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Enthusiasm can change your life direction. After I saved up enough money while working in Taiwan, I wanted to go to graduate school in America. So I applied and finally boiled down to three schools which specialized in international management. No. 1 on my list was the best school in this field. No. 2 was attractive for its global network of alumni. No. 3 was relatively new -- but it had Dr. McKinney as its program director. Dr. McKinney wrote me and we started a conversation. He was kind and very enthusiastic, which in the end changed my decision. I became Dr. McKinney's student and he remains my lifelong teacher whom I always respect. Here's the post.

September 8, 2016 (Thu)

How I created a database of Chinese meanings for domain names

You may wonder why I can answer questions on Chinese meanings of domain names so quickly. You may even think that I am a Chinese language expert. Unfortunately, my answer may disappoint you: I was a bad student in Chinese. When I was growing up in the dragon city, I did not like Chinese study because I failed to see how it could benefit my future.

It happened only in October last year when I was casually browsing the domain forum and found many investors asking questions on Chinese meanings of their domain names. I tried to help but soon realized that I was poorly equipped. So, I created a database and started collecting data from the internet: Chinese domain news, forums, blog posts, etc. As the database grows bigger, my work becomes easier. In fact, this database and the Chinese keyboard (which I described in my September 6 post) are the two major tools that I use.

If you want to develop your own database, here's how. Create a list consisting of three columns: Keyword, Chinese, and English. I use Microsoft Access but even a spreadsheet program such as Excel should work. Here's a screenshot of the list.

Where do you find the data? Start from this website! Go to the News and QnA pages and collect data containing domain names, Chinese characters, and English meanings. Just ignore the domain extensions. Then, visit domain forums such as Namepros. You can also do searches on the internet and it may take time. I do it everyday, but I find this exercise very useful.

This database may prove useful if you want to register a large number of domain names, for example when a certain domain extension is offering very cheap registration fee. You can first look at your database, select names you like, and then turn them into a list of domain names to register in bulk.