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7 Powerful Tools for Tracking NFT Collectors & Trades

BY Langston Thomas

September 15, 2022

It goes without saying: things move fast in the NFT space. And this makes staying up to date with mint dates, project reveals, timed auctions, and the like a difficult and sometimes nearly impossible task. Yet, keeping tabs on collectors and large-scale trades can sometimes be even harder.

Because of this, some companies have built entire tool suites to help simplify the process. We’re not just talking about trading services like Rarity Tools and Trait Sniper, but those that make it easy to collate data about projects and individuals.

Considering a single trade from an NFT whale can make or break the trajectory of an entire collection, keeping up with sizeable events is a vital skill within the non-fungible ecosystem. But tracking Twitter feeds and Discord announcements can only get you so far, so we’ve compiled an evolving list of services that can help enthusiasts of any level track collectors and trades.

Ninjalerts

Ninjalerts is a promising player among the few crypto and NFT tracking services available. Although much younger than some of the other platforms listed here, it allows users to identify specific contract or wallet addresses and get notified when there’s an event on either front. An invaluable feature, to be sure.

Users can receive push notifications on their phones at the exact moment minting starts, NFT reveals happen, or whales and influencers make their next move. One of the best parts about Ninjalerts is that those interested in its services can purchase a lifetime license to the mobile and web app in the form of an NFT via the company’s official OpenSea storefront.

Nansen

Nansen is an analytics platform that combines on-chain data with a massive and constantly growing database containing millions of wallet labels. Nansen offers tools such as wallet profilers, smart alerts, even top holder and token distribution information, and more from its suite of user-friendly dashboards.

Although a little pricey (as some of these services tend to be), Nansen goes beyond tracking collectors and trades, giving users options such as downloadable data, exclusive insights/reports, live DEX trade updates, and more. As a platform that’s been around through the ups and downs of the NFT market, Nansen seems to be one of the most popular choices among NFT analytics services.

Icy.tools

Icy.tools is a service that went live in the thick of the NFT market boom and features plenty of great analytics tools. The platform lets users discover trending projects with ease while enabling them to also track floor prices, volume, sale history, and more.

Many tools on the Icy.tools platform are free, with premium features unlockable for a relatively affordable monthly fee. The company’s voice also feels very aligned with the ethos of the NFT community, making it a popular choice among NFT maximalists.

DappRadar Portfolio Tracker

DappRadar has long been a hub for tracking NFT collections and sales data. But with the 2020 rollout of its portfolio tracker, the platform upgraded its offerings to include a simple way to monitor Ethereum wallets in real-time.

Users can easily enter an ENS name or wallet address from the Ethereum, Binance, or Polygon chains and immediately see that wallet’s token, NFT balance, and net worth. The portfolio tracker is relatively limited as far as notifications and trade analytics, but with DeFi and NFT financial stats readily available, it’s a handy tool for tracking individual portfolios.

Rainbow Wallet

Some may be surprised to find that one of the most popular Ethereum wallets in the NFT space, Rainbow Wallet, also doubles as a portfolio tracker. By simply entering in another collector’s Ethereum wallet address or ENS name, Rainbow allows users to add the account to a watchlist, displaying the wallet’s full contents in-app.

Once added, the ENS name or account number will show up under the dropdown menu found on the account balances screen. By navigating back and forth between watchlist entries, users can see what coins are in a specified wallet, the value of those coins, the NFTs in that wallet, and even its recent transaction history.

Marketplace Activity Trackers

This may seem like a given, but one of the best places to start tracking a specific collector or collection is via NFT marketplace activity pages. Once you have a specific wallet or token address in mind, you can plug it into the search bar on OpenSea, LooksRare, Rarible, and more to view recent transactions associated with a blockchain identifier. Take the above screenshot of TheWeeknd’s wallet, or this Bored Ape Yacht Club activity page, for example.

While the other tools on this list are undeniably more powerful and comprehensive, marketplace activity trackers are simple and functional tools that are sometimes overlooked by NFT collectors and traders. Want to get a quick understanding of what sort of NFTs someone has been trading over the past 48 hours? Start with their marketplace activity.

Etherscan

Last but certainly not least is Etherscan. Undoubtedly the most popular block explorer for the Ethereum blockchain, learning how to use Etherscan can be significantly beneficial for any level of NFT enthusiast, collector, or trader. With Etherscan, users get a direct look at the ins and outs of the Ethereum blockchain.

Not only can you track blocks as they are validated, but so too can you track token and wallet transactions in real-time. By plugging an ENS name of 0x address into the search bar, you can uncover a wealth of information on which tokens and NFTs are held by that address, and view the ledger of transactions linked to that specific address. 
Through Etherscan, users can also interact with NFT collections. Most notably, users can mint a token directly from a smart contract instead of a third-party service like a minting website.

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