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.IO domain search has been added

NameStation now supports searching for .IO (British Indian Ocean Territory) domains.

The .IO extension has gained popularity among startups in the recent years, but there are still plenty of short names and dictionary domains available.

New Search Method – Transform Lists

Today we added a new way to search for domain names. The Transform Lists search enables you to select an existing Wordlist and apply the following character transformations to create new name ideas:

  • Replace a random vowel
  • Replace a random consonant
  • Remove first vowel
  • Remove first consonant
  • Remove first letter
  • Remove last vowel
  • Remove last consonant
  • Remove last letter
  • Swap first 2 characters
  • Swap last 2 characters
  • Reverse letters

Try it out now – replace a random vowel in the Desserts list.

You can also add a few additional letters as a prefix or suffix.

We may add additional transformations soon – let us know in the comments, if you have any requests!

Improved keyword research tools

We’ve made a number of improvements to NameStation’s keyword research tools.

Now there’s a more convenient way to look up definitions, Lists containing a keyword and semantically related words. Click on any keyword to perform a search with that word or generate domain names.

 

Keyword Research

Downvoting previously upvoted entries no longer results in losing 1 Point

Contest Holders are sometimes still using Up/Downvotes for sorting entries.  When a previously upvoted entry was downvoted, it caused contestants to lose 1 Point, while the actual intention of the Contest Holder may have been resetting the vote to 0.

This has been changed, so that when such entries are downvoted, the upvote is simply removed, which won’t result in a downvote. If the Contest Holder then still wishes to issue a downvote for a previously upvoted entry, they can do so by clicking the down arrow twice.

New domain extensions added – .CZ and .LA

NameStation now supports generating domain names with .CZ (Czech Republic) and .LA (Los Angeles) Top-level domains.

There are tons of 3-4 character names and dictionary domains available with both extensions, act fast to get the good ones!

How to find better name ideas and earn more Talent Points at contests?

This article is often being updated with new tips and guidelines about maximizing your earnings at Public Name Contests.

Quick Tips

  • Subscribe to Contest Alerts. First entries get more attention and points.
  • When adding names to the contest, use the Star icon next to the domain names – it’s much faster that way.
  • Explore every domain name generator, try all search options. It takes just a few minutes and gives you a significant advantage.
  • It helps to know, which Keyword Lists exist, so that you can choose the most relevant ones for a particular Contest. Don’t hesitate to experiment with unconventional list combinations.
  • It is nearly impossible to find good names starting with “web” or “net”. Instead of popular keywords, use related words and synonyms.  Think of conceptual words, not descriptive. For instance, an antivirus software product name could be based on words that convey the idea of security – wall, defense  fort, castle, guard.
  • For finding keyword variations we recommend Onelook Reverse Dictionary – by far the best tool for finding conceptually related words.
  • Experiment with Latin translations. Many words in English have Latin roots, and usually names generated in Latin can be pronounced in English.
  • Contest Holders prefer 10 relevant names instead of 100 random names. Completely irrelevant names might get flagged, don’t get carried away.
  • If anything is unclear about the contest, post a Discussion message and ask the Contest Holder to clarify.
  • Create your own niche wordlists – they can be used in all Lists searches.
  • When a contest closes, all entries become visible. Explore closed contests,  see what kind of entries were upvoted.
  • It helps to create a better looking profile.  Upload your photo and add a creative tagline.
  • Subscribe to our Blog for weekly updates about latest features and search techniques.
  • Avoid making spelling mistakes and poor grammar on your profile page and contest communication. Use a spell check tool if needed.

Detailed guidelines:

Understand Contest Requirements

Read the contest description in full, make sure you understand what the contest holder’s expectations are. When there is a website link attached to the contest, visit it.

Research unfamiliar topics – when the Contest is about a name for a semiconductor maker, look the topic up in Wikipedia and try to understand what it is exactly what the company does. This is also a good way to research niche keywords.

Add Contest Keywords

Before you start searching for name ideas, take a look at the Contest Keywords tab. Add your own keywords. Each added keyword increases the number of word combinations exponentially. A total of 20-30 keywords should be sufficient to begin with.

An irreplaceable source for finding inspiration for keywords is the Onelook Reverse Dictionary. You can simply copy the names from their search results and paste to the Contest.

For synonyms and definitions we recommend Wordnet. Sometimes interesting names can be found when taking a list of words and translating them to Latin or some other language with Google Translate.

Contest keywords can then be used with all types of domain search tools to create combined and random names.

Post relevant names

The contest holders expect you to spend a little time thinking for them. If they wanted to receive completely random name ideas, we could generate 10000 names for them in a few seconds. Instead, they prefer 10 names that are relevant to their needs.

What the Contest Holders don’t like:

  • Don’t use Z-s as substitutes for S-s
  • Avoid posting names that contain 3-4 words. Best names contain 1-2 words.
  • Don’t use hyphens, avoid using numbers
  • Never use ALL CAPS or other tricks to get attention. These names may be removed and it may affect your Talent Points.

When posting a name to a Contest, simply ask yourself this one question each time: Would you use that name for your own business?

Listen to feedback

When you receive votes, try to understand which types of names the Contest holder likes and suggest a few more names like the ones that received upvotes.

Master the domain search tools

NameStation can create all sorts of names. Most people are too busy to learn them in depth, so you’ll have a tremendous advantage after you’ve understood all search types and advanced options.

Learn about naming and word formation techniques

  • What types of names are most popular on the web today? There is an excellent article about 10 company name types on TechCrunch
  • What are some of the techniques for name creation? A company named Igor has posted The Igor Naming Guide - a must- read for all naming specialists.

Getting started

Finding name ideas is an ideal job for working at home at the time they choose. Know someone with good language skills and a bit of spare time? Invite some friends if you know they might be interested in helping.

Get started – go to Public Contests.

Append popular suffixes to a keyword list

The List Suffixes search now has an option to choose between popular suffixes (such as io, ify, ly, isto) and generic nonsensical suffixes (such as eum, ead, sar, sen). Suffixes are added randomly each time you generate new results.

This new search option improves the chances of discovering valuable domains. For instance, by using the Travel List, we found in just few minutes such domains as Jetisto.com, Traills.com, Beachter.com, Voyagematic.com, Airfity.com, Flewter.com.

Separation of Shortlisting and Voting

Recent updates to entries sorting had a negative effect on voting – Contest Holders started using voting to manage shortlisted entries, and downvoted entries that were originally upvoted – to narrow down their shortlist. Therefore we have separated shortlisting entries from voting.

Entries upvoted by CH-s are automatically added to their shortlist. To remove entries from the shortlist, CH-s have to click the Remove from Shortlist button, instead of downvoting the name. This way CH-s have a convenient way of selecting final candidates without affecting previously given votes and points.

New sorting and filtering options for contest entries

We’ve added a couple of new options for sorting and filtering contest entries:

  • Unrated – gives the Contest Holders a better overview about which entries need to be rated.
  • Voted Up/Down – filters by total score. Includes votes by other voters in addition to the Contest Holder.
  • Contest Holder Votes – Up/Down votes cast by the Contest Holder only.

Participants can see the entries only after the contest has expired.

 

Contestant payouts are now made for every 1000 Talent Points

Starting today, payments of $100 are issued each time you’ve received another 1000 Points.

Previously we issued Paypal payments of $50 every time 500 Points was reached.