What to Do if Your Desired Domain Name Isn’t Available

What to Do if Your Desired Domain Name Isn’t Available

You’ve probably been there – you finally found the domain name you want, you type it in the search box only to see that it’s already taken. While it shouldn’t be a key element to your business’s success, you could have spent hours building it into your business plan.

In this unfortunate case, what to do if the domain name you want is unavailable? You have a few options, certainly more than the common response of ‘let’s find another one.’ Now we will elaborate on all the details in this complete guide.

Do NFT Domains Expire?

The first topic we’ll go through is the expiry of NFT domains. While regular domains indeed expire, allowing new owners to invest in them, domains on Cloudname do not expire. Once you buy it, it’s yours, and you have control over it for life.

If your domain isn’t available and you plan to buy it once it’s expired, it’s simply not an option.

Change it Slightly

Assuming the specific domain you want is now taken, try a comparable name or a synonym. For example, try using a similar term, adding an extra word in or changing the letters slightly and this will undoubtedly increase your chances of finding an available domain.

To give you an idea, “crypto.x” may be taken, but “coin.x” or “cryptocurrency.x” may be available.

Add a Verb to the Domain Extension

This is a great way to personalize your domain and find an available version of it. If you sell NFTs and the collection is “trees NFT,” but it’s unavailable, then try adding “Get” and see if it is.

This is an excellent way for entrepreneurs to find domains that match their field and can be marketed readily.

Choose Another Domain Extension

If your perfect domain isn’t available with the domain extension you want, then try checking other ones. For instance, a domain ending in “.x” could be unavailable since it’s a popular extension. But your domain will probably be available with other extensions like .coin or .wallet.

It’s worth noting that some domain extensions are much pricier than others. “.x” is sometimes twice as expensive as “.wallet”.

Check Other Platforms to Buy from Investors

The investor of an NFT domain owns it for life. However, it’s common to resell NFT and NFT domains on other platforms like OpenSea. That is to say, if you see your dream blockchain domain not being available on Cloudname and you’re not flexible with your choice, you could potentially find it elsewhere.

However, you should know that NFT domains sell fast and, therefore, you could be missing an opportunity if you’re not flexible with your choice.

What is Domain Flipping?

Talking about reselling blockchain domains on other platforms, it’s natural to think about domain flipping, but let’s elaborate on this subject.

Domain flipping is the act of purchasing domain names cheaply and reselling them. While this practice is widespread for regular domains, it’s getting more common in the blockchain space.

Abbreviate Your Domain

Another great way to find an alternative domain is to abbreviate it. In fact, if your domain isn’t available, you could abbreviate it and find a suitable alternative for your business or crypto address.

Let’s say that your business name is “Gallery Smith and John”, you could abbreviate it to “gallerysandj” or “gallerysj”. These are typical examples of domain abbreviations that users find when their domain name isn’t available.

Add a Country to Your Domain Name

When a domain isn’t free for purchase, adding a country extension is a great idea. Nissan has been a famous case, and they added “USA” to their brand name as the domain “nissan.com” was not available.

Suppose that you want to buy a domain for your company called “Ethereum”. Of course, it’s not going to be available, so you could try “Ethereumus” or “Ethereumusa” and you may have more luck in finding your preferred domain name.

Final Thoughts

If your domain name isn’t available, these were all the hacks and alternatives to find one that can suit you and your business.

Of course, people may spend hours finding the perfect domain name, and it’s a shame when it’s not available. But, with a little bit of patience and effort, you can get one that matches your requirements.

How does it work?

On 28/01/2023 a whitelist of eligible wallets will be published (any wallet holding $CNAME since before 27/01/2023 – NOTE: the tokens needs to be in a WALLET and not for example in an exchange)

Whitelisted users will be able to Redeem $CNAME directly on the Cloudname website.
The application page will allow users to connect their wallet and choose how many $CNAME to redeem.

Once the $CNAME are sent, users will immediately receive an email with a Freename promo code. Every promo code will be $100 max, and is not cumulative  (e.g. if you redeem $1,000 in $CNAME, you will receive 10x $100 promo-codes)

Happy Web3 TLDs and Domains Shopping!