Once you have chosen chosen your blogging niche, it’s time to start thinking about a name for your new blog. I’ll tell you a couple of tools I use to choose my blog names at the end of this post, but in the meantime, I want to give you the steps to actually choosing a domain name and name for your blog.
Your Domain Name and Blog Name Should Be the Same
I advice bloggers to do this whenever possible. You want your readers to remember your blog URL (your domain name = your URL) so they will come back and visit your blog again. One of the best ways to make this happen is to have your blog title be the exact same as your domain. If you have the perfect name for your blog, be sure to check and see if the domain is available, too, and if it’s not, I would consider tweaking your name accordingly.
Keep It Short – And Catchy
Again, if possible, have your blog name be short and to the point. If possible, have your name tell a bit about what your blog is about. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – but if you can’t describe your blog in your name, at least be sure it’s something catchy and memorable. Again, we want short and catchy so that your readers will remember your blog and where to find it.
Brainstorm a Whole List of Ideas
Just sit down and start writing every phrase or name that comes to mind when you think of your new blog and its niche. Write down everything – then take a break, come back later, and start eliminating and focusing your list.
Get Some Outside Input
Once you have your blog name list narrowed down to a few options – and you know those domains are available – ask a friend to tell you their thoughts. Which do they think is the best fit for what you want to do with your blog? Don’t have a friend who cares? Try joining a Blogging Buddy Group and get the input of other bloggers.
Include Keywords to Help SEO
If at all possible, try to include a keyword or two in your blog name. This will help make your blog a bit more findable in the search engines.
Always Choose .com If Possible
People are most familiar with .com domains. You don’t want to be sending your traffic to a .com when you bought a .net – just because everyone thinks .com first.
Don’t Use Hyphens – Ever
No one is going to remember to type in hyphens when looking for your domain. They’ll just type in your phrase and when it doesn’t bring anything up, there’s no way for them to remember that it’s because of a missing hyphen.
2 Helpful Tools To Use
- Google Keywords – Do a search here for words that relate to your niche. Find out how many searches are made for each phrase or word and what your competition rate is. Write down any phrases that come up that you think could be used in a blog name. (You’ll need to sign up for an adwords account to use the Keyword tool but you don’t need to actually run any ads.)
- GoDaddy.com – Use their domain search feature to find out what domains are available. Think you’ve come upon the perfect name? Just punch it into GoDaddy’s search bar to make sure it’s still available. And, if it’s not, they have a helpful tool that gives you ideas for other variations.
- Namemesh.com – This fun site gives you a bunch of combination suggestions for your new domain – you just have to type in the keywords you’re interested in using!
Putting It All To Work… An Example
- When I went to the Google Keyword tool, I punched in “money saving” and found that there are a lot of searches for this phrase but the competition was rated at low. Hmmm… figured I was onto something.
- I wanted something that sounded fun and a bit sophisticated – because, honestly, as a mom of little kids, I don’t often feel very sophisticated. So, I went to Godaddy.com and punched in domain names like “moneysavingcontessa.com” and “moneysavingideas.com” and finally came up with “moneysavingdivas.com”!
What’s Your Story?
How did you come up with your domain name? Have a question about finding a domain name? Leave a comment below!