Do you find it challenging to find a good domain name that is available?
It’s a challenging task.
But the good news is:
In this article, you will learn how to find a domain name for your website or blog that is available and suits your brand.
5 things you should know before choosing a name for your blog/website
1. Make it memorable
While people can easily hop on Google and search for your website using keywords when they want to find it again, you also want them to be able to come straight to your website by typing your domain into the URL field. The more memorable and snappy your domain name is, the more likely they are to remember it when they are ready to come back again.
2. Make it short
Make it as short as it can possibly be. This makes your domain name more memorable. A short domain name sticks in the mind of your visitors more easily while it looks better when you share links of your website.
3. Avoid numbers and hyphens
Both numbers and hyphens are going to make your domain name too complicated. Remember, you want something simple enough that the average person can easily remember it. They shouldn’t be struggling to remember where the hyphen goes or whether the “five” was a “5” or spelled out.
4. Pick a suitable extension
There are lots of different extensions that you can choose from, but .com is still the most valuable and the most trusted. If it comes down to a pretty good domain name that is available in a .com and a great domain name available in other extensions, choose .com.
If you can’t find a good .com name go for a .net or a .org, both of them are trusted and popular.
There are also other extensions you can use in certain situations such as:
- co : for companies, commercial sites, etc.
- .biz : for business, commercial sites, etc.
- .me : for personal sites, resumes, etc.
- .info : its name tells everything.
Even more extensions has became available recently like .online, .review, .club, etc. You can use these extensions to choose a beautiful short name for your site as an extra domain name to redirect to your main .com website.
5. Make sure it’s not a trademark
Before buying the domain, make sure it is not registered as a trademark by another company. You can check it at knowem.com. You can also google it to make sure it is not a trademark. If you don’t check this, you might lose some traffic for having a similar name with a popular business or you might face a legal problem.
Two methods that big brands are using
It is usually rewarding to follow the footsteps of successful brands.
Think about the names of most successful brands that you know. This is a good way to find a good domain name.
It is easy to find the patterns successful brands are using to generate their domain names.
Here are two of the most widely used methods that you can use to come up with a good name:
1. Including exact keywords
Two main advantages of this method are:
- It can help you a bit with SEO stuff
- People may remember it as a short description of your website
Two disadvantages of this method are:
- Sometimes, it might be very hard to find a good name with .com extension
- The name might become too long
Good domain name examples choosing this method are HowToMasterPhotography.com or MasteringPhotography.com for photography subject because they have the “photography” keyword included.
2. Using a brandable name
This method is especially great if you want to choose a beautiful short name.
- It’s easier to find a .com name with this method.
- You can choose a short and memorable name.
- Brainstorming a good name with this method is time-consuming
- In most cases, the name tells nothing about your business
You can combine two or more short and related words for creating the name.
YouTube and FaceBook are great examples of this idea. In our previous case, we could use PhotoArt or similar combinations. If you want to use this method you should keep it simple and memorable with a good tone.
You can also change related names in a cool way that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. A good live example of this method is CISCO that is kind of short version of San Francisco. In our previous case, we could use Photech or Photolio.
These 6 tools help you brainstorm a cool domain name fast
Now that you know the rules of the game and you’re equipped with ideas and strategies,
It’s time to brainstorm.
check out these time savers!
These tools are domain name generators!
They also let you search domain name availability extremely fast.
They will surely speed up your brainstorming process and almost all of them are FREE! Let’s see them in action! Shall we?
This website gives you lots of great ideas. It simply generates lots of available domain names. It’s available at leandomainsearch.com.
Type the main keyword and search for domain names to see lots of names.
This is another great tool that gives you the ability to type all the related keywords and find out which combinations are available.
You can reach this one at bustaname.com.
It also suggests you words with same meanings:
As you can see in the picture by clicking on the arrows you can add similar words to your list.
There’s another helpful tool on this website at Bustaname.com/word_maker
This one is useful especially if you want to choose a brandable name. It adds prefix and suffix to your keywords in a natural way.
You can access it here: bustaname.com/word_maker
This website can generate lots of names using your main keyword by adding verbs, nouns, and adjectives to its end or beginning.
It’s available at impossibility.org .
This tool generates domain names with different purposes. It generates domain names with your exact keyword and domain names suitable for brandable names.
You can reach this tool here: namemesh.com
This simple tool helps you if you already have a bunch of keywords and ideas. It has two columns and you type a set of words in each column. Then it tells you which combinations of keywords in the first and second column are available. You can also use suggested sets of words in each column.
It is available at dotomator.com
The last one is a premium tool and it is not free but if you are looking for a perfect name, this is for you. It has various premium lists and name generators and if you really want to be perfect it lets you run a domain name contest for just 35$. You can test some of its functionalities with a trial membership.
You can check this premium tool here: namestation.com
Although holding a contest is a great way to find a good name, Namestation also offers some other tools that you can use.
Here is the list of its premium features at the time of writing this article: (You can test them with a trial membership.)
Lovely words to use in your next domain name
Beautiful words part 1
Robert Beard, who has made dictionaries, writing poets, and … for more than 30 years, has made a list of 100 most beautiful words in English available here.
Here are some of those words that are suitable to use in your domain name. Feel free to check the full list if you’re interested.
Beautiful words part 2
These words have been chosen from the top 10 most beautiful words according to a survey that was taken from over 40,000 voters.
And finally here is a list of 94 inspirational words that you can use in your brand/domain name if you would like to:
Your domain is probably the only part of your business that you will never change unless for an unexpected reason.
That’s why it is very important to choose a decent name before creating your blog/website.
It is your blog/website identity and brand.
Choosing a professional name for your blog/website is a good way to connect with your audience.
I try hard to make our articles as useful as possible and I hope you enjoy them.
Even the best strategy won’t work if you don’t take the necessary actions.
We’ve reviewed a handful of domain name ideas in this article together!
It won’t help you unless you take action.
take a piece of paper and start brainstorming ideas for choosing the perfect name for your blog/website.
Choose a name that fits your business. Good luck!
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