Easy Way to Come Up with a Blog Name & Domain

One of the most difficult things for bloggers to do when getting started is choosing a blog domain name. It shouldn't be so hard, but it is.

You want to find the PERFECT name. And, this leads to a tendency to overthink it.

If you want to be a good professional blogger, you've got to be good at making decisions. Now that doesn't mean that they are always going to be the best decisions.

You may have found that you should have gone down a different path. But, you're never going to know that unless you get started and make a decision in the first place.

So, if you've been putting off choosing a domain name, it's time to get started. Thinking about it for a couple of days is a couple of days too many. It's time to make a decision and choose your name!

How to choose a blog domain name:

1. Make it easy to remember

2. Make it easy to spell

3. Include a keyword or two

4. Include words that tap into reader emotions

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Choosing your domain name

Let's get into what all this means and how it applies to coming up with a domain name for your blog.

1. Make it easy to remember

This is an obvious one. You might think you've come up with the perfect name, but if people can't remember it, they aren't going to keep coming back.

You want a name that rolls off the tongue. It should be easy to say and easy to remember.

Remember, readers have easy access to Google and other search engines. If they want the information on your site and can't remember your domain name, they'll search online and find what they need somewhere else.

Remember, readers have easy access to Google and other search engines. If they want the information on your site and can’t remember your domain name, they’ll search online and find what they need somewhere else.

2. Make it easy to spell

I know there are so many cute names and spellings you can come up with. But, you want your blog domain to be easy for people to spell. Choose the most common spelling of words.

This tip sort of plays off the first tip. You want to be easy to be found and if readers can't remember how to spell your domain name, they aren't going to find you. The last thing you want is to frustrate your potential future fans as they try to find you.

3. Include a keyword or two

When coming up with business name ideas and looking for your domain, it only makes sense to include a niche keyword or two. You want to make your domain easy to find. And, you want people to know what you're all about.

Do a little research to find out what the best keywords are for the topic that you've chosen for your blog.

BONUS TIP: Keep all of those niche keywords written down in a place where it’s easy for you to refer back to them. This research is valuable because you will use the results time and time again while building your blogging business.

4. Include words that tap into reader emotions

 If you aren't going to have your blog under your own name (like allisonlindstrom.com) then choose something that invokes emotion from the reader. You want to create excitement, show authority, and convey trustworthiness.

I recently shared a blog post with 120 domain name modifiers. This list includes words that you can add to your main niche keyword to create some sort of emotion from your readers.

In the blog post, I made a list of all the keywords that could describe my example niche. Then I chose the example keyword of 'Saving Money".

One of the most difficult things for bloggers to do when getting started is choosing a blog domain name. It shouldn't be so hard, but it is. You want to find the PERFECT name. And, this leads to a tendency to overthink it. If you want to be a good professional blogger, you've got to be good at making decisions.

Next, I chose the word "Report" from the modifier list. When you put them together, you come up with "SavingMoneyReport.com".

One of the most difficult things for bloggers to do when getting started is choosing a blog domain name. It shouldn't be so hard, but it is. You want to find the PERFECT name. And, this leads to a tendency to overthink it. If you want to be a good professional blogger, you've got to be good at making decisions.

It's easy to remember, easy to spell, describes what the site is about, and the word "report" makes it sound like an authority on the topic. Readers expect the site to be full of reports that will help them reach their financial goals.

If someone is focused on saving money or paying off debt, they are going to believe that your site is an authority on the topic. This inspires people to come see what you have to offer.

These domain name modifiers also help you to differentiate yourself from the competition.

By the way, this url was available at the time that I was pulling together this video/blog post. If you’re interested in getting it, head on over here to sign up for your hosting and grab the domain for free before someone else does.

Don't overthink your blog name!

You'll stunt your growth as a blogging business owner if you overthink all your decisions. The most important thing to remember is that as you make decisions, you learn from them. What worked well? What didn't?

