What are the general rules when choosing a domain name? I know things in terms of keyword research and exact matches etc. However should you do things like:
1. Check a domain name as in the history of it - if "yes" how do you go about doing this?
2. There was a domain name I wanted and I could see that when I typed in the URL it showed up as "this account is Suspended" and the rest of the page was blank. If I wanted to still use this URL with "dashes" or with an "extra letter" would this still be advisable as obviously the full domain name has a bad history - could this affect me or my rankings if I used the similar domain as above??
Any other advice about "checking" or "choosing" domains would be appreciated.