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How to Find a Great Domain Name

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Good domain names are out there, but they can be hard to find. Here are some tools to help you in your search.

1. Dislexicon – Takes common words and adds suffixes and prefixes. It even gives you the meaning. This site is great for finding short domain names that look like they could be real words.

2. JustDropped – This site lets you search for domain names that have recently expired. You get a few searches for free with limited results. I’ve found that the free searches are usually adequate for my needs.

3. Word Mixer – This one lets you enter up to five words which are mixed up into new, semi-pronouncable words. The same website also has a couple other tools that are useful such as the random words tool which is hit or miss, and the mixer seeds page.

4. WordFinder – This is actually a tool for crossword puzzles, but it can also be very useful for finding a domain name.

5. DomainsBot – This search engine is geared specifically towards finding a domain name. It works best if you’re looking for a compound-word domain rather than an invented word.

6. Online Generators – If all else fails, sometimes you’ll find a gem using one of these online generators. This is usually a last resort for me though, they tend to suck up your time without out producing much.

If you find a great one that you can’t use, but want to make some cash on, this is the place to sell it.

Once you’ve found one, there are about a million places to purchase it. I personally like Namecheap.com – good price and easy to use. Good luck… there are a ton of great names left!

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  1. jenny vorwaller
    August 11, 2005 at 10:48 am #

    cute picture! (little max ohhhhh!)

  2. Jamie Wallace
    August 12, 2005 at 1:13 pm #

    I have also found nameboy to be very helpful as well.

  3. Tyler
    August 12, 2005 at 7:48 pm #

    http://www.whois.sc has a good name spinner.

  4. Dan Alsip
    August 15, 2005 at 9:06 pm #

    One more tool for consideration that I have found to be very useful:

    http://www.rhymezone.com

  5. brandon
    August 23, 2005 at 6:53 am #

    Onelook.com is great for wildcards

  6. Tom Hertig
    September 21, 2005 at 7:40 am #

    This tool <a> migth help you, it creates variations o…

  7. Beau Hartshorne
    November 15, 2005 at 1:04 pm #

    I built a tool that checks domain name availability as you type. Please let me know if you have any feedback!

  8. Filip de Waard
    January 3, 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    Interesting article! But even with these tools creativity is a must and finding good domains is getting harder by the day. I just wrote an article about the domain game, explaining what I’m looking for in good domain and the obstacles in finding domain names.

  9. Marko
    April 2, 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    Nice tools, niy it would be better if all were free.

  10. Chris
    April 24, 2006 at 9:06 am #

    I have a blog about domains too: http://getdomains.info , check it out for available domain names :)

  11. Victor
    May 9, 2006 at 11:03 am #

    Domain name generator – <a href="http://www.makewords.com ” target=”_blank”>www.makewords.com

  12. Victor
    May 9, 2006 at 6:01 pm #

    Try this domain name generator – . One of the fastest free tools online

  13. Matthew Doucette
    June 8, 2006 at 9:50 am #

    A utility that relates to del.icio.us / blo.gs / etc. style domain name searching:

    http://xona.com/domainhacks/

  14. fialka
    June 8, 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    Maybe these tools can help

  15. Dominero
    June 30, 2006 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks for this post! Very useful information to find domain names without much hustle.

    I added your site to my delicious bookmarks ; )

  16. Chris
    July 4, 2006 at 7:54 pm #

    Also try http://www.pcnames.com they have many tools that make finding a domain easier

  17. Josh Wex
    August 30, 2006 at 1:17 am #

    If you are interested in quickly finding available domain names with type-in visitors, search traffic, alexa rank, high Overture count, then check out http://www.idnresearchtool.com

  18. Mike
    September 17, 2006 at 9:03 pm #

    You should also check out http://www.mass-automation.com/domainfinder

    Probably the cheapest and best solution yet to finding keyword rich domains fairly quickly.

    MS

  19. Dimm
    November 29, 2006 at 7:42 am #

    The good domain name is better for thinking up itself.

  20. Hitchhiker
    December 24, 2006 at 7:28 pm #

    Lots of these tool are not free, but dropHunt.com is totally free, not even registration needed. dropHunt lets you search by pagerank, alexa rank, backlinks, and more for expired and expiring domains

  21. Alice
    January 24, 2007 at 11:55 pm #

    Also http://web2nam.es seems a nice site for finding names, although it sometimes gives no results (don’t know why).

  22. ebook6.com
    January 29, 2007 at 11:46 pm #

    Thanks guy, I will try it

  23. Nick
    February 7, 2007 at 1:49 am #

    I just got some tips and tricks from http://www.nameslot.com looks like a good site. Found this blog from there.

  24. rosjen
    March 3, 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    I have been running my own bot that finds availble short names, I list all them all with the highest value at the top. evisnet

  25. eli
    June 2, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    You could always use a service like Clever site names.

    Its cheaper than a large agency, and best of all if you don’t like anything they suggest, they’ll give you your money back.

  26. Neil S
    January 11, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    This Find Domain website looks them up as you type the name in. It's save me tons of time for sure.

  27. Mike
    February 9, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    I have found some nice domain names with domainexposer.com

  28. Finding Domain names
    February 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Justdropped is regristation only now.

  29. paul
    April 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    great list and some further ideas… thank you.

  30. Mark
    April 14, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    http://www.dndizzy.com is a great resource. Very much work in progress but they upload over 40 lists per day in over 40 different categories.

  31. ahmedk
    April 22, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    I have found the domain name searched in ip-details.com. And it is useful to find all information about the IP details.

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