New Startup - Domain name taken - Advice?

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by JJWinst, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Besides the internet side of things you have also checked that you can use the words you want as a brand name?
    If it's really good then it may already be being used.
     
    Posted: Jan 24, 2018 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  2. JJWinst

    JJWinst UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I've checked company name / trademarks etc and all seem available.
     
    Posted: Jan 27, 2018 By: JJWinst Member since: Mar 27, 2013
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  3. JJWinst

    JJWinst UKBF Regular Free Member

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    UPDATE: So i'm trying new names (mainly 1 word names) and it appears every domain is taken but not being used.. I'm coming across so many pages which don't appear to be in use or they have expired but I can't purchase them!!? :mad:

    Also - trademark comment; is there a way to check whether my brand name can be trademarked?
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2018 By: JJWinst Member since: Mar 27, 2013
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  4. g

    g UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Brief advice...
    • It's always worth having com and co.uk, but if your market is just uk the latter will suffice if the com is unavailable.
    • Hyphens can be a problem - users forget to type them.
    • Prefacing your desired domain with an appropriate verb/adjective can be effective.
     
    Posted: Jan 31, 2018 By: g Member since: Jan 29, 2018
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  5. LiveNetworks Ltd

    LiveNetworks Ltd UKBF Regular Free Member

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    If you're UK and have a .uk fine.

    We've got the AbcBrand.co.uk domain, a competitor as AbcBrandUK.com and you wouldn't believe how often we are contacted by their customers.
     
    Posted: Jan 31, 2018 By: LiveNetworks Ltd Member since: Jan 31, 2018
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  6. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    That's what happens when you are late to the party.

    Make the brand a two word thing
     
    Posted: Jan 31, 2018 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  7. Page

    Page UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    or even

    threewordthing
     
    Posted: Jan 31, 2018 By: Page Member since: Jul 28, 2007
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  8. LiveNetworks Ltd

    LiveNetworks Ltd UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Good news, threewordthing.co.uk and threewordthing.com are both available! :)
     
    Posted: Jan 31, 2018 By: LiveNetworks Ltd Member since: Jan 31, 2018
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  9. Awinner2

    Awinner2 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I use this domain name generator to get instant multiple variations on a keyword.

    https://instantdomainsearch.com/

    It does link out to Godaddy if you wish to purchase that way but of course there is no obligation!
     
    Posted: Feb 3, 2018 By: Awinner2 Member since: Aug 4, 2017
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  10. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    So are twowordthing.co.uk and twowordthing.com
     
    Posted: Feb 3, 2018 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  11. JJWinst

    JJWinst UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Why is it that some domains are available at 'GoDaddy' but unavailable elsewhere? I've changed my name and found the .com to be available but at a premium rate at GoDaddy and the .co.uk at a reasonable price - but these both are unavailable at 1&1 ??
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: JJWinst Member since: Mar 27, 2013
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  12. Scott@KarmaContent

    [email protected] UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    GoDaddy is a marketplace as well. The domains will be owned by an investor who is advertising them on GoDaddy which is why you'll see them at a higher price and why you won't see them available on 1&1.
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: [email protected] Member since: Jun 24, 2014
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  13. JJWinst

    JJWinst UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Ah right - never understood that. I thought they all had access to some database of some sort!

    Who would you use for domain registration?
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: JJWinst Member since: Mar 27, 2013
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  14. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Godaddy are actually not bad for registrations, as long as you are prepared to ignore their 'upsell' attempts like hosting, email, domain privacy.
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011
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  15. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I'll happily pay £5 a year to not be contacted by Indian 'SEO' companies ;)
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: Paul Murray Member since: Nov 24, 2011
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  16. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Why pay £5 a year for something you can get for free. Domain name .co.uk from GoDaddy £9.99 - domain name with free privacy from Google Domains £10.00?
     
    Posted: Feb 5, 2018 By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011
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