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I have been settling on the .biz namespace for some time because I cannot find any available .com's. However, I run a computer repair business and someone tried to sell me motherboardrepair.com for $100. This is a good deal for me, unfortunately I do not do motherboard repair.

Is there a website where I can signup for emails of offers like these?

Clarification: I do not have a specific name in mind. I want to join a mailing list to spectate what offers are out there. Does such a list exist and is not spammed so much that I wouldn't want to join?

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GoDaddy, among others, can set you up on waiting lists for domains. You can also pay a premium to attempt to snipe a domain from expiry, though this is not a guarantee.

As an aside, I can't imagine a .com that could suite you isn't available as long as you're keeping it unique to your business. Granted, things with motherboard, processor, hard drive (and any other PC component and/or variation) are probably accounted for, but what's wrong with mybusinessname.com/my-business-name.com?

Granted, you can acquire business from online marketing but you'll need the content on the site to do the talking. Admittedly URL text is a heavy-hitter on the SEO rank, but placing information and a well-formatted website within that domain can score higher points. Also, it allows people to find you easier by name for when you build your reputation up (otherwise the user gets hits from google, yellow pages, etc. describing just your location).

Just my $0.02

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Yeah I was thinking about that. I mean what does yahoo mean anyway? But I remember it. However, most my business customers are found online as I do not have a physical office. –  unixman83 Feb 15 '12 at 17:03
    
@unixman83: Then use adwords, facebook advertising, etc. to draw them in. Having broken-pc.com may help with people searching for just that, but it doesn't speak anything for the reputation, customer support or pricing. Think about this: "Dell"/"HP" rank highly when searching for new PCs, yet neither have any "related" keywords in the domain name itself. –  Brad Christie Feb 15 '12 at 17:07
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Have you considered using the new ".co" domain?

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I just heard about people doing that yesterday. Kinda makes me mad though. And is a recipe for a lawsuit if you take someone's domain that's got importance. –  unixman83 Feb 16 '12 at 23:58
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