Last Updated on August 30, 2020 by Andrew Shih
Domain Name Ideas for Blogs
Coming up with a creative domain name is likely to be one of the first challenges you will encounter for creating your personal blog website. With millions of domains and websites out there, the chances are the first domain that you can think of is taken by someone else already. It will take a bit of work to come up with an available domain name and fortunately, there are methods and tools that can help you to come up with domain name ideas quickly. Here are 6 tips to help you come up with creative domain name ideas for your blog website.
#1: Brainstorm keywords that identify your business
You should answer the following questions not only to help yourself better understand your business but also to generate keywords that you can use with tools and for creating a domain name.
Here are some questions to help you come up with keywords:
- What is the purpose of the website?
- What does the website do?
- What product do you sell, what service do you provide?
- What is the problem you are trying to solve?
- Do you focus on a specific niche, local area, or cater to a broader audience?
#2 Thesaurus to find similar keywords
Thesaurus will help you identify similar words that you have overlooked initially or more succinct words. Ideally, shorter and simple keywords that are wildly understood will be better. You can use any favorite thesaurus tool such as Microsoft Word, or online Thesaurus.
#3 Translation into another language
The name of the famous shoe store Zappos was inspired by the Spanish word Zapato for shoes. It is worthwhile to try Google Translate and type in your keyword and get additional domain name ideas.
#4 Keyword analytical tools
A quick way to get domain name ideas is to use keyword analytical tools. You can type in the keywords to find out how often the keyword is searched and how competitive (costly) it can be if you want to place an ad using these keywords.
One free useful tool is Keyword Planner (under Tools menu bar) from Google Adword. You will need to set up a Google account if you don’t already have one. The tool is very useful for research purposes and market purposes. If you want to learn more about the tool, you can start with the Google keyword planner help page.
#5 Domain name generator tools
There are many domain name generator tools on the internet. The tools have various approaches and features to generate domain names using the keyword(s) that you provide.
There are plenty of domain name generator tools such as:
#6 Expired domain names for sell
You can also consider getting domain name ideas by looking into the expired domain names. These are domain names that were once occupied and the owner decided to give up for whatever reasons.
One of the sites is SnapNames.com. You can place a bid on the expired domain name. You may be able to find some creative domain name ideas here.
If you decide to go with this approach, you should conduct a background check for the domain name. One method is to check the domain name history using tools such as Archive.org.
Another useful tool is majestic.com which can provide you with more details about history, links, and flows of the website which may help spot potential problems if the previous owner has spanned the backlinks or try to trick search engine, which can potentially be blacklisted or penalized by search engines.
You may come up with a few domain names and need to decide which one is the base. Check out how to choose a good domain name for your website.
Coming up with a great domain name will take a bit of time and patience, and it can still be done. While having a creative domain name that can resonate with your audience is important, it is just one of the many factors that contribute to the overall success of a website.
Once you find your perfect domain name, follow the steps here to create your blog where you will find numerous tips for blogging, savings, and avoid costly mistakes.