I spend quite a bit of time inquiring about domain names to buy. As you can probably tell from this sample list of my company’s domain names, I generally tend to focus my efforts on one and two word .com domain names. There are lots of tools out there for keywords, and among them is Thesaurus.com.
Periodically throughout the day, I will see or think of a keyword that I believe would make a great .com domain name. When this happens, I generally visit DomainTools and do a Whois search to see who owns the domain name and if it may be for sale. If it looks like it’s for sale, under developed, unused, or otherwise potentially available to buy, I may inquire about the domain name or make an offer. I then use a tool like Thesaurus.com to find other, similar keywords and do the same thing.
I’ll give you an example of how I might go about this. Let’s say I read an article about running, and I see the word “sprint.” Obviously, Sprint.com is owned by the telecom company of the same name, so that domain name would not be available to purchase. Instead, I will turn to Thesaurus.com and do a search for “sprint.” This search yields these keywords (among others):
I would love to own each of these keywords in .com because they all would make great brands and have keyword meaning. I would use the search result list and do Whois searches for all of the keyword .com domain names that look interesting to me. I could see what may be available and inquire about several domain names that are in the same category. On a larger list, there may be a couple of domain names available for sale, and I can compare prices to see which is the better deal.
In addition to the ease of making related keyword lists, I can also click on each of the search results to get additional keyword lists. For example, when I click on “dart,” I am given these keywords (among others):
Although there are many tools to find good keywords that can be used for domain names, I like how Thesaurus.com presents the keywords and allows me to find lots of keywords in an easy to use format.