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How Keyword Research Helps Me Buy Domain Names


Subscribe to Elliot's BlogI hate online advertising that gets in the way of my work. This includes page takeovers, fly-ins, pop ups and pop unders. I don’t think much can be done about page takeovers or fly-ins since the website is responsible for that annoyance, and you can’t really stop them since they’re tied in with the site. However, you can stop pop ups with pre-installed browser programs.

While doing some online research today, I noticed a NetFlix pop under had appeared on my screen. Apparently the pop up blocker doesn’t help with a pop under. I wondered whether there was a program that could stop pop unders, and then I wondered whether someone had registered Surprisingly, nobody had registered it. I wondered whether I should grab it and thought about whether anyone looks for “pop under stoppers.”

After doing some research, I found that nobody looks for “pop under stoppers” – but instead, searchers are looking for a “pop under blocker” or “pop under blockers.” I quickly did a Whois check, and strangely enough was taken, but was available, as was the plural. I don’t know whether these domain names will be worth a lot of money, but the more pop unders that appear, the more likely it is that people will be searching for a pop under blocker – not a stopper – and I have the domain name.

I also got just in case.

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Comments (12)

    Tony Lam, DMD

    Nice hand regs, Elliot. That’s the way to do it.

    I registered which also gets searched after reading this.

    Great post.

    September 18th, 2008 at 11:57 am


    I do hate pop up too..
    but ads are getting better/smarter nowadays..

    I recently registered after seeing a video,
    that nearly killed me laughing, at
    (video made by the guys at ‘quiet library’ )

    to my amazement started getting very decent traffic! I’ve decided to put an ad on it today but not the
    annoying pop-ups!

    I’ve put one that would definitely capture every visitor’s attention. Have a look if you wish.

    when I see popups on a website, the latter immediately loses credibility for me, and I think that more and more people feel the same.


    September 18th, 2008 at 12:06 pm



    whatever happened to your mantra: quality over quantity

    days after your purchase of the tantalizing, you tell us about

    what gives?


    Sometimes it’s the little names that become the big names – and it’s fun to find good unregistered names. Doing this is what really got me jazzed about the domain industry when I first started, and I still enjoy it from time to time.

    It also illustrates how keyword research can be helpful when buying domain names.

    September 18th, 2008 at 12:51 pm


    Nice finder elliot. This week i find 2 nice domain. SaleSeeds(dot)com and StoolChairs(dot)com.

    Registered new domain is fun.

    September 18th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    George Pickering

    Eliott, thanks to your article mentioning @ Traffic – I decided to look into other hybrids. Last month, I purchased

    Last night I was able to hand reg ClosetContractor(s).com, RoomContractor(s).com, WalkwayContractors(s).com, SodContractor(s).com and’

    Our focus in home improvement, so these domains were perfect. Your blog sparked this search and I appreciate your help in inquiring domains that will help my business.

    September 18th, 2008 at 5:05 pm




    Nothing wrong with being a trend setter. You may win some and lose some, but at least you’re always thinking ahead of the curve.


    Don’t listen to naysayers.

    September 18th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Tim Davids

    Hey! SuperDooperPopUnderUpBlockerStopperKnockers gotta eat too :)

    September 18th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Cardiff International

    This is pretty good going. May be you could develop it and see how it goes in a year or so.

    September 19th, 2008 at 6:35 am

    J.R. Jackson

    What kind of keyword research do you do beyond seeing if the name is available. I have used Googles Keyword Tool but what else do you recommend beyond that?



    September 19th, 2008 at 1:44 pm


    Dear Elliot,

    Great article…Yeah it goes to show that sometimes we can amaze ourselves as to what domains we’ll find that are not registered yet. Interestingly, I too like Elliot got into domaining by doing simple searches and found…When I registered that domain I thought it was great only if I could write a software program that would tell people about which keywords are right ones to choose for a domain…I am thinking of Selling this incredible I feel it has great potential. Any buyer please contact me.


    September 19th, 2008 at 5:48 pm


    There is nothing wrong with hand regging a new domain when you find one. You just have to be careful not to get into the habit of doing it 10 times a day. If was up at an auction, buying it would be a much bigger decision, but not for reg fee. What do you think it would go for in a drop auction?

    September 21st, 2008 at 2:01 pm


    ha..ha.. lucky you, tell me if you reg another funny names :)

    September 21st, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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