11 Essentials Tips for Choosing a Great Domain Name

Do you need help selecting a domain name for your blog?

In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of igniting your imagination so you can choose the ideal blog name—one you won’t regret later.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is your blog’s digital address (URL) representing you and your work and communicating information to humans and SEOs. The history of domain names dates back to 1983, when the domain name system was first conceived. 

People who hit your URL on their search bar will land on your blog.

But wait, why do you need to stress about finding a good domain name for your blog?

  1. People will initially notice your blog’s URL, which might give them a sense of your professionalism, allowing you to present yourself sharply and build trust. Additionally, it suggests that you are serious about operating a blog business and have put money and work into your blog.
  2. A brief, catchy, and original blog name is more likely to be recalled and raise brand awareness.
  3. It may impact SEO as the keyword in your domain can help you rank for that specific term.

Typically, a domain is made of two elements:

  • Name
  • Extension

For example, my blog URL – www.BloggingExplained.com, where .com is the extension (or TLD) and BloggingExplained is the domain name (blog name).

How to register a domain name for your blog?

A safe and reputed source is Bluehost, which offers free domain registration and web hosting services. It is also ICANN accredited (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), meaning it is trusted to use.

Usually, a domain would cost you 10 to $15 a year.

You can register your domain for free for the first 12 months when you purchase any Bluehost plan, assuming you’re a novice who would appreciate a little financial relief.

You will be required to renew your domain name at a regular charge after the free offer period. You risk losing the domain if it expires; your work would be for naught.

Allowing your hosting provider to manage your domain is essential and makes sense, as it allows you to manage everything you need in one place.

11 Essential Tips For Choosing Domain Name For a Blog

1. Shorter is better

A domain name of any length can be registered. However, a shorter name is preferable; it will be easier for people to remember and type. You don’t want to give your prospects a website URL like www.thebestmobilephonesandchargershopincanada.com.

People are also more likely to enter errors with lengthier names, which can be detrimental to your business.

2. Easy to pronounce

Your blog URL should slide off the tip of your tongue as effortlessly as it does off the tip of your fingers. It makes it easy for consumers to call and tell their friends or coworkers about it.

Simply said, the blog domain should be straightforward to spell and speak.

3. Make it Keyword-rich

Having a keyword in your domain name can help with SEO since it tells search engines what your site is about and increases your chances of ranking for comparable keywords.

However, having a keyword-rich domain name alone will not help you rank; you will also need quality content, a positive user experience, backlinks, topical authority, and a variety of other SEO characteristics.

For example, my domain name, ‘bloggingexplained.com,’ is also a keyword ‘blogging explained.’ On search engine results pages, I am ranked first.

These days, it’s difficult to find such domain names because they’re already occupied.

4. Prefer .com

.com domains are the most common and well-known. They are memorable and can lend credibility to your company.

Given its history, it is a known truth that the human mind unconsciously adds.com to the blog name.

Did you notice that most mobile phones and computer keypads have a.com key? This is because it is a well-known and widely utilized extension.

But, hey, other TLDs work just as well. You don’t have to be concerned about finding your preferred domain. Moss Clement, for example, owns Mossmedia.biz, a highly successful web firm with an a.biz domain.

5. Avoid a mix of hyphens and numbers

If at all possible, avoid hyphens and digits.

If you couldn’t, you can use a number or a hyphen in the domain name, but not both. They make it challenging and indicate the idea of spam.

Assume your blog’s URL is www.The-Twitterblog.com. This blog, which everyone can comprehend, must be spam.

Similarly, www.small-business-tips.com may appear more appealing than www.smallbusinesstips-101.com.

6. Make it comprehensible

The best blog URL should immediately tell readers what your site is about.

For example, with my blog URL “bloggingexplained.com,” new readers may assume what my site is about right away (blogging).

Your domain name should have the same quick intuitiveness for people to remember and remember it.

7. Make sure the domain means right

Your intention for the domain name may be right. However, strange things do happen inadvertently from time to time.

When combining two dissimilar words, the result may be an unappealing term or sound. After all, your website does not have to be a poor model.

Check these funny examples.

8. Check for trademark

In my novice days, there was this famous news website with its .in extension unused. As I registered it and started blogging, I received a 50 paged legal notice a month later. I was lucky; they simply asked me to take the website down to drop the charges.

Lesson learned!

Don’t be lured to use a well-known business name on a different TLD or combination. Depending on the country, you may need to check for registered trademarks and copyrights.

9. Be relevant

Consider the domain name for the long term. You don’t want to set yourself to a specific niche if you have plans for business expansion.

Imagine using a gardening-related domain name to provide stock market insights. Have I made my point?

10. Leverage Thesaurus

Are all the great names taken?

Don’t be afraid to look for synonyms using the Thesaurus dictionary to find slightly different keywords with similar meanings by loading the keywords from your desired niche.

If you haven’t decided what niche to blog on, check out the 15 best blog niches to start blogging in India.

