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Criteria for selecting a good domain name


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Post by Telnic on 2014-12-30, 5:42 pm

maximka12-25-2009 03:52 PM

Criteria for selecting a good domain name
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tel4rent12-25-2009 04:23 PM

Nice post Maximka!

I use my intuition...

But also the following criteria:
1- An new industry with lots of potential;
2- Keywords with future hits ( you need to do research for that);
3- Areas unknow but could have a great potential future;
4- I trie to think "out of the box"

But of course your points above are also in ly list.

Be well.

maximka12-26-2009 08:35 PM

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telfriend12-27-2009 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by maximka (Post 3822)
Will the project be successful or not, to great extent depends from the right choice of a domain name. I propose to discuss how to choose a good domain name.

For example, when choosing a domain name in .tel zone, I personally would take only one-word domain names –keywords, which should satisfy all these criteria: 
- to be the nouns;
- to be rather in the singular form than in a plural one (not always - there are exceptions);
- not to be a very long word with many letters;
- a word should be visually easy to remember and have an easy spelling;
- a word should have only one right spelling (in both the Americal English and in the British English);
- if it is possible, I will avoid words with letters jq, y.

As for the theme of words, for .tel zone I will select from these ones:
- a name of a profession;
- a name of a service;
- a name of a hobby;
- a name of industry;
- a name of a product;
- a name of big city of rich country;
- a name of a small city or village - only if it is a popular resort;
- a name of nature's phenomenon.

My personal preferences by language now are these:
1. English
2. German
3. Other

Additionally, I will always check domain name with AdwordsTool - is it enough popular or not. 

Also, I will check in how many other Internet zones this name is registered - and are there working projects on these registered domains or not? For example, if a word is registered only in .com zone, and there is no project on that .comdomain - then I will never take such name in .tel zone. Contrary, if a word is registered in many zones (especially if it is registered even in a zone .name) and there are working projects of most of these domains, then I will take that word for without any doubts.

Besides, I will never take just a nice looking name - I always take the domain only when I exactly know what kind of a project I can do at this domain. 

Of course, all these criteria are my personal preference - not necessary they are the optimal ones. What criteria are using you?


Quite a nice summary there. i think once .tel finally takes off bigtime, then short three letter domains will be quite valuable.. I bought a few good ones like and etc. Words that are prouncible are best of course :)[/size]

maximka12-27-2009 11:40 AM

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marimax12-28-2009 12:59 PM

Yes I think 3 letters .tel domains will be quite valuable (I own 50)
I already had an offer to buy one of mine for 300 Euro but turned it down.
I will not sell it for less then $1000. It may take some time but I can wait.
I just feel sorry for people who sell good .tel domains for a few $.
It ruins the market for everybody

mactel12-28-2009 02:32 PM

Very good comments/posts, telfriend and marimax!

That is so true! 

Thanks, for pointing that out!.......:) ......Bingo!

dottel.net12-28-2009 05:49 PM

i recollect reading a month or so ago a posting (on another forum) of all the available 3 letter tel domains. anyone know the latest on this? are there still many 3 letter tel domains available for registration?

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mactel02-13-2010 06:32 PM

You are trying to set up theoretical models, just like finacial analysts do, within the financial industry...
But these models only work, or reflect a situation, in some few cases.

If you have a hint, or a idea, and it makes sense, and you like it, but only 3% or 10% of the players are acting in the same way and sense, you should maybe nevertheless, do the same, and not tink: The more that do it, the better.

There are simply some chances out there, because the gross of the players have not come that far, and don't have enough understanding yet. Or there was no leading sheep, to lead a herd of sheep, and so the mass of sheep never over run a field.

The statistics, are often leaping far behind of the present situation, and so they are not very relialble.
Or can you find the word „biodegradable“ on your list?

maximka02-14-2010 12:43 AM

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mactel02-14-2010 01:23 AM

I understand.
Well, that is probably how a person got ""... :eek:
Only kidding.

Anyway: I go for words within the jargon of renewable energy and green finance, and so on...:
Those are other gems, which you can't find on such lists, but only when you read articles about specific themes / issues. Its basically the journalists, that create the words, and I only pick them out of the context, and hang on a domain extension. They are also existing words (no fantasy creations), but they are harder to find. 


JLouisBiz02-14-2010 02:27 AM

Dot Tel Domains have different purpose, and different target audience. 

Dot Tel advertises either individual or company, or products and services. It is supposed to be single point of contact.

So, the use of Dot Tel Domain is different in comparison to .COM and other domains.

About.Tel -- it will never have same value or impact as About.Com

Promote.Tel -- if you ask me, it makes little sense. Promoter.Tel -- that makes sense.

Theater.Tel -- makes sense, and so many other words from that list.

But what is greatly missing are the professions, as professions like dentist, teacher, architect and so on, those which are actually users of the domains. You can have Tool.Tel and be proud, but when someone needs plumber, they will call Plumber.Tel, whatever good tool you might have.

marimax02-14-2010 10:16 AM

Maximka will probably try to charge you for using it like she/he tried with the list of 3 letters words

maximka02-14-2010 11:16 AM

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mactel02-14-2010 12:48 PM

You are right, maximka:
I only have to spot them, and can pick them, without any effort.

But I must know, what I am doing. And some research has to be done, at first, which is the painstaking part of the work. After that, I just have to figure out, what is still available.

Searching for truffles, is not that much different: When you reach the right place, just dig them out.

drexydefighter02-14-2010 09:10 PM

I searched a good domain name and it was available, no one has bought that....

the other day when I wanted to bought's already gone...somebody has bought it faster than me...

it is quite difficult to find the 'right' domain name for our business, so buy it as soon as possible when you
find a good domain name is available, otherwise you'll be sorry

JLouisBiz02-14-2010 09:44 PM

In today's world, many companies choose first to register domain name, then decide on the usage of the company name or trademark name. That is the reality. 

Any company with intentions to market, connect or sell online, has that important decision to make.

We have formed, for our clients, many companies on the basis of the domain availability. If the domain is not available, and sometimes whole bunch of domain names .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, etc. -- then the company does not get the intended name, the name gets changed. Once the domain name(s) are available, the company get named.

That is the reality for many online companies.

I can bet that many companies start in the same manner: Twitter.Com probably has chosen first the domain name, then incorporated a company. But it could be successful anyway, regardless of the name: it could be Chatter.Com, Chipper.Com, Cuckoo.Com, Gaggle.Com, and so on. 

There are numerous ways to express the same idea over and over again. 

One of tools that I choose for domain name are simple Linux dictionary tools. But those can be found online on http://www.dict.orgas well.

Often I use synonyms when searching for a right name.


dict tweet <--- searching for something similar as twitter

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

n : a week chirping sound as of a small bird
v 1: make a weak, chirping sound; "the small bird was tweeting in
the tree" [syn: {twirp}]
2: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her
behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: {pinch}, {squeeze},
{twinge}, {nip}, {twitch}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "tweet":
cackle, call, carol, caw, chatter, cheep, chip, chipper, chirk,
chirm, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, chuck, clack, cluck,
cock-a-doodle-doo, coo, croak, cronk, crow, cuckoo, drum, gabble,
gaggle, gobble, guggle, honk, hoo, hoot, peep, pip, pipe, quack,
roll, scold, sing, squawk, trill, tweedle, twit, twitter, warble,

It does take time to find an empty domain name, but being persistent is worth.

Another one of great tools for quick check of domain name availability is 

Domain Business Consulting services are available with our company for professionals in the industry.


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