But, if you're not making decisions, you aren't going to be learning and adapting. You'll stay stuck at square one. Don't be afraid to take the plunge and choose a domain name today.

If you feel like they're all taken, then check out my post with the domain name modifiers here.

If I was sitting down with you today, I would set a timer for 30 minutes. Then, when that timer went off, you would have your name not only chosen but purchased as well.

Sound impossible? Lots of things in blogging sound impossible. Choosing a domain name should be the easy part.

10 Blog Niche Ideas That Aren't Boring

Now, if you're struggling to come up with a domain name because you haven't narrowed down your niche, that's a separate issue.

If you know you want a blogging business, but don't have an idea what you want to blog about then that's a decision you need to make yesterday. Not making that decision will keep you from making any progress at all.

You can pretty much blog about anything. But you can't successfully blog about everything. Here are some ideas from my list of 160+ Blog Niche Ideas That Aren't Boring:

  1. Lego instructions

  2. Service dog training

  3. Road trip tips and ideas

  4. Baby food recipes

  5. Kids games

  6. Kitchen garden tips

  7. Home gym ideas

  8. How to speak [fill in a language]

  9. Becoming a foster parent

  10. Blended family tips

Are you getting some ideas? If not, check out the rest of the list of 160 ideas to get your wheels turning.

Want to download the list of 160+ blog topic ideas

How do I start a profitable blogging business?

If you're just getting started, then you probably have a lot of questions about how to start a profitable blog. It can feel overwhelming at first.

There are a lot of things to figure out from the start. Not only is there the domain name, but you have to find a blogging platform and hosting (here’s who I recommend) as well as figure out how to get it all set up.

And, that's just getting your blog set up—what about making money from it?

Relax and take it one step at a time. You can't make money from a blog until you have a blog. So, before jumping ahead, you must choose a name and set up your site online. Here’s a tutorial on starting a blog that’ll be helpful.

We discussed names above, so let's touch on blogging platforms and hosts. There are tons of options to choose from.

A popular question that I hear is, "Can I get started on a free platform?". I hate to break it to you, but the answer is no. If you want to make money blogging, you are going to need to invest a little money into it. 

There are a lot of limitations that come on the free platforms. One of those limitations is the fact that you don't truly own your content when using them. You just can't operate like that when you're growing a business!

They also set different rules that you have to follow. For example, you usually can't place ads on your site. This is one of your potential income streams as a blogging business owner. Look at it this way: You can't afford not to spend the money on paid hosting. 

But, you don't have to spend a fortune. If you are still getting started, check out my tutorial on how to start a blog in 2019 to make money and also my post with the list of all the tools and resources I use to run my blog.

How do beginner blogs make money?

Once you have a name and are all set up the next place new bloggers get stuck is on how to make money. You may even be wondering if it's possible to really make money as a blogger.

I can assure you that it is. Take a look at my blog income reports at the links below. I detail exactly where my income is coming from. 

There are two ways to make money as a blogger:

  1. Active income

  2. Passive income

Active income is work you do where you trade time for money. For example, if you get paid to write a guest post, that's active income. You are actively working to make the money.

The second type of income is passive income. An example of this is placing ads on your blog or creating and selling online courses. With passive income, you do the work once and then continue to make money on it over and over again.

Which type you choose to focus on is completely up to you. I recommend finding a balance of the two. But, either way you go, you aren't going to make a penny if you can't decide on that domain name! 

Just start your blog already!

By the end of this blog post, you can see how important it is to just jump in and get started.

Make sure you have your niche picked out. Then, set that timer for 30 minutes and get to work! By the end of that time you should have your name chosen, purchased, and ready to go. 

If you want more help on your journey to building a successful blogging business I encourage you to follow my step-by-step tutorial for How to Start a Blog So You Can Work From Home and to subscribe to the Allison Lindstrom YouTube channel. There are tons of videos over there to help you reach your goals as a blogger!