I Get Keyword Ideas from Thesaurus.com

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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):

  • Dart
  • Dash
  • Rush
  • Scamper
  • Scoot
  • Scurry

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):

  • Bound
  • Dash
  • Fling
  • Gallop
  • Hurry
  • Scamper

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.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I do something very similar to this too.

    But I find that if I’m not careful I can go off on a tangent and end up wasting time.

    This happen to you and how do you avoid it if so?

  2. I realize you are just illustrating your process for searching for available keywords and not actually looking for sprint domains but just as an FYI I have some short sprint-related domains even in .COM. The target end user would be a personal training company with a sprint-training program designed for aspiring athletes where speed is a critical aspect of their sport.

    • Maybe I should have been more clear.

      I like keyword domain names that can be brand names – ala names I own like Lilac.com and Observations.com amongst others.

      In my opinion, a “brandable” domain name is something like:

      Squishify.com
      Skweegly.com
      QuickQuack.com
      QuackadoodleDingDong.com
      ….etc.

    • Now that I’m past the humor of your examples of “brandable,” this is such a spot-on way of putting it:

      “I like keyword domain names that can be brand names”

      You’ve hit the nail on the head 100%. This is also why the singular version of a .com can often be worth much more than the plural version by a fortune and powers of 10, because the former can often be a powerful brand while the plural often does not lend itself to that at all, but only to a generic indication which may still be very valuable if it is a natural plural, or awkward and not valuable if it is forced and unnatural (e.g. “Insurances”). There are exceptions, and it goes both ways. “Hotels(dot)com” would be a good example of a super valuable plural, whereas an example like “Business” is going to be worth millions and can be a top brand name as well while “Businesses” would be worth far less despite itself still being valuable.

    • A classic example of a person annoyed you (or other domain owners) own a premium domain that they want to own. However, they don’t want you to profit from it, they want to profit from it.

      For many years, we all received daily emails or phone calls calling us nasty names because we owned something they wanted (for free or reg. fee) because we were not using it anyway. 🙂

    • That’s a good way to get leads for your development business there Helge 😉

      Dozens of us are always looking for people to do web development. Had you approached this the right way, you’d have generated some new customers.

      People have to own domains to hire you. Think about that until your brain hurts 😀

      – A

    • Wow…missed that. Your critic has a dot com website with his name. Perhaps we should leave him a few comments lol.

    • Perfectly put. He wants to profit from it and is mad that you are profiting from it.

      Do you want the name so you can donate it to charity, “Helge Sverre”?

    • Whoa doggies! It is really sad that you have so much anger in you…

      Aron said it best…. about getting leads and jobs… Elliot has thousands of readers….. talk about burning bridges and pissing off a whole industry.

      Helge, it looks like you wet the bed kiddo, maybe you should go back to wearing diapers, eh?

    • Because you cant afford premium domains doesn’t make us scum, it’s makes you look like a loser who blames others for your misfortune, Life is what YOU make it! Nobody here owes you anything, were not your Mommy or Daddy, were not even a Government agency who gives handouts, were private hard working individuals who saw an opportunity while lazy asses like you were sniffing glue in your daddy’s garage and thumbing a ride to the beach.

      Worthless people like you piss me off!

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