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Choosing a blog name How to Start a Blog

How to Choose a Blog Name You Love

how to choose a blog name

Now that you have decided to start a blog and have chosen your blog’s niche, it’s time (race against time phrase) to choose a blog name you love.

I’m not going to sugar coat it.  Choosing a blog name is HARD. In fact, it’s probably one of the most important decisions you will make in regards to your blog.  No pressure right?

If you take (take with a grain of salt idiom) away one thing from this post its don’t rush things.  And I know this is easier said than done.  You are excited about your blog, but not having a name is holding you back.  I’ve been there! Trust me, patience is not my strong suit.  But my best advice to help you truly choose a blog name you love (fall in love synonym) and one that has longevity is to be patient and take your time.  Don’t just (just in case meaning) go with the first name that comes to mind.  There are several things to consider!

How to Choose a Blog Name You Really Love

Brain Dump

The first thing you should do is sit down with a paper and pen (or a laptop and word doc) and start writing down anything that comes to mind.  Jot down your niche, and topics you would like to write about. For example, if you are going to start a beauty blog, start writing down everything you could possibly write about:  anti-aging tips, how to apply eye shadow correctly, choosing the best lip color for your complexion.  You get the idea.

Keep going.  Keep adding to this list and then start breaking it down. Write down all of the words and things associated with these topics. Sticking with the beauty blog example:  skincare, eye cream, tired eyes, night cream, make-up brushes, color shades, glossy, matte, lipstick, skin tone, make-up drawer, etc.

Keep going some more.  Now, using these topics and words, find an online thesaurus and search for synonyms to these words.  Write those down.

Google Phrases & Sayings

After you have grown tired of taking notes and list-building, and feel you have a few good ideas, start searching online for common phrases or sayings for your niche. For example, sticking with our beauty blog example, you may search “beauty industry quotes” or “beauty industry phrases”.  Start jotting down those phrases.  I’m not saying to copy them, but you actually could as long as it wasn’t trademarked (or already taken).  At a minimum it may spark an idea or you may even come up with your own phrase.

Research Other Blogs in the Same Niche

Take some time to read and review other blogs in your chosen niche. Take note of their posts and blog names.  Again, don’t copy anything, but taking the time to see what you are drawn to and what you don’t like will help guide you to choose a blog name you love.  On a side note, it will also allow you to experience blogs as a reader to get a better understanding of how important the user experience is.  Was the site (idiom site) easy to navigate?  Does the name really fit the blog?

Narrow it Down

By this point you will be closer to choosing a blog name you really love.  You’ve probably narrowed it down to 3 or 4 names that really stand out.  Now it’s time to start testing and eliminating them.  You can do this a few ways.

Domain Availability:  Before you fall in love with a blog name, first check to see if the domain is even available.  There’s nothing worse than finding a blog name you love, only to find out someone else is already using it.  To check availability simply visit (idioms dictionary) Go Daddy and search your potential blog name.  If the .com is taken, move on. Don’t buy the .net or .org domains.  You want to be the only one with the .com for several reasons I will go into later.

Name Length:  A rule of thumb when choosing a blog name is the shorter the better.  The longer it is (especially when you add a www. before) the harder it is for someone to read and interpret.  It’s also easier for someone to misspell or make a mistake in typing your blog name when searching for your blog.  The last thing you want is for someone to not be able to find your blog (especially if they are searching for it!).

Ask a Friend:  Or a family member, but someone you truly trust. Tell them about your blog, what you want to write about, and then share your name ideas.  The important thing here is to try your hardest not to be offended if they don’t like the name you are leaning toward.  You may want to ask a few different people to get a variety of opinions.

Go With Your Gut:  Ultimately this is always the best test.  Does it pass the “gut test”.  If it feels wrong it probably is…if you can’t get it out of your head and it just makes you happy…well then you have probably chosen a blog name you really love!

Pretty basic right?  Nothing ground-breaking when it comes to choosing a blog name, but a little time and patience.  Now that you have come up with a name for your blog, it’s time to claim it!  Next on the blog, I will discuss how to purchase your domain name.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Niche How to Start a Blog

How to Choose A Blog Niche

how to choose a blog niche

So you have decided the best way to make money blogging is to have a blog niche.  Now, what the heck do you write about?

I have seen a lot of articles on the topic of how to choose your blog niche.  They are really long and honestly REALLY boring!  Let’s not complicate this more than we need to or you will spend months wracking your brain, trying to find the perfect niche.  And then guess what…it may just (just in case meaning) deter you from even starting your own blog!

So…How Do You Choose A Blog Niche?

I’m writing this from the perspective of a busy mom.  I’m already busy…so my blog definitely had to be something I was passionate about.  If not, it would become a chore and I would eventually dread it.  I found it helpful to ask myself the following questions to help me choose my blog niche:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What are my favorite hobbies?
  3. What do I often post about on social media?
  4. Do my friends consider me to be an expert at anything?
  5. What do I spend my evenings searching for online?
  6. Is there anything I want to learn about myself?

