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Little Known Tips for Finding a Great Blog Domain Name

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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.

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