So, you’ve decided it’s time to start your very own blog. Congratulations! The next step is learning how to choose and register a domain name for your blog. But how do you choose a domain name that isn’t already taken? Is there a right or wrong way to register your domain name? What even is a “domain”? Don’t worry, today I will be answering all of these questions and a few more.
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HOW TO CHOOSE AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME FOR YOUR BLOG
BEFORE WE GET STARTED
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- Bluehost-affordable/reliable web hosting
- ConvertKit-the best email marketing platform for bloggers
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WHAT’S A DOMAIN NAME?
A domain name is simply your address on the web. Behind every web address is an IP. An IP is a string of numbers that is used to tell your site apart from everyone else’s. However, it wouldn’t be much fun if we had to type in a long sequence of numbers anytime we wanted to find a website. Would it? That’s why the interwebs, in all its (their) wisdom, has allowed website owners to create a “nickname” for their individual web pages. Mine is “unclutteredsimplicity.com”
Now it’s time for you to choose your domain name.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST POSSIBLE DOMAIN NAME FOR YOUR BLOG.
I can tell you from experience, choosing a domain name is one of the hardest parts of starting a blog. I spent hours upon hours deciding upon my blog’s name. Hopefully, you won’t have to.
When choosing a name for your blog, you’ll want to make sure it is:
- Easy to say/spell.
- Easy to remember.
- Not too long.
- Looks good on paper and in print.
- Fits with your blog’s niche (main topic).
- Ends with “.com”.
- Does NOT contain symbols or numbers.
- The brand name and domain name are alike or the same.
- It’s not already taken.
Start by listing every single word or phrase that comes to you when thinking of what your blog’s focus will be. For example, when starting this blog, the first words I thought of were:
simple, simplify, easy, clutter-free, uncluttered, tidy, simplified, life, home, minimalism, money
I knew I wanted to write about living a simple life on a budget, making money blogging, DIY projects, etc. My plan was never to write solely about DIY, so I knew that a name like “diyqueen.com” would not be a good idea.
Go to www.thesaurus.com and find synonyms for the words you wrote down during your brainstorming session. Here are a few words I came up with:
clear, plain, effortless, neat, organized, made simple, essential, simplicity, minimalist
Cross-out any words which you absolutely do not like.
Add-in some nouns and adjectives:
savvy, smart, busy, crazy, frugal, wonderful, happy, poor, beautiful, free, great, simple, killer, man, gal, friend
Blend until you love it:
simplehome.com, clutterfreelife.com, happyminimalist.com, unclutteredsimplicity.com
Don’t use that last one…it’s mine!
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HOW TO CHOOSE AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME: ALMOST DONE
CHECK THE AVAILABILITY
Once you come up with a few combinations you love, head on over to GoDaddy.com and see if the name you have chosen is available. Chances are if it’s REALLY good, it’s gone, but you never know until you try!
simplehome.com, happyminimalist.com, and clutterfreelife.com are all TAKEN
If you find that the name you love is not available, you can refer back to the thesaurus to find new combinations to try.
simpleminimallife.com, simplehappyminimal.com, and organizethecrazy.com are AVAILABLE
Once you choose a domain name, do a quick check across social media and make sure it’s not already taken on sites like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. If it’s not, go ahead and sign up for social media accounts with your domain name. You can always take them down later if you change your mind.
WHEN IN DOUBT
If you are having an impossible time coming up with the best possible domain name or you aren’t quite sure of what you want your blog’s main focus to be, you can always just use your own name. Lot’s of bloggers do this because they like the power of connecting a face to their blog. They can choose to change their content at any time because their own name will never change!
HOW TO CHOOSE AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME: IT’S “GO” TIME
PURCHASE YOUR DOMAIN
If you aren’t quite ready to sign up with a web host, you will need to purchase the rights to your new domain. You can do that through GoDaddy. However, I recommend waiting until you secure web hosting for your blog. Because, when you sign up for hosting through Bluehost, they will give you a free domain name.
If, however, you are ready to take the plunge and are looking for a company to host your website, I highly recommend going with Bluehost as your web host. Bluehost is the web host I currently use for this blog. Their customer service is great and their prices are very affordable for new (broke) bloggers.
JUST DO IT ALREADY!
If you’ve been contemplating starting a blog of your own, but have held off because you have no idea what you are getting yourself into, trust me, there’s never a better time than now! The worst thing that could happen is you purchase a domain name and or web host and you fail to get your blog off the ground. On the other hand, your blog could become EXTREMELY successful and end up earning you so much cash that you won’t even know what to do with it all!
BTW, if that happens, feel free to mention me in one of your posts!
See, choosing and registering a domain name for your blog wasn’t that hard, was it?