Ten Tools for Picking the Right Domain Name

The right domain name can make a big difference to the success or otherwise of your online enterprise, and it’s important to get the name right. The wrong name could be one your customers can’t remember, one that is irrelevant to your business, or that creates the wrong impression. Fortunately there are many tools available to help you select the perfect domain name, and here are just a few:

1. Nameboy (http://www.nameboy.com/)

Nameboy is name generating tool that can help you decide on an ideal domain name. Enter a primary and secondary word describing the topic of your site, and Nameboy presents a number of suggestions. For example, enter food as primary and vegetarian as secondary and a list of dozens of suggestions is displayed, along with their availability with .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .tv all visible at a glance.

2. Name Station (http://www.namestation.com/)

Namestation is another domain name generator. Enter a single keyword to display a list of all the possible domain names, and their availability. The list of extensions you can search is extensive, even including .mobi, .asia, .cn, and many more. There is also an unusual search feature for domain names in more than a dozen languages other than English.

3. Domain Tools (http://www.domaintools.com/)

Domain Tools is a simple and neat website that lets you search for available names, lookup “Whois” information, check out sales and auctions of domain names and more. The site includes tools to check DNS information, domain history, and so on. The site also has a Suggestions search to help you identify similar domain names.

4. DomainsBot (http://www.domainsbot.com/)

DomainsBot is a simple and quick domain search engine, but its Advanced search feature lets you conduct more complex searches or filter your searches to eliminate results with particular features.

5. Domainr (http://domai.nr/)

Domainr fills a gap for users who find the domain name they want is already taken with popular extensions such as .com, .net and .org, since it explores all the extensions (top level domains, or TLDs) available, as well as the common ones. Sometimes an unusual extension can make your site’s name stand out from the crowd. Simply enter the domain name (without extension), and the search engine returns a list of possibilities. A green dot shows the domain is available.

6. Dot-o-Mater (http://www.dotomator.com/)

This tool suggests domain names from keywords you enter. You can enter a beginning and ending word and then click Combine and Check Availability to view the possibilities. You can also select from menus of beginning and ending categories and then select from the lists displayed. This tool is great for brainstorming sessions to generate lots of ideas, and there is even a feature that generates Web 2.0 names.

7. Domize (https://domize.com/)

This site is a search engine for quickly finding the availability of domains. Simply start typing in the search engine box and results start to be displayed below. Unusual features of Domize include a widget for your website to allow visitors to search for domain names, and an application for iPhone in case inspiration strikes while you’re away from the computer.

8. BustAName (http://www.bustaname.com/)

This web tool uses linguistic information to help you search domains, and it also allows you to save and organize your search results by quality, length and so on. Enter the domain name you’re interested in into the Quick Domain Check box, or type a few words into the search box, click on the extensions you want to check and then click Add to display a list of available domain names based on the combination of words. The tool is easy to use, but if you have trouble, there is a video tutorial to help you get the best out of its use.

9. StuckDomains (http://www.stuckdomains.com)

StuckDomains specializes in helping you find expired domain names that have not been renewed. The extensions searched are .com, .net and .org, and finding a name with these common, but now hard to get, extensions can make your business look more established than it would with an extension such as .tv or .info, for example. The search engine is simple to use.

10. Dnscoop (http://www.dnscoop.com/)

Dnscoop is useful if you are buying an existing “for sale” domain name or want to make an offer for a domain someone else owns. The tool analyzes a domain’s site traffic, backlinks, and other factors to come up with an estimate of the domain’s value.

There are many other tools available to help you choose the right domain name for your business, but these ten tools should help you on your way.