"clothing line called "monkey see, monkey do" and there are only 3 extensions left – not very good ones. does the extension make that big of a difference or should i not focus on it? or should i consider changing my brand's name which i actually love and have had for a few years now?"
I see a way for you to keep your brand name and get a decent top level domain. You can do this by playing with the second level domain name without forsaking you brand name. Pocket, the service formerly known as ReadItLater, is a good example (getpocket.com) Consider
- Abbreviations like msmd, msmdclothing
- Verbal extensions like buymonkeyseemonkeydo
- Noun extensions like shopmonkeyseemonkeydo
- Playful extensions like monkeyseemonkeydomonkeyshop (long URL names can have great appeal in some industries, the clothing industry is a perfect fit)
And try to go with a .com top level domain.
Please note that I did not perform any WHOIS availability searches.
Feel free to ask if you need more suggestions or have any questions.
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