Because there are already millions of blogs and websites on the Internet, each with its own unique domain name, it may be difficult for you to find available domain names of your liking. In this tutorial, I’ll share with you 2 free online tools that will help you find a domain name for your blog or a website.
Just to refresh your memory, for a self hosted blog you have to choose a domain name and you have to register it (this is done automatically when you purchase your domain name at a registrar).
Few helpful suggestions
- The domain name must be unique.
- You cannot choose a domain name that is already taken.
- Preferably get the .com extension.
- If the domain name of your choice is not available add a short descriptive word at the end.
I recommend that you find a domain name name that is short, has a .com extension, one that “speaks to you” and one that will be memorable.
For example, the domain name of my blog is bloggingspree.com. and the name is of my blog Blogging Spree. The sub-headline on the header explains what my whole site is about: it is a “One Stop Shop For All Your Blogging Needs. “bloggingspree.com”, is relatively short, it is to the point and it is pretty memorable.
There are a number of free tools available online that will help you find available domain names. Two of them are my favorite. In today’s How to Start a Blog tutorial, I will share them with and show you how to use them..
Online Tools To Help You Find Available Domain Names
Because I prefer .com extensions for my domains I usually go with the first tool. When I find a domain name I am looking for, I go to my preferred domain registrar (affiliate link) and purchase the domain name there.
1. Lean Domain Search For Available Domain Names (.com)
This free service offers all available domain names with the .com extension. The reason I like this tool is because it offers you hundreds of other possibilities if your choice is taken. Check out Lean Domain Search here…
Image 1. Lean Domain Search
- Enter your desired domain name in the search field and click search. The tool will advise you if your choice is among the available domain names and at the same time provide you with many other possibilities. It will offer you variations which will contain the domain name you searched for.
- On the left-hand side you can select the domain names in alphabetical order, length, with the search term at the beginning or the end and more.
- When you find what you are looking for, head over to the domain registrar of your choice and register your domain.
Interestingly, because you are given such a variety of choices, when the exact domain name is not available, your brain will begin to think of other possibilities that may not be listed there. When you come up with it, enter it in the search box and the domain search tool will let you know if the domain is available.
Sometimes you may not find a domain name that you are set on getting. But if you don’t mind having another extension, such as .net or .biz., then you may want to search if domains with those extensions are available. For this search use the free domain search tool, Domains Bot.
2. Domains Bot Search For Available Domain Names
DomainsBot is very simple to use, but it is limited with respect to providing you with domain name choices.
- It allows you to choose the extension you want (.com, .biz, .net and so on).
- It lets you know if the domain name is available.
- The tool gives you a choice of domain names extensions
- It provides you with a limited list of related domain names
- It offers you a list of related domain names for sale
Step 1. Input the domain name you like in the search bar
Image 2. Searching For Available Domain Names In DomainsBot
Step 2. Analyze results of your domain search
Image 3. Results of Domain Name Search
In this example I searched for a domain name “domainnamedemo”. I wanted to get .com. It was not available.
As you can see, the search offered me a number of available extension options. I decided to modify the name slightly and search some more.
Step 3. Results of search for a modified domain name.
Image 4. Modified Domain Name Results
I added “s” at the end of the domain name I was interested in and with this modification my desired domain name was available. Instead of the of the original domain name: “domainnamedemo.com” I got the second best, “domainnamedemos.com”.
Often, when you are absolutely determined to use a certain name and if .com extension is not available, you can use .net, .biz or .org when you are creating blogs for a long term. They seem to hold more value than other extensions.
Purchasing / Registering A Domain Name
Once you find a domain name that is available (Congrats!), you have to register it. In other words, you have to buy it and the company where you purchase it will register it. Registration of a domain name is required as it ensures that you are the rightful owner of the domain name.
You can purchase your domain name at your web host or you can purchase it at another, independent registrar.
Note: Most serious internet marketers believe that it is safer to register a domain name with one company and have hosting through another company. I also believe that. There are many domain registrars online. As I mentioned before, I use Netfirms to register my domain names. It is one of the least expensive registrars for .com extensions, with a price range from $7.95 to $9.95 per year.
Alright, now you are an expert on finding available domain names. So, go ahead and find one. If you are thinking of registering your “find” at a different registrar than your web host (highly recommended!), head over to the next tutorial.
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