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Preview of Domain Hunter Gatherer

DHG  is much more than just an expired domain searcher: it can find domain auctions, expired Web 2.0 profiles, show all important statistics about domainsfound and much more. The software has three versions:  “Free”  ,  “Premium”  and  “Professional” . It is important to note that the “Premium”version   has all the features offered by the “Free” version   plus its version and the “Professional”version   has all the features of the “Free”  and  “Premium” versions   plus its own. Here’s what each plan offers.

The free version

The “free” version   of  DHG  allows you to use the “Domain Auction Hunter” tool   that can basically find domain auctions on all major domain trading sites – the software will exit and search for the relevant domains for your keywords and the it will list out in an easy way to analyze.

The Premium version

The “Premium” version   of  Domain Hunter Gatherer  is mainly focused on finding expired Web 2.0 accounts and allows you to use the “Hunter Web 2.0” tool   . It will  search all major Web 2.0 sites and blogs (  Tumblr  ,  WordPress  ,  Blogspot  ,  Weebly  , just to name a few) to find as many expired accounts as possible relevant to your target keywords.

The professional version

And finally, we have the “Professional” version   that gives you access to  DHG’s “Expired Domain Hunter”  tool  . Basically it finds all the expired domains that are relevant to the target keywords. “Expired Domain Hunter”  can also scan any website or URL that is provided to it and find all expired domains on it.

All versions

All three versions of  Domain Hunter Gatherer  are contained in one beautiful and intuitive user interface (you’ll see it in a second) and have the following common features:

  • Domain quality control  : allows you to analyze all the domains found for important metrics such as DA, TF, CF, PR, price, age, etc.
  • Domain comparison  : You can compare a group of domains with each other to find the ones you really want.
  • Export and import domains  : you can easily save the domains you found and then reload them later for further analysis.
  • Filtering domains  : you can easily filter domains with different metrics: DA, PA, TF, etc. The filters themselves can also be saved and then loaded again for later use.
  • Multi-threaded  – DHG allows multiple threads to run simultaneously, so you are not going to wait too long before you get to analyze the domains that Domain Hunter Gatherer finds for you based on your keywords.

In a nutshell, this is what this SEO tool is offering. Now let me show you how it looks and how easy it is to find expired domains and Web 2.0 accounts. And so the last Domain Hunter Gatherer tutorial begins  .

DHG Element-by-Element Tutorial

First of all, I want to start by saying that  Domain Hunter Gatherer  offers evidence on both of its paid versions, so if you’re going to follow this tutorial with me, I suggest you sign up for one of these. Alternatively, you can simply download the free version and have a look at the software alone, but please note that does not have access to the tools  “domain Hunter  Web 2.0″  and  “Hunt expired domain” of  DHG .

The main menu

When installing and starting  Domain Hunter Gatherer for the first time , you will be greeted by the following screen:

As you can see, the    software “Main Menu” has tabs:  “Home”  ,  “Domain Hunter   ,  “Web 2.0 Hunter”  ,  “Expired Domain Hunting”  and  “Setting and Driving”  .

The Home tab

The “Home” tab   lists all the DHG video tutorials   that help you understand the basics of this digital marketing tool. The following video tutorials are available and very useful:

  • Find expired domains with high authority links.
  • How to register the Web 2.0 accounts found.
  • To start: the settings for success.
  • Using the Domain Auction Hunter.
  • Find Web 2.0 accounts with backlinks.
  • Find quality expired domains.
  • Using the save and load controls.
  • Filtering domain listings.
  • Analyze the domains to find the gems.
  • Using the domain list controls.
  • Find expired domains in any niche.
  • Check the list of pages for available domains.

The Settings and Guide tab

I moved directly to the end after the “Home” tab   because before starting to use  DHG , you have to configure it correctly otherwise it will not work at its full potential. Now click on the “Configuration and help” tab

First of all, I would like to point out that there are 4 sub-tabs on the  “Configuration and help ” tab –  “Settings”  ,  “Advanced settings”  ,  “Job log”  and  “Help and support”  . By default, the  “Settings” tab  is checked and this is what we are watching.

The Settings tab

Now move your attention to the left side with the 5 sections:

  • Dom Detailer API Settings  –  Dom Detailer  basically combines Majestic and Mozin one and does not set a quota limit on API requests. You simply need to purchase credits, such as 50k, and you can check 50,000 domains for their Moz and Majestic statistics. Now, if you purchased the “Professional” version  of Domain Hunter Gatherer, you get 50,000 Dom Detailer credits for free. Alternatively, you can also log in to Dom Detailer and purchase credits, then manually paste your API key into the  “API (only non Pro)” field. In a sense, if you have Dom Detailer credits which is the recommended approach, you should forget to set up the Moz and Majestic accounts.
  • Shared  Count API Settings – Shared Count allows the DHG to show social statistics about the domains you’ve found. These include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. The “Free”  Shared Accountplan  allows you to have 1,000 API requests every day, but if you log in with your Facebook account, the number increases up to 10,000 daily API requests. So you can be sure that you will see the social statistics for all your domains for free.
  • Moz API settings  – Again, if you have Dom Detailer credits, you should skip the Moz configuration.Otherwise, you can sign up for a free account and get your  “Moz Access ID”  and  “Moz Secret Key” and then copy them by pasting them into their appropriate fields. However, with a free account you’re limited to an API request every 10 seconds.
  • Ahrefs API settings  – Ahrefs is something that always jumps because first of all it is quite expensive and secondly, I get the metrics I need from Dom Detailer. Ahrefs now also has a free account, but will only show metrics for a couple of domains before it exceeds its daily quota.
  • Majestic API Settings  : Majestic is an absolute must when it comes to expired domain metrics. You can register for a free account that gives you around 10 domain checks a day, or you can simply use Dom Detailer which is much more efficient.

