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10. Register Your Domain Name

Finally… it’s time to register your chosen domain name.

Luckily, there are now plenty of places you can register your domain name for just a few bucks. If you’ve already chosen a web hosting plan, it’s generally easier to register your domain name with the same company that hosts your other assets—and some will even throw in a free domain name when you sign up for hosting in the first place.

My recommendation for where to quickly register your domain name (for a great deal) is with Hover:

Hover Homepage Screenshot to Find a Domain Name

A couple of alternative options include domain registrars like GoDaddy and Namecheap, domainerelite but consider reading these honest Bluehost reviews too.

21 Clever Domain Name Examples (and Approaches to Choosing a Domain Name)
If you’re still not sure how to choose a domain name for your blog—take a look at these popular examples and approaches.

1. Use Part (or All) of Your Own Name
Using your own name, or part of it, for your domain name is simple and straightforward. It does make it a bit trickier to brand yourself (unless you’re already well-known), as your name doesn’t have an inherent link to your topic. It also doesn’t work too well if you have a very common name that’s already registered online.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

ryrob.com (Ryan Robinson 👋)
michaelhyatt.com (Michael Hyatt)
stevepavlina.com (Steve Pavlina)
2. Describe What Your Readers Will Accomplish
If you’re clear about what your blog will do for readers, you could choose a domain name that describes that mission. This approach has the advantage of making your domain name act like a tagline or mini elevator pitch for your site—readers will be clear what your site can help them achieve before they even visit it.

It does tend to lead to quite long domain names in many cases, though.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

makealivingwriting.com (Make a Living Writing)
liveboldandbloom.com (Live Bold and Bloom)
convinceandconvert.com (Convince & Convert)
3. Describe What You Plan to Do for Your Readers
This is a similar approach to #2, but the focus of the domain name is on what you do rather than on what readers will do.

Again, it can be a great way to convince readers to check out your blog based solely on your domain name alone, though there’s the danger it could seem a little egotistical.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

iwillteachyoutoberich.com (I Will Teach You To Be Rich)
helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com (Helping Writers Become Authors)
careerigniter.com (Career Igniter)
4. Come Up With a Clever Play on Words
If your brand is light-hearted, fun, irreverent or humorous, then work to learn how to choose a domain name that’ll involve a fun play on words. It can be a great way to get attention and to brand your site over the long haul.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

Making Sense of Cents (.com) (Michelle Schroeder’s Making Sense of Cents finance blog)
additude.com (ADDitude – a blog about helping loved ones with ADD/ADHD)
maskcara.com (Maskcara – a blog about makeup by a blogger named Cara)
5. Put Together Two Words to Create a Brand
Sometimes, mashing together two words can help you come up with a great new brand within your domain name. This has the advantage of generally leading to short domain names—though if you don’t put enough thought into it, you might end up with an odd or confusing domain name that people struggle to spell, read or speak.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

copyblogger.com (Copyblogger)
kissmetricshq.com (Kissmetrics)
techwalls.com (TechWalls)
6. Create a New Word by Adding a Prefix or Suffix
Another approach to creating your own unique brand is to pick a core word about your topic, then add a prefix or suffix to that word. Some you might like to try out include:

Prefixes: pro, un, co, hyper, macro, micro
Suffixes: ly, ful, ic, ness, less, ist, ize, ify
Examples of domain names using this approach:

problogger.com (ProBlogger)
unmarketing.com (UnMarketing)
shopify.com (Shopify)
7. Use Keywords
Is there a particular keyword phrase that’s integral to your blog?

While having your keywords in your domain name is no longer a major ranking factor, it can still be a helpful way to brand your site—and it definitely won’t hurt from a blog SEO perspective, either.

Examples of domain names using this approach:

trafficgenerationcafe.com (Traffic Generation Cafe – keyword phrase is “traffic generation”)
css-tricks.com (CSS-Tricks – the whole domain is the keyword phrase)
searchenginewatch.com (Search Engine Watch – keyword phrase is “search engine”)
If you’re still stuck on learning how to choose a domain name at this point…

My advice is to try using one of these domain name generators to suggest a few ideas for available domains that you can register and hit the ground running with today.

What if the Domain Name You Want is Already Taken?
Listen, it’s 2020. The chances are pretty high that your first choice domain name is likely already taken. If it’s not—then I recommend registering it immediately!

But given the fact that there are now nearly 32 Million bloggers in the U.S. alone, you’re probably going to need a few backup domain name ideas, or a game plan to go with should your top choices be unavailable. Here’s what to do if your ideal domain name is already taken:

Option #1: Brainstorm New Possibilities
The easiest (and lowest cost) option is to go back to the drawing board and choose a domain name that isn’t already taken. Sure, it’s a bummer that your first choice domain names are already gone, but that’s the reality of the world we live in.

If your creative energy is running on low and you’re disappointed by striking out on a few domain names—give yourself a little break away from working on finding the right name for now.

Once you’re feeling refreshed, come back and consult one of the top domain name generators like the SmartWP Name Generator to see if any of the suggestions they offer spark some great new domain name ideas for you to go with.

Option #2: Choose a Different Domain Extension
ProBlogger did this originally when they just got started with their blog. They began as “ProBlogger.net” and eventually bought the .com extension later on down the line after they’d built a meaningful business around their blog.

The company I used to work for, Close.io also recently purchased the Close.com domain name—after it made financial sense for them to invest in the premium priced URL (and they knew their business wasn’t going anywhere).

Option #3: Ask to Buy the Domain Name
Coming up with a great domain name can be tricky, especially if you’re in a big, popular niche where it seems like all of the best domain names have been taken.

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