As you may know, back in December 2013 we did a large domain availability research and proved that all 4 letter .com domain names are taken (at least the ones consisting only of consonants and vowels of the English alphabet). Here’s a quote:
We used our domain API to check all the 4 letter combinations .com domains. For example
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.
Does that mean there are no 4 letter domains? Absolutely not! After all, it’s been a few years that all those domains were taken, we just wanted to be sure nothing changed, and we wanted to test our API. There are millions of 4 letter domains on other TLD’s beside .com. Also, there are a lot of .com domains if you include numbers and dashes. But most importantly, there are places where you can buy 4 letter .com domains. Here are 4 places where you can find them.
1. Domain investor portfolio
Let’s face it, all the 4 letter domains are registered, and a lot of them were registered by domain investors. Find their portfolios, and approach them in order to buy a four letter .com domain.
2. Domain marketplace
3. Domain forums
I’ve seen domains advertised and sold on local classifieds, Craigslist and on eBay. So there’s a good chance you can find it there as well. Just be careful with classifieds since people post “premium four letter domains”, and they are not really premium. Some aren’t even .com, so definitely read between the lines.
In case you want to confirm by yourself that those domains are really registered, or that the trend has changed you can still use our tool and API for massive domain availability checks. These also come in handy if you want to check short domain names on other TLDs (other than .com) there are still some available. Or if you want to include numbers, also perhaps worth looking into.
If you want to download the entire list (Excel file) of all 456,976 .com domains with 4-letter combinations – click here.