5 Things to Do When a Domain Name is Not Available

Domain Name

Nothing can be more frustrating than finding out that the domain name you wanted has already been taken. What should you do now? No need to worry. There are other options for you.


Figure out if you really need a specific domain name or if an alternative name will work for you

If the domain name you want is not available, check whether there are .net, .org, and .biz domain extensions available. Although, you may want to take extra caution when using a different domain suffix for an existing .com domain name. Even when a net, .org, and .biz extension is available for a similar .com domain name, you need to ensure that your chosen domain name does not infringe on anyone’s trademark rights.


Tweak it a little bit

Try adding short related words either at the beginning or end to add some small variations to the domain name. For example, myfullname.com can be myfullnamehq.com or myfullnameonline.com. Make sure that it’s easy to spell and remember. Avoid using hyphens or weird spellings so that your future visitors won’t have a hard time typing them in the browser.


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Buy domain name from the owner

If you still want that domain name, you can try buying it from the owner. But don’t be surprised if it is going to cost you an arm and a leg as domain resellers will more often than not, hike up the price when they see a demand. Before you could make that purchase, ask yourself if it is within your budget and if the expected results would justify the hefty price tag. Otherwise, just settle for another domain name and work extra hard in branding it.

You can get in touch with the owner by looking up the domain’s public Whois information. Another great site to make a Whois search for a specific domain name is Networks Solutions.


Buy the domain name

Just like any other property, domain names are sold, purchased and auctioned to interested buyers. If the domain name is used for a high-traffic website, it’s a long shot whether the owner will be likely to sell it to anyone. However, if the domain name is currently parked and not in use, there’s a chance you can get hold of it for a reasonable price. Purchasing the domain domain can be done through online classified ads, domain brokers like Sedo or contacting the owner directly.


Wait for the expiration

If you can’t contact the owner or the price is way too steep, your last option would be to wait for the domain name to expire, if the owner leaves it to expire. Most of the domain registrars can help you monitor on domains you are eyeing up and notify you whenever they have already expired. You may opt to hire a domain broker to buy expired domains on your behalf. Their fees will depend on the current price of the domain.


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