SILLY DOMAIN NAMES CAPTURING THE ATTENTION OF INTERNET USERS – There are some mighty strange names that start-ups choose for their online businesses.
There was a time where we thought that Yahoo was bit of a whacky name and even bordering on the ridiculous but there is a method to the madness.
You are probably thinking that Meebal is a rather strange name and along with the likes of Spotify, Huntsy, Tumblr it’s simply weird; so why do start-ups like Meebal.com choose such outrageous names that mean almost nothing.
There are a couple of well known rules when it comes to creating a domain name that can stick in the minds of users.
The first rule is to use prefixes and suffixes; think about the likes of Huntsy, a job hunting website or Flickr the well-know image sharing website. These both use prefixes and suffixes to get their message across.
These are all pretty strange spellings or portmanteau words that use suffixes like ‘ify’ or ‘sy’; again look at Spotify and Huntsy as the perfect case scenario.
The World Wide Web has grown exponentially over the years and it is now almost impossible to find single words or even entire phrases that are available for registration, without resorting to ‘made-up’ words. Therefore start-ups have to explore words, or names if you like, that are completely ‘out-of-the-box’.
There is also another consideration and that is ease of use; that is how easy is the word to spell and type on a keyboard and secondly making the word short enough so that it is easy to remember.
Look closely at the selection above and you’ll notice that all, accept Spotify, consist of 6 characters; making them short, sweet, catchy, easy to type and memorable.
You might be thinking where Meebal comes into this mix in regards to prefixes, suffixes or portmanteau words; in fact it doesn’t.
When I first started looking for domain names it was almost impossible to come up with a domain name that contained an association to ‘news’. You name it the domain has already been registered; some by active websites and many by those register domains with the intent to sell them to others for profit.
In the end I used an online service that simply generated meaningless words of under 6 characters. While this is not exactly scientific nor uses any principles of the prefixes, suffixes or portmanteau words it has served it primary purpose of being short, memorable and easy to type.
Meebal is not alone in this concept; look at other extremely well know websites such as Drupal or Joomla, both mean absolutely nothing and yet are household names in the web development and design community.
Years ago, we’re talking 10 plus, I registered the domain name ‘Inthebag.co.uk’ with the intent of developing a shopping site of some sorts. Even back then it was difficult to come up with a meaningful name and at the time it cost me under £10 to register and yet in less than 2 weeks I was offered £1,750 for it.
Coming up with a start-up concept is not easy. The web is full of brilliant ideas and almost anything you can think of is already being offered to internet users in one form or another.
At the time of registering meebal.com the concept was to create a news website with a difference. There are simply tons on websites that deliver the news in one way or another but I wanted to deliver news on a ‘personal level’; that is I wanted to be able to report news and write about current news with my own opinions and I wanted others, under the mantra of free speech and expression, to be able to do the same.
Meebal.com, whilst still in the start-up stage, is growing pretty quickly and I get a few articles per week offered from members of the public. I am hoping that this will grow and turn into thousand and I’m confident this will accrue in time.
How important is a good domain name? It can make a difference between coming popular and successful or falling by the wayside. Having an obscure name is acceptable providing it’s kept short and sweet.
There are of course highly valued names on the market and if you have sufficient funding for acquiring a domain name then it’s often perceived as a very good investment. Recently investing.com was put on the market for $2.5 million and sold within hours of begin made available.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of domain registrations a day and therefore most start-up, whilst they have a good idea, are finding it increasingly difficult to find a name suitable and therefore the market and acceptability for whacky and weird names has become widely accepted.
If I offered up one piece of advice it would be; don’t worry about the name being more than a little weird or whacky, just ensure its short.
If you are currently thinking about starting an online business I for one wish you all the best; I have a real passion for those with the entrepreneurial spirit and love anything that is creative with the remit of providing others with useful content on the web.
Before you go, and if you are looking for a domain name for your start-up, then watch the video above. Here you will get some extremely good information and ideas for creating domain names.
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Do you think weird and whacky names are just silly? What do you think of the name Meebal? Please leave your comments below.