Shorter domain names are better. One syllable words are simple, short, and memorable. This weekend I was looking for a domain name for a new project I was working on. Everything I initially tried was taken. What I did know was that I wanted to add a one syllable word to the end of my “anchor word”. It had nothing to do with recruiting, but for this example, I will use the anchor word RECRUIT.
I needed to create a repeatable, semi automated process to conquer this task. Here is what I did:
1. Create a list of one-syllable words. One of Broadlook’s software engineers, Kevin, had developed an algorithm to do this. It is a great thing when you have a team with 7 years of software code to pull off the shelf.
2. Pass this list of one-syllable words past a good set of text to get a frequency count. Kevin suggested to run it past the Brown Corpus. It was a good idea. Once I had a frequency count, I could remove words of very low frequency from the list. The end result was about 6100 one-syllable words
3. Build a simple Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet allows me to type in a single word and it will create about 6100 lines of potential domain names. You can get this spreadsheet here at a site I set up.
4. In batches of 500, paste them into GoDaddy’s bulk registration system. All the domains that are already registered will be culled out of the results.
If you are looking for a domain name in the recruiting space, you can try RecruitWho.com, RecruitGo.com or RecruitGun.com. All of these domains were available as of this writing. Below is the full list of 5700 available domain names starting with the word RECRUIT. Within this list are some good domains, and many very bad ones. They are listed in the order of occurrence of the word in the English language, starting with “the” being the most used. While this may seem daunting, check your premises. Try manually thinking up a domain name, checking if it is available, and trying again, again and again vs. looking through this list. This way is much faster. If someone picks one from this list, let me know, I’d love to hear that I saved you time. Go get em!