All of the good domain names are taken.
We all know this.
Unless divine inspiration hits and you have luck on your side, finding a one or two word domain name is nerve wracking, to say the least.
However, one tool that I used to help me pick the name of my newest blog is google themselves.
I used google’s own keyword finder.
Technically, the keyword finder is designed for the users of google adwords but they never said that I couldn’t use it anyway I want, right? Lol.
Since this site was primarily about giveaways, I did a search for the word giveaway.
I also made sure to search for give away as two words because sometimes that brings up different results.
The results were pretty typical and most of the keywords that could be translated into a domain name were already taken.
But I got some lil’ bug in me that said, hey, what would happen if you clicked on Approximate CPC?
So I did and wowsers, look at the money folks are spending!
I have gots to gets me some of that! Lol.
Of course, the competition is stiff for those key words but what can you expect when the advertisers are paying $10 – $30 per click?!?!
I also noticed that the top CPC searches involved giving away cars.
So, I chose to use a combination of the words GiveAway and Car.
Most of the ones that I tried where, of course, already taken.
As midnight creeped ever closer, I basically slapped the word “the” in front and thus, TheGiveAwayCar.com was born.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people are searching for that phrase so basically I am testing whether it is better to have a domain that has a high CPC but not a lot of global searches versus a domain that has a low to moderate CPC but a decent amount of global searches.
So, that’s my story of how I chose my latest domain name.
How did you chose yours?
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