Tips to Starting a Blog #2

tips for starting a blog

Welcome back to my Tips for Starting a Blog. If you didn’t catch Tip #1, you can find it here in “So You’re Thinking About Starting a Blog?”

Here’s Tip #2:

2. Find a domain name. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For this site, my domain name is http://mommyneedshercoffee.com. That’s the domain name that you type in to find my site. Since everyone and their brother are on the web, finding a domain name can be tough. Narrowing down what you want your blog to be about first, can definitely help with this one.

When you figure out what you want your blog to be about, come up with some keywords that might describe your blog. You can then take those keywords and play around with a names including those keywords.

I can’t really say that Mommy Needs Her Coffee is a great example of that. My direction with this blog is to incorporate a few things all in one. I wanted to make it a general “mommy” blog where I could write about living frugally and homeschooling, while also posting coupons, deals, reviews and giveaways that would fit in with it all. So how do you come up with a name for all of that…especially one that isn’t already taken? 😉 My thought process was…in order to accomplish my everyday adventures, I’m going to need my coffee. Thus, Mommy Needs Her Coffee!

In my opinion, there are still a few things that I could have done better. It is a little long and it still doesn’t really tell the reader what my site is about. But is it catchy? Sure. Is it unique, yea maybe. Does is accomplish what I want to blog about? Yep. So I’ll stick with it. 🙂

Here are some other tips when looking for a domain name:

  • pick a dot com (.com). Most people will assume that it’s .com if they’re typing in your url so it’s best to have it. For more advanced learning, you may also want to buy the other extensions for your domain too, ie: .net and maybe even alternate spellings. That way, someone else can’t come in and grab your traffic if a reader accidentally types in the url wrong.
  • find something that is easy to remember and unique.
  • avoid hyphens, numbers and misspellings. You may want to because when you start the search, you’re going to find that every idea you come up with is already taken. So why not just use a z instead of an s or 4 instead of for…just one of those pitfalls that I’d try to avoid. It’s just not going to be easy to remember.
  • think of branding. You may not think of this when you’re first starting out but if you want to have this blog long term, branding is important. You’re building a brand and will want a domain name that will set you apart from the rest. If you develop your brand, readers will think of your blog first when wanting information in your category or niche.

Did I get you thinking? Good luck on your domain name search!

Tune in next week to see my next tip in starting a blog.

 

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Dawn is a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 4. She writes for Blogging Mom of 4, Mommy Needs Her Coffee and Blogging is a Trip.

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