How To Get ANY Domain You Want

Last Update: March 21, 2016

One of the most frustrating parts of starting an affiliate website is actually finding a good domain name that you like. If you are doing a keyword based domain, it can seem like EVERYTHING IS TAKEN ALREADY!

I remember when I wanted to start my homebrew website, I wanted to use (three e’s). It was taken. and were also taken! What kind of crazy person was buying all these domains?

Some business buy domains in bulk, and probably based on search criteria. I don’t know how they pick them, but a lot of “taken” domain names aren’t actually used. They’re just squatted on until someone decides they really, really want it.

Instead of the normal $14/year, you could pay anywhere from $50 - $5,000+ for a certain dot coms. Psh. Fuggetaboutit!

There’s a really cool way to bypass these jerks (OK, I’ll admit they are business savvy) and get any domain name you want. Here are a few ways that I’ve used in the past.

Let’s say I want a really short domain name like 99% chance that domain is taken, right?

Here’s a list of variations which are still short, catch, and have your desired phrase in the domain name.Adds something to the beginning:

Words like Mr, Best, Great, The, or descriptive adjectives like fast, red, sweet, easy, etc can work.

Have a website about computers? What about It’s available!

Add something to the end:

Words like zone, online, corner, for men/women/etc or other things that refer to “places” work well.

Have a website about fitness? What about

Add something to the beginning and end:

How do you think I ended up with the domain for my beer site?

But the easiest trick of all is to use your own name. It makes it easy to brand yourself as a person instead of a business, and makes just about any keyword domain available to you.

Even something like can be transformed to If your name is less common than Mike, you could probably find something shorter like


In short, don’t settle for a domain name you don’t like! Get creative!

Oh, one more thing. Last week I wrote about trademark infringement with domain names:

What happens if someone already owns a domain like

Chances are, that’s not a trademarked phrase. If you bought a domain like, I don’t think you would run into any legal issues. I also don’t think you would have any issues with

However, there is the issue of confusion! Don’t worry about how they feel, worry about yourself and your business! If your website turns out to be really good, and a great money maker, do you really want them to be able to ride on your coattails with such a similar domain name?

While there’s no “rule” about choosing similar domain names, and there definitely are a lot of repeats/similarities out there, I personally think you’re better off getting a little creative and finding a more unique domain name.

It can be tempting to get that exact-match domain name, or the phrase you really wanted. But brainstorm a bit and you can probably think of something a little more clever, a little more unique, and something that you’ll enjoy equally as much.

Have a search for some domain names here inside Wealthy Affiliate:

You can also see why SiteDomains is a big deal here:

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snowstorm311 Premium
Thank you for the great advice Nathaniell!
AndreeZ1 Premium
Thank you for this article. It helps me with my choices.
Seajay Premium
Great advice Nathaniell, thank you! The search can drive you crazy!
annash Premium
Great post, thanks nathanniell:)
goinsong Premium
Thanks for that. Good food for thought and action.
Reelika Premium
That is a really cool idea for the names, lucky I found that article before I have a domain name, Thank you so much for sharing ;)
Thanks for this great information!
tonlip1 Premium
Great post. I recently purchased a domain with my name for branding purposes I would like to become an authority site with product reviews and figured this would be the best domain choice to build trust as well as my brand
Dreddooo Premium
Very helpful! Thank you very much.
DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Very informative, Nathaniell! I never thought about thinking outside the box like that. In the future I want to have another site, so I will have to remember about this if the name I want isn't available.
KatieMac Premium
very informative post Nathaniell helps think outside the box a bit thank you
Pios2012 Premium
Nice I like it.
Kyle Premium
Awesome Nathaniel, definitely the same approach I take when drumming up domains. Not tying yourself to keywords, rather coming up with a concept that is brandable also makes a huge difference.

Too many folks get too fixated on the keywords they have within the domain and often times it corners them into buying a domain that isn't all that brandable, isn't fun, and that is actually quite limiting.

