Find a great domain name for your website or business…or both

You’re ready to take your company online and, dang!…the website name you wanted is already being used. What to do? How do you name your website? How do you name your company? How do you get that perfect domain name?

For starters, take a look at other successful company names and memorable websites.  You can use their strategies for your own company.

Strategies for naming companies and websites

The Non-Sequitur

Many of the most well-known companies have names that are totally unrelated to their business. Give it try yourself. Make it a familiar word or the name of a familiar character from history, legend or literature.

Alibaba.com
Amazon.com
Apple
D’artagnan
Gutenberg.org
Hulu.com
Monster.com
Pogo.com
Sprint
Starbucks
Target

The Neologism

Invent an entirely new, unrelated word

ebay
etsy
Google
kiva.org
Mozilla
Orkut
Veoh
Urbo
Zedo

Double Up

Try a straightforward two-word description of your company or your website.

Findlaw.com
FoodNetwork
Office Depot
Pizza Hut
RapidShare.com
Whole Foods

Fancy Double Up

Or get a bit fancier. Stitch two words together because they sound cool, tell a bit of a story, or both. Colors are popular, as are take-offs of well-known names like YouTube.

AllPosters.com
BlueTube
Craigslist
deviantart.com
doubleclick
Facebook
godaddy
PayPal
QuickTime
Skyrock.com
WebMD.com
YouTube

Trendsetter

Lock in a trendy word or phrase. When a new buzzword comes along, someone’s going to be the first one to register it as a domain name. Why not you?

BlackLivesMatter
DumpsterFire
longtail.com
woot.com

Re-Spelling Bee

Respell a familiar word or phrase. Go ahead…teacher’s not here now.

Carz
Houzz
kidz.com
phreak
reddit
topix.net

Suffixipedia

Add a common ending to word, or just to a word root. It can be a single letter or a longer suffix.

activia.com
colorzilla.com
distractify
dogster.com
gamepedia
musicovery.com
rentometer.com
Wikipedia

Prefix It

Add a common beginning…
A single letter…

ehow
eloan.com
emedicine
ename.com
iheart
Ucomics.com
ugallery.com
wunderground

Or something a bit longer…

cybersafe.com
epicurious
metacafe.com
miniclip.com
neopets.com
techradar

Chop and Add

Replace part of a word with a common beginning

ezine
imation
imaginarium.org
trulia

One Letter Roulette

Add, Change or Drop one letter from a familiar word

cnet
digg.com
epinions.com
Flickr.com
Globo.com
itanium.com
Zillow

License Plate Style

Use numbers to diversify your name

1800Flowers
1up.com
411.com
4shared.com
health911.com
Hi5.com
integr8.com
w3schools.com

Keep It Short

Use initials of an easy to remember phrase.

byob.com bring your own bottle
fsbo.com for sale by owner
imdb internet movie database
wayn.com where are you now

Or Make It Long

Go with an easy to remember phrase.

DoItYourself.com
HeartAndSoul.com
HowStuffWorks.com
TheFlyOnTheWall.com
WhatTimeIsIt.com

Master of Your Domain

Play around with clever dots and domains

del.icio.us
last.fm
HiDef.tv
Patient.info

 

 

Good luck creating a great name for your business and your new website.