Wow a lot of things have happened last week, this has been the most fun I've had in a while.
Improved reliability of the backend and changed the design significantly at least 3 times. Design is my biggest challenge personally, but I'm happy with the current result.
Decided to rename the project in the middle of the night from tlds.cool to domain.garden (& then haggled over a price for the domain with the previous owner in china).
Shared the project with small reddit & forum communities that buy domain names as investments, to test the idea with power users. Got positive results, and a better understanding what they look for.
Shared it on Indie Hackers, got a lot of positive feedback about the idea. Visit counts are not very high in total (about 400), but it's enough to work with for now I think.
Made a passing comment on Hacker News, that resulted in more clicks than I thought. It's interesting, among tech people a lot have opinions about domain names (like either love new domains or stick with .com always).
What I want to figure out next:
What is the user retention? How often do people actually browse domain names? A sentence I often heard is "I'll definitely use this next time I'm starting a project".
How to make money from this? How many users click on affiliate links, is this sustainable?
Is is possible to approach companies in the domain name space for better integrations and revenue partnerships?
I started this project months ago to help myself find short domain names for other projects. I'm seeing more and more potential for it everywhere, so want to launch it with a few communities to get feedback.
So I took a week off work to fix technical issues, improve the design and streamline the search experience (nothing too fancy).