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4:16 pm on Sep 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am trying to find a good domain name. It doesn't have be be competitive, it doesn't have to be great. It just has to be neat. It doesn't even have to really mean anything, that's what branding is for. It seems like every domain name I try is taken. If not by squatters then by some poorly designed site that doesn't seem to be maintained.

So I made up a word, well three words, to create a long (13char) domain name that makes no sense. It doesn't even sound like a real word. It doesn't bother me that it has no real meaning, it does bother me a bit that it might be hard to remember because it is different and long.

So what does everyone think about long hard to remember domain names?

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It sounds like you are going to spend more on branding your domain, than if you had ponied up the money for a quality dictionary term. 13 characters for a made up phrase of 3 non-words greatly increases the potential for typos. If you plan on building a serious business around this domain, you better register the typos too.

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Just because people are more forward thinking than you does not make them squatters. Squatters sit on trademarked terms and you are a long way from trademark your term since you don't even have one yet.

You should plan to spend $2000 to buy yourself a good domain name. If you are not planning to spend any money on a good "location" for your new business, you are already planning to fail.

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>>>hard to remember domain names?

Short easy to remember names are better. Think about being evocative. Palm Trees are evocative of?
The word Mama is evocative of?
Homestyle is evocative of?
BigMan is evocative of?

You see where I'm getting at? Think of what idea or feeling you want your visitors to have about your site then work on the evocative words. Ask yourself, what is evocative of --------?

8:21 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Read this thread about finding a good domain:

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8:46 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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rsequin I am the quintessential garage inventor. I don't have $2000 to buy some HOT HOT HOT domain name. All I have is a neat idea and a desire to make some money off of it. I need to come up with a domain name that will cost the normal registration fee.

Everyones advice was great, thanks.

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$2000 doesn't buy a triple hot domain...at least not in my book.

Try to find something shorter. There are still many 4 letter domains available. If you're going to have a 13 letter domain that makes no sense you may do better with a 4 letter domain that makes no sense.

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So what does everyone think about long hard to remember domain names?

I think you would really regret this.

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mine is long... but easy to remember.. well its just 3 easy words..

But if you its hard to remember...?That might mean trouble/

1:04 am on Sept 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You might want to look thru the deleting domain list at Pool.com. I've gotten many good names for $60.
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There are some really good domains available for resale that are very descriptive and fairly cheap. You need to expect to pay $400 - $500 for a nice generic descriptive domain.

If you want a domain that is based on a moderately popular phrase it could cost $1,000

Highly popular the sky is the limit on price.

Don't expect to register a new domain that is generic and memorable unless you get very creative.

Try adding words like center, products, or shopping as an extension to your core business phrase.

If its a local business try adding a location prefix: <Snip>

***THIS IS IMPORTANT***

Why would you spend endless hours of your time working on a web project when your only going to put the web site on a worthless peice of land in the middle of the dessert? Is your time worth that little?

$500 may be the best money you have ever spent. Why don't you search for "Domains for Sale" in one of the popular search engines or even better try a search for something more specific "Tennis domains for sale"

[edited by: Webwork at 1:56 am (utc) on Sep. 13, 2005]
[edit reason] Please avoid referencing specific domains, especially ones with PPC landing pages ;0) [/edit]

11:44 am on Sept 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I haven't ever bought a domain name and the only reason I'd buy one now is to get a competitor's name.

You can do no harm by making the name strange but short. Or using a different domain suffix (I had some .TO names which worked well) or even sticking a dash in the middle of a name.

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In the past month I have purchased 4 domains.

All .com and all 5 letters.

None have ever been registered before.

I paid no more than $8 for each of them.

IMO there are still plenty of quality short .coms available. I just listen to my mates 2 year old talking gobbledegook and try to make sensible words out of what they are trying to say ;)

The other day she said something along the lines of
"zagge mummy zagge". I think she wanted a drink or something.

zagge.com is still available ;o)

Ska