Making Money
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Domain Name Ideas

Lesson 16 Module 3

Here's some extra help on how to get ideas for a brandable domain name.

USE A DOMAIN NAME GENERATOR

To get your creative juices flowing, you can use a domain name generator like the one here.

USE A THESAURUS

When I'm coming up with a new blog name, I jot down interesting words and try to combine it with my niche.

I have my list of keywords (very short) and my list of interesting words (very long) and see what combinations sound good.

COMBINE TWO WORDS

You can combine two words that fit well together. For example Facebook, Snapchat, Starbucks, Blackberry, Bestbuy, CocaCola and MasterCard.

MAKE UP A WORD

Some of the biggest brand names aren't even real words. Think Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Kodak, Sony, Ikea, Pepsi, Nike, Lego, Skype and eBay.

ADD A PREFIX OR A SUFFIX TO A KEYWORD

Here are some common prefixes/suffixes to add to a domain name:

YourKeyword + Direct, Daily, Club, Network, Focus, System, Now, Central, Zone, Voice, Watch.

For example, say you want to start a mortgage blog. The domain HouseMortgage.com doesn’t work.

Instead, you can try MortgageNation.com or MortgageMadness.com.

DOMAINS OF SIX FIGURE BLOGGERS

Looking for more domain name inspiration? Here are some of the domain names of six figure bloggers.

  • MakingSenseOfCents.com - Michelle makes well over a million dollars per year with her personal finance blog. She now charges upwards of $5,000 per sponsored post.
  • JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com - Abby stopped publishing income reports, but her last one from 2016 had her earning over $40,000 a month, mostly from affiliate programs.
  • ShowMeTheYummy.com - Trevor and Jennifer also stopped publishing income reports, but their last one showed they made $46,000 per month with their food blog.
  • BelieveInABudget.com - Kristen earns over half a million dollars per year with her blog through ads, courses, templates and physical products.
  • YourModernFamily.com - Becky is another six figure blogger who makes money with her parenting blog selling online courses.

WHERE TO GET A DOMAIN NAME

  • Bluehost - First year free with hosting account. Great option for newbies registering their first domain and building their first website.
  • GoDaddy - Most well known, but renewals are very expensive. This is who I use.
  • PorkBun - Cheapest domain registrar. I'm using them for a few domains.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

There are some pretty bad domains out there that are very successful. Likewise there's some great domain names that get no traffic.

The big takeaway is that your content will be exponentially more important than your domain name.

So, do some brainstorming, sleep on it if you must, but choose a name and run with it!

  • Cate says:

    Hi Edwin! Really enjoying the course, thanks. I have a question – I’ve been blogging for a few months under a name that I’m not 100% sure on, and I’ve now bought a domain name I like better. I don’t have huge traffic yet, but I do have a couple of back links and I’m getting more established on Twitter. Do you think it would be counter-productive to change domain names at this point? I do want one I feel confident in.

    • Edwin says:

      Change your domain name to something you’re comfortable with. I literally just did it two weeks ago.

      My old domain was sixfigurebloggers.com. I’m actually on my 3rd domain with this site now.

      When you change domain names and set a “301 redirect”, everything from the old domain (traffic, ranking, backlinks) is inherited by the new one.

      • Cate says:

        Thank you very much! If I’m not going to lose my progress so far, then I’ll definitely do it. I did think your domain name had changed here!

        I’m going to see if the nice folks at BlueHost will help me change over to a new domain name and set a 301 redirect.

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