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Now you have your niche picked out….good job! If you still need to pick a niche, find out how here How To Pick Your Niche
We will guide you through the process of picking a name for your site, checking to see if your URL is available and actually setting up your new blog!
Your site name or web address should be something you like, something that relates to your selected niche if possible. It doesn’t really have to relate to your niche, but if it does, it makes your site just a little more transparent.
If you’re going to include a few different topics within your blog, it might be best to use a broader URL so you’re not deterring people interested in your other topics. It also allows you to add or make changes to your blog as you go along. It gives you room to test out topic ideas and make adjustments based on what is working for you, and to really hone in on your niche as you progress. However, it is not the be all and end all. You can always change your URL if you change your mind. It just requires your time and effort, and little extra work.
The Don’ts to keep in mind before deciding on your URL:
- Don’t select a site name that could be regarded as objectionable, it will halt your income capabilities, as potential sponsors will not want to sponsor questionable topics, language or anything of a risky nature and it will deter potential readers.
- Don’t select a URL with a different TLD just to get a name you want. It is highly recommended to get a dot com “.com” as it is still considered the standard. (The “.com” part is called the Top Level Domain or TLD). Many people assume that a website will be a .com when searching, so you could potentially create confusion by selecting a different TLD.
- Don’t make your name too restrictive. If your goal is to earn income, keep it broad. Your focus might change or evolve, so the name will not become obsolete if you keep this in mind when selecting it.
Now you have a good idea of your niche, and you’ve been thinking about names and a suitable URL, it’s time to check to see what is available. Before you start, it’s a good idea to have a bit of a list, as your selection may not be available. Now we want to check to see if any of your selections are available. We don’t want you to buy it yet, just checking to see if the name is available. You’ll probably need to try a few different options. You will be lucky to find a name first time round as some of your selections may have been taken already. Remember we are not purchasing just yet just checking available names through Bluehost. When you do purchase hosting you’ll get a free domain name for a year.
If the name you really want is taken, there really isn’t anything you can do to get it. Well there is, but it’s probably not worth your time or effort, so move on and continue your search until you find something you can be happy with.
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