I have put up a Octagon test to figure out how to choose a domain name for your blog and create your domain name but Before we talk about how to create your domain name, I want to explain about one most critical factor, that is whom you will be writing too. we also call this thing technically as niche. for example shoutmeloud.com is a blog which helps about blogging and digitaldeepak.com focuses on teaching digital marketing to Indians only. once you identify the segment you are talking to it will be very easy to create good domain names.
Many bloggers just pick up their blog name and niche in a hurry , you need to be very much careful while selecting the topic of your blog which is also called Niche. let me assume you want to teach students who are studying nursing about how to get nursing jobs, then it is better to pick a domain name like nursingjobs.com instead of jobsforwomen.com or highpayingjobs.com
first thing people see on your blog is your blogs name or domain name, by looking at healthydietfordiabetics.com what can you understand is simply you know it is a blog for diabetics which can help them with diet but this name is not very userfriendly or easy to remember instead of that we have used the name cheenikum.com it would have been unique and it can also describe your business and easy to remember.
Google and yahoo are not the words which were in the dictionary but they have made it to the dictionary now , this is called branding, Similarly Apple Computers name is also very interesting, apple is well know word and adding computers to it is a good formula, you also know about blackberry and kingfisher. if you are planning to build a big brand then you should look at brand value of your domain name.
For example few years ago, I thought of start up in which we can teach people how to do rooftop farming , for the rooftopfarming.com does not get good brand recognition so I have named it skiroots.com don't search for it because we discontinued the same.
unique words or words which are not in the dictionary can make for good brand.
Let me assume your blog wants to cover events which happen only in delhi or your blog is about restaurants in delhi . in this cases you can use the location name.
for the events site delhidrama.com, delhievents.com, delhiconcerts.com can be good domain names
delhifoodie.com, delhijalebi.com , delhiforks.com delhikhana.com etc can be good domain names
people remember things which are unique and relevant to their lives. to make it easy to remember please keep in mind the following
Once upon time only way to drive traffic was through google and word of mouth but now social media has a very big role to play. if your social media profile s and domain name are same it will be very easy for readers to relate and engage with your brand.
Amazon.com started in USA and then slowly started business in other countries, So if you are a startup who is selling ayurvedic herbs for diabetes in India and soon you may want to expand your business to USA or UK , then you may consider purchasing .in , .com , .us extensions and keep your domain name more generic like amazon
If you plan to expand rapidly create a unique name which will be relevant with all the audience, naukri.com cannot look relevant to USA.
As your blog grows in time, your blog name may become your brand name. if you ask me for single line of advice about your domain name, I will simply suggest adding two words, refer the examples below
Take a notebook and scribble all possible domain names which come to your mind , don't worry if they sound very weird or bad, just write down.
search for blog names on internet, like just search on google " techblogs in India" start noting down the names you can generate more domain name ideas.
I dont think this blog generator softwares are really very good at generating great domain names but they can help you in this process.
Use a blog name generator to generate more blog / domain names. here are few blog name generators you can use
you can also check blog directories like topindianblogs to see few more names of blogs to get more ideas.
Few more Blog directories are
From these directories you can get good ideas for your domain names just by seeing the names and content of others blogs and write down more domain names.
by this time you would have generated more than 50 domain names for your blog
Now validate your domain names if your domain name is passing Our OCTAGON Test or not, to pass the Octagon test you need to score 5 or more out of 8 points. I will give you an example how to do it. Let me assume your domain name is skiroots.com and your blog is about roof top farming.
Niche of the blog is very clear - Yes (1 point)
Can your domain describe your business - yes ( 1 point )
Does it sound like a brand ? - yes (1 point )
I guess you understood how to use the octagon formula !
Now cross off all the domain names which do not get 5 or more points you will be left with few domain names only , i.e not more than 10.
Now you can try your luck with these 10 domain names using a domain search engine.
Now go to a Registrar like namecheap and enter your names to see the availability of your domain name.
you can also get domain names from hosting companies like blue host or siteground. I initially did it like that.
see the video below, how simple is it to search your domain name, you can just repeat with all the domain names you have on your notepad.
After checking with the registrar you will be left with less than 5 domain names, may be less than 3 also.
share those few names with your friends and other bloggers to shortlist one or two names.
we are done, in the 9th step choose your domain name and go ahead with the registration process. don't delay in registering the domain names because sometimes registrars increase the charges if they feel like your domain name can become a premium domain in future.
If you are done with choosing a domain name for your niche you can now learn how to choose a good hosting for your blog.
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