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- A 22-page practical guide to naming products, services, businesses, divisions,
domain names, newsletters and just about anything else except babies.
hard to keep a secret on the internet. Whois Source will tell you when
a domain name was registered, by who, when it will expire, where it is hosted,
whether it has listings in Yahoo or DMOZ, an image of the site.... and historical
Whois info for paid members
for domain availability, trademarks, translations, definitions, synonyms, rhyming
This isn't well known,
but if enter a URL into the AllTheWeb search box, it will return results from
its Domain Investigator:
- META description
- Home page
for the site
- Pages that link to it, or contain the URL in their text
pages within the site
- WHOIS info
- Wayback Machine archives of the
- Open Directory categories it appears in
- Page size
it was last updated
- Language of the page
Whois.net will list every
already registered domain name with your keyword in it.
also this tool, GooTop,
which searches for a keyword in the top-level URLs known by Google
Dialog Super WHOIS
Full results cost $3.65, but partial results provide loads of info. The easiest
way to see all the domains someone owns.
My Name Machine
little engine will show all the available combinations and abbreviations of your
name. Quick and easy.
these to find common mispellings of a word
These three are all similar,
based on keys near each other, accidentally hit
Similar but as a downloadable program. Works well and is free. Generates a file
called "generated" that contains the results
Software that is similar to the above links, but can do multiple words at once,
free trial does 25% of what the full version ($49) does
More intelligent than the others
definitions from several different dictionaries on the results page. Thesaurus
looks up Roget's Thesaurus.
- Select either dictionary or thesaurus
Digest, published every Tuesday and Thursday, is available in both HTML and
text formats. Excellent discussions concerning anything to do with domain names
Name Rights Coalition
- great for checking the availability within all the European or Asian
- Is someone else using your name on the web? NameProtect provide an free online
trademark and domain name search.
Patent and Trademark Office - has search facilities
Guidebook - lots of articles on domain registration
Finder: An excellent tool that I used to use a lot: enter a keyword and get
any phrase (ie something that is easy to remember due to the collective conscious/unconscious)
- 12,000 phrases in the index. But now it is available by subscription
only - a whopping $45 per year. Worth it if you are a domain registering
superstar or tabloid journalist (15% of users used it more than 100 times each
week), but a bit steep for most of us.
Domains - offer lots of webmaster tools, including a weekly ezine featuring
their Super Secret list of unregistered and recently deleted domain names. Each
issue is also packed full of domain name related news, articles and resource links.
Sign up here
- all your domain name questions answered, from the controlling body
WHOIS database - powerful tool for looking up the properties of an IP address
- find the physical location of a website or email
Spam Combat - lots of reverse IP address tools
Referral LDAP - click on Organization to search for a name, and find out the
doamins they own. Only works for domains registered via Verisign, but that's a
substantial portion of existing domain names.
WHOIS - goes back to 2002. Also available at Whois
- Look up domains by owner - this is a paid service of roughly $1 per record.
has similar for $3.65 (more