I have been asked a few times and I often seen people wondering on Twitter if they should start a blog... My answer.. YES! YES! YES! There is literally nothing about blogging that I don't enjoy!
I love having a corner of the internet to rant and rave on, but mostly I love the sense of community it has. I assume other niche blogs have similar communities, so don't limit yourself to a plus size fashion blog if that doesn't interest you!
Blogging has taught me loads about where to shop and how to shop, but mostly it has introduced me to a world full of fabulous people I wouldn't have met if it hadn't been for this blog.
If you want your blog to be successful you have to engage with your audience and make sure that your blog stands out and is remembered. You may have heard the saying – what’s in a name. Well when it comes to blogging, my answer is everything.
So, here are my tips for choosing the right name for your blog.
Of course finding a memorable name is top of the list. If people cannot remember the name of your blog, it makes it more difficult for them to tell others about your blog.
You need a snappy name that is not too long. My recommendation is to stick with one or two word names because these are the easiest to remember. Try not to include obscure or difficult to pronounce words in your blog name.
Try to avoid a boring stiff blog name. Sponge Bob Square Pants could get away with naming his blog after himself, but you probably shouldn’t. He is already well known, but if you were to call your blog Sharon Smith’s blog the chances are people would not remember the name no matter how good your blog was. I probably should have given more thought to my blog name when setting up but never mind!
We have already touched on the length of your name. One or two words are best, but also make sure that those words are not too long. I would avoid any name that is more than 16 or 17 characters long. This makes it easier for people to remember and fast enough for them to type into the search engine.
You need something that is relevant to your blog content. Try to find a name that appeals to your audience and the way they think and feel.
It is important to bear in mind that the name of your website or blog is a key component of your brand. You need to ask yourself if your business were to take off and become a national or international phenomenon would you be happy with the name. Would it be easy to market?
This brings me to another point. Generally speaking, you need to avoid words that have negative connotations when choosing a name for a blog or website. That means any words that could be offensive or considered politically incorrect should not be included in your blog name.
Once you have the name right it is wise to register a proper domain with the name in it. You can host on free WordPress and blogger sites, but if you do this, you will not be in complete control of your website. These blog publishing companies have strict rules, which may stop you from being able to put what you want on your blog.
If you buy a domain name and use good quality, hosting you will be in control at all time. It is wise to buy your hosting from a reliable firm that will ensure that your website will stay up and remain available for your readers to access at all times.
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