How to Research Domain Names

I am sure if you are looking to create a new website, you will be rather frustrated with the unavailability of most of your preferred domain names. Imagine the day when the first website was created and the options available to the person who did that!!! People got into this pretty quickly and started consuming all the straight names thus leading to many with alphanumeric characters and acronyms. So what is the best way to research for a particular name? If you have decided your niche area, it will be pretty easier to search around it and arrive at a final decision. Of course there are many tools available which will help you do this research(not surprisingly!!).

IANA is one agency which holds data of all the available prefixes for a website, like for example .bb is for Barbados and .mv is for Maldives. You can browse through the various alternatives available if the standard .com or .net is not available for your preferred domain name.

Obviously, it is not easy for anyone to research through these various combinations and see which one is still not taken. So most of the hosting companies provide their own search engines to facilitate you prior to your domain registration and hosting sign up. But these tools only search for the standard extensions of .com, .net, .org etc. One another such tool is IWantMyName which also does something similar but searches for the name in all the available extensions. This would be pretty helpful if you really do not care of what your domain extension should be.

There might be instances when you want to search for the niche domain names. For example, if you have decided to write about ‘digital cameras’, you can use NameBoy and give your Primary and secondary words as Digital and Cameras. This will give you a list of combination of these words along with other typical names and thus making your search easy and diversified. (note: sometimes this site says a particular site is available when it is really not, so it is better to search in nameboy and then register the domain in any other hosting sites).

Domain Name Break-ups – Another excellent tool for domain research is domai.nr. As the name suggests, it breaks up your preferred domains in ways that you might not really think about. For example, if you search for ‘DailyMorningCoffee’, then it gives a result something like below:

dailymorningcoff.ee

dailymorn.in

dly.mr

daily.mo

In addition to the conventional .com and .org, it also searches for the unconventional types like above which really makes a lot of sense if you have made up your mind on your domain name and want it no matter what the extension is.

Another very powerful multiple domain name search tool that I have come across is domize, it may look as simple as any other search tool, but believe me, this has a pretty good search engine. Type ‘[‘ as the first character and it will display the “Advanced Search” options available. You can search for [daily, morning, coffee] and it returns back a search for all the 3 words in one go. You can also form a search query in here, like you can search for [daily, morning, coffee][red,blue] and the tool will search for dailyred, morningblue, coffeered and all other permutations and combination of the keywords. This is pretty amazing and you can really get your shortlisted names to the next level.

Last but not one to be ignored is the list of expired domain names or the ones up for grabs. All domain names expire after a certain time and those will be up for sale or transfers. You can use the tool Domain Monitor which will send an email to you about when the particular domain is expiring and also the “WhoIs” information which you can use to keep track and grab the site immediately when it becomes available.

Hope you find the domain you are looking for and start blogging at the earliest.

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Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website –http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.pbgeeks.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.

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