The future of a small business website is firmly linked to the domain name it adorns. If the domain name is good, aiding top-of-mind recall, your website will stick in customersâ€™ mind faster and longer.
While a websiteâ€™s design, content and online link relationships also weigh heavily in its success, it all starts with a domain name. So spending a little time in choosing a domain name does pay off in the long term.
In one of our earlier blog posts, we talked about how to evaluate different word choices and extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc.) for a domain name. Today, we dig deeper into the art of choosing a domain name by sharing an excellent online tool: DomainTyper.com
In addition to showing availability quickly and easily, DomainTyper.com can help coin crisp, short and catchy domain names.
As soon as you type your chosen word in the input box, its availability in common domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, .co, .tv, .us, .biz, etc.) is instantly shown.
If you click the small rectangle labeled â€œaddâ€ with a dotted line border, it expands a menu with nearly all of the domain name extensions to research.Â Further, hit Ctrl+S on your keyboard and the website will remember your choices when you return to it later.
See how it morphs into a smart domain spinner tool: Look down the same screen and you see some fairly intuitive combinations of words in English â€“ all trying to extend the spirit of the original word in the search box.Â Thereâ€™s a small clockwise arrow to the right of this area that, when clicked upon, refreshes the alternatives like a spinner.
Further down the screen, thereâ€™s a list of non-conventional domain names with the addition of intelligent prefixes and suffixes.
Remember Del.icio.us, the famous bookmark collection website?Â That was real smart use of a rather non-attractive domain name: icio.us.Â With addition of â€œdel.â€ In front of that domain name, it became del.icio.us â€“ definitely catchy and easy to remember!
As per Crunchbase.com, Yahoo.com is speculated to have acquired the company for $10 – $15 million. Being savvy investors, Yahoo kept the domain name. Way back in 2005, this kind of money was very delicious. It still is, isnâ€™t it?