Finding Your Perfect Domain Name - A Story

Robyn Norgan
Jul 23, 2012

My dad is not what you would call "tech savvy." He has been a practicing lawyer for over 40 years and just recently he took on a much younger associate. This prompted him to decide to join the 21st century and - *gasp* - get a website.

When he told me this over the phone I was surprised, not because it is a bad idea, but because I really didn't ever imagine my dad having his own website. He had brought it up because he didn't know how to get "one of those website things" up and running, but he did know Dynadot and I could help.

I decided to do some research to see what available domain names could work for them and here is an example of the list I sent over: (which in their case was the comedy option:, which is still available as I write this by the way)

In my dad's case I knew right off the bat that his name alone,, was already taken by a very famous singer who just happens to have the same name. If you are looking for a .COM, this may happen to you as well (though your desired site name may just be owned by a regular Joe). The trick is to get creative. If your first choice is taken in .COM, it may be available in another TLD such as .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .CO, or .ME. You can also choose a more locational TLD such as .EU for European websites or .MX for Mexican websites. To see a full list of possible TLDs, visit our TLD page.

If you are determined to get a .COM think about adding your product or service – in this case "law" – or even adding a location such as "sf" for San Francisco. Adding these types of keywords can also help with SEO, so if you need more ideas, you can use the Google Keyword Tool. You can also use our domain name suggestion tool. Just remember that your domain name should be easy to remember and as short as possible. Longer domain names can be harder to remember and are more likely to get typos when customers type them in.

Ultimately, my dad and his associate chose the shortest option: What would you choose for you website? Find your perfect domain now!

Author Robyn Norgan
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, proud member of Team Dynadot since 2012
(even if her Dad doesn't really understand what it is she does here).