How to track down available domain names

Life on the web doesn’t begin until you have purchased your first domain name. May be the most important component of getting up and running with your very own corner of the Internet, searching for available domain names – and then investing in one that suits your needs a right down to the ground – is one of the most important first steps you’re ever going to take. Whether you are looking to build your own digital business, carve out a niche knowledge-based site to provide free and high quality content, or just want to dabble in the world of web design and programming, these things are only possible once you have snapped up any of the available domain names.

The only problem with this is that it can be more than a little bit difficult to move forward with available domain names that haven’t been already purchased.

Remember that literally millions and millions of websites have already been registered – with thousands more being added to the world of the web each and every single day

If you take nothing else away from this article, it’s that you need to jump on top of any of your high-level available domain names as soon as humanly possible. You’re going to be facing some of the staunchest competition for these domain names that human history has ever seen, with seemingly everyone (and their brother) jumping online and trying to carve out their own little niche of the web.

This has really created the world’s first online gold rush for domain names, with literally hundreds of thousands of domain names disappearing each and every single year. The sad part is that many of these domains are simply purchased with no real system, strategy, or process behind the investment – because people just want to have the peace of mind in knowing that they own that domain name and no one else can take it from them. This means that your grand idea may never be able to see the light of day simply because some squatter is parked on top of what used to be the perfect available domain name.

The easiest way to understand whether or not you’re dealing with available domain names or ones that have already been purchased is to punch it into your browser window

It doesn’t get any more simple and straightforward than this, and though it isn’t a sure fire way to understand if a domain name is available or if it has already been purchased, it’s a great place to start. What you’re going to want to do is simply write the domain name that you are interested in directly into your address bar and then hit the enter button.

That’s it. It’s that simple.

You’re either going to be served up one of a handful of different websites – the actual website that has already been created by a domain name that has been purchased, a parked website placeholder telling you that the domain name has been purchased but no site has been developed for it, or an error page that may give you a glimmer of hope in investing in this web domain all on your own.

From there, you’re going to want to quickly search for the available domain names you have stumbled upon in your favorite domain tool

The next step is to grab those available domain names that you found in your browser search, and run them through any of the domain name tools that are available freely all over the Internet. Usually provided by domain registrar services or the web hosts that would like you to register your new domain through their platform, there are also a number of third-party tools that can be quite valuable if you understand exactly how to use them. The web is absolutely filled with these tools, and just a simple Google search will turn up the results of hundreds and hundreds of them.

All in all, it is absolutely essential that you track down any of the available domain names that you are interested in purchasing as soon as humanly possible – before you run the risk of someone else grabbing them before you have your own opportunity to register them on your own.