Time and again you’ll hear someone moan that all the good domains are taken. Happily, that’s just not true.
Now, it’s true that all the one-word domains are gone along with many of the good, but by no means all, two-word domains. But the fact is, with a little bit of smart thinking on your part you can still get a catchy domain for your startup or business.
Note: Domains mentioned in this post as being available were free at the time of writing. They may be gone by now.
The Qualities of a Great Domain Name
It’s got to be memorable, easy to spell – and, of course, be available.
And that’s the rub with domains – you think of a fabulous name that’s just perfect for what you’re trying to do, only to find it’s taken.
So we need to get creative.
Let’s say you’re starting an internet marketing business. The obvious choice would be internetmarketing.com. But sorry, that was taken a long, long time ago.
How about internetmarketingbusiness.com? Also taken.
A lot of people would give up at this point but I’m going to show you how there are 24 alternative domain names which are still available for registration that could be used for a business like this.
What about if we combine the core business with another word?
Hooray! Now we find sparklinginternetmarketing.com is free (along with the .net, .org, and many other extensions). Other prefix words generating available domains include quick, fab, fabulous, memorable and torpedo (would make a great logo…).
Don’t forget to try a word on the end. These suffixes to internetmarketing are still available: fame, strike and winner. Personally, I don’t like these as much as the previous three but at least they’re open for registration.
Use a Different Word to Describe Your Business
Let’s carry on with this example but use web in place of internet – just a different word that means the same thing.
Now we have the choices of:
useful / imaginative / ingenious / inspiredwebmarketing.com (I like that one!)
Yowzer! We’re on a roll (are the trendy kids still saying yowzer?)
It doesn’t matter if you’re not in the marketing business. Most types of service have two or more ways they can be described.
You can also try words and phrases that describe the outcome of what you do for clients. Like:
or make up a new word altogether, like
Use Alternatives to the .com Extension
The dotcom is the most well-known domain extension there is, but if you’re targeting a specific country you also have the choice of local top level extensions like .co.uk, .ca, .com.au, .fr, etc..
On top of that, there are the newer but still useful .me, .tv, .us and .co domains. I’d suggest steering clear of .co because many people will automatically type .co as .com and end up at a different site to yours. Also, .co registration renewals are around twice the price of a .com or a .me domain.
By using these other extensions we’ve given our example business a few more choices:
internetmarketingbusiness.me / .us / .tv
greatinternetmarketing .me .us .net
Hopefully, I’ve got your mind ticking over with ideas. With a little bit of creative thought you can still get a good domain name for your business.
Most big name registrars have search options to allow you to simultaneously search the same phrase on multiple extensions. Personally, I prefer GoDaddy – they also tend to have the lowest prices.