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In a perfect world, new businesses would be able to register that perfect domain without having to go broke. Unfortunately, that is not possible in a world full of domaining professionals. Just because the domain you are after is already registered does not mean you can’t acquire it. You can always wait for the domain to expire or acquire it in domain aftermarkets. You will need some luck to do it, but these 5 services can help:

DomainFace: DomainFace is a powerful piece of software that lets you find aged domains, go after domain auctions, and even keep track of your domain portfolio (just in case you are in the domaining business).

Pool.com: one of the best services around to find expired domain names. It provides you with the exact date domains expire on. You can always back-order domains and have this service register your domain for you as soon as it becomes available.

Snap Names: a good alternative service to Pool.com. Not only it can help you find expired domains, it allows you to participate in domain auctions and sell your own domains.  [click to continue…]

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When you are starting a business online, you are going to need a catchy domain name that you could use for branding and promotional purposes. But it goes beyond that. Having a lousy domain is the best way to get forgotten and lost in the crowd. Besides, a long domain will be hard to remember for your visitors and would leave a bad impression on your first time visitors as well.

Finding a catchy, short domain is very difficult these days. Most marketable domains have been taken either by real businesses or those who make a living selling domains to businesses. It is still possible to buy a catchy domain but that won’t come cheap. If you are starting up without a big budget, you may want to spend time searching for a good domain before spending your money on a premium one. These 5 tools make the process easier:

Domainsbot: one of the few tools that I have been using on a consistent basis in the past few years. The interface is ajaxified and very easy to use. The service comes with options to help you find brandable domains fast.

Domize: one of the more innovative domain tools one the market. You can combine your key terms and let the engine go to search for you. You can search through synonyms and even pass regular expressions to the engine.

Domainr: Domainr is an interesting tool that can dig up gems of domains out of thin air. If you have heard of domains such as bit.ly or su.pr and want to have a similar domain for your business, Domainr is the tool to use.

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