There’s several tools that you can use to generate a unique domain name for an niche site idea. These tools should make your life easier as there’s not many available domain names out there that are 4 words or less, that haven’t already been registered by someone.
Domain name generator
Anytime that I want to spin up a website for an idea, the first step is to create a domain for my niche site. I first try and see if I can use a domain name generator such as instant domain search. With instant domain search, you can type in different words, and it will look for the dot com domain and see if it’s available. It will also put the words together and try to find relevant domains with all the words entered.
Tools like this make it very simple for you to come up with a unique name, and see if it’s available in a matter of seconds.
Find available domain names with keywords
After you’ve done your keyword research, and make your keywords in mind for a domain. You should head over to NameMesh, one of the best domain name generators out there. Just like with the example given of instant domain search, NameMesh gets all the keywords you entered, and looks for a domain name. However one thing that sets NameMesh apart is that they also have different options you can choose that will make your domain names unique.
Some of these options are things such as making them short by removing letters but still making the domain name make sense, another is by pulling in words that are similar, based on a thesaurus search. Here’s some of the cool stuff that NameMesh lets you do;
- Short – Creates short domain names by overlapping the name with a TLD. One example of this is if you are looking for the domain “focus”, it would make your full domain be “foc.us”, .us being the extension of the domain instead of a .com.
- Extra – Check domains using other TLD extensions, such as .net, .org, .io, etc…
- Similar – Using a thesaurus search, they interchange your words for other words that mean the same thing.
Finding out who owns a domain that is already taken
If you are notice that a domain that you want is already taken, you can reach out to the owner and see if they are willing to sell it. The company that regulates domain name registration requires that domain registrars keep contact records for owners of domain names. These records are called WHOIS records, and can be accessed from the main WHOIS website here. These contact records are made public, so you can see who exactly owns a domain name.
Other times however, the owner of a domain might not want their information publicly visible, so they hire a company to act as a firewall between the public, and the real owner of the domain, so if you search for a domain owners record, you might find information for a third party company.
The contact information listed on the WHOIS record for any domain name, can be used to contact the owner. If a privacy company email is listed in the WHOIS record, you can email that email address, and they will automatically forward the message to the owner of the domain.
Beware with domains owners asking anything over $500 for a domain name
If a website owner wants to sell you a domain name for anything over $500, be real weary that you will probably be getting screwed over this deal. The reason we say this is because usually, most domains don’t usually have a large number of traffic, so they are basically worthless. However, some domain owners that are sitting on their domains, put ridiculous prices in the hopes that some big corporation has a need for their domain, and spends a hefty sum buying it.
If a domain you want to buy is being sold for thousands of dollars, please do your due diligence and request to see how much traffic the domain is getting per month, this should help you gauge better the value of the domain. We recommend that you run the domain through a domain valuator service such as Free Valuator, to get a better idea of how much the domain is really worth.