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How to find the right Domain Name

By Don On October 28, 2010 Under Internet Tools, Make Money Online, SEO Tools

So you want to learn how to build a website?  One of my favorite lines from the movies is in “Field of Dreams”.  In that movie Kevin Costner is told, “If you build it, they will come”.  Isn’t that how websites are supposed to work?

Depending on your website purpose having the right domain name can be key.  If you are going to try and rank high in the search engines then having what your website is about in the domain name will get you to that first page a lot sooner.  For example if you sell widgets then widgets.com would be great.  By the way someone does own widgets.com.

If you are selling widgets and you website is named Badpetfood.com it going to be harder to get ranked high for widgets.  However, if your traffic is going to come from paid searches then the name doesn’t really matter.

There are many tools on the Web designed to help us get through a bad case of domain writer’s block. All the while, these tools let us both safely test new domains to cut through the clutter of already-registered names, making the process much faster.

Here are five tools to get you started and, hopefully, help you find just the domain that you’ve been looking for.

Domainr

Domainr’s simple interface has some very serious power. Type in any word you want to base a domain on and Domainr will let you know what combination of domains, subdomains, TLDs and directories will for you. For example, punch in “republican” and you’ll get republic.an among your options.

All in all, a decent tool for finding imaginative domain/extension/directory combination to create your word.

Bust a Name

If you have a list of words you’re considering for your name but no idea how to best combine them, Bust a Name can help. Simply put in your words.   Then drag sets of them into groups if you don’t want them paired with one another, and let Bust a Name find all available combinations.  It’s pretty cool as you can do plurals and hyphens.  Some nice combinations show up.  Combine this with a Google Keyword tool search and you might come up with some serious winners

The service can even sort available domains by readability, making it easy to find out which is the best combination from the possibilities you have.

iWantMyName

If you really want a domain name but know that it’s taken, and you don’t care what extension its under, iWantMyName will not only scan the domain you want, but also look for it under a variety of TLDs, including many obscure ones that are almost certainly not registered.

You probably won’t get your “.com” with this site, but you may be able to find your “.me”.  I tried “bite.com” but it was taken and so was “bite.me” but “dontwant.me” was still available.

Domize

Domize is a beautifully simple idea that may help you find an even better domain than you thought possible. Simply type in a domain idea and Domize will look up the .com, .net, .org, .biz and .us domains for shorter iterations of the word, each leaving one letter off. For example, looking for “Domize” will cause it to look for “Domiz”, “Domi”, etc.

You might be surprised to find that there are many decent 4-6 letter domains available, if you’re willing to not have it spell a word, but rather, be the beginning of one.  This might be good for sites where you are going to use paid search to drive traffic and people probably won’t notice the misspelling.

Domain Tools

If you are really struggling for a good domain name, Domain Tools, has a powerful domain suggestion tool that looks for a keyword or phrase you provide and picks out relevant, related terms and finds domains using them. For example, a search for “FreeWidget” might turn up “CheapWidget” as a suggestion.

This tool can be a great way to find a good domain in a very crowded field.  It will also help you come up with some good alternatives.

Conclusions

In the end, the Web is filled with great tools to help you pick out the perfect domain for your site and these are just a few to get you started. Don’t give up your quest for a good domain because your “perfect” domain was already taken; instead, focus on finding another that you like even more.

With a little bit of help and some creativity, even with the millions of domains already taken, you should have no trouble finding one that works well for you.

In one of the future articles we will talk about hunt for expiring domains names.  This can also be a good option if you don’t mind waiting or taking you chance that someone else will snatch it up first.

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