Looking to start a new blog? And wondering what would be a great domain name for your blog.
As someone who has been down this deep rabbit hole.
Let me make one thing abundantly clear for you – it’s not easy as it seems.
First, you need to have knowledge about what makes a great domain name and what makes it a big no-no.
And after that only you will be able to come up with great name ideas.
So, without ado let’s get started.
First, What makes a Great Domain Name?
1. A Domain Name With .com Extension
I know non-techies would be definitely confused about domain name extensions.
Aren’t all domain names .com
Sorry to burst your bubble but no they aren’t.
Every domain name can be customized with various extensions.
Now though all of them have the same domain name.
But, each of them has a different extension. So, they all lead to different websites.
So, What’s So Special About The .com Extension?
Most non-techie users assume that the website they are visiting is in the .com extension.
Further, most users fail to pay attention to the domain extension when they first visit your website.
That’s why it’s important that you use a .com extension for your domain name.
So, A Non-.com Domain Extension Cannot Be Popular?
Truth be told, the answer is somewhere between yes and no.
The most popular non-dot .com domain extension I remember is www.wp-rocket.me
But, as you might remember WP Rocket is a WordPress speed optimization plugin.
(And the current market leader)
Therefore, they have got a huge marketing team working for them.
So, technically it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison.
That’s why my recommendation for your bloggers is to stick with the .com domain extension.
2. Generic vs Brandable
I know you might have read blogging tips from “SEO gurus” about using your keyword in the domain name to gain rank on Google SERP.
But, it is not the complete truth.
Yes… I agree there is a correlation.
However, correlation ≠ causation.
Now, let me back up a bit and clear some terms for you.
What are generic domain names?
I think you should be familiar with keywords and keyword research. (Or at least know about them).
Generic domain names are keyword-rich domain names. (There isn’t a personality to them).
What are brandable domain names?
Brandable domain names are usually conjoined keywords/phrases that sound coherent.
Let us consider the domain name – Grammarly.com
Grammarly is an online writing assistant that reviews your spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes in real-time.
(So, it’s one of the must-have tools for bloggers.)
They could have gone with a more generic name like “grammarchecker.com” or “plagarismchecker.com”.
But, the “Grammarly” name provided them more brand recognition and indirectly hinting their visitors about their plugins use. (Grammar + -ly = Grammarly = Having qualities of Grammar)
More brandable domain name examples,
WPForms.com – A drag-and-drop WordPress form builder and collection plugin with a spam prevention feature.
Select Brandable domain name.
Don’t fall prey to “SEO hacks”. Using a generic name can seriously hamper your website’s memorability.
3. Keep It Short
Shorter domain name = better memorability.
Using a longer domain name = greater chance of spelling mistakes = traffic loss.
Let us consider the domain name – Moz.com
It’s a 3 letter domain name that makes it more memorable than SEMrush.com (Its competitor).
And that’s what matters.
If your reader can’t remember your domain name or can’t spell it properly.
Then, At that point using any number of digital marketing strategies that drive traffic to your blog isn’t going to help you much.
4. Make it easy to pronounce and spell
Your readers aren’t spelling bee contestants.
So, don’t try to test their command of the English language.
- Make sure that there aren’t any silent letters in your domain name.
- Avoid domain names with spelling mistakes (keep them reserved for scammers)
- Ask your friends or family to spell out the shortlisted domain.
- Avoid hyphens in the domain name.
5. Avoid hyphens in your domain name. At any cost.
Using hyphens instantly makes your domain name look like a “spammy version” of the original domain name (un-hyphenated one).
Furthermore, it is difficult to locate the hyphen symbol on mobile keywords.
Which makes it impossible for me to recommend hyphenated domain names.
6. Avoid doubled letters
You need to be careful with double letters.
Since you have selected the domain name, you may easily overlook how easy it is to confuse double-lettered domain names.
Unless it’s a real necessity. Leave domain names with double letters aside.
7. Don’t Infringe On Trademarks. Research Your Domain Names Beforehand.
Read this with utmost care!
I know newbie might think what if I name my domain name GoogleSeoTips.com.
What do you think will happen?
Initially, your domain name will be registered.
But, soon you and your domain name provider will receive a trademark infringement notice from Google.
(And that’s bad. )
Your domain name provider will then cancel your domain name and will not provide any refund.
Further, Google can sue you in court for trademark infringement. (Ya, that’s worse).
So, stay away from trademarked names.
How to know whether the domain name is trademarked or not?
Simple, Just head over to https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/search
Then, input your domain name and see if there are any live trademarks.
If there are, stay away from those.
That’s it, those are the things that make a great domain name.
How To Select Your Domain Name?
A) Use Yourself As A Brand
This isn’t a new strategy at all. (And it works).
Since a blog is a personal reflection of yourself.
Why not name it after yourself.
My own domain name – https://www.shohibak.com/
B) Create A Brandable Domain Name Idea
- Select a primary keyword related to your niche.
For example, if you want to start a blog related to WordPress.
