A domain name is the website address or URL for your blog and every website on the Internet needs one.
The problem with finding your domain name it’s likely to have been already registered to someone else.
You see many years ago when the Internet was just becoming popular, people purchased domain names with the hope of selling them for a profit.
Consequently, most of the good dot com names are no longer available unless you are prepared to pay these cyber-squatters a premium price.
Now this might be true for all the short-medium dot com names out there, but the good news is there are plenty of other medium-long dot com names still available.
Of course, you can always use one of the many other domain extensions out there like:-
And the list goes on and on and on.
But a dot com is still one of the most familiar domain name extensions you can choose so always check to see if one is available first.
How to Find a Domain Name for Your Blog
There are plenty of ways to find a domain for your blog, and it’s likely you already have a few ideas in your head but there are a few guidelines you should keep in mind:-
- Keep it short as possible – Try to keep the domain name no longer than 12 characters
- No Slang – In-jokes may be funny to you but your reader might not get the joke
- Unique – Be sure you aren’t infringing on any trademarks
- Make it a Story – Choose a name that already has a meaning, like a word from a foreign language
- Get a Second Opinion – Ask around to make sure the name sounds OK to your friends.
Once you understand these guidelines, head on over to a domain name generator such as Shopify Bussiness Name Generator to check to see if your ideal domain name is free, or to find some alternative domain names you might like. Here’s a list of some other Domain Name Generators.
Watch this video showing how a domain name generator works. Just skip through the first part of the video.
Alternatively, you could just buy a Fiverr Gig and get someone to do the hard work for you. Use this link and get a Free Fiverr gig when you sign-up.
But most of all, spend some time to find a domain name for your blog and it’ll last you for a long time into the future.
If you act too hastily you might find that name no longer works for you and might want to change it, which has it’s own challenges and complications.
So now you have a Domain Name for your Blog it’s definitely time to purchase it before someone else grabs it.
And you have a few choices. You can either purchase it from a domain name registrar like GoDaddy or better still just sign-up with iPage as you’ll get a FREE Domain Name included in the first years registration costs.
So for under $25 per year, you’ll get blog hosting plus a domain name which usually costs around $12.99 anyway.
Now you can see why I use iPage to get my niche blogs up and running quickly with a minimal cost. Plus they have a 30-day money back guarantee to give you peace of mind.
But I don’t expect you to jump into blogging without knowing how you’ll make money blogging, so next in this series, I want to show you some common ways to make money with your blog.