So you have decided to create a new website, be it a personal blog, a website for a local sports club, or a new web service that you are about to launch. The only thing missing is a domain name, preferably short and up to the point. But no matter how hard you think about it, you do not come up with a fitting name that is still available. The following four options may aid you in finding next-to perfect domain names for your projects.
It is first necessary to distinguish between expiring and dropped domain names. Expiring domain names are still registered by someone, who has not yet paid the yearly fee to keep in possession of the domain name in question. Dropped domain names have expired already.
Lots of services are available on the Internet that auction off or sell dropped or expiring domain names. Here are a few places to get you started.
Expiring domains can be a great option if all suitable domain names have been registered already. While you still need to be lucky to find a suitable one here, it offers a chance to get a great domain name for a small price. Keep in mind though that you should background check the domain name before making an offer. This includes finding out what was offered on the domain before, and whether the webmaster or a SEO agency ran campaigns that may have got it penalized in the search engines.
These online tools generate domain names based on terms that you enter. Some may let you add prefixes, suffixes or other optional terms as well.
If a domain name is not available, you can try and contact the current owner to broker a deal. This obviously won't work for domain names like Google, Amazon or Microsoft, but may work for domain names not in the possession of large organizations.
Instead of contacting the owner directly, you may also try your luck at sites where you can buy domain names and web projects directly.
You can ask friends, family and co-workers for suggestions, and while that may sometimes result in you finding a great domain name that you did not think about before, you more often than not won't. Recommendations can however come in other forms.
Finding a suitable domain name for a new project can be a time-consuming task, especially if you want it to be perfect, and not just suitable for the project. One thing that I often do is to get a list of about five suitable free domain names, and ask close (webmaster) friends to pick their favorites. It is still up to you though to make a decision in the end.
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