So you have the next hottest startup idea burning your idea tree and ready for development. All you need is a good name for it and a domain to match. Easy right? “Not so fast,” your marketing sense tells you. In order to hit it big on Web 2.0, you need a short, catchy, and brandable domain and name. “MyKillerNewStartupPlanForWeb20.com” is not exactly, shall we say, memorable.
There aren’t very many short domains available anymore. Even 5-character wonders like “9oxt3.com” are hard to get and aren’t exactly useful. BrandBucket.com is in the business of helping you find the right domain for your new business. While the domain brokerage and domain exchange sites aren’t new, Brand Bucket is a little different.
The names that Brand Bucket has in its listings are generally 6 characters or less, are brandable, and are currently for sale. They are marketable names with potential, which is the point.
The site works similar to eBay or Amazon in that you can browse through the available domains, filter them using a few search filters, and flag them for your “Wish List” or “Watch List” so you can go back and compare those you liked later.
Many of the available names have simple logos or renditions to give an idea of what its current owner or seller thinks it would be good for. Every domain I saw while browsing through was definitely something someone would fine useful. There weren’t any lame 9oxt3 ducks, that’s for sure.
I found the simple searching by industry type to be the best filter, though imagination could turn some domains in one list into something useful on another. Domains you wish to purchase can be bought straight through Brand Bucket, no haggling.
Prices are set by sellers, who pay a fee to Brand Bucket when their domain sells, and range from $100 to several thousand, depending on the brand/domain’s uses and other characteristics. A few include ready-made websites, but most are just domains and logos ready for branding.
Definitely worth a search, the site has a lot of nice listings, is easy to use, and the free Domain Evaluator app is worth a try as well. Brand Bucket is based in Los Angeles, California.