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TTMDBP: Blog Domain Name and Site Setup

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What I’ve Done:

I remember picking my domain name.  I wanted it to reflect who I was but not have my name.  I wanted it to show what my blog was going to be about without being too blatantly in your face about it.  I tend to “ramble” about the Internet and I was an aspiring “work at home mom”.  So I came up with Ramblings of a WAHM.  My domain name was born.

I soon realized it was sort of a bad choice.

  1. Don’t use acronyms because not everyone knows and recognizes them.  But I figured if you were a mom looking to work from home you would know this acronym.
  2. It is long.  It has 19 letters.  That is not horrible but Corbett says in his latest MDBP to stick to about 12.  Basically, the shorter the better.
  3. Avoid fillers type words like “and”, “if”, “for” and “of”.  I know this to be true of permalink slugs and it seems to ring true for domain names also.

For a while I was beside myself.  Should I change my domain name?  What if nobody knows what a “WAHM” is?  Will I get no traffic with such a silly name?  But after I got over worrying so much, I just kept it.  I actually really like it.  Plus, I had already started to establish myself as “AllieRambles” everywhere online.  I would have to keep the domain.

What I’ve Learned

I am learning to have a plan.  I did not have a plan when I began blogging and this caused me to waste 4 months on valuable blogging and potential money making opportunities when I began last year.  If I start another blog, I will be sure to write down my goals and find out if there is a market or audience for what I am writing or selling.  Basically, match my goals with what I can give to my readers.

What I Plan To Do

In this stage on MDBP I am just waiting for the next post and task.

I have been exploring the other participants’ sites and journals.  I am also learning how to use Get Clicky, the stat tool Think Traffic wants us to keep track with.

At this stage of the project a new blogger would need to be brainstorming topics to write about, then possibly writing them to save them the official launch of their blog.  Also, thinking about great keywords that would be used in your blog.  And also preparing a plan for social media; will you use Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn?  Any others?

For more details on the Million Dollar Blog Project, Choosing a Domain click the link.  Corbett breaks down in great detail what you should and should not be doing to pick your domain name.  And then he helps you to register, find hosting and get WordPress all set up (video).

And if you still need a little more info I have written a few posts on the topics:

New Bloggers Start Here

Picking Your Domain Name

P.S. This is a journal entry for the Million Dollar Blog Project at Think Traffic. Originally, I was going to keep comments closed in my entries but I decided I want feedback, no, I need feedback.  So comment away.

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Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM. She has blogged and been online working her way up since 2010. She loves to help new WAHMs find their passions and then thrive online through blogging, email marketing and social media. Check out WAHM Posts or New Blogger Posts. And my WAHM newsletter. Thanks for coming by!

12 Responses to TTMDBP: Blog Domain Name and Site Setup

  1. Eddie Gear says:

    Excellent advice Allie. However note this point – When there is a keyphrase that you would like to use as a domain name, then my suggestion is that go with it even if it contains words like “and”, “if”, “for” and “of”.. Imagine me setting up a site like Conan The Barbarian. Now that is a keyphrase that people would use as is if they are searching for details related to Conan. I hope this help out.
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    • Allie says:

      Eddie,

      That is true. It’s a tricky situation sometimes. I thought of “WAHMRamblings” and just hated it. There are days I think, “what the heck was I thinking?” and then there are days I love my domain name.

      I guess you’re right. I was picking on myself. LOL. I would say it is at the discretion of the owner.

      Thanks for coming by!

      ~Allie
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  2. Anna says:

    Well, that is a very good advice, Allie. To have a plan. To have a plan about the keywords and keyphrases as well. You really shouldn’t just pick a domain name without thinking and having a long-term plan.
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  3. Allie says:

    Anna,

    I did not plan for the first 4 months of blogging. Now that is fine if it is a personal blog but I do want this to be my business and I wasn’t treating it that way.

    Now I have a set of general keywords I use for my blog and individual posts at times.

    Thanks!
    ~Allie
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  4. This is something I’ve had hesitations about as well.

    I’ve considered starting a site with my name as the domain, but my name is long. I get tired typing it, so how can others not? Like you said, a domain name is key to getting a decent spot on google too, so you need to know what keywords you can compete for in the niche you want to blog or write about.

    It’s definitely something that you should just do haphazardly. Thanks for the tips.

    Brydce
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    • Allie says:

      Bryce,

      I honestly don’t get people creating sites with their own name as the domain. There is nothing wrong with it but if you are not well known then how do people know what your site is about? I would think it would be a long journey into establishing yourself in that niche to get people to know your name associated with it. But on the flip side, once you are known, you are golden with that domain name and your own name. Then people will associate you with that subject. I guess it is a risk people take.

      I’m torn when it comes to self named domains. I can say, they seem to work because people remember your name. But like you stated, will Google “like” your self domain name?

      I know how you feel with the long name. I get tired of typing Ramblings of a WAHM. Although, I can say, I can do it pretty fast now. :-)

      ~Allie
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  5. Rochelle says:

    All great advice Allie. Thanks for posting this. :-)

  6. Jade says:

    Excellent advise Allie.

  7. Mary says:

    We’re all learning.

    And since I want to learn more about this, I shut my eyes and pretended I saw you on line last week but couldn’t remember exactly where. I googled for “ramblings wahm” (and trust me, moms who want to work from home know exactly what that means!) Your blog was the first hit returned to me.

    I know Google “knows” I was just on your blog and that’s probably why you were at the top of my list. But still – doesn’t that count for something? A recent visitor can find you with two memorable words that suit you well.

    And take heart – you’ll only get better!
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  8. Allie says:

    Mary,

    I think I always do pop up for “ramblings wahm” and “allierambles”. They are not the best keywords but they describe me and my blog and I guess that works too. #1 for my own stuff rocks!

    Thanks for the encouragement. Some of this blogging stuff can get a little complicated if you want to rank high in searches. I just keep doing what I do and hope for the best sometimes.

    You bookmarked me now, right? LOL.

    ~Allie
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  9. Mika Castro says:

    Thanks for this very helpful post. At first, I thought that setting up domain is hard, thanks to you!
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