Looking for a good name for a startup can be a challenge. And just when you find the perfect name for your startup, you discover that the domain name is not available. Here is a quick guide to help you discover great startup name ideas.
Step 1: Create a Keyword List
The first step is to make a keyword list from benefits, core features, and concepts. Your market research and competitive landscape are a great place to start. Another place to look is the benefit offered by your service and the category you operate in. Make this list as expansive as possible by looking at synonyms and words from other languages.
Step 2: Do a First Check
The second step is to have a quick go at checking which if any are available for various TLDs. Apart from the “.com”, some other great TLDs to look at are:
- Cool TLDs: “.me”, ”.us”, “.io”
- Country specific TLDs: “.ca”, “.pk”
- And the new industry specific TLDs: “.solar”, “.coffee”
Step 3: Mix Two Words
If you don’t find any site name that meets your fancy, try mixing and matching words to come up with a new name. My favorite tool to do this is dotomator.com. The site you to quickly create and text availability of work combinations.
Steps 4: Misspell
If you still have don’t find the name you are looking for, or have a name in mind, but the domain is already taken, try using different spellings. I use panabee.com for this purpose – it usually gives a few good options by playing around with the spellings.
Happy name hunting!