I'm an amateur domainer re-entering the market in his retirement. Some of my advice may be out of date, and other NP memebrs may be able to improve on my suggestions. Please comment or correct me if I make any mistakes, but I'd be grateful if posters could refrain from turning this thread into a sales thread for their own names. The object of the excercise is to try to find a domain name that is available for reg fee, and is likely to turn a small profit. I'm only going to look at .com names without hyphens or numbers. I'm aware that this rules out a lot of potentially profitable names, but deviating from keyword .coms involes some other discussions, and I felt it would complicate the thread for a newcomer to the domain name world. The first thing to do is to find a niche to search. This needs to be topical and profitable. Look at newspapers, google search trends and youtube to find topical issues. Potentially profitable is a bit more complex. There are quite a few factors involved. US, UK and European surfers can generate higher value clicks than those from undeveloped countries. You should also focus on english keywords if english is your first language. If you are not fluent in english, then be especially careful when selecting a keyphrase. Just putting a couple of dictionary words together will not generate a profitable key phrase. So lets select a few topics that I think are current. The big news at the moment is president elect Trump, Brexit and the disintegration of the EU, Bitcoin, The decline of the bee population and other environmental issues. I ruled out the political topics as they are harder to monetise. Also I skipped over the bee issue as I felt that traffic would have a lower value. Bitcoin and Forex has some potential, but those are massively popular names, and a quick scan led me to think that it wouldn't be easy to find a good name. So that seems to have ruled out everything, so I reviseted the list for inspiration. Looking at the broader aspects of the Trump/Brexit topics, I came to the conclusion that the growing crisis in banking had some possibilies, and the big issues that are going to hit millions of people are debts and loans. So off we go to hunt for names.