Select a primary keyword from WordPress, WP, and Press.
- Then modify it using different verbs and adjectives.
- Wp + Geeks
- WordPress + Pilot
- Nerd + Press
- Wp + hero
In this way, you can generate numerous ideas.
Also, if you are getting a mind block.
Use domain name generators to relive it.
Use Domain Name Generators To Help You Get More Ideas.
Mind block is a real thing.
Whether you are writing SEO content or searching for great domain names.
Our mind does jam up a bit.
To help your mind get that kick-off a starting line, I recommend you use domain name generators.
What are domain name generators?
These are simple mix and match tools. They combine the most popular phrases to present you with domain name ideas.
Which domain name generators are best?
There isn’t a way to objectively judge them.
However, these are the most popular.
- Shopify business name generator
- Domain Wheels
- Name Mesh
Never select a domain name directly using suggestions from domain name generators.
They are known to stitch together random words which make no sense whatsoever together.
So, always double-check the generated ideas.
Where to Purchase Your Domain Name?
Though domain names can be purchased from numerous registrants.
I prefer to stick with Namecheap.
They are the real good guys in this business.
As, they never do price gouging on any domain name, provide free WHOIS privacy protection, faster DNS servers, and more.
That’s what makes them my go-to domain name provider.
If you are a newbie to this whole blogging thing, I believe you will be better served with Namecheap.
Can you change your domain name later?
Yes, you can change your domain name.
However, that’s not what I recommend you do.
Changing your domain name isn’t a straightforward task. There are multiple things to consider from an SEO standpoint to a branding standpoint.
I know SEO is the most important thing to consider.
But thankfully, It will have a minimal effect on your ranking.
Just make sure to use a 301 redirect to let Google know to transfer your authority to a new domain name.
Branding and Direct traffic.
You would already have an established brand.
Changing it is a real hassle.
This problem cannot be solved by a simple redirect.
People have come to trust your brand. That cannot be simply transferred using a 301 redirect.
So, my recommendation to you is to give the above guide to select a great domain name seriously. And then only go domain name hunting.
Remember don’t go changing domain names under the risk outweighs the benefits.
What’s more required?
Now you have successfully found a great domain name for your blog and purchased it.
Now, what’s next?
- Purchase a hosting
Website hosting is like a rented space on the internet where a blog is stored and accessed.
So, it goes without saying that you need a damn good website hosting.
Otherwise, it’s going to be a really poor experience for you and your visitors in all this.
From frequent downtime to slow websites, clickjacking to your website getting hacked.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what can go wrong.
So, don’t go around looking for “cheap”, “free” or “freemium” web hosting.
Choose, “Affordable” and “reliable” web host that’s Bluehost. It is a beginner friendly and is the only hosting provider recommended by WrodPress.org.
So, you cannot go wrong with Bluehost.
- Get your branding on.
You need to turn a website into “your blog”. (You need to personalize it, duh)
First, design your logo and favicon.
I know you’ll aren’t a designer.
Therefore, I recommend you use Canva.
It features a complete logo-building tool. And, also tons of templates to help you get started.
Second, you need to design your website
Designing your website using WordPress isn’t scary. Anyone can do it.
To get you started, all you need is a WordPress theme. There are tons of them available.
However, to help you get started I recommend you choose the Divi theme + page builder.
Divi theme + page builder combination features a complete drag-and-drop style editing.
That ensures that you are able to completely personalize your blog. From fonts to color, to shadows to gradients each and every aspect can be customized.
And most importantly it’s a lightweight and properly coded theme that makes your blog faster and more secure.
So, you cannot go wrong with the Divi theme + page builder.
Just install it, fiddle, and tinker with it for sometime and you will be able to completely personalize your site according to your liking.
Pro tip –
To get things done correctly and ASAP you can hire freelancers on Fiverr.com to build and personalize your blog.
Want to skip all this?
I know searching, planning, and shortlisting take time and effort. And sadly that is not the luxury every one of us has.
So, how to select a great domain name real fast?
If you want to go down this path, I recommend you hire a freelancer on Fiverr.com
These freelancers offer various gigs for researching various domain name ideas for your blog.
So, just provide the details about your selected niche, what kind of blog you want to run, and more.
And let them hunt down available domain name ideas for you.
All this starting at 5$ (or in some cases 15$)
So, If you want to get started on blogging ASAP, hire a freelancer on Fiverr.
What’s more interesting is that there are many bundles available.
So, choose the one which you find great.
Domain name + Slogan + Logo Design
I believe that by now, you will be able to select a great domain name from a not-so-great one.
Just, go through the process step-by-step.
Every time you select a name, go back to fundamentals that make a domain name great.
Assess and evaluate. If it doesn’t make a cut, move on.
Don’t settle for mediocre domain names.
Finally, you will have a perfect domain name idea for your blog.
Don’t forget to tell me in the comment selection which domain name did you settle for.
And most importantly share this helpful article with your fellow bloggers. (Without fail).
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