The first impression you will leave online is with your blog or domain name.
Therefore, it is important to take your time to find the right name.
You don’t want to change your name or domain once you have an established website, because that might lead to loss of traffic and income.
Here are 5 strategies for you to find the perfect name for your blog.
1. The Shorter The Better
Create a name as short as possible.
It is important to have a name your audience can easily remember, and it will still stick with them when they have left your blog.
A name size with maximum 14 characters will be easy to remember, and will not create any problems while displaying your username.
It is also important to stay within this range, since you can get the same username as your blog name on your social media platforms.
If your name is longer, it will be shortened and cut off, ending up as a confusing mumble of letters.
2. What Is Your Blog About?
Give your potential audience an idea what your blog is about.
You don’t want to miss any potential readers, because they don’t know if you have written about a subject they might be interested in.
Another advantage is that your blog will look more professional. Readers will know what kind of information you have to offer.
You also have a better chance to rank based on the search of your readers.
If your subject is about cooking try to integrate ‘cook’ in the first part of your name. People will enter ‘cook’ if they are looking for something related to that subject. Again you will have a higher chance to be found.
3. Keep It Simple
Make sure your name is easy to spell. A complicated name may sound interesting but if your reader cannot remember how to spell your name, they may never find you again.
Here are some examples you should try to avoid:
- Sequences of number or letters (blogging 2345.com, aaatu12.com)
- Long acronyms (zzzorpg-blog.com)
- Technical terms (antilymeblog.com)
- Foreign words (convalescenceblog.com)
4. Useful Websites For Your Name Search
It is great to have a name, which is unique, and there are a lot of creative people out there, which have amazing names. Just do not try to copy their names or create one too close to an existing name.
This can lead to confusion with another blog, or your blog may be harder to find on Google.
There are some very useful websites available to help you find the right name for your blog or domain:
- Naminum.com (free business name generator )
- Thesaurus.com (Synonyms database)
- Woxikon.com (dictionary and synonyms database)
You can play with words using these websites and when you find a name you are satisfied, then you can go ahead and check if the domain and social media username is still available.
5. Check The Availability And Domain Extension
Names can also be registered as a trademark or they may contain a registered trademark.
You have to know if you are on the safe side with your choice.
Perform a trademark check on this website:https://www.uspto.gov/
Needless to say, the best option for a domain extension is ‘.com’.
It is not only popular on the American market but internationally as well.
Other options are ‘.net’ or ‘.org’., but use them only as an exception, and try to go with what is established already.