A tip for registering good generic domain names


A good domain name can be hard to find … especially when domain name extensions are in high demand. This is what is happening with the new .CLUB gTLD. If your Registrar tells you that the desired domain name is not available, this is not necessarily true.

Anyone involved in launching a website has to go through a domain name search, and most of the time it starts with the question, “Is .com available?” “. Most of the time, the answer is, “no, it isn’t.” The same goes for clubs looking for their domain name: if it is still easy to find the name of the club and to register the corresponding domain name, it becomes difficult to find a generic one like pet.club for an animal club.

An example

A Pet Club is a club for animal lovers and a good domain name for such a club would be: www.pet.club, right?

  • The first obvious thing to note is that there is no website when entering this domain name in a browser, which is a good thing as it probably means that the domain name is available online. ‘registration.
  • The second good thing is the result, after a search of the Whois database: “There was no record matching your WHOIS query”. This potentially confirms that the domain name is available for registration.
  • Unfortunately, any attempt to register this domain name with an accredited registrar for the .CLUB domain name extension will return the following response “the domain name is not available”.

The problem

Anyone faced with registering a domain name wants a good domain name, in the case of a club you don’t want a .COM, you want to name your Club with a .CLUB. If pet.club doesn’t appear to be available but could be, how do you dig deeper and where to go to make sure the domain name is free to register?

When AlpNames responds that the domain name is not available, it is just doing its job because pet.club cannot be registered like any other domain name, so there is a place to go when it does. product.

The solution

Of course, there is a way to register pet.club, although the process is confusing. The .CLUB domain name registry has obtained a list of special domain names which is available here.

The reason is simple: the accuracy of these domain names is very targeted and has valuable indicators: the year of the same registration for “pet.com” and “pet.net”, and a percentage of registrations of keywords among the most popular domain extensions.

When a generic domain name is not available and cannot be found in the Whois database, there is a good chance that you will find it in a Premium Inventory.


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