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Looking for a good domain name these days is hard. Trust me…if you would rather not spend thousands of dollars buying a domain name and would rather have that money go into the actual website itself then perhaps a few of these tips will help you generate some good ideas.

1. Use tools

The use of online tools really allows you to identify good possiblities and available domains. Dot-O-mator and Bustaname are two tools I really suggest you use.


2. Keep it Short but Clever

While most short domain names are taken you can still be creative and snatch up a 6 letter domain name that sounds awesome. Instead of going for articledirectory.com you could perhaps go for articlous.com, or artical.com. While these may be taken you often find some promising and available domains.


3. Dot com, net or org?

For many reasons I would suggest you get all the above domain names. If available that is. These days however people associate websites with the .com extension as serious websites so owning it is crucial, you don’t want to miss out on traffic. Don’t get me wrong, a .net could just as easily become popular but you really don’t want to give away traffic by not owning the .com version of the domain. If you are non profit then the .org would be the best domain to go for. Also get the .com and redirect it to your domain. Other TLDs such as .tv, .mobi and .info are fine but only when the content matches the TLD. Eg. A .tv domain would be fine for a local tv station but not for a cooking website.


3. Hyphen it

This is quite a popular one. If a domain is not available without hyphens then perhaps you may want to get the hyphened version. While this is not recommended in terms of SEO it is a nice way to break up keywords. However ensure you spell out your domain out loud, like you are talking on the phone. Imaging the lost traffic you may get due to mistakes when writing out the domain name.

EG: Hey John you should check out Cheap Hyphen Car Hyphen Parts Dot Com for a good deal.

John then proceeds to type this into his browser: cheaphyphencarhyphenparts.com instead of cheap-car-parts.com

It happens!


4. Make it Brandable

While a site like SEO Guide sounds really nice it may not be the best if you are planning on branding your website. The term is too broad. If you look at popular company products you will see they never have keywords as their company name. Google, Yahoo, Bing are all customised names that can be branded and trademarked. However if there is no trademark on a domain you want then don’t let me stop you. Some keywords combinations make a great site. Microsoft.com comes to mind.


5. Try Different Prefixes and Suffixes

Its always a good idea to experiment with different prefixes and suffixes. Try adding a e to the beginning of a domain. A lot of tools allow you to do this. Also try adding a ly, ious or a able to the end of a domain and see if it sounds nice. There are a lot of ways you can play with your domain name. Try adding something in the middle as a connecting word. Eg: Domains4you sounds nice even though I would not suggest using numbers in the domain name.


6. Consider Domain Leasing

Even after using the above tips you may find the need to buy your chosen domain in the aftermarket. Prices can be expensive, especially if you’re going after a sought name. One option is to lease the domain through a service like GoForThe.com. Leasing can allow you to fully develop and use a high-value domain while making low monthly lease payments. Additionally most leases have a purchase option allowing you to buy the domain at a predefined price when you’re ready.


Ask a friend …or a neighbor

So you find the perfect name, your frown turns into a cheeky grin, you look around to see if anyone is spying on you and your about to click on Register. STOP!

A domain name that sounds to you may not sound appealing to everyone. Infact you may be the only person to like it. I was about to register a domain name which I thought sounded great. After talking with a lot of people I discovered that it wasn’t such a great domain name. Infact it was one of the worst according to my friends.

So always ask around and see what people think. Don’t post it on public forums though, someone may snatch up your domain!



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Comments (16)

  • mikedotcom
    mikedotcom (February 9, 2012 at 1:14 am)

    Thanks for the article. Actually, I think it doesn’t really matter if a name is short, or contains 2 or 3 words — as long as it is easy enough to remember. For a start-up, the most obvious choices don’t necessarily turn out to be the best for the business. I’ve used http://www.dombuddy.com to find a domain name, using a list of keywords I took from the Google Keywords Tool… resulting in a domain name I wouldn’t have thought on my own. Tools definitely help a lot here!

  • alekka
    alekka (May 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm)

    nice tips, very helpful, thanks!

  • Mohammad
    Mohammad (May 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm) Staff Member


    Glad you found it helpful!

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