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Do you spend a lot of time conducting a domain name search for your spanking new idea for a website? Or does the domain name come to you like a ‘Eureka’ moment in the shower? Either way, you are off to a good start.

Why is choosing a good domain name important?

Choosing a good domain name starts with memory and ends with search engine optimization; somewhere in between lies branding. Take your most favored sites – I bet most of them have easy-to-remember names. Most of them also can be easily typed into the address bar with less chances of a typo. Good domain names are also unique and descriptive. Great domain names, of course, become brands of their own.

So, how do you choose domain names?


When picking domain names, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is critically important. It is a detailed topic; let’s just say that a fitting domain name is the first green light for visitor traffic.

Let’s start by brainstorming on paper. But if your brain is not shifting gears, there are a host of domain name search websites that can help to crank it up. I am not suggesting that you rely on them, but domain name generators take your keywords and can come up with unique word combinations that you wouldn’t have thought about. A lot of them also allow you to lookup the names with the Domain Registrars to see if they are available.

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A single domain name search website can give you lots of word combinations to play around with. Let me give you a few more to keep you occupied till you get the right domain name.

  1. NXdom

    domain name search

    NXdom has indexed millions of DNS records of expired and unused domain names. You can search by prefix and suffix, and sort the results by length, readability, and popularity. The advanced options help you refine the results by giving you five more criteria to filter the results.

    Read more about it in our archives.

  2. Nameboy

    domain name search

    Nameboy is a popular domain name search tool that bases its results on a primary word and a secondary word. Nameboy says that its intelligent engine creates name variations from the sound and meaning of the keyword. The feature that I like is that it immediately color codes the results depending on the availability status of the domain name.

  3. Namestation

    domain name search

    Namestation comes with a slick interface. With just a few clicks you can enter your suggested keywords and combine them with prefixes and suffixes. Set a minimum and maximum word length and get your domain name results. The application also lets you combine keywords with hundreds of categorized wordlists for a search engine friendly domain name.

  4. 123finder.com

    domain lookup

    123finder gives you four variations of for domain name discovery. The applications are pretty self explanatory – Simple Domain Search, Advanced Domain Search, Instant Domain Search, and Keywords from URL. The Keywords from URL tool extracts registered and available domain names from a given URL.

  5. Domize

    domain lookup

    Domize has a Power Search feature which can search a large combination of terms by entering a comma-separated list of words, letters or numbers. As special functions, it can also list out synonyms or derivatives of a supplied word based on a misspelling. Other functions include listing out words that rhyme with the one you enter. In short, the Power Search feature set gives you many options to play around with a word and whatever can be derived from it.

  6. Domain Exposer

    domain lookup

    Fill in a keyword and mix it with other word lists to get a combo domain name. You can decide on starting string of characters and also on an ending one. Also, you can set the position of your keyword relative to the chosen group of common words.

  7. Wordoid

    domain search

    Wordoid has a unique way of generating name ideas. Firstly, it can make up words that sound natural, almost natural or hardly natural. Secondly, it can do that in five languages – English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. You can also optionally put your own word somewhere in the Wordoid and limit the unique name to a set number of characters.

  8. PCNames

    domain search

    PCNames is a site which is being updated again after a period of dormancy. It has an AJAX based search engine that displays search results as you type. But what are worth keeping an eye on are the domain tools that you can access from the Tools link at the bottom. As soon as the site gets updated, the tools can be quite handy.

  9. Domain Pigeon

    domain search

    Domain Pigeon is a name index which lists available domain and Twitter names which you can register if they are available. You can apply some sorting options like dates and popularity. Domain Pigeon lists only .com names.

    Read more about it in our archives.

  10. DomainTools

    domain search

    Though this site will help you less with a cool name, Domain Tools is a collection of useful tools and domain related search engines that will help you find information behind certain domain names. They have a Whois search that reveals records about the party who registered the domain, a Suggestions search to help you find similar domain names, and a Domain Search which shows you what TLDs of a domain name are available.

    Read more about it in our archives.

These ten picks are certainly not that’s all out there. They are just the proverbial tip of the domain name searching iceberg. A few more that we have covered before:

And do check out the one that came before this – 6 Domain Generators To Find That Killer Domain Name

Did these websites help you get around through the domain naming brainstorming sessions? Let us know if you got your cool “˜n hot domain name you wouldn’t have thought up with the pen and paper way.

Image credit: Thomas Hawk

  1. John
    April 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I was curious how much they cost and what the price range was to sell them. Today was my first day I every read about the topic. This was the last site I landed on so who better to ask than people that know the inside and outs.
    Any kind of feedback would be appreciated.
    Thx a bunch
    John

  2. tipsbyohm
    June 6, 2010 at 2:32 am

    cool tips friend.............

  3. dont click
    May 31, 2010 at 5:26 am

    dom!ze doesnt actually work. it does nothing. i entered lists of fake words and still shows nothing available or even show that it did anything. broken tool, imo

  4. Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Great information. But you overlooked one important tool - Google Adwords Suggestion Tool. If either of the tools could use Google Adwords API to show the CPC of the domain keyword. That will be great.

  5. tom
    May 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    what about soliddomain.com ?

  6. Sarg
    May 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    cool

  7. Alexandre
    April 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    very useful, thank you :)
    Wordoid is great !

  8. Alexandre
    April 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    very useful, thank you :)
    Wordoid is great !

  9. Saikat
    April 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    After publishing this post, I came across another good site called Name.com. It has Google keyword suggestions and IDN translations to further help out.

  10. Rebekah Paul
    April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Have you ever noticed that sometimes you'll search for a domain and within days it's registered if you don't grab it? I wonder if these sites expose searches to unscrupulous people.

    • Saikat
      April 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Who knows, but it could be possible. Also, if you discuss or ask for suggestions on discussion boards or internet communities, there's a chance that someone may hijack your domain name and your idea.

  11. Case Ernsting | Michigan Web D
    April 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Perfect post. It's so important to start off your site with a good domain name. Domain names aren't strictly a "sink or swim" element to success, but they are close.

  12. Haresh
    April 13, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Great!

    Without such sites/tools, it's really irritating to find a good domain name. GoDaddy, etc by themselves aren't enough!

  13. Aibek
    April 13, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Saikat,

    great article!

    • Saikat
      April 13, 2010 at 6:52 am

      Thanks, Aibek.

  14. Brett Burky
    April 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    This is quite a good list that you have going here. You have to include in the list the new Domain Samurai. That is by far one kick arse piece of software.

    • J.Mac
      April 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      I agree. It's only new software so it might have been overlooked. Or didn't exist when the article was written. But Domain Samurai is the most conspicuous omission.

      • Saikat
        April 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

        The focus was on online sites. But thanks for the valuable tip. Let's see if we can put together a stand alone writeup on it.

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