Probably my least favorite part of starting a new website or blog is choosing a name for it. Ideally, you’ll want your website or blog name to match your domain name (example, Vital Dollar and vitaldollar.com) to make it as easy as possible for people to remember.
The challenge is, most of the .com domain name ideas you come up with will be already registered and unavailable. While you could use another domain extension (like .org or .net) or add hyphens to find a domain name that’s available, I don’t recommend doing this. In order to make your domain easy to remember it should be a .com and it’s best to avoid hyphens.
That means that the best solution is to have LOTS of domain name ideas so you can find a good .com that’s available.
I’m not very good at coming up with catchy domain names, so I’ve found that the easiest approach is to start with one of your main keywords, and then look for other words to add to a domain name.
For example, when I was trying to come up with a name for this blog, I chose the keyword “dollar” and then looked for other words I could use with it. I decided on VitalDollar.com because it’s short, easy to remember, and I think it captured the mission and purpose of the blog.
You probably already know a few of the most important or descriptive keywords for your website or blog, so that part is easy.
Next, if you have a list of words for domain names that could be paired with your keyword, you are almost certain to find a good .com that’s still available.
With that in mind, I put together this huge list of more than 500 words that can be used with one of your main keywords to create an ideal domain name. Some of the words work better before your keyword, others work better after your keyword, and some could be used before or after.
Regardless of what topic or niche your website or blog will cover, I’m sure this list of domain name suggestions can help if you’re struggling to come up with a name. Simply browse through the list and see what stands out as being a good option to pair with one of your keywords.
When you’ve found a good domain name and you’re ready to move forward, see my article How to Start a Blog for step-by-step instructions that show how you can set up a blog in just a few minutes with no experience needed.
Domain Name Ideas: Words to Add to a Domain Name
I’ve categorized more than 500 words that are great for use in your domains. Browse through the list to see which ones work well with your primary keywords, and then check to see if the domains are available for registration.
Words Commonly Used in Domain Names
Here are some domain suggestions that are versatile and could be used with a lot of different types of websites or businesses.
Descriptive Adjectives for Your Domain Names
These website name suggestions are great because they can be easily added to your main keyword to give you a descriptive domain, while also finding something that’s available to register.
Words to Imply Authority
Some of the best words to add to a domain name will also help with branding or positioning your site/business. These high-authority words will help to position you as an expert in or industry or niche.
Words for a Persona
These domain name suggestions are ideal if the website or blog is associated with a single person rather than an organization or larger business.
These website name ideas are best for content-based websites like blogs and news sites.
Words Related to Education and Learning
These words are effective for positioning your website/business as a source of knowledge.
While these heavenly words won’t be the right choice for every website, they can be effective in the right situation.
Still having trouble finding a good .com that’s available? You can use these common add-ons to extend the domain name if needed.
If you’ve found a good domain name, be sure to see my article How to Start a Blog, which will walk you through the simple process of setting up your own website or blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should you not include in a domain name?
The best domain names will avoid hyphens, words that are difficult to spell, misspelled words (even if it’s intentional), and numbers.
Is it ok to have a hyphen in your domain name?
It’s best to avoid hyphens. Most people will forget the hyphen and type the name without the hyphen, which may take them to your competitor’s website. Relying on hyphens also means that your domain will be extremely similar to someone else’s, and it makes branding difficult.
Is it bad to have a number in your domain?
Numbers can be confusing because visitors may forget if the domain uses a numeral or a spelled out version of the number (4 or four). It can also be challenging to verbally communicate your domain name because you’ll have to specify whether the number is spelled or in numeral format.
Should my website be my name?
You can use yourname.com as your website (if it’s available) if your business is branded around you the individual. If you hope to expand the business, it’s best to go with a different name.
Do domain names matter?
Yes, domain names matter. However, I think their importance is sometimes overstated. For the average small business, it’s not worth thousands of dollars to buy a premium domain name. With a little bit of effort, you can find a good domain name that’s never been registered before.
How do I create a domain name?
You’ll need to register it with a domain registrar, which involves an annual fee. There are hundreds or thousands of registrars. GoDaddy is the most popular, but I recommend Namecheap. Their prices are lower and they include free privacy protection, which prevents your name and address from being publicly visible.
Can a domain name have a period?
No. You can use a subdomain, which will use a period. For example, if the website was at my.website.com, the domain would be website.com and “my” is a subdomain. You would need to own website.com in order to use this subdomain.
How many words should a domain be?
The shorter the better. One word domain names are very hard to come by, unless you’re willing to pay a lot of money for a premium domain. Two-word domains can be found in most niches or industries, but it’s not always easy. Ideally, two to three words would be the maximum.
Is .com still the best?
Yes, especially for US-based businesses. Other extensions like .co have increased in popularity, but .com is still the easiest for visitors to remember.
How much does it cost to own a domain name?
Prices vary depending on the registrar and the extension, but you can get a .com domain from Namecheap for $10 – $15 per year.
Final Thoughts on Adding Words to a Domain Name
What domain name idea did you come up with? I’m sure you were able to find something with this list of domain name ideas and suggestions. Using these words to add to a domain name is the perfect way to solve your problem of finding a good .com that’s available to register.
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