It can be a real challenge to find a good quality unregistered domain name nowadays, especially if you’re looking to register both a .com and a .co.uk. Most of the good ones you can think of will already be in use or they’ve been registered by a dodgy domain squatter and are being auctioned for a hefty price tag. Don’t worry though, there’s still some really good names out there, it just takes a bit longer to find them.
Enter in a few keywords that are relevant to the domain name your looking for and Panabee will root around the net and see what’s available. What’s really cool about Panabee is that it will try out different variations like adding ly or ing to your domain or changing the order of the keywords in the domain e.g. keyword1keyword2.com, keyword2keyword1.com. If all else fails Panabee will also suggest alternative keywords that may be more relevant. There’s also a nice feature that it will check if the suggested domains have their social media assets free like their twitter username (@yourdomainname) or Facebook page.
I actually used Panabee to help me find progressful.com.
Don’t forget to have a look around for some discount codes or special offers before you checkout a domain. The likes of Namecheap, GoDaddy and 123reg are always running some kind of promo to get a discount on a new registration name, web hosting or cheap domain transfer. I just did a 30 second Google around and found 20% of hosting with 123 and a discount on a .com with Namecheap.
Domains Bot is very similar to Panabee in the way it uses a keyword based search to find unregistered domain names. However, their most useful feature is that it also includes domains that are being auctioned on Sedo and GoDaddy in the search results. Take the asking prices with a “pinch of salt” especially if they’re in the £1,000 – £10,000 value bracket. Within this price range it’s most definitely a buyers market.
Asking prices don’t mean a thing. Try a cheeky low bid, you’ll be surprised how cheaply these domains are sold for
One tip for anyone looking to make an offer on a domain. Try a cheeky low bid, you’ll be surprised how cheaply these domains are actually sold for.
A domain “droplist” is a daily produced list of all the domain names that are due to expire on that day. These lists are an absolute goldmine for domains that people have either forgot to renew or have simply let expire. However, good domain droplists a tricky to find. They’re usually widely publicised and more often than not the good domains are nabbed by the domain drop catching companies before they go public on the lists. All that being said – I’ve snapped-up some brilliant single keyword .co.uk domains from drop lists over the years for registration price only.
Where can you find some good droplists?
- Acorn Domains is a UK based domaining forum dedicated to mostly .co.uk domains. It’s a solid resource site for anyone looking for help on domains and there’s also sub-forum dedicated to domain drop-catching and droplists.
- Namejet is another massive domain ditching service that produces droplists. The downside is that they’re widely published and any of the good .com domains withh have been already caught.
- Expired Domains is a nice and simple lists of all recently dropped and deleted domains that includes .com and other country specific top level domains. I could literally spend hours searching through this site.
The best thing about domainr is it’s speed. As soon as you start to type in a keyword it’s checking the availability of the domain instantly. It’s speciality though is scouring through the more obscure country top level domains that you simply wouldn’t think existed e.g. Ascension Island (.ac) or St Helena (.sh). Granted you may not want to use these as your main domain, but they’re perfect for creating a cool social media shorturl for your business e.g. redd.it or youtu.be.