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Alexa Data Mining

Michael Sumner • Feb 9, 2009 • 2 Comments

In early December of 2008, Alexa Internet made their list of the Top 1 Million sites on the internet available for free, and this list is updated daily.  For the savvy domain name investor, this presents a unique opportunity to find available domains with spillover traffic.  It also gives you the opportunity to sell the domain with a better extension to the owner of the lesser extension.  The only problem is mining this valuable data by hand would be extremely time consuming.  Here is your leg up:

Instructions

  1. Download the Alexa list and extract it as “top-1m.csv”.
  2. Copy/Paste the Alexa Data Mining Script into your favorite text editor.
  3. Save the file as “alexa_mining.php”.
  4. Upload both files to your server in the same directory.
  5. Visit the script in your browser, fill out the form, and hit submit.

Note: You must have the max execution time of scripts on your server set to 0 (zero) so the script doesn’t time out.

Here is sample output from the script when I checked .com.mx domains in the Top 1M to see which were available in .com:

etapafinal2.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 13529.
42035rek2.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 219402.
vw-crestacuernavaca.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 271792.
descubrecpc.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 330641.
seriesvc.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 372805.
excelenciacademica.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 430121.
graficavillalba.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 469513.
consultoriofiscalunam.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 473568.
promocionessaftpay.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 482167.
checalo-triques.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 534623.
autoproductosmexicali.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 546489.
perionotas.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 610566.
descubreherbal.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 630434.
nissantiidasedan.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 648945.
eventossistema.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 650076.
alertaperiodistica.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 689653.
nissanaprio.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 697259.
marketingrci.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 723472.
checalo-autos.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 728666.
orlandoalonzo.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 740093.
larebeliondeloslycans.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 740882.
sientetucafe.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 758298.
eloficiodehistoriar.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 784745.
testdriveclub.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 816419.
odmintranet.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 819018.
cine-butaca.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 826995.
lindisimos.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 848434.
boutiquemusical.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 850035.
acuamex-shop.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 856203.
imparmexico.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 858146.
remateschidos.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 923745.
nissanplatina.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 951391.
mejoresarticulos.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 988385.
fathersfate.com is available. Buy at Moniker or Godaddy. Target Alexa rank of 996375.

Tip: Make sure you only pick up domain names that are defensible as generics and do not have any trademark issues.  Also, the Alexa list is compiled daily, so check it often as new opportunities will arise on a regular basis.

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

If you are unable to install the script, I can run some scans for you (for a fee).

2 Responses to Alexa Data Mining

  1. Zac Zheng says:

    This is way cool. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m just getting into domaining and finding your detailed posts(this one, whois and drop catching posts) on domaining to be extremely insightful!

  2. Philip Terry says:

    Hi Michael,

    Love the ideas – just struggling to implement them, wondered if you had a simple solution to an error message I receive when running the script….?

    Not sure if I did it correctly but I am running from Wampserver 2.0 on a local machine – I deposited the files in the www folder in a folder called alexa – then visited URL – http://localhost/alexa/ clicked submit and the follwing error occured:

    Warning:fsockopen() [function fsockopen]: php_network_getaddress: getaddrinfo failed: No such host is known. in C:\wamp\www\alexa\alexa_mining.php on line 68

    Warning:fsockopen() [function fsockopen]: unable to connect to .whois-servers.net:43 (php_network_getaddress: getaddrinfo failed: No such host is known. ) in C:\wamp\www\alexa\alexa_mining.php on line 68

    Any ideas?

    Thanks a lot

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