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How to Find a Great Domain Name Revisited

A couple months ago I wrote about how to find a great domain name. Since then, I’ve found several other tricks, related articles and sites… here they are:

1. Instant Domain Search – This is the site I’ve been using most. Start typing a domain name and as you type it shows you if it’s available or not. No submit button, no waiting, just good quick results. Can’t beat that. There is a similar site called Ajax Whois that’s not quite as fast (it requires verification), but adds the functionality of seeing whois results.

2. Domainers – Turns out there are people making a bit of money off buying and selling domains, or buying domains hoping people will land on them and click a link. By a bit of money, I mean millions of dollars a year. Business 2.0 has a great article on the subject.

3. – If the domainers article piqued your interest, check out Sedo–a quick place to park your domains to make money off ads or put them up for sale. I’ve parked a few there myself until I have time to develop them. If Sedo doesn’t meet your fancy, check out Afternic, DomainHop or DomainSponsor.

4. Looking for a different way to sell your hot new domain? Check out DomainState or DNForum. The former appears to be less trafficked and free while the latter is not free but is always buzzing.

5. All existing domains – This one is a gem sent from Beau (the guy who made Instant Domain Search). Fax in your address get access to a list (available over FTP) of all active .com and .net domain names. Very cool.

6. 2.99 domains – From Yahoo, sign up for them all at once because the offer is good for new customers only, after you’re signed up the price goes up to $9.95. I was able to get 5 domains for 3 bucks a pop. After that offer expires, I’d recommend checking out Namecheap. Their domains are 8.88 each and the tools to manage them are outstanding.

7. A ton of other name finding tools. My last post generated some good ideas in the comments. Here are tools that people recommended:

  • WordConstructor – This one is awesome. It comes up with short, catchy names with greater ease than any of the other tools I’ve found.
  • OneLook – Dictionary that supports wildcards. Could be useful. There’s also a reverse dictionary.
  • RhymeZone – This one also comes up with some surprisingly good made-up word.
  • Whois Source – A smarter-than-average tool for domain name spinning.
  • Nameboy – Enter two words and get suggestions. This one wasn’t as useful as some of the others, but I figured I’d add it here anyway

8. DomainsBot – I mentioned this one in the previous article, but since then they’ve pulled a few more tricks out of their sleeves. They now have a Lab where there are a few really cool tools.

  • WordTrends – Plugin a couple words and see how often they are used in domain names.
  • DomainStats – A couple interesting research papers on domain names. No charge to read them.
  • SearchCloud – I found this one to be the most useful, type in some words and get a list of related words and available domains.
  • SplitIt – Make sure your domain name will be interpreted how you hope it will be.
  • Shadow – I didn’t try this one, but it’s a piece of software you download to crunch data to find good domains… let me know how it goes if you decide to test it.

So.. there you go, more tools for finding domains than you can shake a stick at. Enjoy.

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  1. 59ideas
    January 17, 2006 at 5:10 am #

    iPower is offering domain at $2.95

    Yahoo service is really bad. Do not send business their way.
    I ordered a domain and they do not even have the admin control screen for me. I emailed them and they took days to reply. Even then it is auto reply with do not help at all and I have to wait another few more days.

  2. Niklas
    January 20, 2006 at 2:06 am #

    You have to check out Dislexicon, I think it’s the best word-generating tool.

  3. Tauno
    October 12, 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    Another multifunctional AJAX domain name generator that you might find useful –

  4. Martin Jambon
    February 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    After being somewhat dissatisfied with the tools that were available, I created my own and I called it Upnym. It combines as-you-type whois lookups and a generator of short-names containing the specified string.

    It also checks for Twitter and Facebook availability and each user can manage a list of favorite names saved from one session to another (via a simple cookie).

    Feedback is welcome and can be sent to or via Twitter (

  5. unlimitedwebhosting
    April 11, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks for telling.. It really very helpful to find the domain as per your requirement also we can find through this tool how much competition we have beat…..Once again.. Thanks for sharing….

  6. James Bustovsky
    June 15, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    Here is one more thesaurus dictionary. It helped me couple of times. Maybe it will be helpful for you too!

  7. Synonyms Finder
    June 24, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    As for me, this synonyms dictionary do his work the best. Also I use 1st and 5th tools.

  8. Sell domain names
    February 9, 2013 at 12:40 am #

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  9. magento
    February 26, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    That's a great alternative, thesaurus. Thanks for sharing!


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