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5 Considerations for Choosing Your Blog Domain Name

Are you lost when it comes to picking a blog domain name?

Feeling stricken by analysis paralysis can hamstring your blogging career before it even starts.

I recall wanting to find the perfect domain name for my blog nearly 8 years ago. I spent days waffling back and forth between a few spammy-sounding, keyword stuffed offerings that would make the current day I vomit in disgust.

After wasting too much time I picked a name – blog since closed out – and ran with it.

In order to actually become a pro blogger, you gotta select and buy a domain name.

Follow these tips to cut through the confusion and to add clarity to the selection process.

1: Picture-Factor

Can you easily imagine your prospective domain name? You better be able to. We think in pictures.

Choose a domain name that people can easily picture. If they can see it, they will clearly feel the benefits that following your blog will afford them.

You buy into what you can see and understand, domain-wise. If you cannot easily imagine a domain name you likely won’t remember the domain name. Not a good look, being unmemorable.

Build a watch list of potential domain names. Honestly, observe if you can easily picture the domain. Since you think in pictures you will make folk’s lives easier by picking an easy to imagine domain name. You are actually doing some of their legwork for them.

2: Availability

One of the first commenters on Blogging From Paradise noted how he tried to buy the blog domain name the prior night.

Good timing. Thanks, Universe.

I checked availability and gobbled that sucker up once I found out it was ready for purchase.

Sometimes your dream domain has already been bought. Dem’s da breaks. But if you get a little creative and tweak a word here or there – without getting spammy – you can find an available, quality domain to buy.

3: Price

Pricing does factor into picking a domain name if you are working off of a budget.

I bought my domain name on the cheap. $14.99 USD. Some other domain names reach into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. All depends on how much cheddar you want to drop the name.

Set a domain name budget before you go cyber shopping. If you find a fabulous domain name related to your niche feel free to drop more dough on it. Think about the return on the investment; not just about the dollars here, guys.

4: Length

Size does matter ladies and gentleman.

You can nab the most clever domain name under the sun yet if it spans 3 or 4 words – or longer – you have a memory issue on your hands.

Folks remember short, punchy domain names. Folks do not remember long-winded, cumbersome domain names.

I selected bloggingfromparadise.com because it reached the outer limits of length. If I added 1-2 words I’d have selected a leaden, heavy domain name. Not unlike an anchor. Because every time you mention or link to a stupid long domain name it feels like an energetic drag.

Go short. Think punchy, snappy and crisp. People will remember you and your domain name if you don’t give ‘em 30 letters to remember.

5: Relevance

Does your domain name align fully with your niche?

Ensure the name matches the niche you cover.

Example; a blogger choosing domain names for the blogging tips niche would be wise to include either “blog” or “blogger” or “blogging” in the domain name. People understand easily how such a domain name relates to blogging.

Skip on picking obscure or complex domain names. Unless you build a dynamite, powerfully magnetic, charismatic brand it’ll be tough to grow your blog if you select an irrelevant name, not at all aligned with your blogging niche.

Your Turn Folks

How did you pick your domain name?

What tips can you add to this list?

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com.He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon.Ryan can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.

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prasanna Sutrave - April 26, 2017

nice post, you have covered all most all the considerations for choosing a domain name. Just include domain name registrar links as like Godaddy or Neamcheap etc.Thanks for sharing.
Prasanna

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Ugyen Dorji - April 27, 2017

Hi Ryan and Adeel,
I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning of my blogging, out of which choosing domain was one of them. I kept on changing coz I never found that matches the point you mentioned in this post.
Most people say, it is the theme that comes to reader’s attention or it is the headlines of the post or introduction. But in my experience, I think it is the domain name that matters the first.
Have a great day bro!

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    Ryan Biddulph - May 1, 2017

    I kicked around a few wacky ones over the years Ugyen LOL.

    Ryan

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Monika Sharma - May 1, 2017

It’s always hard to choose a good domain name for a website or blog. I have noticed people don’t pay much attention toward Domain which is not right. Domain avaiablity is a great factor according to SEO. I’m agree with these 2 point Length & Relevance which must be consider for Domain.

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    Ryan Biddulph - May 1, 2017

    Agreed Monika, wow is it important to think through the domain name. It’s a clarity thing.

    Ryan

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Susan Velez - May 1, 2017

Hi Ryan,

Great tips for choosing a domain. I didn’t get fancy with my domain name, I just went with my name. It’s easier than trying to come up with some creative.

Congrats on being able to grab the Blogging From Paradise domain name. I guess it was meant to be.

