Domain Names Suggestions

Many people who wish to start a new business or have an idea for a new web site, struggle to find a good available (not already registered by somebody else) domain name. Indeed, it is not uncommon to hear people complain that all the good names are already taken.  My experience is that what is really lacking is not available domain names, but imagination and flexibility.

The first thing to realize is that many obvious domain names are indeed taken. By this, I mean for example single word or common short phrase names ending with dot com. It isn’t quite true that all such names are already taken, so it is still worth checking.

However, if, as likely, you find your first idea for a domain name is already taken, this does not mean you should give up looking! A key thing to remember is that a good name is not necessarily the same thing as the most obvious name. For example, do you think that the founders of yahoo.com or google.com would have been in the least bit deterred when they find that somebody else had already registered searchengine.com or searchtheinternet.com? Likewise, one of the best known technical news sites is slashdot.org, which while memorable, is hardly the most obvious choice for a technical news site.  In short, the key to find a good domain name is to think laterally and be a bit flexible.

That isn’t quite all that there is to it though. While your brain is of course your most important tool when searching for available domain names, it doesn’t hurt to have some automated help as well.  There are a number of web sites that allow you to search for domains containing keyword combinations that you supply, or that can generate domain name ideas based on keywords and/or a theme of your choice.

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