I always have breathed and believed in open-source. Human knowledge should be shared. That's why this is one post I will take you to my journey of buying a domain name.
What's in name ? I think proverb holds less significance in online digital world. Many people had a question "Dhaval when you own one website why do you want one more ? ?" It takes huge energy and effort to convince them dhavalyours is a blog. Its just a domain name and redirected to my existing blogger page.
Buying my first domain was fairly easy. I wanted to introduce myself to the digital world. Dhavalyours.com was a good and only option I would go with. I started my website with great enthusiasm which I try very hard to keep updated.SEO wise there was one problem I faced. There was one website already existing with name "dhavaltours.com" so whenever I would type dhavalyours in google it would always suggest me dhavaltours pissing me off. I sat down and tried to understand Google's algorithms. Then I eventually realized more number of blog post’s I write, more I share, more will the relevance of dhavalyours.com will come.
And to a certain extent it helped also. So this time I was mega- cautious while buying a new domain . I wanted a catchy domain. I wanted a 1 letter tob3 letter domain name. So I started my domain hunt.
Domain hunt technique 1
Technique: I started with numbers like zero.com,one.com etc..
All were bought. Then I started with two letter combination like aa.com ab.com etc... I insanely tried till az.com.
RESULT : Almost all domains were bought and the remaining were not purchasable or not atleast at the price I could buy them, one of the domain had a cost of more than 5 lacks. Idea Dropped, new Idea.
Domain hunt technique 2
Technique: I published a feed to Facebook asking my friends to help me out with domain names. And yes I got suggestions and I was certainly excited with the response The domain names suggested were dp.com, dy.com, fu.com,jk.com, chu.com, gpl.com, maa.com, PKT.com,IDO.pk, QB.com, 69.com, SEX.com (Mehboob Ali Suggestion)
RESULT : Almost all suggestions were bought. One thing i learnt, The purpose of website should be clear to people who are suggesting you domain name. All domain name's suggested were either weird and no relevance. As a matter of fact I learnt that sex.com is the most expensive domain. Idea Dropped, new Idea.
Domain hunt technique 3
Technique: I was frustrated because at this point of time all the good domains were booked and taken. I wanted a 3 letter domain name, Relevance mattered a little. I just wanted an available 3 letter domain. I found out all 3 letters existing in oxford dictionary I found a website which had a list of all 3 letter words. Now I used an Html Dom parser to parse html and get all the 3 letter words in an array. Before adding them to array I converted them to domain e.g. www.egg.com etc... now I used php get_headers function to find out which are the words whose domain name is not bought.
RESULT : News for you fellow's every 3 letter world is bought with a .com domain. But my attempt was not a complete failure. I found out below listed domain names which are short and available domain names.
AVAILABLE NOT BOUGHT DOMAIN NAMES WHEN THIS POST IS BEEN WRITTEN
One more thing these domains are available around 500 to 1000 INR. Most of them are available at price of Rs.500 at Go Daddy
Idea had results but i was left in a confused state of mind.
Domain hunt technique 4
Technique: Now i had list of available domain name’s the problem of relevance aroused now. None of this is relevant to what i wanna make. I had one domain in mind reinventingdreams.com. The problem was it was too long and too preachy and it definitely does not go by my style and personality. I was frustrated and annoyed. BULLSHIT I M BUYING AND I M BUYING IT NOW. Almost entering my credit card details i asked to myself “Are you sure you want this ??” Long silence. I said Lets try once more. I had 5 friends online on chat i started discussing and asking them suggestions for domain name’s.
Result: The chat session was hilarious and really funny. I would like to paste the really enjoyable part …
Dhavalyours : Taken.
Dhavalyours : code which will blast your monitor away ha ha.
Dhavalyours : Reeve BEST OF LUCK.
So in this way i ended up buying www.codebhai.com My new site. will be functional in few months and would reveal the secret of site-matter later. I think the journey is more worthwhile than the destination itself. As someone said “To always have a good idea Have many of them”
I seriously enjoyed my process of buying a domain hope you guys enjoyed reading it too.