Finding Great Domain Names

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

When it comes to domain names, a lot of experienced Internet users will tell you – all the good ones are taken. And while that’s not entirely true, it’s very likely that in most cases, you may not be able to get your first choice – or your second!

Many individuals or small business owners who are new to the process of registering a domain name aren’t sure where to begin. You can check availability of domains at thousands of sites, but if you suspect that your first choice won’t be available, it’s best to use an availability tool with an alternate domain suggestion feature, such as the one found at domains.yahoo.com.

The suggestion feature at domains.yahoo.com uses variations of a domain name, including plural form, synonyms, alternate domain extensions like .net and .org, and common word associations to suggest relevant domain names that are available.

The Yahoo! domain name lookup is also recommended because lesser known registrars have been found to sometimes sell query information to spammers and data miners, who would then use the information to register the domain if the searcher waited. If they decided to get it later, they would have to purchase through the new owner at a much higher price.

Additionally, Yahoo! and other respected registrars such as 1&1, GoDaddy, and Register.com, offer a secure payment process that protects your payment information.

When you find an available name that suits your needs, be sure to register it through one of the popular domain providers. I recommend Yahoo Domains, because a Yahoo domain name comes with 24/7 customer support, and a variety of features.

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