You probably spent a good deal of time coming up with a great name for your small business, asking the opinions of friends and family along the way. But choosing a domain name is a whole different ball game, with different factors to consider. How do you know if the domain name you are thinking of purchasing is any good? How do you even judge what makes a good domain name?
That’s where domodojo.com comes in.
In Japanese culture, a dojo is a place you can go to train in martial arts or to find enlightenment. If you find yourself in need of some enlightenment when it comes to choosing the perfect domain name for your business’s website, Domodojo can help.
Domodojo is an online domain name analysis tool that scores any domain name you enter, and gives it a grade from A to F. It bases its grade on six different categories, ranging from domain name length, to use of dictionary words (as opposed to made-up words or intentionally misspelled words), to distinctiveness.
It’s a great way to try out similar domain names and see which one receives the highest score. At the very least, it can help you narrow down your options by eliminating domain names that receive bad grades.
As you enter different domain name options, the site gives you a report card that shows you which factors affected your grade, so you can adjust the domain name accordingly. For example, if you entered the domain “domodojo4me.net,” you would receive a C- grade, but you’ll see that your grade was affected negatively by the domain name’s use of a numeric digit and “.net” as your top-level domain (TLD). Simply change the number 4 to the word “for” and the TLD to a “.com”, and your new domain name, domodojoforme.com, receives an A- grade.
By spending just a little time on Domodojo, you’ll get a good idea of what makes a great domain name, and you may land on the perfect domain that is distinct, yet memorable. Best of all—it’s completely free (and kind of fun, too).