PickyDomains Names Your Domain

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So, you’ve come up with a brilliant idea for a new website or blog, but you’re having some trouble coming up with a good domain. Sure, you might have a few ideas, but all of these domains are already taken. PickyDomains is an excellent service that you might want to consider, because they offer 100% risk-free domain naming. And there’s something to be enjoyed by the more creative types in the audience too. Read the rest of this review to find out more.

Pick My Domain, Picky Domains

While you could name your website after yourself, like JohnChow.com or MichaelKwan.com, you obviously cannot employ this strategy for all your sites, especially if it’s going to be a Jessica Alba fansite or a herbal remedy e-store. PickyDomains is designed to help you come up with the best domain possible and there is no risk on your part.

Having already been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, PickyDomains is responsible for the naming of such popular sites as Aaron Wall’s SEOBook and Wendy Piersall’s eMomsAtHome. I guess they know what they are doing.

How Much Does It Cost?

If you choose to become a client, you’ll need to make a deposit of $50. This is the fee charged by PickyDomains for choosing your domain. This payment can be made by credit card, wire transfer, PayPal, or check. They accept a huge range of currencies, but if you’re using PayPal, they only take USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, and JPY.

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Remember, this is a deposit. If you are not satisfied with any suggestions, all you have to do is “simply close the order and ask as for refund.” (They really ought to fix that typo.)

In looking for domain suggestions, you are asked to provide six pieces of information: what your site is going to be about, what extensions you prefer, what keywords are critical for your domain name, how long the domain name should be, whether dashes or numbers are allowed, and examples of existing websites in your niche that you like.

One area that I would really like clarified is the exact process of accepting a domain suggestion. GoDaddy is one of PickyDomains’ partners and they have an affiliate link in the sidebar. Is it required to register through them? What’s preventing someone from asking for a refund and then registering one of the suggested domains after the fact?

Make Money Suggesting Domains

At first glance, it would seem like PickyDomains has a dedicated team of individuals who work around the clock coming up with domains. Well, that’s partly true. As it turns out, anyone can be a contributor. The registration form is remarkably short and you are set up with a contributor account in seconds.

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After you’ve logged into your contributor account, you can browse through the available orders. These are from the clients described in the previous section. If you suggest a domain that the client ultimately accepts, you get a 50% revenue share. This works out to $25, in case your math is a little fuzzy.

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What’s great about the suggestion tool, which is built right into every order, is that it can automatically check the eligibility of your domain suggestion. It checks whether the domain is available, whether it has already been suggested by someone else, and whether it adheres to the customer’s guidelines. For obvious reasons, suggestions made by other contributors are invisible to you.

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After you’ve made a few successful suggestions, they enter into an approval queue that will be viewed by the client. From here, the client can do one of three things: tag the suggestion as liked, tag the suggestion as disliked, or pick the suggestion. The first two are to help point you in the preferred direction. If a client ultimately chooses one of your suggestions, you will receive an email from PickyDomains informing you as such, requesting your PayPal information. They don’t say how long it takes to receive payment, but I hope that it’s near-instant.

A Solid Domain Naming Service

They’re obviously not the first company to offer such a service, but PickyDomains does a lot of things right. The $50 asking price is more than fair and they tap into the online community by allowing anyone to be a contributor. The 50/50 profit share is pretty fair too.

The next time you have a website idea that’s lacking in the domain department, I recommend you give PickyDomains a try. It’s great for creative domain-namers too, because they get $25 for each approved suggestion!


35 thoughts on “PickyDomains Names Your Domain”

  1. Thanks for the review! Not really for me I don’t think, but very interesting.

    1. Eastwood says:

      hmm I wonder who gets paid when someone other than John does a review

      1. I was a contributor at the beginning, and they always payed on time. It’s an honest company, so you don’t have to be worry Eastwood.

