Have you ever been inspired by the multitude of useful websites out there on the web and thinking of starting your own website? Some of them seem to be doing quite well. Who wouldn’t like to have their own pet project on the web, gaining a few more users each day and potentially evolving to a serious startup – all you need is a unique idea, a few skilled people and a bit of seed financing. And for an online business, you also need a domain name.
How difficult can it be, right? Well, seeing that you’ve reached this page, it can be assumed that you are by now aware that its not a trivial quest. In fact, by now you have probably spent a lot of time on domain search sites, become frustrated by the fact that most even remotely sensible names are taken, felt hopelessly lost, googled something like “get a domain name” and landed on this page. So welcome, let’s see what can be done.
There are over 80 million .com domains already registered. There are only 13 million .net domains, so if you don’t care that someone already holds the .com name, the .net is the first alternative to consider. If your service is location-specific, you may have better luck with additional extensions like .us, .eu, country-specific domains.
The .com domain though is the cornerstone of establishing an online identity. With a .com you can be certain that the name you’ve chosen is absolutely unique in the whole world. This is a crucial requirement, if you’re planning to invest in building a brand – otherwise you could end up advertising your competitors. Finding a good .com domain takes persistence and patience. If you have the time, you can look up names one-by-one, until you hit the perfect one. You can hire a marketing agency to do it for you or buy an expensive domain from a domain name aftermarket. You can also use automated domain name availability checking tools that do quick mass lookups. Lets take a closer look at one of such tools – in fact its over 10 different domain search tools combined onto one website – NameStation.com.
NameStation is one of the fastest bulk domain lookup tools on the web today. First, you can try your luck with the random name generator tool, which creates 20 pronounceable names each time you press the Search button. There are different base languages to choose from, so if you get tired of English names, why not try Latin, Sindarin or even Klingon? The names are still totally random, but they sound a bit different. Sindarin by the way is the language of elves in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Now, if you need your name to reflect what your business actually does, you need to include a meaningful keyword. On NameStation, this keyword can then be combined with random nouns, adjectives, verbs and preset wordlists with the most popular prefixes and affixes that usually appear in the website names. You can go even deeper by researching semantic relations to any given keyword with the Dictionary Domains search. At first it may seem as a bit complex but that’s because it is a highly powerful in-depth research tool. Dictionary Domains search also recommends synonyms, related words, popular affixes and prefixes. All you have to do is click on each one of these to get 100 new domain name ideas.
You can most likely find 4-5 potential candidates after working 15 minutes on NameStation. Each candidate can be saved to your Favorites and registered at your preferred registrar. Domain registration is simple, just click the “register at …” link at NameStation and follow the instructions on the registrar page.
There is a lot more to explore at NameStation. For domain industry professionals there are other specialized tools like multiple domain extensions check and bulk domain search. If you create a free NameStation account then over time you can save and customize your keyword lists that help you find available domains any time any time you’re hit with a spark of inspiration for a new online venture.
Best of luck finding a new domain name! If you have any useful tips that may benefit fellow domain seekers then please post them as comments.