What's the best thing to do if all the good domains are taken?

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What's the best route to go when all the good domains pertaining to your niche are taken? I've been investigating a niche that I think has low enough competition for me to compete with, but the good domain names I want to register are taken. The domains don't link to any site in particular but look to be purchased by domain flippers looking to turn a profit instead.

Is a .net domain all that different from a .com domain?

Is there anything I can add to the end of my domain that won't affect my rank? So for example, if BuyThisProduct.com is taken, can I register BuyThisProduct123.com without too big a difference?

Thanks in advance for any insight!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I've never come across a niche that had all the "good names taken". Since I don't rank any of my websites (I actively promote them) I don't put too much emphasis on the domain name. Sure, it's important, but what is going to drive sales is buying advertising, publicity, strategic partner ships, affiliates (if you have your own products / services), and content.

    I always find a dot-com name when I enter a new niche, always. Then I buy the .net and .org names for it too.

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  • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
    By "good names", I assume you mean the niche keyword in the domain.

    If you're looking at the long-term, 9 times out of 10 it's better to get a strong brandable domain name.

    If your customers have your name stuck in their head, then it's a lot better then them having to search for bestcoffeereviewsandtop10herecomequick.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Boonqueesha
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      I've never come across a niche that had all the "good names taken". Since I don't rank any of my websites (I actively promote them) I don't put too much emphasis on the domain name. Sure, it's important, but what is going to drive sales is buying advertising, publicity, strategic partner ships, affiliates (if you have your own products / services), and content.

      I always find a dot-com name when I enter a new niche, always. Then I buy the .net and .org names for it too.

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      Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

      By "good names", I assume you mean the niche keyword in the domain.

      If you're looking at the long-term, 9 times out of 10 it's better to get a strong brandable domain name.

      If your customers have your name stuck in their head, then it's a lot better then them having to search for bestcoffeereviewsandtop10herecomequick.com
      Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm still learning so my mindset isn't as diverse, but I have always thought that sites aimed at sales were easily spotted as disingenuous. From what I've read though that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess how you setup your site is dependent upon how you want to market it.

      I'll have to keep reading and doing research before I make a decision, I suppose. Thanks again!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
        Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

        Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm still learning so my mindset isn't as diverse, but I have always thought that sites aimed at sales were easily spotted as disingenuous. From what I've read though that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess how you setup your site is dependent upon how you want to market it.

        I'll have to keep reading and doing research before I make a decision, I suppose. Thanks again!
        There are many online shops and more now than ever, consumers are accustomed to buying online. You don't have to worry that people will think less of your site if you sell things as that's just part of the internet environment. Just pick a name that best describes your product or site or what you want to say. It doesn't have to contain a keyword so long as it's something you like and easy to remember.
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      • Profile picture of the author kid3378
        Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

        Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm still learning so my mindset isn't as diverse, but I have always thought that sites aimed at sales were easily spotted as disingenuous. From what I've read though that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess how you setup your site is dependent upon how you want to market it.

        I'll have to keep reading and doing research before I make a decision, I suppose. Thanks again!
        If the exact match domains you wish to get are already taken (.com, .net, .org), it implies that the competition for that keyword/niche is tough. XD

        You are able to compete with them with a different domain name. What matters more is that that the domain name should turn into a big brand in your niche.
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        • Profile picture of the author Boonqueesha
          Originally Posted by Jeffery Moss View Post

          There are many online shops and more now than ever, consumers are accustomed to buying online. You don't have to worry that people will think less of your site if you sell things as that's just part of the internet environment. Just pick a name that best describes your product or site or what you want to say. It doesn't have to contain a keyword so long as it's something you like and easy to remember.
          You're right! For me, I think websites aimed at providing information on a topic with affiliate links and ads on it is far better than a sales page. I'm not saying sales sites don't work because a lot of people see success with them, but it's just not my style. I think I'll try a branding approach instead of stuffing my domain with targeted keywords.

          Originally Posted by kid3378 View Post

          If the exact match domains you wish to get are already taken (.com, .net, .org), it implies that the competition for that keyword/niche is tough. XD
          Not to be argumentative, but I don't think that's always the case. Plenty of people scoop up domains hoping to turn a profit when someone wants to buy it. That seems to be the case with my niche, but it could also be my competitors trying to get other domains off the market to eliminate competition. I'm not sure at this point, which is why I'm taking my time to do some research before I dive right into it.
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          • Profile picture of the author kid3378
            Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

            Not to be argumentative, but I don't think that's always the case. Plenty of people scoop up domains hoping to turn a profit when someone wants to buy it. That seems to be the case with my niche, but it could also be my competitors trying to get other domains off the market to eliminate competition. I'm not sure at this point, which is why I'm taking my time to do some research before I dive right into it.
            Sure, there will be cases that some people/webmasters which will hoard domain names for them to sell those afterwards but it will still end up becoming your competition in that niche/keywords when the domain goes alive and kickin`.

            If the other way around happens, I'm sure competitors will be able to think of how to put the bought domains in good use and make profit out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

    What's the best route to go when all the good domains pertaining to your niche are taken?
    If you focused on branding (repeat traffic) you wouldn't have a problem finding a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Imfactsandsecrets
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    Originally Posted by Boonqueesha View Post

    What's the best route to go when all the good domains pertaining to your niche are taken? I've been investigating a niche that I think has low enough competition for me to compete with, but the good domain names I want to register are taken. The domains don't link to any site in particular but look to be purchased by domain flippers looking to turn a profit instead.

    Is a .net domain all that different from a .com domain?

    Is there anything I can add to the end of my domain that won't affect my rank? So for example, if BuyThisProduct.com is taken, can I register BuyThisProduct123.com without too big a difference?

    Thanks in advance for any insight!
    Keyword Match Domains no longer are as relevant as they used to be. GO for a name that is brandable. If you can get your hands on a .net domain go for it. Just the domain alone won't get you anywhere. It's the content and off site SEO that's more important. So, don't loose sleep over domain extensions.

    BTW, I personally like buythisproduct365.com more than buythisproduct123.com. Just my $0.02
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Brandable domains are the way to go, but there's a slight benefit in having a word related to your niche in your domain name. If you shift your focus from exact match domains to brandable domains, you will discover that not all the good domains have been taken and they can never be.

    I do not register .NET domains. Not that there's anything wrong with them - just my personal preference.
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