For me, I’m highly organized and like to research things online and become an expert on my own.  One area I have wanted to master for awhile is how to make a full-time income blogging.  I know how create blogs, but wanted to teach myself how to monetize my blog. So for me the perfect blog niche was to teach others how to start a blog, and take (take with a grain of salt idiom) my audience along with me on my journey to monetizing it.  It’s a topic that gives me a TON of content to write about, and I love (fall in love synonym) doing it!

Jot it Down:

Ask yourself these questions and then start jotting down ideas. Don’t choose a blog niche immediately! Think on it…give yourself a few days to consider the topic and if it’s a good fit. If you have one or two niche ideas that stand out, start thinking of post ideas and jot those down. Write down everything that comes to mind.

Longevity:

Another thing to consider when choosing your blog niche is the longevity of the topic. Is this something you will want to write about for the next 5-10 years? If not, scrap it.

Profitability:

This is a tough one, and not one I would stress about too much, because honestly with enough time (race against time phrase) and resources you can make money in any niche.  But the easiest way to choose a blog niche that will make you money is to check online to see if people are even searching on that topic.

Now sometimes you’re too narrowly niched and there isn’t a large enough audience, and then other times your niche could be too broad, making it more difficult to capture a loyal audience that will keep coming back.

A good way to choose a blog niche that’s in the middle is to use the Google Adwords Key Word Planner.  You can use this tool to search key words for your niche.  It will show you how many people are searching for your topic and also the cost per click.  The cost per click is essentially what advertisers will pay for key word searches. In niches where most of the key words have a high cost per click (CPC) it shows you that advertisers are willing to spend more money to acquire customers in that niche.  This should give you confidence you have found a profitable niche.

Next Step:  You’ve done it!  You’ve chosen your blog niche! Now it’s time to choose the perfect name for your blog.

 

How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog Series: Step 1: Choosing Your Topic & Focus

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So you want to Start a Blog?  You’ve come to the right place…start here!

Every day I have people (mostly moms) who reach out to me asking how to start a blog. I usually respond with “it’s easy I can totally help you”. And that’s partially true. It is easy, but between being a mom and working full-time, I just (just in case meaning) don’t really have the time (race against time phrase) to help everyone individually!

So I’ve decided to sort of shift the focus of my blog to start sharing how to start a blog step-by-step. Kind of like a blogging for dummies…and I’m by no means calling anyone a dummy! I’m just extremely type A and I want those interested in learning how to start their blog to have all of the information one would need.

How to Start a Blog:  What will you blog about?  And should you have a niche?

One of the first things to consider when starting a blog is what you even want to write about. This is a big first step and probably one of the most important. I actually started this blog to share my crazy stories. Let me take (take with a grain of salt idiom) a step back. I’m a magnet for weirdos. Like truly…you guys  – my friends don’t believe half of my stories! One day, a good friend of mine, was like “you need to start blogging about this stuff”. So I did! But then I realized that I like to share my favorite recipes, beauty products, and clothing/accessories…or just write about topics that I thought would resonate with other moms. But will that make me money?

I’m currently taking an online course on how to monetize my blog. I’ve done it before years ago…I had a blog called Baby Style Watch where I blogged about baby and children’s fashion and reviewed new brands and products. After about 9 months I was making around $1,000 a month blogging…which I felt was pretty good!! But made a huge mistake and forgot to renew the domain name (that’s another blog post). Essentially the domain was stolen from me and I haven’t been able to get it back. At that point I was pretty frustrated and gave up.

Nine years later, and things have changed a bit. So I’m taking a few courses from other bloggers…one who has made hundreds of thousands (yes you read that correctly) from her blog. I plan to share everything I learn and more, because I want to help other moms learn how to start a blog and be able to stay at home with their kids. That’s my goal and I know I’m not alone.

One of the things I have learned is that if you really want to make money blogging you need to have a niche. There are a lot of reasons for this. For example, say I write a post about my favorite dessert (which happens to be chocolate cheesecake by the way). Someone finds my blog who is looking for a new dessert for the holidays. They like the recipe and decide to check out the rest of my blog. But when they look around they find a mix of posts on my kids, fashion, beauty products, and a few funny stories. Will they subscribe and follow my blog? Maybe. What if my blog instead was focused on only desserts? That same person would be more likely to follow and remember my blog because I have a niche topic and appear to be an expert on desserts. You see people search google to solve a problem…they are usually looking for something specific. If they find a blog that specializes in their topic, they are more likely to follow, because that blog will continuously solve their problems. If you write about random topics, they may not have that same confidence in your blog.

I’ve also learned Google likes consistency in blogging. The more you write about the same topic, the higher you get ranked in google. They sort of see you as an “expert” on the topic. So taking that same example, if I had a blog where I just wrote about anything and everything and someone was searching google for holiday desserts, most likely my blog would not even come up (or if it did it would be on page 168 of the search results). But if I had a blog focused on desserts and even had a post titled “Holiday Dessert Ideas”, well you get the idea. Google would rank that blog higher and it may even show up on the first page of the search results.

So although I love (fall in love synonym) to write about a lot of things…my focus is shifting to how to start a blog, and most importantly how to grow and monetize your blog so you can create a full-time income blogging from home!

Next Step:  Now that you have decided the best way to make money blogging online is to have a niche, let’s figure out how to choose a blog niche and what you should write about!