Category Archives: Domains

Killer Domains: A Guide to Finding a Great Domain

Daniel Scocco of DailyBlogTips.com recently authored an ebook called Killer Domains. I read it recently, and it was pretty good. It teaches you what goes into a good domain name, then walks you through brainstorming domain ideas. Also included are lists of prefixes and suffixes to try tacking on to a keyword, in an effort to get a short and memorable domain, and a collection of resources that come in handy when researching and registering domains.

As the ebook states, all of the three and four-letter domains have already been registered, and the five-letter ones are being taken pretty fast. (Lucky for me, I managed to get a good 5-letter domain…) While it may be tempting to run out and register a short domain like qqzkr.com, don’t do it. Find a domain that fits Daniel’s “7 Characteristics Of Good Domain Names.” Get a short, brandable domain that people won’t have trouble remembering or spelling.

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Want a Short Domain? Misspell it

Digg, Flickr, Google. What so they have in common? They’re all misspelled. Digg obviously comes from “dig” and Flickr is obviously just “flicker” without the e. Then we have the story of Google. As the legend goes, Larry Page and Sergey Brin were going…

AJAX Whois

I recently stumbled across AJAX Whois, which may have become my new favorite way to find domains and check WhoIs info. It’s fast, and it’s easy to use. I’m serious when I say AJAX Whois is fast. Start typing in the form, and the…

Beware of Domain Scams

Every time one of my domains is up for renewal, I get sent, through “snail mail,” an official-looking “Domain Expiration Notice” from one of several companies I’ve never heard of. The notice looks very much like a bill, in an attempt to persuade people…

Who Needs More Generic TLDs? This is a Better Idea

If I understand this article correctly, ICANN is planning on allowing organizations to apply to create and manage new TLDs. If so, then that’s an interesting idea. Imagine having a domain with a .blog or .tech extension, or .bowling or .design. Instead of worrying…

Poll Results: What Type of Domain Do You Have?

Last month, I asked what type of domain you have. Only twelve people voted, which seems rather small compared to some previous polls. Thinking about this, I realized a bit of a problem with the polling service I’ve been using: RSS readers generally don’t…

Quick Tip: Domain Auto-Renewal

Your domain name is the most valuable part of your website, aside from the content. Do not lose it. Today’s Quick Tip is set your domain to auto-renew. Most registrars will, if you choose, renew your domain automatically before it expires. 1and1, the company…

Poll: What type of domain do you have?

Your domains are arguably the most important part of your website. Without domains, well, let’s just say that search engines would be even more essential then they already are (you’d have to type IP addresses otherwise). What type of domain do you have? Do…

Tabeze – The AJAX Domain Availability Checker

Looking for a domain? It sure can get frustrating when you enter 375 different ideas into a WhoIs service, only to find that they’re all registered. While Tabeze can’t help you come-up with more ideas, it can help you check their availability easier. Tabeze…

Use Your Domain as Your OpenID

Well, it looks like OpenID may be catching on. (I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing, though.) Now, wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your website’s domain as your OpenID URL? It’s easy to do. I’ll use my ID as…

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