Choosing a Blog Name

Choosing the appropriate name for your blog is one of the most important aspects of starting your blog. It is what identifies your blog and differentiates it from others. Some thought must be taken into consideration when naming your blog. Just don’t give it a name because it sounds cool. Think about your readers as well. Unless of course this is a blog that’s not intended to be branded or marketed to the general public.

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Choosing a Blog Name
The name of your blog has to be identical to its domain name. If it isn’t this could cause confusion among your readers. It could also make it a bit difficult to find your blog online. For example, if you name your blog ‘make money online blog’ but your domain is bloggingtips.com, it wouldn’t seem right. This also wouldn’t give you any search engine optimization (SEO) points. I also see many people following the trend of registering their own name as a domain and try to make money online by claiming to be an expert. Also, consider keeping your domain short so that it can easily be remembered. I know it can be difficult to find an appropriate domain that isn’t registered, but take the time to search. It’ll be worth it in the end. Despite all of the new domain extensions coming out such as .me,.mobi, .etc, .com is still king in search engine rankings.

Does it describe your blog?

Your blog’s name should describe what your blog’s about in a nutshell. More people are likely to visit a photography tips blog called phototipsonline.com rather than sofakingcoolpictips.com, right? You can try to be edgy and creative but don’t over do it. If you want to play it safe, be literal and professional. After all, you’re competing with millions of other blogs out there.

How unique is your blog name?

How to choose your blog name
Does the name of your blog sound similar to others? I’ve seen this done with the phrase ‘make money online’ since it’s a competitive keyphrase. Many try to put their own spin on the phrase but few find success. Would you visit a blog called make money online today or make money online with a 13 year-old? A niche that’s been quite good with being unique are photo upload sites. You have imageshack, photobucket, tinypic, and the most recent popular service Flickr.

I probably sound like a hypocrite considering the fact that my blog name doesn’t following any of these rules but I’ve managed to make it work through hard work. I wouldn’t recommend anyone doing the same. In fact, I believe having an odd domain name halted success. The upside about my domain is that it’s short and seemingly easy to remember. I hope this helps you decide what to name your blog. Choose a blog name that matches your domain and make sure it describes what your blog’s about. Some may think that naming a blog isn’t that big of a deal. But honestly, take the time to do so and you’ll gain an advantage over your competitors.

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28 Responses to Choosing a Blog Name

  1. Warren January 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Not to mention if it’s as successful as you hope it will be, your going to have to live with it for a long time to come. If you thought it was important to spend the time choosing the best title for a post possible, then you can imagine the importance of choosing a hot name for your blog.

    Too often I see people get frustrated with the domain search process, because it can seem like all the good ones are taken, but one great resource that I use is http://www.bustaname.com/
    use it once, and i’m sure you’ll never stop! 🙂

  2. Eric : Manila Blog January 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    you are right, it takes a lot of hard word for your niche to be notice if your domain name is not related to it. this is where SEO plays a big role so search engine can see the real content of your site.

  3. The Kid January 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I followed the make money online domain trend 😉
    it does offer a bit seo points

  4. Rem January 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I use my blog as a personal log. That’s why I think my name as a domain is okay.

  5. revtrev January 20, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Naming a blog should be like naming a book. It’s good to use the tagline to tell readers the benefit they get from you, not the features they’ll find on your site. If you can sum up your blog in that tagline you’re on course to staying on track.

  6. PPC Ian January 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Great, practical tips! I agree with all of them. D3so, I like your blog name. For me, it’s easy to recognize and remember!

  7. Seeraty January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I used my name for the domain also. But I blog about seo and blogging.

  8. Lyka January 21, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    I used a weight loss niche name for my blog. Now that I think of it I should have put more thought into the name.

  9. Chris-Vincent January 21, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I like to come out with weird and catchy names. I do not follow trends at all… I love your blog name and easy to remember

  10. Kevin M January 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Me too. I try to come up with catchy names that make sense and are easy to remember.

  11. tava tea January 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi,

    I don’t know. Though your domain d3so is easy to remember, the downside of it is non related to your subject.

    I favor the seo point. (make money).

    One thing though, your domain does stand out from my creative understanding. I like it personally.

  12. Singh January 22, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    You have to make sure you do not over do it or else the name might sound ridiculous.

  13. d3so January 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Thanks for the source. It’ll be helpful when I start new online projects.

  14. d3so January 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    My tagline doesn’t really make sense in relation to this blog 😛
    I’m thinking about changing it but I wonder how it’ll effect other metrics.

  15. d3so January 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Exactly why I chose it, lol. It’s short and simple to remember.

  16. d3so January 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    True, I receive no SEO points, shame on me.

  17. Chris-Vincent January 23, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Really? my current blog name is ScrewLife.Com, anyone who hears it has to say huh? I dont think it will do bad if i do a good promo for it,,lol

  18. Warren January 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    regarding d3so not being related to SEO, or Marketing, you see it’s just that Google isn’t familiar with the name yet, you’ll have to sprinkle the definition around the internet for a while until it catches on! 🙂

    Hey, if Sarah Palin can get “Refudiate” into the dictionary…..

    d3so – “The art of making money online” 🙂

  19. d3so January 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    It certainly draws attention. At first I thought it was going to be a comedy themed site but it looks like you’re in the MMO niche as well.

  20. d3so January 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Good point. Another good example is when Carl Ocab ranked number 1 for make money online on google. If he can accomplish that with his own-name domain, I can certainly do it with this site, but it will require a ton of work 😛

  21. Warren January 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Which keywords are you trying to rank for, and which have you had success with so far?

    The two that send me the most traffic are Twitter marketing #1 and Internet Marketing #7

  22. Play Hidden Object Games January 24, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Well i go with my real name for my blog.

    Niche name is also good for the blog

  23. Roger January 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Even though d3so isn’t related to the websites niche for SEO it may not really matter much. Given that most will follow through a link. The domain is in fact important, but isn’t the content more.

  24. John Rampton January 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    What recommendations do you give for changing your blog name in the future if you’ve been going with one? Do you recommend just sticking with it!

  25. Fillipino Blogger January 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Choosing a good blog recognizable and brand-able name is the most critical part of blogging journey. Good tips you got there buddy.

  26. Web Design LA February 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Yes, choosing a blog name or domain name is a key factor for success of your blog. You need to be very careful while choosing your blog name. You have provided perfect tips for choosing a name for your blog. Great post.

  27. Fazal Mayar @ Make Money Online February 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Splendid post. Having a good domain name is fundamental. It’s recommended to have your keyword on your domain!

  28. Number Stencils June 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m looking for relevant blog names that are original and aren’t too long. I always have a hard time choosing a blog name and I’m picky so I can’t start the blog without a name I’m happy about.What are some name ideas for a blog about books, films and music? Thanks for nice post.