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September 12, 2016 (Mon)

How to use Yabla to verifty Pinyin domain names

If you are a Pinyin domain name lover, here is a quiz for you. The following three words all mean the same in Chinese (你好 = hello), but which one is Pinyin? Nihao, Nayhoh, or Liho? Nihao is the correct answer. Nayhoh is Cantonese spelling and Liho Taiwanese spelling for the same Chinese characters.

Unless you want to focus on the niche markets of Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan, you may want to stick to Pinyin spelling domain names which have a much larger market in China. As I see it, Pinyin will eventually be the main spelling standard across all Chinese-speaking communities.

I have been asked many times to verify whether a domain name is Pinyin or not. Today I want to share with you a simple test you can do to check your domain names. First, visit Yabla at the following address:

Enter a name you want to check. In this example, I'll use the name "chu". Yabla returns its Chinese character and English meanings. So we know "chu" is Pinyin. Sometimes the same Pinyin word may refer to two ore more Chinese meanings.

After you get the result, copy it to a document file and keep it. When you are ready to sell this domain name to Chinese buyers, be sure to include its Chinese character. This is because Chinese use Chinese characters in their daily lives, not Pinyin words. Including Chinese characters just makes it more buyer friendly.

However, Yabla appears to work best with very short names but sometimes cannot recognize longer names. For example, entering "Dashuju" (大数据) gives no result even though the name is Pinyin. If you don't see any result, you may want to check with a Chinese friend.

Apart from Pinyin search, Yabla provides two more functions. If you enter an English word, Yabla translates it to Chinese characters and Pinyin. If you enter a Chinese character, Yabla gives you its English meaning and Pinyin. So, Yabla is a handy tool to use for short domain names.