What is a Website Ownership Check
& How It Can Be Beneficial for Your Business
There are lots of reasons for wanting to find out the owner of a website through a website ownership check
The most obvious and arguably the most common is where you want to use the domain for your website, but the domain is already registered
By finding out who owns it, you can decide what to do next, i.e., continue pursuing the domain name or choosing a different one
This isn’t the only reason for going through the website ownership check process. Another reason would be to find out more about a competitor or a potential customer, for example.
Website Ownership Check Explained
What exactly is a website ownership check and how do you do it? Let’s start with the basics.
Checking the ownership of a website involves finding out the name of the person or company that is the legal owner of the website.
It’s important to point out that this can be a more complicated process than many people anticipate. That is because they try to find out the owner of a website by checking for who owns the domain.
It is not always as straightforward as this, however. One of the reasons the situation can be more complicated is that domain name owners have the right to hide their details from view. So, common tools for looking up who has registered a domain will not provide you with much information.
Plus, even when you know the name of the person or company who has registered the domain name, you don’t necessarily know the ultimate owner of the website. The registrant of the domain name, for example, could be a representative of the website’s ultimate owner.
How to Conduct a Website Ownership Check
To get detailed information on the ownership of a website, you will need to go through several steps.
The first is the easiest and most straightforward, as it involves simply visiting the website on the internet. Key pages to look at are the contact page, about page, and any other profile information.
You should then do a WHOIS lookup. This is the type of domain name registrant search mentioned earlier. While it does have its limitations, a WHOIS search is quick, easy, and generally free.
To then get the detailed and more accurate information that you are likely to need, you should use a tool that provides more comprehensive data than simply looking at the website and doing a WHOIS lookup.
Domain Crawler is an example of a tool that can provide you with this comprehensive information. To give you an idea of the level of detail that is possible when you do a website ownership check, below is a list of the data points that Domain Crawler uses.
You can then use Domain Crawler to find more comprehensive ownership information. Our checks include robots.txt files, website sitemaps, geo IP data, domain expiration dates, domain drop dates, and more.
Other information you can get through an ownership check at Domain Crawler include
- Historical snapshots of the website so you can see what it looked like in the past and the information it previously contained.
- DNS data so you can see information such as other websites hosted on the same IP address or using the same NS servers.
This information can indicate connections between websites.
- SSL certificate information that can also help you connect different websites and levels of ownership.
We get this data by continuously crawling the internet – looking for new data points and refreshing data points already crawled to ensure the information in our database is accurate and up to date
You can then use this information for a range of reasons, including to plan how and when you will potentially purchase a domain that has already been registered. The information we can provide is also useful for researching your competition and finding out more about a potential customer you want to target.
Want to know more?
Domain Crawler is a service that makes data analysis easy
- opening up an abundance of information that you can use to help your clients build stronger business models
- generate more revenue
- be ahead of competitors