A good domain name is

• meaningful -- conveys a clear message

• easy to remember

• unique, descriptive, and "you"

In general, if you follow the above guideline for creating your VPP, you won't need much help coming up with a great domain name. But if you really want to make sure that you've left no cyber-stone unturned, try these sites...

http://www.NameBoy.com/

http://creator.homepagenames.com/

http://www.domainsurfer.com/

http://www.bestnames.net/cgi-bin/search.cgi

https://secure.kudosnet.com/domain/k2/r.dmc/

http://www.networksolutions.com/purchasing/nameGen.jhtml

http://www.e-gineer.com/domainator/

http://www.startstorm.com/

NOTE: Don't register your domain at any of these services until you've seen your "very best" below.

And here's a site that searches domains that have recently expired... http://www.whois.net/searchD.cgi2

If you already have an idea for a great name and just want to check to see if it's been taken...

http://www.betterwhois.com/

Got a great, and available, name? Super! Now use one of these sites to check trademarks...

http://www.marksonline.com/

http://www.nameprotect.com/cgi-bin/FREESearch/search.cgi http://wsj.nameprotect.com/

http://trademarks.uspto.gov/access/search-mark.html

Other countries...

http://www.patent.gov.uk/dbservices/tm.html

Canada

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/cgi-bin/sc_consu/trade-marks/search_e.pl

Australia

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