Nice post!
TJ Books Premium
I've been through this exercise before. Are you doing any traveling? John
mrbill6771 Premium
Good advice. A simple "the" has worked gret for me on two of my websites.
billybons Premium
Thank you, Nathaniel!
Maxwealthy Premium
Thanks Nathaniel! I never thought about adding a word at the beginning or at the end of my target website name.
johnhevans Premium
Great information. On my next website, I will use this technique.
kiliwia62 Premium
Thanks Nathaniel, these are very good pointers you have brought up.
dickw Premium
Thank you Nathaniell, this is great stuff.
Mike-Writes Premium
Great post, Nathaniell. Thanks for sharing.
Ken-Pringle Premium
Great tips Nathaniell.
We are creative in the other things we do.
Why not in the creation of our domain names?
indahpermai Premium
It's a really great article. And it makes sense too. There are certainly a whole bunch of adjectives that can be added to make your domain unique and catchy. For a newbie, this will really make it easier for me to choose a domain name. Haven't crossed my mind that there are so many ways to create the domain name that you really love. Thanks for the post. Really helpful!!!
Timard Premium
By the way fantastic post on sub domains the newbies are going to love you if they don't yet. lol!
Timard Premium
Nathaniell, I read something on this on the weekend and it looks like you really did your home work on sub domains, cause that what it's all about. When we want a certain domain name that is not available, we "sub" it. And I'm sure many will agree.
Mac01 Premium
Great post, Nathaniell.
Bernd16 Premium
Really a lot of good ideas. Thanks.
RogerHumbke Premium
Thanks for the post Nathanial.
MarionBlack Premium
Great advice Nathaniell (as usual).
LyndiM Premium
WOW, Thanks.
AlexEvans Premium
Such a creative way to look at things, thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Dmorrow Premium
Fantastic ways to get the name we originally wanted! Thanks.

chazz1012 Premium
Great info. How's the beer?
bryonbrewer Premium
keyword + animal is always a good choice as well. Like "ticketmouse" or "brewmonkey" etc
BoldChanges Premium
Great tips, thanks for the ideas!
ralphhusa Premium
This is some great information. I never thought of this type of approach. Great idea. Thanks,
AllanSiegel Premium
thanks for your ideas and suggestions about choosing a domain name that will be available. I am in the beginning (thought) stages of building a website for another niche, so I will refer to your article again as I need it.
catlady13 Premium
great article, it was very helpful!!!
PSenwelo Premium
Thanks Nat
JesseLaird Premium
Thank Nathaniell for the info, ill keep this in mind!
Harrysastar2 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, anything that beats the domain name hoggers purely for profit is welcome. Bookmarked.
Marcus1978 Premium
Great advice, thank you.
RayAleksandr Premium
Thanks Nathaniell for such great tips! I love the name of your site xBREWx but had no idea that was the reason behind. Instead of beeeeeeeeeeeer. com!
peter65 Premium
Thanks for sharing, I have bookmarked it for my next domain name.
mrssno Premium
Good post - I agree - do NOT pay the 50-5000 bucks helping those guys make money unless you're a billion dollar business already. Never be married to a domain name - you can truly come up with original and good sounding shorter domain names - it is possible! I've done it dozens of times!
Maxiam59 Premium
Yes I wish I would have done this in the past but now is as good a time as any all the best Max
CasFromCary Premium
I will bookmark this so I can refer to it when I am ready to buy my next domain.. Thanks for the info...
TanjaRita Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, these are some great tips! I am always shocked by how many domains are taken, but there are no website to go along with them.
sbrookeb Premium
Excellent. Thank you Nathaniel
gmegs Premium
Great ideas Nathaniell!
... thanks. I've been missing you! - glad you're posting/blogging/teaching us more again. You are incredibly helpful and I appreciate it.
Maestrob Premium
northpole Premium
I already sign up to Amazon affiliate account. I was required to fill up tax declaration. (for US citizen) since I'm not a US citizen what should I write in the box?
jdlovel Premium
what were the other options? How do you normally fill out tax declaration and if you don't have to pay taxes in the North Pole, what are the summers like there?
mckm Premium
There is a version of the tax form for people who are not US citizens. I suggest you start the tax section again and look for it - I missed it the first time. If you can't find it, get back to me and I'll go into Amazon and look for it. Good luck
Goldfishmind Premium
Another suggestion is to check out different extensions, like .club, .xyz or .ooo. Right now, there are over 600 extensions, and many of them have huge swaths still unregistered and waiting for people to take an interest.
.PRO for instance recently deregulated itself, allowing anyone with an interest to register their own .PRO domain name, though unlike a lot of TLDs it does require not using a privacy service, but the majority of these problems with this can be easily averted simply by creating a PO Box or having an actual business address, using a free Google number, and creating a work inbox using the website or your provider of choice.
GeorgeEkman Premium
I have decided to go branding with an acronym nice and short that people can remember. I'll see how it works before I get too excited about it.
IMc Premium
I've used 'love' & 'my' as prefixes & 'hq' as a suffix. Just a matter of choosing something that suits the phrase you want.
freedom1207 Premium
That's some great thinking 'outside the box' Nathaniell. Very helpful post. Thank you. Warmly, Heather :-)
Loes Premium
Nice thought, I wanted and added thisis before it, because wasn't available
SongbirdDL Premium
That is an excellent way to look at it. Very creative. Will keep this in mind for my next domain. Thank you for sharing. :)~Danielle
Kimsh Premium
very smart, I like it :)
Cali Premium
Awesome Nate. Thanks for the post.