Domain Trace Search Example
Once you have created your Domain Trace account you can login from the Log in here link on the Domain Trace home page.
Account login page
To login in, type in your account name in the text field titled "Enter your Account Name or Domain Name" and your password into the text field titled "Enter your Password" and then click on the "Login" button.
Should you ever forget your password, then you can have sent to the e-mail account that was specified when you registered by entering the account name into the "Forgotten your Password" text field titled "Enter your Account Name or Domain Name" and then click on the "eMail Password" button.
Account home page
To view previously created reports and/or to create a new report select to the "Create / View Domain Trace Reports" fro the account home page.
Create / view reports page
This process can take some time depending on the size of the database being interrogated and the number of results. The more complex the search, e.g. detailed or popular domain name, the longer the search time. Searches can be run overnight; simply key in the parameters of your search, make sure the search has started, then you may leave the domain trace program and continue with other business or switch off your computer.
It is advisable to run a simple search first to determine the number of web sites that meet your search criteria. You could then refine your parameters to exclude some web sites that the first search has shown up to make the detailed report easier to analyse.
Example of PDF report
Above is an extract from a simple report on "footballticket". It yielded 1,064 domain names that had "footballticket" within their name. The search could have been restricted to domain names beginning with the word "footballtickets" or ending with "footballticket".
Additionally it could exclude the word "rugby" which would concentrate the search soccer as distinct from rugby.
Domains with the word "footballticket" contained within the domain name:
Using the .pdf report form it becomes a readily understood document, but with 1,064 entries it can be seen to be too big to be digested.
Example of HTML report
By selecting the html option the report gives you links to other databases that contain details on the ISP hosting the site or domain, and the ownership of the domain.
Example of Printed report
The printed version of this display fits better onto a landscape piece of A3 paper.
Example of text report
Two of the domain names on the report do not show a host name. Clicking on the link for the whois server results in the name and address of the registrant and the name of the name servers for that domain. Further investigation shows that the domain name has not been set up to use these name servers. In other words the domain name is nor being used.
The second domain name on the list shows, in the first instance, a US based ISP "serve15.serve-hosting.net". This leads onto a South African site "Serve-Hosting" with an E-mail address serve.co.za, a contact form and a telephone number.
A whois search reveals the name and address of the domain name owner, and the name and address of the administrative contact, Serve-Hosting Pty Ltd. Together with telephone and fax numbers.
The text form of the report is in comma delimited format. As such it can be downloaded to Excel and can be used to so contain results of subsequent searches made by using the links provided.