  2. Brian Nguyen says:

    Nice Review. By the way, have you heard about this guy, John? Armand Morin. He’s coming back for Internet Marketing.

  3. Tari Akpodiete says:

    hm, since Aaron Wall’s SEObook.com site has been around longer than Picky Domains, are you sure they helped Aaron name his business? Maybe they did some other work for him as they name him as a client, but don’t specify what they did for him.

  4. Tari Akpodiete says:

    also, after reading their site, sure seems to be a great way to get screwed out of the domain name you want because someone making the suggestion could then go ahead and register it and hold it for ransom.

    personally, i think people should probably be a bit less lazy and spend some time with a pencil and paper and a domain registration site, and maybe a dictionary.

    1. Hannah says:

      That was my initial thought, but I would guess that the person would actually register the domain before selecting it as “picked”, so the people who would do that would have to take the risk that
      a) the person who wants to register the domain will in fact prefer theirs
      b) they are also willing to pay a “ransom” instead of just finding a different domain.

  5. EarnBlogger says:

    That’s a nice service. The offer for contributors is interesting. $25 just for a picked domain name! Well, real marketers would rather register those names for themselves. 😈 Thanks for the info.

  6. Seopher says:

    It seems like an interesting idea; especially when you hit writers block when finding domains. But who doesn’t have a few friends to bounce ideas off? That’s how I work.

    I have a few dot-com friends to help; I know webdevs, designers, marketers… It’s not hard to find help naming a domain and it’s free.

    Good idea though, just not sure it’s a business model.

  7. I’d also worry about people sniping your domain from you – or worse sniping your idea. If you’re going a Jessica Alba fan site it’s no big deal but if you’re doing something unique I’m not sure you want to give out details to just anyone before you can get setup. It would be awfully tempting if your a contributor and like an idea and see that your suggestion was already suggested to snap up the domain yourself and compete with the guy who originally suggested the idea.

  8. natespost says:

    I actually enjoyed trying to come up with my domain name. You can’t tell by the end result, but I used an online thesaurus, english to latin/greek/portugese/etc. translators…everything. I can see that for many people it would be a very frustrating ordeal to have search after search return “this domain is already taken” so if they market it right, like with godaddy, I think it could be a winner.

  9. EW Chua says:

    Hi John, I started my free ads website, hoping to make some money but unfortunately not many folks click my google ads. Pls help advise. I like your site. Thanks.

  10. RhymeInTime says:

    Is it really that hard to pick a domain name?

  11. John Doe says:

    I think the price is reasonable and it’s a nice service. The offer for contributors is interesting. Guess this is what i need!

  12. Hardi says:

    Nice idea! But i will kept it myself if i have very unique keywords in my mind. And i will register it asap even the website still in development.

    I think some of you agree with my opinion.. CMIIW

  13. Alejandro says:

    you are not giving good content as you used to John Chow, now you are just putting reviews about 35% of your content are reviews.
    You know just try to put more effort on your money teaching thing, ok
    I wish you the best luck John Chow, Im kinda of a fan of you.

  14. nis says:

    true Alejandro..
    I m wondering how many of you who comments a lot in this website is actually making money like Johnchow. In other words earning a lot.
    You know who is making a lot? Its guys like John, Darren from Problogger, Shoemoney, etc..

    I m trying to come up with a website that will cover all these blogs and how their followers have exepreined ….

    1. Quite honestly, these guys don’t make their money ON their sites as much as make their money BECAUSE of their sites. People assume it’s big money to blog about blogging. It isn’t. It’s big money to run a big business that is fueled by a popular blog. Big difference.

  15. SiteHoppers says:

    Looks like a great affiliate program…almost.

  16. Wade Shuler says:

    Sounds good, but what are the odds that they pick the domain you suggest. I see people getting maybe $100 in a month if they post a lot of suggestions. I don’t see this being a money maker, but a little extra gas money. Might be worth a try as long as it is all free to the suggesters.

