Congratulations! If you have made it here, it means you have completed Step 1.
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You have chosen a topic to create a blog about and now need to:
- Choose a blog name
- Get your URL
- Get Your Blog Hosting
Let’s get started!
Picking A Name
After you’ve researched your topic, you will want to come up with a blog name. This is important because changing your website’s name down the line can be a lot of work and inconvenient.
Here are some tips for picking a name:
- It’s okay to have a quirky or fun name, but remember you want something that best represents what you are writing about. For instance I chose “Army Wife 101” because a lot of the content here represents some of the first things you must know about military life. 101 represents the basics just like when you take a “101” course in college.
- Don’t make your name to long. The reality is people can be a bit lazy and will easily mistype your name if it becomes to long or complicated
- Think about who your audience is.
- Think about the tone you will converse with your readers in. Is it going to be more of an instructional blog, a site that speaks in news form, or a personalized site that focuses on your life.
- Don’t be afraid to pull out a thesaurus and play around with different words.
- Below you will see if your domain name is available. Domain names can end in different extensions such .com, .org, .biz, net, etc. However, it’s best to stick with a .com as most people expect websites to end with that and you don’t want to risk losing potential readers.
- Go here to make sure your chosen URL name is available. Simply type in the .com name you have chosen and it the above link will let you know if that name is taken or not.
Your Domain (URL) aka Website Address
Now that you have your tips for choosing your blog’s name, let’s choose your domain name.
The address people will find your blog at is called a domain or URL. Think of this like your house address. When people punch in a address on a GPS it takes them to a destination. Your domain address is the same concept.
Before you make a final decision on a name make sure your chosen website address is available by going here.
You don’t want to start a blog and build an audience only to receive a cease and desist letter saying you are using someone’s name that they’ve been using before you. You also want to make sure your names are available on social media platforms like Facebook and grab those up.
In Step 3 I’ll show you how to get your domain (website address) and hosting which is where your blog will live on the internet.
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