I have found a couple helpful Domain Name Search Engines.
What I look for is a system that will let me key in keywords and it will find Available Domain Names with those keywords. Two such Domain Name Search Engines I found do a good job of giving results, even if the results are not exactly what I am looking for sometimes they can help me see some combinations I would not have thought of.
NameDroppers.com and DomainsBot.com are very similar and both are worth a try.
Just type in some keywords and let them show you Registered and Available Domain Names.
If nothing else, a Domain Name Search Engine can be a lot of fun to see what type of names people have chosen. Trust me, if you think a name is too bizarre, it is probably already taken.
Over at GarryConn.com there has been a flood of comments on his post about Domain Names. It is very interesting to see how others regard buying domain names. While most of us are not rich, buying Domain Names is one of the easiest and cheapest investments you can make online. For less than $10 you can register a Domain Name for a year. If you break that down it comes to less than 3 cents a day!
I have gone through waves when it comes to buying Domain Names. At times I have gotten on a binge and purchased several at a time. But the best practice I have found is to have a plan. Each month I take $10 to $50 of my online income and reinvest it in Domain Names. I also try to launch 1 new site each month with one of these names. I no longer worry about Domain Names I have purchased but not activated. The worst case scenario is I wasted $10 over a year.
If I purchase 24 domain names in a year at $10 each I have only invested $240. So all I need to double my money is to earn $460 over a year on just one of them.
Do you have a plan?
While the function of registering a Domain Name has not changed much over the last 13 years, the cost has certainly changed. Back in 1994 there were very few place to register your domain and the cost was high. I have used several Registrars over the years, including Network Solutions, NameSecure, Register.com, GoDaddy and my current favorite NameCheap.
Here is what I look for in a Domain Registrar.
- Cost – No reason to pay more than $9.95
- Interface – Should include a keyword search.
- TLD’s (extensions) – I typically stick with the 2 majors, .com and .net, but I like the option for the others.
- WhoisGuard – The ability to put WhoisGuard and hide personal information on the Whois. (currently included at NameCheap)
- Push Domain – I like the ability to Push a Domain to another user. When you sell a domain this can save a lot of time and frustration.
- Default Nameservers – Since I use a multi host system, setting the Nameservers to my server saves me a lot of time.