Brainstorming your perfect domain name

Coming up with personal or lifestyle blog name ideas is hard. You’re making a decision today that may impact you for years.

Since you’re going to devote a lot of time to your blog you want to love the name. But not only that you want your future readers and the almighty Google to love it as well.

There’s a lot to process here. Especially, if you have no prior experience in blogging.

But that’s what this guide is for.

That perfect domain name is out there.

Let’s go find it.

The following are tips to find the perfect domain name:

Developing Blog Name Ideas

TIP: What Would A New Reader Expect?

When someone comes to your site for the first time, you want them to feel they’re in the right place.

In an ideal world they’ll be thinking:

I love this site. I’m going to read this article, then check out more. I wonder if they have a way I can keep in touch, like with a newsletter?”

It may take a combination of a good domain name and tagline for someone to think this but you should get the idea.

Want some examples?

Here are a few domain names I love in the personal finance space. Note that by reading the domain name, you know what to expect:

Here are a few good food blog names I like:

On each of the above names, you know exactly what’s ahead before you even click through. For example,

pennypinchinmom.com…

…a personal finance blog from a frugal mom’s perspective

paleoforwomen.com

…a blog for women interested in living the paleo lifestyle

themilitarywallet.com…

…a blog about personal finances for those in the military.

I don’t even have to click through to the site to know exactly what these blogs are about. That’s what you should aim for when coming up with blog name ideas.

TIP: You Want A .Com Address

You want a .com address. In other words, stay away from .net., .biz. .blog, etc…

There are blogs who have done well without a .com but these are exceptions. After all, don’t you trust a site with a .com more than a site with a .net?

TIP: Avoid Repeating Letters

Avoid repeating letters at the beginning and end of words.

An example would be the domain name wallettips.com.

The repeating “t” makes it quite confusing. Avoid this.

TIP: Avoid Common Misspelled Words

Here’s a list from the Oxford Dictionary of the most common misspelled words.

Avoid most of these words. You don’t want to have to end up buying all the common misspellings of your domain name.

TIP: Don’t Copy Someone Else

It’s important your domain name is unique.

I’ve come across blogs that choose a domain name similar to a top blog in the niche. So my first impression is that this is a knockoff where the information isn’t as good as the real thing.

Be unique!

TIP: Ask A Friend What They Think It’s About

If you have a few domain names in mind, shoot a text to a friend or family member, asking them:

Hey! Random question. If I was to start a blog with the domain name YOURBLOGNAME.com, what would you think it would be about?

Listen to what they have to say. If they can summarize the blog in one-sentence (see tip # 1), that’s a very good thing.

TIP: Make Sure to Self-Host Your Blog

There are websites out there that allow you to start a blog for free. The biggest names are Blogger.com or WordPress.com.

If you started a blog at these sites, your domain name would be something like yourdomainname.blogspot.com

The advantage here is this is free.

The disadvantages, however, are many.

If you plan on making money from your blog, having your own domain name is a must.

What you want is a self-hosted domain. This way, you won’t have .blogspot or .wordpress.com at the end of your domain name.

It’s professional, easier to type, better for search engines, and more trustworthy to future readers.

It’s also a big PAIN to switch over to a self-hosted domain if your blog does become popular. That’s why from the start, I recommend going with self-hosted.

It’s really easy too, even if you’ve never set up a site. This tutorial here will help you set-up your domain and website in 10-15 minutes.

TIP: Don’t Pay For Your Domain Name

If you bought a domain name from someone like GoDaddy it will set you back about $15. Fortunately, though, there’s a way to get a free domain name.

With a company called Bluehost, you get a free domain name upfront when you purchase hosting. So, right off the bat, you’re saving $15.

BlueHost also makes it super simple to setup your blog on the popular WordPress platform.

I started this blog with Bluehost and still use it for a lot of my sites. It’s cheap, the service is good, and they make it super-easy to get started.

How To See If Your Blog Name Ideas Is Available

With these eight tips in mind, nows the time to check out if your blog name actually exists.

The quickest method is to simply type in the URL.

If you get an error that looks something like:

Kelli M. Riebesehl | Blog Strategist