11. Act fast

If you come up with a great domain name, whether highly creative, fun, or unique, there’s a good chance that someone else will come up with the same idea and buy the domain before you. So don’t sit around thinking too much – seize it quickly.

Conclusion

Finding a great blog’s domain name can be difficult; it takes time and requires extensive research. After all, deciding on the best domain name is the first step toward online success.

The ideal domain name should be simple to remember, meaningful, and have the potential to become a brand in the future.

What’s your blog name? Do you have any suggestions for this resource? Please let me know in the comments section.

FAQs

#1. I’m from India. My desired domain is taken with the .com extension by someone else. Should I go for .in?

Yes, you can go for it if no trademark or copyright is registered by the .com business owner. Otherwise, they can sue you legally.

#2. What are some good alternatives to the .com domain extension?

It includes .org, .net, .info, .io, .biz, .online, .co, etc.

#3. How much does a domain name cost?

Usually, it is $10 to $15 per year. However, the premium domains may cost a lot of money.

#4. How do I get a domain name for free?

When you signup for Bluehost, you can have the chance to register your domain name free of price for the first 12 months.

#5. What is a domain name generator?

It is an online technology that lets you find a domain name when you input the keyword. It will then show you the matching and various domain names available to purchase.

#6. Can I use my full name as a domain name?

Yes, you can. Online entrepreneurs like Neil Patel, Neal Schaffer, Anthony Gaenzle, etc., have been using their personal names as domain names and are thriving today.

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14 Comments

  1. SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:

    Hello Mudassir,
    I envy the creativity some people have when I comes to things like domain names, blog post titles, etc. My domain name is not short, not easy to pronounce, since it’s just my name it could be anything, you don’t know until you check it out. But one thing I can be very certain of is that I am sure nobody has the same name. 🙂

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Hello SharlaAnn, We have rarely come across blogs that have the same blog names and topics. If we set aside ourselves to executing the motive behind starting a blog and do it deliberately, then the feeling of not having a great domain name won’t desist us.

      Thanks for putting your thoughts.

  2. Ryan K Biddulph says:

    Excellent tips Mudassir. Definitely go with a dot com because people tend to think only in dot com terms. If someone gives me a site name I do not bother checking anything save dot com. Not seeing a dot com domain name goads me to move on.
    Ryan

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Dotcom domains have been ruling the Internet for a long time, Ryan 🙂

  3. Rohit Thakur says:

    MUDASSIR AHMED, This blog post has too much potential to stand loud. The aspect you have cover in this blog post is too much appreciative.

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Hello Rohit, Thanks much for giving it a read and supporting it with a lovely comment.

  4. Moss Clement says:

    Hi Mudassir,
    Excellent writing for both newbie bloggers and season marketers with blogs. When I started, although I had no idea what I was doing, I knew that a short, sweet domain name will be ideal. However, since the top and most preferred extensions like .com and .net were taken, I opted for .biz/. Nevertheless, your article is a resource for those starting a blog and who may want to change their domain.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Hello Moss, you’re amazing and an inspiration for people to realize they could grow a successful online business even without non-traditional TLDs.
      Glad to have your point on the matter. Thanks!

  5. Lisa Sicard says:

    Hi Mudassir, I’ve always thought of changing my domain name but now it’s my business name. It is short but doesn’t really reflect a keyword. You are giving me some food for thought on the word Inspire. I’ve got to do some more research on it, thank you for these tips and ideas. Have a great day.

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Hello Lisa, keyword in the domain could weigh your SEO a bit if done right, but not mandatory, though. I certainly like your name – it is meaningful and easy to remember.
      Thanks for reading and sharing it on Twitter.

  6. Aadarsh Roy says:

    Hey Mudassir Ahmed ,

    Awesome post with effective tips for choosing a great domain name. You have introduced good tips here and elaborated them nicely that is really providing a good understanding of concept. I really like the way you have explained each & everything about domain name and tips for choosing it.

    Yes While choosing a perfect domain name it is helpful considering the shorter domain name, whereas doing so will makes it easier for user to remember. As we know that Keyword is one of a n important ranking factor and including a keyword in domain name will provide good advantages. Avoiding the combination of numbers & hyphens is also good idea.

    Adopting and implementing your tips will be a great helping hand and undoubtedly helps people in selecting a perfect domain name. After going through this complete guide i gain ideas and am sure that this post is definitely going to help lots of people & readers to sort-out their query.

    Truly informative post and keep sharing more similar post.

    Thanks,
    -Aadarsh

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      Hello Aadarsh, Hope you’re doing well.
      I really appreciate you reading my blog and dropping your thoughtful and valuable comment.
      Take care there, friend!

  7. Amit Biwaal says:

    Mudassir Ahmed, thanks for this predefined content. Have you any ideas about choosing right NFTs domains? Share please

    1. Mudassir Ahmed says:

      No idea, Amit. Thanks for stopping by!