February 11, 2009
Coming up with a new domain name is usually quite difficult, and most all bloggers have gone through that struggle at least once in their lives. You’ve got to come up with something catchy, memorable, and preferably short. It obviously should be relevant to your site’s topic and contain a good keyword or two. Your domain name should reflect your site perfectly and always have the capabilities of being very marketable and doing well in the search engines. So with all of these aspects in consideration, and also knowing that once you make up your mind you cannot change it, figuring out a domain name is a stressful task.
Luckily, there are some free handy tools to help you along this tough path. Whether you’re struggling to come up with good keywords to begin with or you already have an idea but would like some variations or want to know what else is available, these domain generators are tremendously helpful. I hope that this list compiled here will help you in your journey. And, as always, if you need any advice or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and ask.
1.) NameBoy – This is a helpful generator which allows you to enter keywords and ideas and comes up with a unique and intelligent combination for your domain name. It also has a couple checkboxes such as allowing hyphens or rhyming. When it gives you your results it shows the possible extensions that the domain is available in.
2.) Domain Name Generator – This is a very intelligent tool which comes up with great name creations based on the criteria your provide. It is very detailed and offers options for languages, prefixes and suffixes, character length, and more. Highly recommended.
3.) Whoix? – The Whoix? Domain Name Wizard is great if you already have an idea of what you’d like to call your site, but you need plenty more suggestions and variations. It’s simple: all you do is enter in a domain name and extension you would like, and Whoix? offers you other ideas. Quick, easy, but immensely valuable.
4.) NameDroppers – With this, you can quickly search for, create, and register your domains if you’d like. There are a lot of options you can select through, including keyword order, character length, excluding numbers and certain keys, what extensions you’d like and which ones you don’t, and more. There’s even the ability to choose whether you’d like to view only nonexistent domains, already registered ones, or both.
5.) Domain Name Generator – This one is extremely simple to use. You only have to fill in one box, which is your relevant word or phrase, and it offers you possible domain names and alternatives. On top of that, this site also has some other great tools, so check them out as well!
6.) SnapItNow – This neat domain generator has nine options, including ones for keywords, categories, hyphens, flip-flopping your keywords, hiding taken domains, choosing certain extensions, etc. There’s not much involved so it makes your job a whole lot easier.
7.) Name Generator – And last but not least, there’s the Web 2.0 Name Generator. This one is different from all the others but it still has something to offer. Instead of coming up with domain alternatives, this one randomly gives you unique names that you can use to title your own site or blog. Upon clicking the “Generate Name!” button it offers you a new choice, so you can go through them until you find one you love – and then when you do, you can click another button to check its availability. And so you don’t lose any names, it neatly lists all your previously viewed ones in the sidebar. Try it out!