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There Are No Domains Left For Me

I’ve got a new idea for a website. For the past several weeks I’ve been scribbling pages of notes on site goals, value proposition, and all the things that I want to make it worthwhile, link worthy and fun for visitors. I have keywords, themes, purpose and plans, but no name for it.

After running through several days worth of names with keywords in it, and finding all the possible domains taken, I spent time finding words from other languages that might represent the site in a creative way. Every name I tried was not available for my new domain name.

Now I know why so many new sites have weird names, with one or two syllables and no obvious meaning unless you read the “About Our Name” page to find out. I went to the Urban Dictionary to try and make up words myself.

All of my made up word combinations were not available for purchase.

My son likes to make up words, and he had one the other day that seemed fun. I ran a domain search on it and yep. His made up word is not available for me to use.

The one word I liked the best is trademarked. Before I had even checked, my husband had shot out the perfect slogan for it. This is so frustrating.

How odd this is. For years I was razzed for “Cre8pc” not being a keyword logical domain. It was chosen in 1996, before keywords in domains became a golden rule.

Now I get to be different with permission and an excuse for class that says “But there wasn’t anything left.”


  1. February 28, 2007    

    Yes, I know what you mean – a while ago I calved a tumour off the side of an unrelated site and gave it its own domain name – but could *not* find a decent one, as its a pretty busy niche.
    I ended up with something like wid-get-guide.net (Yuck!)
    (and the worst part is that very shortly afterwards ewidget.com became available – and I had already done my 301s and new link building effort :( )

    You could always make an offer to buy one of the nice names that are taken! :)

  2. February 28, 2007    

    I hear you Kim. I have 2 projects right now and so far have been able to find zip domain wise.

  3. February 28, 2007    

    I know what you mean Kim. I have had this frustration many times in the last few years, although sometimes you get rewarded with a really good name after a long search.

    What frustrates me the most is coming across hundreds of identical looking search websites (run by consumer.net and friends) on every second decent name. Surely this is illegal at some level?

    Anyway… maybe a fresh pair of eyes can help. My wife is also a linguist, fluent in a number of languages, and between us we have often made some happy discoveries.

    If you would like me to have a look (complimentary of course) and maybe give a few fresh ideas then don’t hesitate to contact me, confidentiality ensured.

    greg at fusability dot com.

    Why? Because I have often used your websites and benefited from them, so I would love to give something back.

  4. March 1, 2007    

    I always have the same problem, finding word in other languages is also a good idea, try to ask someone around you who speaks Japanese to translate the word(s) for you, I’m sure it will sound good.

  5. March 1, 2007    

    why didn’t you buy trademarked domain?

  6. March 1, 2007    

    What a comfort to know I’m not the only one! Greg, I love your new blog. If I don’t come to you for ideas, I can most certainly be counted on to be a new reader of your blog. Thank you for this Creating Usable Domain Names piece. Timely! :)

    Interestingly, “fuse” was one of the words I was experimenting with.

  7. March 2, 2007    

    Really? I bet your fuse is getting short then…

    Thanks for your kind words about my new Blog. I figured it was finally time to start a real one.

  8. March 5, 2007    

    Hi Kim

    I use this tool http://www.pcnames.com/ – its fast and has helped me secure domain names that have still not been taken. Hoping it might be of some benefit to you (oh and I have no affiliation with the site).


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