  17. Well looks nice and nothing to lose (maybe just a little in fees).

  18. Sweet site. I’d love to make money from it but I’m not that creative when it comes to domain names. ;P

  19. Pay $50 to get domain name suggestions…are you kidding me? That’s a service about 99.999% of us don’t need.

  20. Robert says:

    You’d be surprised how many people use it. It has actually generated some money for the owner. In addition, think about it. How much time have you spent on GoDaddy trying to find a good, catchy domain name? If you have the $50 to spend, it’s not a bad thing because you save yourself a lot of time.

  21. lee says:

    Gosh, I like picking domain names. This takes away all the fun.

  22. woolwit says:

    It is fun to hone your domaining skills by working on specific business/available-domain-name problems. If you do find something special, why wouldn’t you register it yourself? OTOH a couple of pretty good domain names I submitted, that were ‘liked’ by the client, ended up registered a few weeks later. Emails to support were promptly responded to with an ‘I’ll look into it’, but I never did hear back. I guess that’s the weak link with PickyDomains. If it’s a good enough domain name to be ‘liked’ it’s certainly possible that anyone else could stumble upon it as well, but it’s equally possible that either the client or PickyDomains are registering (not accusing anyone) your domain name ideas and you’re neither the wiser nor richer for it. Picky Domains lacks transparency and you may be waisting your time.

  23. Robert says:

    Heh, true. I’ve actually tried working for Picky Domains and choosing domain names for other people. If you’re creative, it’s a cool gig to have on the side, making $25 a pop.

  24. Sha says:

    Seems like a rip off. I also agree with some of the comments about possibly getting screwed out of a domain name. This is happening with Network Solutions [people checking to see if the domain they want is available & NS then register it for themselves] and they’re getting a lot of crap for it.

  25. Hey John! 🙂

    Actually, they didn’t pick the eMoms name, they picked a name for a different project that sadly I never got off the ground, because the name they picked was kick ass. (SecondHandDrink for a family support forum for relatives of alcoholics).

    I’m actually thinking about using them again because I’m about to rebrand and leave the name eMoms at Home behind. I finally couldn’t justify keeping the name any longer as we just have too many dads and non-parents hanging around. 🙂

  26. Jaisne says:

    SecondHandDrink? How are you defining ‘kick ass’, Wendy? Because that’s anything but. In fact, it sort of s*cks.

  27. Tari Akpodiete says:

    Wendy, while eMoms is a cool name (and you’re right about it needing to be different now that your site is grown), I don’t think that “SecondHandDrink” is a ‘kick ass’ name at all.

  28. SecondHandDrink and eMoms at Home have nothing to do with each other – hope that makes it clearer.

    1. Tari Akpodiete says:

      Yes, two separate things. I was never confused on that.

      eMoms is/was a great name, but you’re right, an updated name/domain would be a good idea given your audience. I was actually amusing myself by trying to come up with possibilties.

      As for the second site concept that didn’t launch – big ugh re that name – SecondHandDrink – and if they charged you 50 bucks for that, all I can say is I’m glad you didn’t pay more.

  29. domainer says:

    there seems to be a lot of objections and mistrust in replies towards the naming service provided by PickyDomains and naming services in general. Please Keep em coming, i am an objections collector, i will respond to each one in the near future.
    If you think coming up with a good name(s) is easy then congratulations. However just because you think the name is great doesn’t mean it is, and that the world will think so , even if you have friends to help you out its not enough.

    There are tens of thousands of Garbage domain names expiring everyday, business and dreams shuttered, i would argue that some of them could be attributed to bad name selection alone. These people need help.
    while i haven’t used PD services myself, if the ideas they come up with are solid, their fees are a bargain, and i bet they save their clients a lot of potential grief. There are a lot of variables that need to be considered, when selecting a name. Name selection shouldn’t be taken lightly if you want a successful start and brand. If you need more examples of bad names just look into any business directory.

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