Lean Domain Search
About Lean Domain Search
Lean Domain Search
Every online entrepreneur has likely spent hours struggling to come up with a usable, sensible domain name. The reason it's so hard is because the Internet is a very large place, and many of the most obvious .com domain names have already been taken.
That's why domain name generators like Lean Domain Search are so valuable. A few years ago, a developer of software and web applications named Matt Mazur was looking for a new and easier way to find names for his start-ups. The field of available .com domain names was getting more and more crowded, and inspiration doesn't always strike at the right moment.
That's when Mazur started to experiment with algorithms that could be used to generate domain names. His basic approach was to add either a prefix before the desired keyword or a suffix after the keyword. Accordingly, an entrepreneur who was opening an online bookstore can enter the keyword "book" into the search bar. Hundreds or thousands of possible domain names will be generated. Some will have prefixes, resulting in domain names like SierraBook, ParamountBook and CoronaBook. Others will have suffixes with domain names such as BookInternational, BookJackpot and BookBoulder.
The algorithm used by Lean Domain Search contains thousands of possible prefix and suffix words, which means that using any keyword will result in a usefully long list of possible domain names. Users can enter more than one keyword at a time. In these cases, the search engine will look for an exact-match domain name. These are rarely still available. However, when they are available, they show up as the first suggestion.
It's important for users to understand that Lean Domain Search only looks at .com domains. This does limit its capabilities somewhat, especially for people who would prefer to have a .net, .org, .us or other extension. Nonetheless, this tool is still capable of coming up with unique, original domain names that the user could search with an alternative extension elsewhere to check for availability.
Creator Matt Mazur makes a strong argument for searching only .com domains. He reasons that people who don't possess a great deal of technical knowledge when it comes to the Internet are most familiar with .com domains. Consequently, they will typically assume that your website will have a .com domain. If you use the less familiar .org, .us, .biz, .io or any of the other increasingly used extensions, these potential customers will most likely fail to find you. That means lost business for you and a potential boost to a business that might be your competitor.
Recognizing that this could happen, Mazur recommends that people register at least the .com, .net and .org versions of their domain name to prevent others from adopting them and thus "stealing" business that should be coming your way. It may cost a bit more to register three domains instead of one, but it is far better to proactively stake a claim than it is to save a bit of money initially only to get into an even more expensive turf war later.
Similarly, Mazur's Lean Domain Search does not allow the use of hyphens or numbers. If a user enters digits into the search bar, they will receive an instruction that tells them to use letters and spaces only. The reason that Mazur doesn't allow the use of numbers is simple: Potential customers won't know if they should be spelling out the number of using the digit or digits. This may cause them to get frustrated when they try to find your website. He also recommends against using spelled-out numbers because of the difficulty of having to spell every time you tell someone what your website is. Hyphens are discouraged for similar reasons.
Mazur's arguments counsel people against using domain name hacks that break up a domain name in new and inventive ways. Instead, he believes that people should stick with simple domain names that customers can easily remember and find. He remarks that the smartest thing to do is to use a domain name that is the same as the name of your product. That's because everyone you speak to about your invention will assume that your domain name and your product name are one and the same.
This means that it probably makes sense to use Lean Domain Search to name both your domain and the product you are selling, if you have come up with a new and unique item to offer to the world. This will be the easiest way for people to remember your domain name and be able to find you every time.
Most searches conducted at this website will result in hundreds, if not thousands, of potential domain names. That's why Lean Domain Search makes it relatively easy to filter and sort the results. The "Popularity" filter is used as a default. However, users can also filter the results by length or alphabetize them. Users may also filter the results to show only the ones where their keyword is the first or last word in the domain name.
People can click on a preferred domain name to verify its availability for registration. The pop-up dialog box also shows the availability of the corresponding Twitter handle. If someone decides to register the domain name, they are presented with several choices. They can immediately register the name and create a blog on WordPress.com. Alternatively, they can register the domain with BlueHost, GoDaddy, Network Solutions or NameCheap.
Users can also keep track of favorites on Lean Domain Search by selecting the star that is posted next to the domain name when it is selected. A "favorites" link at the top of each page makes it easy to access this list at any time.
Lean Domain Search may only search .com domain names, but it makes some very valid arguments for doing so. If you want a straightforward domain name that will be easy for customers to remember, then this may the perfect tool for you. With a wide variety of prefix and suffix words to choose from, Lean Domain Search makes it easier than ever to find the ultimate domain name.