One of the creative problems people new to blogging, domain speculation or web site building encounter is how to select a good domain name when so many are already taken. What if you wanted a short and unique name that you could build into a standalone brand name rather than using a 4 or 5 word tongue twister of a domain name? It gets harder, doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to if you use this simple trick.
New words are being coined everyday by people. They combine old words into new, invent new words, or something in-between. Many of these get entered into pending lists at online dictionary sites like Dictionary.com. All you have to do is go to these sites and look at the list of new words and find the one that fits your needs. The go to a domain lookup site, or, better yet, have it open in another tab of Firefox or IE7, and see if the name is available. I like to use DomainsBot since it’s interactive format makes it easy to look up available domains quickly.
Once you’ve found the name you want, go to your favorite registrar and buy it. If you wait too long somebody else who uses this technique (like me) will have snapped it up. Be careful though. You may be like me and grab up several domains that you don’t have a use for since the process is so easy. Fortunately, selling unused domains with a good name is relatively easy, at least easy enough to get back your original investment.
Have you tried this method? Are you going to? Any domain naming secrets you would like to share? Leave me a comment and let me know.