Now, when it comes to proxies,  Domain Hunter Gatherer,  just like 99% of all other online marketing tools, depends heavily on proxies for better and faster results. A handful of BuyProxies private proxies or a newly inspected proxy group of GSA Proxy Scraper will do its best. But, you need some proxies and that’s for sure. I always paste mine in the  “Primary Proxies” section  , because I have never needed  “Secondary Proxies”  . Those that use work well. Regarding the settings under the proxies:

  • Continuous update from file  – If you want to manage DHG proxies externally, simply save them to a file and import them into Domain Hunter Gatherer. So while the software is doing its job, you can simply change some proxies from that file – remove the bad ones, add new ones, etc. – and DHG will automatically use the new proxy list.
  • Proxy main proxy  : opens a window where you can test the main proxies. Show if proxies work, if they are anonymous and their latency.
  • Auction Search  : if you want DHG to use proxies when searching for domain auctions.
  • Quality Control  – if you want the software to use proxies when checking domain metrics, such as Moz, Majestic, etc.
  • Search  : if you want Domain Hunter Gatherer to use proxies when searching on search engines to find expired domains and Web 2.0 accounts.
  • Expired domain and Web 2.0 control  : if you want the tool to use proxies when checking expired domains and Web 2.0 profiles for availability.

At the bottom of the  “Settings” tab  , you can see some  “General proxy settings”  :

  • Upload file delay x seconds  : this is the option  “Continuous update from file”  and basically allows you to configure the amount of time that must elapse before DHG reloads proxies from the file.
  • Repeat job scheduling on error  : retry a failed job due to an invalid proxy. Currently this function supports only domain analysis, so if the analysis of a domain fails with a proxy, it will be retried with another. In the future, this option should support checking availability for expired domains as well as for Web 2.0 accounts and also for domain searches.

And that’s pretty much all there is on the  “Settings” tab  . Now all you have to do is click on the  “Apply and save settings” button  . Now, go to the  “Advanced Settings” tab.

Advanced settings

  • Auction Search Thread  : The number of threads that will be used when DHG is searching for domain auctions. You do not need this to be higher than it already is, because there are only so many domain auction sites. 5 discussions work like a charm.
  • Search Engine Searcher Thread  : the number of threads the software will use to search the search engines. I think the default number is 3, but you can change it depending on the number and quality of the proxies you’ve set. If you have good private proxies, you can get up to 1 thread per proxy, but I’ve found that generally 5-10 threads tend to work better. Your proxies will not be burned and DHG will continue to do the job fast enough.
  • Availability check thread  : the number of threads that will be used to check if domains and Web 2.0 accounts are available for registration. I leave that at the default number of 50 and it works quite well.
  • Thread Control Details  : The number of threads DHG will use to obtain domain metrics. The default is 5, but double it simply because I always use quality proxies and I’m sure they will not be burned. Also, this speeds up expired domains and Web 2.0 accounts are looking for quite a bit.
  • Connection timeout  : the number of seconds that must pass before a proxy is considered failed.
  • Search Delay  : the number of seconds to wait between searches: I usually leave it at the default 60 seconds to keep my proxies in good health, but if I expect a lot of found domains (for example, I have entered many keywords) I’ll get this going down like 10 – 30 seconds, and maybe add more proxies.
  • Instance Name  – This is simply the name of the Domain Hunter Gatherer instance you opened, which appears at the top right of the software version. It is extremely useful if you have more than one instance of running DHG so you know which one is doing what. You can name instances based on your keywords, for the purpose of searching for domains, etc.
  • Minimize in the notification area  – if you want the program to be minimized in the system tray.
  • Maximum number of pages per level  : the amount of pages that would allow DHG to scan for each level. Generally, the default number is good enough not to get those nasty exhausts of memory exceptions.

To the right of the “General settings” box   you have the  “Bad word list”  which is exactly what it looks like:

  • Do not scan pages with  bad words : DHG will ignore pages that contain one of the keywords in the wrong keyword list.
  • Do not check the availability domain with swear words  : if you want the software to skip checking the availability of domains that contain swear words in their names.

At the bottom you have the  “Use invalid word list by default” button  which basically fills the field with the default bad words coming from Domain Hunter Gatherer. Now, so far I have not used any swearword, because I filter the domains once they appear in the results table (you’ll see it in a minute). However, using swear words could speed up the domain search process a little bit, but you could also skip some potentially valid domains because you’ve added a few keywords to the swearing list that might just be part of a longer word than means something different.

Once you are done with advanced settings, you can simply click on the  “Apply and save settings” button  and end with it. Domain Hunter Gatherer is preconfigured appropriately, so you can skip  “Advanced Settings”  if you do not know what you’re doing.

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