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What do you do when you start a new web project and need a new site name? I know I use a service like GoDaddy or Register.com to do a domain name search to find available domains. Now, close to 2 decades after the Internet gained popularity, all the decent domain names have been taken.

Luckily, I have a resource for you that can conduct a domain name search for those which were recently released or deleted. People forget to renew domains or companies go out of business. With JustDropped, we can which domains have become available in the last day, week or even hour.

The site is very easy to use but it does require registration. But as always, you can check out BugMeNot for a user name and password. If you will be using this service constantly, I suggest registering for your own set of credentials.

Once you are logged in, you will see this on your screen:

As you can see, the search engine has lots of available options. I started with filling in the “Domain should contain” field and put in a word I wanted in my domain name. Then, I chose the check box that says “contains only words”. Next, I made the maximum length 15 characters and then I clicked on the Domain Availability drop-down list.

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I like to use Deleted so that I can see what I can buy right now. Choose your extensions that you want to search for, I strictly use .com. So my options looked like this:

Finally, hit the Show The Domains! button at the bottom and you will see the results from the domain name search on screen, like so:

It pulled up a list with more than 2000 items, and that is the maximum number of results displayed. But what I like to do is create a search and then have JustDropped email me a text file with all the names. I can then go through them in Excel. To do this, all you have to do is click this button at the bottom of your results page:

That emails me a list that looks something like this:

To me, this is an invaluable domain name search tool. They even offer some more paid services besides domain searching. But we won’t go into that here. Do you have a free tool you use to help you find domain names? If you do we would love to hear about it in the comments!

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  1. Sushant @ techooze
    January 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Using bugmenot is a good idea.

  2. Mike
    August 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I used to use recentlydropped.com but that other site looks cool too. SnapNames.com for backordering but if I can help not paying too much - recentlydropped.com for completely expired domains...

  3. Tim
    July 10, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Bugmenot looks cool! I may try it out.

    I usually use a webmail address set aside for signing up for sites I don't know/trust so spam goes there instead of my own address. If I like the site/service, I can usually change the address if I want.

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