Some time ago I had the idea to create a second blog, a pure technology related blog. I am still owner of the domain but didn’t start to work on this blog as my personal blog here keeps me busy and I couldn’t get used to the idea to manage two blogs at once. But the idea is still not off the table and that is the reason why I still didn’t cancel the domain. At that time, I wanted to think out a good domain name, and I did put a little bit more efforts into it. researched and analyzed my ideas like crazy. Apart from my personal blog here, I had also other websites and domains in the past and when it comes to research of available domain names, I have a lot of ideas that can be very helpful and I want to show you some in this article.
Pen And Paper
If you want to write about a wide range of subjects as I do here on my blog, the name shouldn’t be too specific but if you search a domain name for a niche blog, you could nail it down and find terms that are very related to your niche. There are even other possible ways to think out names but in all cases I suggest you to start with a very common technique, it’s called brainstorming. Yes, I suggest you to start with pen and paper. Write down all terms that you like and that are related to your blog, to your project and ideas. I suggest you to go crazy and write as many words down as you can think of. The more the merrier and if you can come up with a huge list, it will be helpful, but if you can’t you will be able to expand it later on. I will give you some ideas how you can do this.
Domain Name Availability
Before we go into detail, we should know how to check out if a domain is still available and for sale. Most hosting providers offer tools on their sites that you can use to check if a domain name is still free. I suggest you to use domain check tools of big and very well-known companies as you can be sure that they don’t steal and register your thought out domain names. The company 1&1 is for example very reliable and offers a domain checker that you can use to check the availability of a domain. You can use the tool later when you wrote down several potential domain names and on this way you can find out if your ideas are already taken or not.
Fancy Word Combinations
Later, if you check out domain names it will happen that several of your ideas are already taken. There are of course many people who registered domains already and the chance to get a single word domain is very little unless you create your own fancy names as many internet startups did and still do it.
Find Alternative Words
The internet is so overpopulated that even many two-word domains are taken but yet we still shouldn’t worry about it. After brainstorming, you probably have already several terms that you like and if the combinations are already taken, I suggest you to search for synonyms. You can for example take any of your words from the list and put them in the search box of Thesaurus and you will get several similar words, so-called synonyms. There are many more sites and you can also ask Google things like “synonym for journal” if you want to find similar words to “journal”.
Play Some Scrabble
If you search for words that start with special letters, there is this site called Scrabble Finder. Type one letter or even letter combinations in the search field and you will get several suggestions of words that contain the letters. Alternatively you can just ask Google for “words that start with…” and Google will offer your several sites that have a database of words.
Get Keyword Ideas
Take your keywords and put them in the search box of Ubersuggest and you will find a dozen of new keyword ideas that might inspire you. This site is easy to use but if you want a little bit more complexity, you can also use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner. I can tell you this tool is fun and very inspiring because you can gather so much ideas there that your list of ideas will grow fast. By the way, this tool can also be used for article keyword research. I think it is a weapon in the arsenal of a webmaster.
More Inspirational Tools
There are all kind of keyword and domain research tools that can help you to get some great ideas and the magazine Mashable did put a nice list together too. I suggest you to try all the tools because it is not only fun to play with them, it will also expand your list of ideas. On this way you can find many alternative words, terms and combinations that otherwise maybe wouldn’t come into your mind.
When you wrote many ideas down, you just need to check if the domains are available and you can do that with the domain checker that I mentioned at the beginning. I tried many of the tools and do use some of them for article keyword research as well. So, this is not only how I found the domain name for my other technology blog, I use them also for writing inspiration and keyword research. I hope it will help you to get creative too. Have fun!