How to — Pick a Domain Name That Works For Your Blog

To choose the right domain for your new website or blog, I recommend starting with a domain search tool.

Then, start thinking about the vibe of your new site. Professional, light-hearted, warm and cozy? You’ll want to capture a few themes and also some SEO in your domain name, and you oughta know about some domain trends already in place.

Competitive Domains

The best domains are really short, and really relevant. Domains like cars.com, dogs.com, or more confusing ones like frames.com. These domains are super strong because they have a word that is extremely relevant in a large, large amount of searches. Google likes short and simple. As a result of this, the early goers in the .com boom seized up all these short domains.

Also taken are the 2-letter and 3-letter domains. These are also ridiculously competitive. Businesses want them because they represent their acronyms, and these domains are usually held by massive corporations.

Choosing the Right One

Assuming you can’t get dogs.com, or aren’t willing to spend $148,000 on a premium domain, you’ll need to chose something more YOU and less generic. How about yourname.com? This is also very tricky if you have a fairly common name. Note: I pull of this feat in this guide of mine!

So, keep thinking. How about catchy? Catchy usually works. No one  knew what “Facebook” and “Twitter” really meant before then become giants. Try to find your own catch word phrase, or make up a word!

Or you could go with a very literal domain. Like “howtogethired.com” or “myguidetosweettreats.com”. People often chose these in the hopes that people are search that exact phrase in Google and want their blog or website to come up.

Watch out for these domains, they tend to look scammy and they come a dime a dozen. If you want your project to become a highly respected website sometime I’d stay away from these.

Registering Your Domain

GoDaddy is the holder of all domains. UPDATE: see comments by Andy Bell for complete explanation of who controls domain names.

That said, most bloggers including myself don’t register their domain name directly through GoDaddy. That’s because there are easier providers to use that do the setup work for you. The biggest three that bloggers choose from are HostGator, BlueHost, and GoDaddy themselves.

GoDaddy has become so massive that it’s tough for them to help when you have a problem, so I wouldn’t use them. HostGator has an awesome tool for installing WordPress, the recommended software for new blogs and websites, so that makes them my choice. BlueHost is also good, but not quite as widely recommended as HostGator.

Get Your Blog Up and Running

When you register your domain, get hosting so that you don’t have to a few months down the road. Having your own hosting will let you customize, design, and monetize your blog how you want. Not having it (using free blogging) means restrictions on what you can put on your blog.

This sort of blogging may be enough at first, but you’ll grow out of it. When you grow out of it, you’ll have to research how to transfer your blog from one place to another which is quite the headache.

I’ve created the video below to help you get going with HostGator. Click here to get started with HostGator then press play below and you’ll literally have your own blog on the internet in a matter of minutes. Make sure to use HD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZGhIrhbbNI&feature=youtube_gdata

Thanks for watching folks, drop your questions in the comments.

 

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