For me, one of the most exciting aspects of setting up a new blog is choosing the domain name. The process of naming your blog is like choosing a name for your child. It has to have meaning and character, and it has to resonate both for myself and for my readers. But most important, it has to be easy to remember. And to meet that requirement, it has to be short. Unfortunately, I’m not the only blogger who feels this way, consequently it’s hard to find short domain names on the open market these days.
If you’re looking for a top level domain, like a
.net or a
.org, chances are they’re already spoken for. In fact, you can forget about 3 and 4-letter domains unless you have a few thousands dollars to invest. You won’t find these on the open market at all. Even if they’re not being used, the minute they expire someone snaps them up.
You can, however, find 3 and 4-letter domain names on Ebay or Flippa.com or sites like BrandBucket.com. Like I said, though, be prepared to pay a small fortune. If you have the money, though, it’s a wise investment. In fact, even Facebook recognized the value of short domain names and reportedly paid more than $8 million for the
Whether you realize it or not, you trip over available domain names every day while you’re surfing the Web. All those parked domains filled with advertising or search results are usually for sale if you’re willing to pay the price. And they’re not all high-dollar domains. So keep your eyes open and you might trip over a real gem.
If you do find a domain that you’re interested in, you can do a WhoIs search to find out who owns it. Use WhoIs.net to conduct your search or use your favorite domain registrar.
Now, what if you want to come up with your own name, because that’s where the fun is, right? I like to use NameBoy.com, a domain name generator. Be careful though. If you’re like me you’ll have so much fun with this site you’ll end up with a list a mile long and then it’s even harder to decide.
At DomainBoy.com you can enter a primary word and a secondary word and you can choose whether or not you want the domain name to rhyme or include hyphens. Then you just click and DomainBoy puts together domain names based on your keyword selection. The results also show which domains are available for purchase, which is a nice bonus. If you see something you like and it’s not available you just move on.
DomainBoy.com does return 3, 4 and 5-letter domains names in the search but you’ll notice they’re not available in the top level domains. Oh, you will see some 5-letter domains so pay close attention to those. If you find one that works put it at the top of your list because it’s definitely worth consideration.
You can conduct an unlimited number of searches at DomainBoy so don’t stop at just one keyword. Play around with different combinations. Remember, you want a name that resonates with you and your readers and you’re going to have to live with it for a long time. So take your time, put some thought into it, and generate a broad list before you start narrowing down your choices.