Domain/ web address is the most important thing of a blog website. Choosing the right domain will make you one step ahead of others. You must own your paid domain for your blog. The rankings you’ll achieve will be yours and in the long term, you’ll be allowed to sell it.

How to Choose a Good Domain Name for Your Blog

Domains are the base of the future business, so you have to be careful about choosing the right one for your blog brand. Once you setup one and started to market it, it’d be harder to change to another one. Here are some domain examples,

Meaningful domains

There could be two types of domains, meaningful and non-meaningful. Meaningful domains are dictionary word domains like business.com, news.com etc. These are good for blog branding but most of them are already taken. Non-meaningful domains could be any thing which are not real words but could be made into a brand like, twitter.com, digg.com, sphinn.com etc. Non-meaningful domains are tougher to brand.

Your name as the domain

For an example, TamalAnwar.com is my name as a domain. It’s my personal asset and it’s valuable for me only. A personal name is harder to brand unless your name becomes something bigger like being a celebrity, business person etc. To start a blog/ website, avoid your name as the domain because it’s harder to brand and much harder to sell. But if you are selling your service say you are a consultant, an author and you need to brand your name, then your name as a domain is the best fit.

Keyword-rich-domains

A domain with keywords in it: CheapAutoParts.com, EarnWithForex.net, Build-Your-House.com etc. Keywords separated with hyphens (-) works better for long tail SEO keywords but not for blog SEO. Most of the times a funnel site is being created to capture the top places of the search term and then the lead is being sent to the main site.

Sma.rt domains/ Domain Hacks

It all started when del.icio.us (Currently Delicious) jump into the web. More and more people started to create smart domains such as ma.gnolia, sta.rtup.biz, identi.ca etc. After the twitter trend, it became even shorter like, tr.im, ow.ly, bit.ly, is.gd, cli.gs etc. Getting a smart domain now is easy but you have to spends some money for this because an average smart domain costs around $100-$500/year (till now) -if you are interested in a domain hack, then check out this website: Domai.nr

Domain with a commitment

Adding a special word in your domain will turn your blog definite. For an example if you put the word, “Daily” such as dailyblogtips.com (very popular blog on the internet)-then your readers will think that you’re publishing daily articles. But as a blogger, you may not write daily (because of other responsibilities), so avoid this word. Adding a keyword in your blog such as, “iPad” will limit your blog into writing about iPads only. Instead of being definite, try indefinite like “Tablet/Tab” rather than using “iPad.”  Adding the word “blog” will make it a blog. There’s a word “blog” in the doamin blogkori.com -meaning that this domain is only brandable for blogs.

So what type of domain is ideal for me?

Meaningful dictionary word domains are better for your blog. When choosing a domain,

Ignore hyphens (-) and numbers(0-9). Try to get a .com domain. Creating a non-meaningful domain will make it sound like a social website and will be harder to market. Avoid smart domains (domain hacks) also because it’s harder to remember the combination and it’ll sound like another URL shrtener service. If you want to set a target to sell your blog in the future, then avoid your name as a domain.

The best tip for choosing a domain for blog is to make it easy to remember.

What do you prefer when choosing your domain?

What are the things you focus when choosing a domain for your blog? How many domains you have now? Do you believe one of your domains will earn you a fortune in the future?