Cyber-squatters have made it a complete nightmare to find suitable domains, even the complete abstract domains with random syllables are disappearing like hot cakes! These guys have no intention on creating a relevant website but hope to make a large profit when they resell the domain to the highest bidder. They also generate revenue from these cheapest-premium-domains with pages filled with advertising links and I’m sure you’ve all seen them when you have mistyped your favourite websites URL.
Back to the point, finding a domain name can be tough but not impossible! There are many tools online which can make your life much easier.
When you can’t find the domain you are looking for generally have two options
- Expired domains
- Premium domains
Expired domains as you may have guessed have not been renewed and are available again for registration. One mans junk is another mans treasure! My favourite place to look for expired domains is at DomainHole.com. Click on the expired search link in the navigation, choose a short keyword and the maximum length of the domain if you wish and there you go! DomainHole will display a list of domains that have expired and which extensions are available. The only downside is that there is no option to exclude offensive words (DomainHole please take note), so be warned!
If you don’t have any luck with expired domains, my new favorite domain name search is Domains. They don’t list expired domains but domains that are available or for purchase at a premium price. Don’t run for the hills at the word premium, they really don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the pricing of some domains. Generic one worded domains can fetch tens of thousands of dollars but there are plenty that range. When it comes to finding the perfect domain, paying a little upfront is worth it. Note, that this is a once off fee and you will be charged your normal domain registrars rate when it comes to renewal.
What I love about Domain Bot is that it lists so many relevant variations with the keywords you have selected. It’s the perfect brainstorming tool if you don’t know where to start. Just type in the keyword or if you want something a little more abstract, type in a bunch of syllables you would like to use in your domain. There a host of filters on the left hand side such as sorting by price and excluding hyphens & numbers all of which make it super easy to narrow down the results.