Saturday, June 25, 2011

Looking For Domain Name Ideas? Use These Tools.

Tools To Use If You Have Troubles Coming Us With Domain Name.

It all starts with a domain name and unfortunately cool domain names are harder to come by with each passing day. It seems that either cybersquatters registered every domain out there or somebody had the same idea just before you did. Don't despair, there are a lot of free or almost free online tools and services that will help you find great domain name.

1. Nameboy.Com

Nameboy is a free domain suggestions tool (others include,, etc.) that uses keyword algorithms to automatically create domain names and check them for availability. Since all domains are generated by machine, most of suggestions are outright unusable, however you can get some ideas by using NameBoy. Free is free.


Unlike automatic tools, PickyDomains is powered by humans (44,000+ registered contributors). This service isn’t free, but it’s inexpensive ($50) and you pay only if you decide to register one of the suggested domains. If you don’t like anything, you don’t pay anything. Risk-free crowdsourcing model in action. If you are good with words, you might want to try it on the contributor side, as 40%-60% of that client fee is paid to the contributor who made the winning suggestion via PayPal.


There are a number of services in this niche both free and paid, easily found via search engine (‘expired domains’, ‘expired domain lists’). Expired domains are just what their name suggests – domains that have been previously registered and had since been dropped. The advantages and disadvantages of buying expired domain are the same – you inherit all the history, which could be free type-in traffic and existing backlinks, but it also could be ban from search engines for violations.

4. USPTO.Gov

If you need domain name for commercial purposes, it might be worthwhile to see if related trademarks have already been registered. Uncle Sam gives you antiquated but free online service for that. You can also file for trademark registration online, but brief visit to the site will make it clear why most companies rely on patent lawyers for that.

5. Google Translator

DuraLabs may sound cool, but ‘dura’ means ‘fool’ in a number of Slavic laungages. And if Kurva Technologies opens its office in Poland, expect riots in the street. While fear of ‘what it may mean in other languages’ may be overblown somewhat, it never hurts to check. You can also use Google Translator backwards. Some words, like ‘smart’ are overused in domain names. How about ‘cliste’, which is 'smart' in Irish. What about Swahili? Give it a try.

6. Rhymer Naming Tool

While, as the name suggests, obvously has been created for a different reason, they do have a really cool naming tool that comes in handy. In basically adds different endings to a word you enter. For instance, you enter 'cat' and you get 'CatAdze', 'CatAsked' and 'CatAuled' (+ 8000 other suggestions). Thi tool is cool for creating meaningless 2.0-ish domain names.


This is an automatic suggestion tool with a unique twist. If suggests domains based on a domain name you already liked. For instance, if you liked Bytex.Com, RD will offer you,, and a few others.

Happy (domain) naming!


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