#3 Starting Your Blog: Choosing Your Blog’s Name

Choosing your blog name can be a lot of fun and a whole load of hassle. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if you want to get it right. Not everyone can get this straight away, look at my blog as an example, it’s called dansbookblog.com, yet I cover blogging tips and sometimes talk about personal things. Also, the name of my blog may be too difficult for people to say, and maybe it’s a bit wordy. But we’re all learning here, and mistakes should always lead to improvement.

There will be a multitude of ideas in your head, some of them good most of them bad. But either way, at least you’ve got the creative ball rolling. When choosing the name of your blog, you need to identify 3 key things;

  1. Does it match your niche or your content?
  2. Is it easy to read/spell?
  3. Is it available?
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Choosing a name for your blog can be a difficult process but when it’s done right, it’s definitely worthwhile

Let’s analyse these 3 key factors when choosing your blog name.

Does it match your niche/content? It’s important that your blog name leads to the kind of things your target audience wants to read, for example, if your site analyses the socio-economic growth of Finland, you don’t want to call it ‘sallyrideshorses.com’ (or at least you shouldn’t) it should be specific to your content and/or your niche. That way your readers know what’s in store and whether they’re interested before they click. This will also help to build trust with your readership.

Is it easy to read/spell? When people read a site and like it, they want to be able to remember it and so you should want it is as simple as possible -while still being specific. For example; forethoughtthinkerstogether.com is not good, it’s just too wordy and way too difficult to type. People will wonder if there’s two ‘t’s between ‘thought’ and ‘thinkers’ and it’s just a big mess. Now, thinkerstogether.com is a lot easier and pretty much defines the same content but it’s easier to spell and a lot easier to remember.

Now, this is important. The last thing you want to do is to find a name you love, that is specific to your niche, and is easy to spell, only to find that someone else has that name/brand. I recommend googling your site name first to make sure that no one else has that. If you’re the ambitious type and see your future in monetising your blog, it may also be worth checking that the domain name is available, you can do this via many different websites, but I used SquareSpace. If you’re lucky, and it isn’t taken, you may want to purchase it and have it on hold for a few years. That way, when it does come to expanding your blog and making money from it, you’ve got the domain name waiting and ready to go.

To summarise, you’re looking for a blog name that is specific, easy to understand, and is available.

I hoped you’ve enjoyed these blogging tips and have found them useful. If you did, please like and share this post. Also, pop down in the comment box anything that you would recommend to new bloggers when you’re first choosing your blog name.

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