Only consider domains that have been sold in the past. Past Domain Sales are usualy the best indicator of the value of a domain currently for sale.
- Only show appraised domains: Will only consider domains that have been independently appraised by a human expert. This usually gives reliable valuation for a domain, but greatly reduce the number of domains within search results.
- Sold By: Only search domains listed by the selected seller or broker.
- Only Categorized As: Only search domains within the selected category and optional sub-category. Note that all domains that cannot be categorized will never be considered in search results in this case.
- Sort Results by: Sort results in a specific manner. By default, UpName ranks results by relevance, with the domain most similar to your query showing up first. If you select a different sorting option, only domains considered as "highly relevant" will be included in the result set, and UpName will rank them the way you specified.
When you link to the advanced search page from the search result page, all options are set to your last search. The search terms, if any, will be broken down in AND keywords, OR keywords and exact matches, and will appear int heir respective fields within the advanced search page. To start a new search and clear all current options, click the "clear" link at the bottom of the search page.