You’re definitely correct, size does matter. You don’t want to get a domain name that is extremely long.

Thanks for sharing these tips, I know that they will help so many people choose the right domain name.

Have a great day 🙂

Susan

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    Ryan Biddulph - May 1, 2017

    Going with your name is the easiest way to get clear on your domain name. Unless you change your name LOL 😉

    Ryan

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Fahad Mirza - May 1, 2017

Hey Ryan,
Nice to listen to you.
Choosing a good domain is the first thing which everyone should choose in the right way. But in the beginning, almost all are owls that’s why they don’t know the power of a right domain for their blog.
Your points have power and we should focus on choosing such domain name which is both easy to remember and is not more than 2 or 3 worlds.
We I started my new blog I spend almost 2 weeks or even more, on choosing a domain name and my domain name is loved by everyone (*Bloggers Papa).

Whatever, you wrote it up with a great pleasure and love, of course, it deserves a tweet or Facebook share.

Have a nide day.

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Nikhil Makwana - May 9, 2017

Thanks for great information. The domain name is a key part of your brand, Next time, I will keep this information in my mind while buying a domain name.

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Curious Blogger - May 19, 2017

Hi Ryan,

Basic but great advice to choosing a domain name. Following these tips will save your lots of time and you will come up with some good domain name.

Thanks for sharing this awesome post buddy!

– Umesh Singh

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Abid Masih - May 24, 2017

Quite hand to choose domain name, a little search can gave you best possible ideas about to choose the best one. Thanks for your tips have a good day.

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Irshad Khan - June 13, 2017

Hello, Admin, Very nice post-Spacially for new bloggers or beginners this tricks will help us to find a perfect Domain Name and Niche, thanks for sharing useful tips keep updating us

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Meer - June 13, 2017

Hello, Ryan, Great Article, this tricks will helps when some selecting a domain, difently I Will share your Link on Social Media I really Impress the way of writing keep doing great work Thanks for Sharing this post.

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Saurabh tiwari - June 20, 2017

Thank you, Ryan Sir for this nice guide. After reading this, I can safely direct my blog readers to this page for further guidance on New domain name selection.

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Richa - June 30, 2017

Hey Ryan!
Thanks for discussing in depth on this most basic but the most important topic one should consider before beginning with his/her blogging career. Thank you so much!

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waqas - July 2, 2017

hi great tips on Chossing a Domain Name it helps me alot for chosing the right domain

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Babulal Kol - July 2, 2017

nice tips choosing good domain name is really not and easy for us.

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Joseph Chikeleze - July 6, 2017

Hello Ryan,
This is awesome tips to select a domain name.

Yes, domain names plays a vital role in the life of a blogger.

Your domain name is your identity. Everyone knows you with it.

Thanks for this great guide.

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Matinder Pal Singh - July 9, 2017

Finding a good domain name is not easy in this world now 😛
But you have shared nice tips worth follow it.

Thank you Ryan Biddulph

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Hui Droesch - July 14, 2017

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any ways to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.

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Nazrul Islam - July 17, 2017

Hi, This is amazing information, I got inspired after reading this blog!
Please keep posting such informational blog. So that, people like us will get inspired and implement in real life.

Thanking you.

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Purbita Detecha - July 17, 2017

Please keep posting such informational blog.

Thanking you

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Pardeep - July 17, 2017

Thanks for great info. Love your hard work

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Muhammad Ahmad - July 17, 2017

Hi Ryan,
you did it very well. For me, domain name should be short and easily memorizable and you explained it 😉
Thanks for sharing.
~ Ahmad

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AB Rajputt - August 24, 2017

Great share, keep up the good work. You have a nice blog Adeel Sami.

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Jobin Mathew - September 14, 2017

Hey Ryan, very nice post man. You covered almost everything here. Often times when you think of buying a domain, you check it’s availability keeping all the points in mind and take some time to re-think upon your choosen domain name. And when you finally make you ming to buy it, it becomes unavailable. Sad, isn’t it? so do you have any option for this problem?

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    Ryan Biddulph - September 15, 2017

    I’d buy a similar name Jobin but it is a lesson too; act swiftly and decisively. Doubt kills your blogging campaign.

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Kavita Paliwal - September 14, 2017

Couldn’t agree more with you Ryan! Unlike the famous proverb, “What’s in the name”, when you are talking about blogging, there is everything in the name. A high quality domain name talks about a high quality brand. More than anything, you want your domain name to tell the story of your brand. Right?
Kavita

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