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  1. Sharon O'Day
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    Rebecca, I’ve been marketing online for years and have gone through countless programs. This is the clearest presentation I’ve seen of selecting a domain name. Bravo!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Sharon, thanks so much for your kind words. This came about as a result of spending countless hours trying to come up with a good domain name when it seemed there just weren’t any. It’s a bit of a time consuming process, but considering that you’ll have your domain name for a long period of time, it’s well worth it, and it’s really surprising how many good ones there still are, as long as you know how to find them!

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  2. Marie Anne
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    Very methodical way to choose a name, but I like it! I’ve got several blogs and most have domain names. I put some thought into it, but not nearly anything as extensive as this.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Marie Anne, you are right that this is very methodical, and I do not always do this. But I find that when I do, I come up with much better domain names — ones that I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of without this process. Thanks so much for your comment!

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  3. Lori Thayer
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    Great information. Very well laid out and easy to follow.

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  4. Lauren McMullen
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    Wow! What a cool step-by-step process. Thank you for posting!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Lauren,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment and for your support. I really appreciate it and appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around. 🙂

      Rebecca

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  5. Cheryl Pickett
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    I agree, great process for finding domain names. I’ve also read a similar suggestion for coming up with book or info product titles. I think you should teach this as a short class!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Cheryl,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I hadn’t thought of teaching it as a short class, but that may not be a bad idea. Thanks for suggesting it!

      Rebecca

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  6. Theresa Leschmann
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    There is certainly a lot of good information here to think about.I never would have considered using Amazon as source but you make valid arguments for doing so.Thank you!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Theresa, thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comment. Yes, Amazon is a great place to get information and ideas for a lot of things, including domain names. I hope you will find it helpful in the future!

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  7. Debbie Henthorn
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    Rebecca – thanks for all the screen shots and detailed instructions. I’m not very tech-savvy and this was very easy to understand.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Debbie, I appreciate your visit to my blog and also your comment. I’m glad that you found my post easy to understand even though you’re not super technical. That means I met my objective because that is what I was shooting for, so thank you!

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  8. Kathy
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    Great tips. I love how detailed you got with it!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Kathy, thank you for taking the time to drop by and read this post. I’m glad you appreciate the level of detail. Most of my posts are not this detailed, but I felt like this one really needed to be.

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  9. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
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    I wish I’d read this a year ago when I was choosing a domain name – Really great info here!

    I love the name I chose, and it fits my life – My little one is my sunshine, and sippy cups are a big part of our day. My site shares “Smart Solutions for Busy Moms”, so I talk about things that bring sunshine to your life by making it easier, and I review sippy cups along with other kids products.

    But – I do feel like it’s a name that I will outgrow in a year or two. But I would HATE to change the site name, since there would be a lot of complications with that.

    So – If you’re starting a site, read this tips, and make sure you are thinking for the future as you choose your domain name 🙂

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Meagan, first of all let me say that I love the name of your site — it is bright and cheerful and I think would appeal to a lot of moms. So in that way it is perfect. But as you said, you will outgrow the name especially as your children grow. Yet I also see the complication of changing a name.

      I think a mistake that a lot of us make, and one I have surely made myself, is not thinking far enough into the future. The good news is, as your children grow, so will the children of the readers who are already following you, so the name may not be a big issue. And there will always be new readers with little ones who will be drawn to the site in part due to the name.

      I’ve also seen a lot of sites with less than great domain names make it big, so overall I certainly wouldn’t worry about it. The main thing is the great content you have on your site that will show up well in search engines. A domain name with a great keyword phrase is awesome, but not totally necessary either.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Meagan! I appreciate your visit and your comment.

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  10. Nancy
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    This is wonderfully helpful information, thanks so much!

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  11. Lisa
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    There are a great many tools out there to help find a good domain name – this is an excellent tutorial. It’s also pretty much the process I used for all 5 of my domain names.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Lisa,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful and that you use a similar process for finding your domain names.

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  12. Louise Myers Graphic Design
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    Terrific post. I had no idea of the bulk search. What a time-saver! Thanks so much.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Thanks so much for stopping by, Louise! I agree that the bulk search tool is a huge time saver. The whole process can be a bit time consuming, but the bulk took definitely helps a lot.

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  13. Donna Merrill
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    Rebecca what can I say? This is absolutely the best instructional post of how to get a blog domain name! Where were you 2 years ago when I needed this???? lol
    You have given a perfect way to not only choose a name but go on and take us step by step on how to do it. I never would have thought of searching Amazon!
    Thanks so much,
    Donna

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  14. David Frey - MarketingBlogger.com
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    Rebecca, I know that a lot of people like to use keywords in their blog domain name. However, I think more of a “brand” than a keyword. I believe if someone is going to put years of hard work, sweat and tears into their blog, they should pay the money to buy a premium domain name that they can brand.

    I spent quite a bit of money to acquire MarketingBlogger.com because I wanted that brand.

    But for creating niche blogs for seo purposes, your strategy is right on. (And I’m sure you can find some good domains that ARE brandable using your method too.)

    Great article.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      David, I totally agree with you on this. As an example, though “content creation” is searched a lot, “professional content creation” is not. I could have gone with a different domain name that would show up better in searches, but this was indeed more of a branding thing since I’m working on building an authority site. This approach is definitely more geared toward niche sites, and I had thought about emphasizing that in the post, but it was long enough already!

      By the way, I can see why you chose “MarketingBlogger.com” and didn’t mind paying a premium price for it. I think that will pay off for you nicely!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is great having you in Social Buzz Club. I look forward to more great content from you!

      Rebecca

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  15. Lisa Mason
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    Fantastic post. Very detailed and very helpful. I’ll be bookmarking this because people ask me this question all the time and now I can just refer them here.

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  16. Domain4special
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    It is true that domain name is very important for your website. Registering your domain name is so easy. You can find many companies which provide best domain name registration services in the marketplace.
    You provide a cool and useful step-by-step process to find a great blog domain name. Thank you for posting!

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