Little Known Tips for Finding a Great Blog Domain Name

domain name is like an address for your content

Choose a great domain name that fits with the content on your site.

This post is part 2 of a 2-part series on how to choose a blog domain name. If you haven’t already done so, I’d recommend that you first read part 1, Content Creation Tip: Start With an Excellent Blog Domain Name first.

 

So, you’ve decided you want to start a blog, and the idea for your blog is so fresh,  you haven’t even selected a blog domain name. Choosing the right blog domain name is certainly an important first step, but it’s not always easy to find a good domain name that isn’t already taken. The tips in this article should help!

How to Find a Great Blog Domain Name

 

#1: Use Amazon to Get the Big Picture Before Choosing a Blog Domain Name

 

You may be tempted to head to Google to find keywords to use in your blog domain name. Google is great for that, but I’ve found it helpful to instead start with Amazon, to see what books and other products are popular there. This is especially helpful if you have an idea of what you want your blog to be about, but haven’t refined your topic. A huge plus of going to Amazon first is that you can see what people are actually buying, which is a great first step in choosing your niche.

First, go to Amazon, and in the search box at the top, type in your broad category. For this example, I’ve chosen, “dog training.” Take a look at the image below, and then let’s talk about what we see there.

Use Amazon to help you find a niche for your blog

I realize that it may be a bit hard to read everything in this image, so let’s take things one step at a time.

First off, I’ve chosen “All Departments” at the top left. This is the default setting, so you shouldn’t have to change that. Then, in the main search box, I typed the words, “dog training.”

In the upper left, you’ll see there are “related searches.” Don’t worry about those for now, but you can come back to them later if you are having problems finding a domain name.

Now let’s look at the books that have come up, and the potential keywords for your blog domain name. In just the first few books, we have the following keywords to start with:

  • Well behaved dog
  • Positive dog-training program
  • Dog tricks
  • Bond with your dog

If you go further down, you will find even more ideas of keyword phrases to start with, and best of all, these are topics people are buying books on, which indicates there is potential for profit with them. Particularly if you have financial goals for your blog, you’ll want to first find out what people are spending money on before purchasing a blog domain name.

#2: Take the Keyword Phrases You Found on Amazon and Head to Google

 

Now it’s time to head to the Google keyword tool  to get even more ideas for your blog domain name.

Select one of the keyword phrases you discovered on Amazon, and paste it into the “word or phrase” box. For the sake of this example, I selected the phrase, “positive dog training program.” Then click on “search.”

using google keyword external to find a blog domain name

#3 Narrow the Search Results to Come Up With a Good Blog Domain Name

 

When put into the Google Keyword tool, this particular search yielded over 300 keyword ideas. This is far more than you’ll want to consider, and frankly not all of them are good domain names, so the next step is to pare this list down quite a bit. To do so, for most niches you’ll want to select only the keyword phrases that have at least 1000 searches, and for all niches you’ll want to select keywords that would make sense as a blog domain name. For the sake of this example, I’m only showing four, but I actually selected 61 keywords that I felt would make a decent blog domain name.

#4 Export the Data

 

Now it’s time to export the data. This requires a few steps, which I’ll outline below, but it isn’t too difficult, so don’t be put off by the number of steps.

First, export the data from the keyword tool into an Excel spreadsheet by doing the following steps:

  • Click on “download”

 

 

 

  • Choose “selected”

 

 

 

 

  • Select the file format you want to download your keywords to. I personally always use CSV  for Excel.

 

 

 

 

#5 Format all the Keywords You’ve Selected as Potential Blog Domain Names

 

Your spreadsheet will look something like this:

Now it’s time to copy and paste the words into a Word document. Note: there is no reason to copy the numbers to the right of the heavy black line. In fact, it will cause you problems later if you do, so just leave them alone.

When you first paste the words into a Word document, there will naturally be spaces between the words. You’ll need to remove all of those spaces. You can do that manually, but there is an easier way to do this:

Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard, and while you’re holding it, click on h. It will bring up a box that looks like this:

In the “find what” box, type a single space. (Notice how in the image above, there is a line one space to the right . That is the cursor, a single space to the right.)

Do not type anything in the “replace with” box.

Click on “replace all.”

All of the spaces will be removed, and your list of potential blog domain names will look something like this:

#6 Use the GoDaddy Bulk Domain Name Tool

 

We’re finally heading into my favorite part of coming up with an excellent blog domain name, the moment when the magic happens and all the previous steps pay off.

Before I learned this little trick, I always manually typed in a potential blog domain name one at a time and sometimes took a very long time to find a decent domain name for my blog that wasn’t already taken.

So here’s what you do. Rather than search for potential blog domain names one by one, click on the bulk search tab pictured below:

You’ll now copy and paste all of the potential blog domain names from your Word document into this field. Notice that I selected .com and .net in the choices available to the right. My preference is to always use a .com blog domain name whenever possible, but since the dog training field is so competitive, I decided to see what .net options were available, just in case.

I was pleased to find that out of the 61 potential blog domain names I had decided to check out, between  .com and .net, I came up with 50 potential blog domain names, based on popular Google searches related to dog training.

Since this search yielded so many results, and since I really prefer to use a .com blog domain name, I decided to conduct the search again, this time searching for only potential .com blog domain names.

Here is the result of that search:

Now remember, when I first headed to Amazon in search of ideas for a good blog domain name related to dog training, I came up with the following 4 broad categories:

  • Well behaved dog
  • Positive dog-training program
  • Dog tricks
  • Bond with your dog

and out of those four, I only used positive dog-training program. If I was unhappy with the blog domain name possibilities based on that one search, I could have started the process over with one of the other three keyword phrases listed above.

So there you have it. I wouldn’t necessarily go through all of these steps every time I’m going to select a blog domain name, but for niche sites in a competitive field, it’s a good way to come up with a lot of good possible choices for your next blog domain name.

Your Turn

What has been your experience with finding the perfect domain name? Has it been easy for you, or a challenge? Do you have any tips to share with the rest of us?

Leave a comment to tell us about your experience with finding a good blog domain name and share any of your favorite tips.

Rebecca Livermore is a blogger and content manager. If you need help developing the blogging habit, she invites you to sign up for her free eCourse, 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit,or to connect with her on Facebook.

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30 thoughts on “Little Known Tips for Finding a Great Blog Domain Name

  1. 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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.

    • 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!

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

    • 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

  4. 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!

    • 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

  5. Theresa Leschmann says:

    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!

    • 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!

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

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

  8. 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 :)

    • 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.

  9. This is wonderfully helpful information, thanks so much!

    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I’m glad you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

    • 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

  13. 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.

    • Thanks so much, Lisa. Especially coming from you, that means a lot!

      Best,

      Rebecca

  14. 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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