So you’ve decided to start blogging business.
The first step to start blogging business is to choose the niche you are going to blog about.
And the very next step is to choose domain name for your blog.
From 2011 I’ve bought three domain so far.
Choosing domain name always makes me crazy. Because whenever I look for my desired domain that is already taken.
But you shouldn’t be stuck at choosing domain name. You have to try some variation depending on your blogging niche. I’ll share tips to choose domain name in this post.
Before that let’s get some idea about domain.
What is a Domain Name?
Domain name is also called only domain. It is the address of your blog including the domain extension.
For example, Sharpblogger is the domain name for this blog.
What is The Domain Extension?
Whatever we type after the domain name including dot is the domain extension.
For example, .com, .Net, .Org, etc.
But the URL is different but same thing.
Domain of this blog is sharpblogger.com
The URL of this blog is http://www.sharpblogger.com.
Tweaking some DNS (domain name server) setting of your blog’s domain name, you can redirect your blog domain to your blog URL.
If you want to start your blog professionally you have to consider your blog domain name as your brand.
Nobody knows how a business will perform in future. If you want to change your domain name later it’ll hamper your business.
Although some extra ordinary guy could have changed their domain name successfully it’ll not be as easy as you think for you and me.
14 Tips to Choose Domain Name for your Blog
So whatever the domain name you want to choose keep the following tips in mind.
1. Go with dot com
The internet has already passed 20 years. Then why are we still stick with dot com?
There are obvious reason to choose dot com domain extension.
- Dot com is a brand itself.
- When you type someone’s blog address in your browser’s address bar you certainly type the dot com after the blog name.
- Most of the smartphone suggest dot com extension first when you start typing in browser’s address bar.
- Visitors remember your business name. They don’t remember domain extension. So they tend to type dot com after your business name. That is the reason airasia changed their brand name from airasia to airasia.com.
Another well known example.
We all know problogger.net is a popular blog. How many times we type problogger.com in our browser’s address bar can you imagine!
Darren Rowse had to buy problogger.com to save his brand of problogger.net.
So final decision is try to buy .com domain for your business.
2. Choose Generic Name
Try to choose generic name for your domain instead of narrowed niche name.
Suppose, you want to blog about dog. So you select “dog.com“ domain for your blog. But what if your dog blog doesn’t perform well? What if you try to write about cat in your blog in future?
Isn’t it better to choose “pet.com” domain for your blog instead of “dog.com”?
So try to choose broad domain name for your blog.
3. Shorter is Better
If possible try to choose short domain name. It is easy to say and memorable.
4. Saying is Everything
I was in UAE (united Arab Emirate) for some time for my professional reason. I have some neighbours from kerala india. They never call me Liton. They always call me Lipton. My name isn’t easy to say for them.
So when you choose domain name for your blog try to choose something easy to say.
5. Phone Test Your Domain
Try to think about the name of medicine.
If someone try to tell you some medicine’s names over the phone can you get it?
I always can’t. I request my wife to send me a message along with the medicine name.
On the other hand, consider the domain name of this blog. Sharpblogger. Anyone can say and understand it over phone. What do you think?
So your domain name shouldn’t be hard to say and listen over phone.
6. Memorable domain name
AliceInWonderland.com, JourneyByTrain.com, HokingofBigBang.com
What do you think? Will you forget these domains?
So make your domain name easy to memorize.
7. Singular Domain
If I make this blog’s domain sharpbloggerS.com instead of sharpblogger.com I’m sure you’ll forget to type “S” after sharpblogger.
So try to avoid plural word for your domain name.
8. Speakable Domain
Speakable means your domain will speak something about your business.
For example, problogger.
Either the man behind the problogger is a professional blogger or he’ll try to make you a professional blogger.
Obviously it says something that what I’m going to do or doing.
So try to choose a domain name which can give your reader an idea about your business.
9. Keyword-rich Domain
If you are new to blogging world you won’t understand what the keyword is.
In short, keyword is a single word or combination of two or more words which we type in the search bar to find something online.
Suppose you type in the browser’s address bar “how to start a blog” or “how to blog“.
You can consider both of the sentence as a keyword as a whole or you can consider “blog” as a keyword.
If a domain name contains your keyword then it’ll give you some seo juice in advance.
For example howtoblog.com.
If you type “how to blog” in google’s search bar then it’ll show you howtoblog.com in the 1st page of search result. You can go to your browser and try it yourself.
Now a days it is almost impossible to get the whole keyword-rich domain name. In that case try to keep at least one related word to your blog topic in the domain name.
For example, sharpblogger.com.
“Sharp” doesn’t make any sense. But blogger makes some sense about this blog. Doesn’t it?
10. Don’t Use Hyphen
It is really messy to use a hyphen in your domain.
If you ask Yaro Starak of entrepreneurs-journey.com he’ll tell you about this.
In fact he told about this in several conference that if it would possible he’ll throw the hyphen anyway from his domain name.
So avoid hypen or any special character in your blog’s domain name.
11. Use Your Name As a Domain Name
If you don’t have any specific plan then try to use your name as your blog’s domain name.
No one knows how you’ll be famous in online world.
If you want to sell service online or if you want to establish yourself as a published writer or author then it is the best bet to use your name as your blog’s domain.
But if your name is hard to spell or say then try to use your middle name or nickname or combination of your first, middle and last name.
Best example of this kind of blog is sethgodin.com
12. All The Good Domains are Taken
Yes, it is right. All the good domain names are taken.
But it shouldn’t be a reason to hold you back.
Try following two tools to find the best domain for your blog.
13. Don’t Over-think
Searching domain name really makes me crazy.
But you don’t over-think about it. Follow the tips I shared in this post. Go with the one which best fits you.
14. Check Social Availability
Before selecting your domain name you should check the social availability of the domain.
Social availability means if your domain name is also available in various social network. It’ll help to build your blog’s brand.
You can use namcheckr to check your domain’s social availability.
I’ll suggest to hold your domain name in various social network as quickly as possible.
If you use all the social network or not you’ll need this for your brand identity later at some point.
If not all, I shared enough tips to choose the best domain name for your blog.
After choosing domain name the next step is to register your domain.
Where to register domain?
The domain name of this blog is registered with Godaddy.
Go there and register you domain.
Are you struggling to choose domain name for your blog?
How can I help you?
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