Taking DAN.com for a spin – first impressions

Over the years I’ve used just about every solution out there for generating landing pages on a domain name. As I’ve said many times before – if you want to sell a domain name, having a landing page on that name that let’s a prospective buyer know it’s for sale is critical.

Yes, most of us in the domain name world know all about WHOIS and even how to contact people using WHOIS privacy (just email the darn email address!) but that’s not true for everyone.

My go-to over the last few years for domain sales landing pages is Efty.com, I’m a huge fan of theirs and have been really impressed with all the features and functionality they’ve added over time. That being said, I’ve never tried DAN.com and do know a number of people who use it so thought I would take it for a spin.

One thing I really liked about DAN.com from the get-go is their UX, it’s super clean and very polished. When I first logged-into DAN.com a message on Intercom showed up on the right-hand side that recommended an article to me about some new features they added. I clicked on the link but ended up on a “404 not found” page.


As a software guy myself I know these things happen so I sent them a quick note to let them know, no big deal. Next I went to add my domains, this is pretty darn simple – you can either just write a list of domain in a text entry box or upload a CSV, here’s what the experience looks like:

I added my domains and then updated my NameServers to point to the following four NameServers:

NS1.undeveloped.com
NS2.undeveloped.com
NS1.DAN.com
NS2.DAN.com

The reason I’m writing all of them in this post is just to highlight that when you’re using a service like this, you should always use as many NameServers as you can, that way if something goes screwy on their side, you have something to fall back on.

After that, poof – landing pages were rocking. Here’s an example of what one looks like:

Two small things I noticed that aren’t a big deal but just caught my eye. One is a small grammar error under my profile. It says “Member since over four years” rather than “member for over four years.” I was surprised to see that I was a member for that long but remembered that I did create an Undeveloped account probably four years ago so that’s where I think that’s coming from.

The other stylistic thing that really isn’t a deal-breaker but just bugs me a little is that the icons on the bottom aren’t centered. My eyes feel like they should be centered but they’re squished over to the left. Once again, no big deal.

What did confuse the heck out of me is the options for the seller box. DAN.com allows you to pick what you want it to show in that little box with my face in it…and well, two of the options sound like something I certainly don’t want to show up there:

  • Delivers within about 50 years
  • Responds within about 50 years

Also since I’m new to DAN.com, the “offers received section” shows zero. So my current concern is that anyone who ends up at my landing page either sees that it takes me 50 years to deliver a domain, 50 years to respond to an offer, or that I haven’t had any offers. I definitely wish there was a way to disable this as I’m thinking this is probably going to be a detractor to anyone thinking of making an offer.

Of course, like I said above, as a fellow software guy, I know that bugs like this happen so I let them know and I’m guessing they’ll have this fixed soon.

I like the look-and-feel of the landing pages, the design is incredibly clean and polished and like Efty, DAN.com has some good features behind-the-scenes to validate people so that I’m not getting a bunch of SPAM.

At the end of the day, I still think Efty is going to remain my go-to but I’m looking forward to seeing how DAN.com does over the next month to compare results. Either way, I think it’s awesome that there are companies offering a service like this to Domainers and really putting the time and energy into building a solid solution.

Rewind ten years ago and there really was nothing that comes close to what either of these companies offer so hats off to both of them for putting in the time, money, and work, all so we can have beautiful for sale landers on our domain names 🙏

If anyone has experiences with Efty or DAN.com they want to share, feel free to do so in the comment section below!

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  • Morgan February 11, 2020, 9:30 am

    Quick update. DAN.com responded to my email and said the “Responds in 50 years” and “Delivers in 50 years” is not a bug. They have “50 years” as the default value for new customers, once a sale is made this changes.

    Seems to me like a strange default value to use but it is what it is!

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    • Matt Holmes February 11, 2020, 10:04 am

      Yea, i think 5 days or even 2 weeks would be a way more reasonable expectation or even worst case scenario for new buyers. Even one year if they’re adamant on that.

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  • Alvin Brown February 11, 2020, 10:56 am

    I wish they would offer a custom text field instead of populating with foolishness.

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  • Mark Thorpe February 11, 2020, 10:58 am

    Dan has some bugs that need to be worked out.
    Their contact message form doesn’t always work. If you don’t receive a reply back, use their messaging service instead.

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  • Sam February 12, 2020, 6:26 am

    I moved a very large portfolio to Dan a few years ago my sales have increased 500% i price names higher to take the 9% great platform and saves time I have used all platforms before including my own parking pages.

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    • Morgan February 12, 2020, 9:11 am

      Thanks for sharing Sam. Out of curiosity, what platform were you using for “for sale” landing pages before DAN?

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  • Robert Evans February 12, 2020, 11:19 am

    I have a few gripes. I really like their desktop version of the forsale landing pages but if you happened to have the same background image accessed by mobile version… it REALLY looks like crap on a stick (And this is even me being nice). To mitigate this… I suggest users have a way to either add custom meta tag or basic html features as this would give folks the ability to force a desktop version if it reflects better command presentation over the “oh hey I have an idea lets make mobile responsive the default for everything” mentality. Responsive doesn’t always work if there isn’t a mobile redirect version.

    I made a custom background that has a very nice label behind the domain for sale but when in mobile… eh eh ! Automatic Twitter fail… sadly.

    Also if the Seller’s notes could be made in justified paragraphy instead of choppy uneven lines.. that would be better for professionalism to the end user seeing for the 1st time.

    Am sorry I didn’t make it to NamesCon 2020. I’m starting a pressure washing company and NamesCon is NOT going to take away the bootstrapping funds I have been saving up. That.. and I really dislike that Kopas guy. A 30 year old twit vs a Navy Veteran..yeah… he must be taking something slightly not available on the open market lol. Yes… he’s a doer.. but an evil one. Not worth my time.

    Cheers !

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