This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Name.Kitchen, but all opinions are my own. If you are a business owner, no matter your size, naming your company or organization is huge. I mean, if you are a business owner, your business is your baby. If you have children or pets, I bet you didn’t rush into naming them, did you? And with the digital world we live in, a domain (website) name is as important as your company name. Your domain name is your identity on the Web, so you want to make an impression on the googobs of people who surf the web each and every day. So, how do you choose a domain name you ask? Well, you want to put a lot of thought into it and follow these tips for choosing a domain name. Follow these steps and you should be a shining star on the Internet!
Keep It Simple: If you want to name your business the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Company, people will have a hard time spelling that one! But if you named it the Keep It Simple Company, that is much easier to say, spell and remember.
Give It Meaning: When you think about a domain name, you think about the company behind it. If you want a dog walking service, you are more likely to have people find you if your domain name is IWalkDogs than PetesNewPetBusinessIdea.
Use Your Words: If you have a number or a special character in your name, that can lead to a huge headache. If your name is the 5 Star Company, people may make the mistake of trying to find the Five Star Company. If there is already a company with that name, they are getting all your customers!
End With A Bang: When domains got their start, you pretty much got to choose from .com, .net, .org or .gov. Well, say goodbye to the ho-hum endings and say hello to Name.Kitchen and their fun extensions! I would much rather be Brett.Queen than Brett.Com any old day! With Name.Kitchen, I can get little creative and still have people easily find my website!
In terms of availability, most people have had the frustrating experience of not being able to secure the.com of your choice or having to create a ridiculously long and hyphenated name. As these “not com” choices are new, the very best names are still available to be registered. And finally we all know that better names are more memorable names. Choosing a great name for your business or project is an important, significant decision. When it comes to creating your digital identity with Name.Kitchen, you actually have a ton of choices when it comes to selecting a domain name for your website. Name.Kitchen got it’s start in late 2013, and they offered hundreds of new domain endings they call ‘not-coms’, or words to the right of that second dot that are not your run of the mill choice. When you are choosing the URL for your website, you have endings such as .MEDIA, .FITNESS and .RESTAURANT to provide a distinct categorization. With endings like .ACADEMY, .WORKS and .WORLD, you get a bit of professional polish, while .GURU and .WTF provide a little bit of fun. These options let you create a domain name that is memorable, meaningful and as available as a wallflower on a Saturday night. Name.Kitchen is a destination to celebrate the idea of name creation and provides first-hand perspective directly from entrepreneurs who are leading the ‘not-com’ movement.
When I was starting my blog, I fell into my blog name, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, by accident. I quickly realized it was far too long, and I wasn’t a bargain blogger at all. This took me almost 2 years to finally realize and hone my name into This Mama Loves… Oh, if only I’d known that up front!! But hey! I am a learn from multiple mistakes kind of girl. Yes, This Mama Loves bargains, at times, but I also love food, tech, travel, recipes, crafts and other things. For me, leaving off the “her bargains” at the end of my name, really opened things up for me in terms of what I could write about. If I was a bargain blogger, I could go to Name.Kitchen and become “This Mama Loves.Bargains”, or maybe “This Mama Loves.Food?” With Name.Kitchen, the possibilities are huge! Name.Kitchen, powered by Donuts, Inc., an online hub that celebrates the art and science of naming, is looking to you to help spread the word about these new choices and showcase how early adopters are using them across numerous business and lifestyle categories. Name.Kitchen offers tips, advice and inspiration to help you jump-start the name brainstorm. Discover these tools and tips at http://name.kitchen/naming-tools. You can find inspiration from Name.Kitchen’s “I am.___” video series showcasing businesses leveraging naming creativity + innovation. Ready to get cooking with Name.Kitchen? Go over there and claim your name!
Now I just need to figure out why MY domain should be. Suggestions welcome- and I’d love to know what you would name your site!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Name.Kitchen.
great ideas! I haven’t had to think of a new domain in sooo long. all of these are great it will be hard to choose just one.
Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins says
I’m not happy with my current domain name and would love to change it. I’m not all that creative and everything GOOD is already took so I’m stuck with it lol.
So many choices and I might need to start thinking of one next year – thank you for the tips
These are awesome tips. It took me a lot of time to think for a perfect domain name.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I had to put a lot of thought into my domain name. It took a while to come up with one I thought was both catchy and unique.
That is really neat. I like that you can personalize a lot more.
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
It was only a matter of time before they really opened up the other side of the dot! The possibilities are endless!
Liz Mays says
It’s awesome that you can add a bit more customization to your site with a domain name. I really like simple names that are unique enough that I don’t end up at the wrong site.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love thinking about possible domain names. Keeping it simple is so important for a successful name.
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
Awesome tips! A name can make or break a blog. Thanks for sharing!
These are all such great ideas. I really like all the new extensions you can get. I may have to think about more domains I can buy!
These are all great tips. I really like the different extensions you can get now!
Mistee Dawn says
These are really great tips! I also changed my blog name. I painted myself in a corner with ‘giveaways’ in my title and I really did not want to do giveaways anymore, hence the name change!
Allie D. says
These are great tips. I know a couple of people who could benefit from this post, and I’m totally sharing!
Aimee Smith says
Oh this is always the worst part of anything for me! I hate choosing names for things!
How did I not know you could choose a . name? Thankfully when I started I stuck with my blog name through all my links and channels 🙂
Choosing a name is so important but I too fell into an inappropriate name at first. You have to ask yourself if a strange would know what your blog was about just from the title. That is important. You gave great tips.
This would be so much fun to just see how many names you could come up with. I still like Bretts.Domain.
Naming anything is pretty hard. You always want to make the right choice and these are some great tips to help do so.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
When I started blogging, I knew EXACTLY what name I wanted. Lucky it was still available.
Amy Desrosiers says
Very cool to learn the background of your blog name! I know choosing site names is super hard, but short and sweet is the way to go.
These are some great tips! A name is so important!
Gentle Bim says
This a really great article. I went back and forth for a while trying to figure out what my domain name would be. I finally went with a combination of my highschool nickname and what my son calls me. Now I’m not pigeonholed!
It took me forever to figure out my name for my domain! I literally spent months writing down names and seeing what my hubby thought about them.
I have to say I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted as a domain name for my blog. It can be extremely hard to choose a name. It’s what everyone will type in when they go to your blog, so I always say keep it short and simple.
This is a great post. I didn’t think my domain name all the way through as it related to growth, and it’s been a problem for me lately.
Mama to 5 BLessings says
I would do so many things different if I had only known what I know now. I would have for one would have picked a more practical name because we have had more children over the years so I have had to change my blog name with each new child. What a great post!