Top Tools for Domain Name Brainstorming

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It’s getting even harder to make of a good short relevant domain name. Hence the web-based tools allowing you to find one are numerous. This time I will review mostly the ones that check the domain name availability dynamically and also provide you with some tips to advance your search.

Dynamic domain name availability checkers are the best choice for 2 reasons:

  • they are fast and fun to use;
  • they might save your newly found domain from being stolen from you (as their is no record of your searches).


PsychicWhois – covers a wide variety of TLDs (.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .us) and provides a lot of alternative domain name suggestions based on your previous searches and related terms.

PsychicWhois - domain search

Domize – shows information on domain names availability one-character shorter than the one specified (covers 3 TLDs: .com, .net, .org).

Domize - domain search

BustAName – gives the widest range of available options: it mixes the given keywords, gives synonyms for each one, adds prefixes and suffixes, shows both singular and plural versions, drops last vowel, checks for both hyphen- and non-hyphen versions. The tool dynamically checks for 3 top level domains: .com, .net and .org.




Suggest Name is not a dynamic one but it is surely worth mentioning for providing and interesting tool for generating huge keyword-based domain name list: it has a fairly large database of available prefixes and suffixes that are sorted out in the following categories:
  • tech-related;
  • web 2.0;
  • colors;
  • places; etc.
Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • @Ann: Superb Job again, just was missing this important blog in your profile, I learned lots of Real SEO Things from your blogs and you truly deserved for all the SEO Queries and superb seo overview in your blogs.

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  • James Grey

    Bustaname is a great tool. Also, the image for it in this post is not loading, just fyi.

  • Peter

    I used Domize to create a useful domain name. It’s very helpful!

  • Great list – you should also check out MakeWords.com

  • WD

    Though they may have the worse domain management system around, I really like the domain suggestion tool at Yahoo. I use it for most of my brainstorming on domains (then register elsewhere). Occasionally though, they will show something as available that is not.

  • I’m using pickydomains.com right now to try and get a domain. It’s like CrowdSpring or 99designs, but for domain names. It’s a pay model that uses crowd-sourcing to get the masses to suggest names. Then you pick one you like and the suggester gets paid for it.

  • what about nameboy.com ?

  • Domainsbot.com is the shiznit.

  • Charlie

    Hi Ann

    Great blog!

    Iam relatively new to pursuing Domaining, and could relate to your recent blog with your panel of experts offering their opinions.

    I have domain names (no sites) parked at GoDaddy.com and the revenues are okay. However, I would like to Park them elsewhere perhaps this may, or may not lead to a higher monthly revenues.

    * Could you please tell me what would be considered the top 3 reputable companies to park domain names with?

    I was also interested in creating my own one page websites for some of my domain names, so that I can optimize them and create the most monthly revenue from them.
    * Since I have a limited budget, could you advise me as to which company, or software, is the easiest, quickest way to create such a one page site?
    * Also, the best company to “Optimize” with?
    * And, where could I find the “Content” to fill this one page website?

    Thank you so very much on any guidance you can provide!

  • @Charlie : unfortunately I don’t have much experience with parking a domain name. I too usually use GoDaddy.com. As for the rest of your questions, you won’t be surprised to hear that I recommend not to use any software for that. You might be interested in this and other posts from this blog on developing a domain name.

  • I am always looking for new domains so these tools are going to be fantastic!

  • Great set of tools. Have used PsychicWhois in the past but will definitely try out the other 2.

    Unfortunately, these tools (and most others I’ve come across) don’t support .ca domains. Most of our clients are in Canada and a .ca domain is often the preferred choice.

  • Hi Ann,
    I’m creating a new fitness product, and your post has been very helpful.
    Thanks,
    Coop

  • Psychic Whois is my favorite – it’s kind of addicting, lol! Thanks for the resources 🙂

  • Hello,
    take look at our new domain suggestion tool

    http://www.displaydetails.com/pages/suggestions

    Best regards,
    Vanja Djuric

  • Like the psychic one, works very well and is useful.

  • Before reading this, i only know about domainsbot.com. thanks for sharing.

  • have many domain name for sale,whats a good site to sale them fast?

  • Ann,

    This is a great topic! I’d definitely recommend DomainWhiz.net(http://www.domainwhiz.net), really a great tool for domain name brainstorming.

    Jason