Getting The Domain Name You Want

January 20, 2012 by  Filed under: Domain 

Choosing the right domain name is one of the most important things you can do to insure your success on the internet. But sometimes you just can’t get the exact domain name that you want. Early in internet history, forward thinking individuals saw the potential in the domain name market and bought up huge blocks of domain names to resell later at a profit. Some of those names have sold for thousands of dollars! However, with all the alternatives available today you’re sure to find the right combination to make your domain memorable and recognizable.

As of 2006 there were 50 million .com domains registered. 100% of 2 and 3 letter combinations were taken as well as 80% of 4 letter but only 8% of 5 letter combinations. This bodes well for your domain name if you would like to name it after your business or the product or service you sell.

You can use alternative extensions like.net or.biz but if you are working out of Canada you really should go for the.ca extension. Creativity is the key to getting the name you really want. Let’s say that your business is called Jeff’s Bakery but jeffsbakery.ca is already taken. You can try jbakery, jeffbakes, jeffs-bakery, or another variation.

If all of those are taken you can always try using your logo or company slogan. Jeff’s Bakery might have the slogan “we bake the sun up” so you could go for bakewiththesunrise.ca, jeffbakeswiththesunrise.ca or even bakewithjeff.ca. Be creative but keep it as short and memorable as possible. You could try jeffscookies.ca, jeffscustomcakes.ca or even jeffstreats.ca.

You could also backorder your name. Backordering is like reserving a book at the library; when the patron is done with it-or if they fail to renew the domain-you’ll be first in line to claim that domain. Even if you are tenth in line, you’ll have a good chance of getting the domain name you want. Backordering is often successful because internet businesses fail, people lose interest in their domains, they no longer make that product or offer that particular service or maybe they just can’t afford a renewal fee. When they lose the domain, you’ll be ready to snap it up!

You can also check the domain auctions that operate like any other auction. You can see which names are available, choose the variations you would like to have and try to win the auction with a high bid.

If the exact domain name you want doesn’t appear to be available there are several ways you can get a domain name that is descriptive, recognizable and memorable. It just takes a little creativity and some patience.

Adam Dicker is one of the world’s top domainers in terms of both ownership and understanding of the domain space. Adam is also the owner of the most popular domain forum DNForum.com. To learn more about buying and selling domains visit www.dnforum.com and signup today.

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