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The No Stress Guide To Finding A Great Blog Domain Name

Choosing a good domain name for your new blog takes will take some time and effort, especially if you want the blog to stand out, represent you and be profitable.

Selecting you name or your business name is the easiest way to choose a domain. Unfortunately, you can run into a road block when you find that the domain name you want is taken. Don’t despair. If you intended using your own name and someone else has snatched it up, you could add to it e.g. yournamemarketing.com or something similar that will portray what your blog is going to be about. I highly recommend that you grab your name as a domain, anyway, even if you don’t end up using it for your blog. You can later use it as an “about you” profile page, linking to all your blogs and products etc. BrandYourself.com is a free service that provides you with the tools to do this. Here is an example of one of their profile pages: http://petekistler.brandyourself.com/

If you choose a domain name for your blog from these 3 criteria, you can’t go wrong:

1. Easy to remember
2. Easy to spell
3. Representative of yourself or your business

Here are some dos and don’ts to apply when choosing a domain name.


* Keep It Short and Sweet – Shorter is better, that way people to remember it more easily. Remembering a domain name is very important from a marketing perspective. As visitors reach your blog and enjoy using it, they will likely tell people about it. The longer the domain name is, the harder it is to type in as there is too much room for error. Most important of all, make sure it is spelled correctly.

* Utilize Keywords – Search engines like keywords in the urls in your domain name and it will help your rankings. Finding a good keyword that fits the three criteria, and isn’t taken, might be difficult. If this is the case, you could also use a keyword as part of your domain name. If a keyword makes your domain name too long or too hard to pronounce, then don’t do it. Also don’t squeeze in a keyword for the sake of SEO. Focus on having a domain name that represents you. For a great guide to finding keyword, visit my previous blog post here:

Help! My Blog Needs Traffic – SEO and Keywords

* Use Top Level Domains If Possible – It is preferable to use a .com domain. If .com isn’t available then .net, .org and .biz are the next best  extensions. You can also get creative with an alternative domain endings without losing people. Consider del.icio.us as an example. This could be a good way to go if your blog is going to be doing something that is new or different.


* Avoid Unusual Spellings – It may be tempting to use unusual spellings if the domain name you wanted is already taken. Don’t do it. They aren’t memorable and definitely aren’t easy to spell for the poor person trying to type in the address. It also looks unprofessional.

* Don’t Use Excessive Hyphens – Sometimes hyphens are good especially if you can utilize good keywords. It can make it easier to read and can help avoid misspellings. On the other hand, it can make the domain name longer which makes it easier for people to forget it. Also, if someone recommends you blog, to someone else, they may forget to mention that each word in the domain name is separated by a hyphens. If you do use hyphens, I suggest you do no more than 3 words.

* Don’t Use A Copyrighted Name – Be very careful not to use a copyrighted name. Even stay away from domain names in which part of the name is trademarked. Litigation can be costly so avoid it.

* Don’t Use Keywords That Have Double Meanings – Be careful not to use keywords in your domain that could potentially have a double meaning. For example, thishit.com…you get the picture.

By taking into consideration the above guidelines when choosing your domain name, you are sure to select one that meets the three criteria and will work well for you into the future. It’s not an easy thing to do with all the possible variations and the competition out there, but you shouldn’t settle on any old domain name either. If you put in the time and effort to choose a good domain name, you won’t go wrong with your final choice.


Blog Name Generators

* Nameboy – This allows you to plug in keywords for a keyword rich domain name.
* Domainr – Find great domain names that utilize the country code e.g. Del.icio.us
* DomainsBot – This is a search tool that will help you find available domain names without submitting a query, featuring a helpful suggestion option if you’re having trouble finding a domain name.
* PickyDomains – This is a service where other people think of domain names for you. If you like one, you may claim it and buy it outright.

The above tools can be very helpful when you become stumped about the domain name for your blog. Instead of wasting hours going insane trying to find variations of names, plug in your keywords and check out the suggestions these tools generate for you.

