We are out of 4 letter .com domains

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We used our domain API to check all the 4 letter combinations .com domains. For example

AAAA.COM
AAAB.COM
AAAC.COM
AAAD.COM
up to….
ZZZX.COM
ZZZY.COM
ZZZZ.COM

What we confirmed that all the 4 letter domains are registered. We haven’t tried numbers, dashes or IDN’s, just 26 letters of the English alphabet. This takes us to 456.976 combinations, or domains. Not to mention that 3 letter and 2 letter domains are long gone.

4 letter domains are also known in the domaining industry under the jargon LLLL.COM or 4L. . So for example, 1PRO.COM wouldn’t be a LLLL.COM domain. Also LLLL.COM doesn’t mean literal domain llll.com but a representation of a group of domains. Here’s a rough estimate how you should value 4 letter domains.

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L = letter
C = Consonant
V = Vowel

1. CVCV
2. VCVC
3. CVVC
4. VCCV
5. CVVV, CCVV, CCCV, VCCC, VVCC, VVVC… (these are more often named LLLL’s)

What are popular 4 letter domains? Nike.com (CVCV), SONY.com (CVCC), HSBC.com (CCCC or LLLL), Ford.com (CVCC).

Especially popular (worth more) CVCV domains are where the same consonant and vowel are repeated. Bobo, Gogo, Zaza, Vivi, etc. They are short, memorable and easily pronounceable. However, it goes without mentioning that the most expensive 4 letter domains are 4 letter generic words – cars, boat, card.

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It goes so far that there is a general consensus among domainers as well as letter frequency statistics indicate that there are premium letters, average letters and bad letters.

•Premium letters: a b c d e f g h i l m n o p r s t

•Average letters: j k u v w

•Bad letters: q x y z

If you want a short 4 letter domain, that is memorable and easily pronounceable, you are probably going to have to shell out some serious cash in the aftermarket. Do you own any 4 letter domains? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Goran Duskic

Goran Duskic co-founded a game development team Generation Stars when he was a teenager, and he co-founded hosting and web develpoment company GEM Studio (which was sold in 2011). He co-founded tech startup WhoAPI and has 10+ experience in business development, online marketing strategy and PR.

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  • Francois Carrillo

    http//www.Catchy.com has nice ones for sale.

  • Scott Mawdsley

    X is a cheaper letter, is it? What’s xkcd valued at?

    • GoranDuskic

      Domain name or website?

      • xkcd is a real site

        you are being trolled :)

        • GoranDuskic

          I know. ;)

          • peter

            I still wanna know what it’s valued at though!

  • Riaan François Venter

    you can still get domain with numbers in like mine 0rfv.com

  • Bogus Post

    How did you come up with that ridiculous ranking when you list CVCC as one of the most lucrative value formats but it’s not even listed (implying it’s in the LLLL category) ? Park, Tart, Fart, Cart, etc…

  • UI Palette

    Google has consistently reported that dashes “-” do nothing to diminish page rank. Not sure why, but people still seem very reluctant to get on the dash bandwagon, it really opens up a lot of url possibilities. In any case, users should never be keying in your url directly, so the best strategy is just to hammer on your core keywords, use a dash if you need, and build traffic with direct links.

    • UI Palette

      (direct links, including those created on SERPs, etc.)

    • Ben

      “In any case, users should never be keying in your url directly” That is just plain stupid. TV ads? On-street ads? Other people telling about your business?

  • Jon Sanderson

    I own QWSE.com and HTQR.com. Always for sale.

  • Steve

    http://www.llse.com/ is for sale and is basically unlisted

  • Mike Carson

    these have all been taken for years…

  • rafael

    hort.com.br

    (Brazil)

  • thaiblog

    I own jjwc.com and mazt.com , do u think it s worth to develop a site