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Help! My Blog Needs Traffic – SEO And Keywords

As a blogger you want to get noticed. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can play an important role in attracting those visitors you need. However, it is not something that should consume your focus. WordPress is designed in such a way that a lot of the SEO is already taken care of. Your focus should be on providing good, fresh, regular content, throw in some keyword research and you will be rewarded with an increase in free traffic. Best of all this traffic will be targeted and that is what you want if your intention is to have a profitable blog.

If you follow some basic rules, keyword research doesn’t have to be a chore.

Keywords are the words and phrases people search for when they visit a search engine. It is your job to uncover the right keywords and it comes down to following only 2 steps.

Step 1 – Gather Your Keywords

Use a keyword tool to gather a large number of keywords in your particular niche.

The Google Keyword Tool is free and returns results directly from Google’s own internal database of searches people have performed.


Start with a seed keyword like “blogging”. This will return keywords such as:

blogging websites
how to blog
what is blogging
make money blogging

For this search Google returns 800 results. You can go further by taking some of the keywords it returns and using those as seed keywords to find more.

If your niche is small you will only want to focus on a small amount of keywords. On the other hand, if you want to create a large authority site you will want to collect thousands of keywords.

Step 2 – Analyze Your Keywords

Assessing your keywords for traffic and competition is very important. If keywords are too competitive or don’t get enough searches, then you are wasting your time.

To choose the best keywords there are 3 things you need to look at:

*Global Monthly Searches – Google will tell you the approximate amount of searches received by each word or phrase. It is best to use keywords that return more than 1,000 searches a month. For example:

best software for blogging (This returns 5400 global monthly searches)

*How Many Google Pages Use The Keywords – You need to find out how many people are using each keyword phrase on their pages. This is done by entering the keyword into Google Search in quotes. This will tell you how many other pages contain that exact phrase. Use phrases that return no more than 30,000 pages. Using the same example above:

“best software for blogging” (This returns 953 results)

*How Many Competitors Use the Keyword Phrase In Their Title – Google gives a tremendous amount of weight to the keyword phrase appearing in the title of the HTML document, so you need to see how many of those pages are also using the phrase in their title. This is done by entering into Google Search:

allintitle:”keyword phrase in quotes”

Use keyword phrases that return no more than 10,000 results. Once again, using the same example as above:

allintitle:”best software for blogging” (This returns 34 results)

You can’t go wrong if you use the formula below.

– At least 1,000 monthly searches
– No more than 30,000 pages in Google “in quotes”
– No more than 10,000 results for “allintitle”

Now that you have your keywords how do you use them to rank higher with Google and attract a steady stream of free traffic?

Search engines give a lot of weight to keywords used in the title of your blog so it is important to use them there.

Other places that are domain name and your blog posts and pages. A word of caution, do not overuse them. Repeating the same phrase too many times is considered spam and can actually hurt your ranking.

Using the 2 steps above to find the right keywords and applying them to appropriate parts of your blog, will see you well on your way to a higher Google ranking and lots of free targeted traffic.

Here is a resource that I highly recommend and use myself. You will find this extremely helpful in your quest to uncover the best keywords for your niche…

**Niche Finder**

Niche Finder is my favorite, all-in-one, keyword tool. It is the only keyword software you will ever need. Some of the features include:

  • Enter a keyword and Niche Finder will uncover profitable niches.
  • Shows you how competitive any keyword is and how difficult or easy it will be to rank that keyword in Google.
  • Generate an unlimited number of long tailed keywords actually being searched, right now, on Google and find exact match domain names for any keyword.
  • Quickly see the difficulty level of getting a keyword ranked in Google and view monthly search counts in google for bothgGlobal and local searches. This comes directly from Google (in real-time).
  • Plan your entire SEO strategy based on the summary data that Niche Finder generates for you.
  • View Adwords Cost Per Click Data. (great for Adsense marketers).

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