From The Digital Reader
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author in possession of a book must be in want of a website. They need a home on the web to call their own, one safe from the fickle whims of Facebook’s algorithms.
That home will need a name – but what to call it?
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Some authors choose to go with the perfunctory choice, but others choose a domain of a more personal nature, or a whimsical one.
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Well, you could go for the obvious and staid choice such as the author’s name, book series, character name, or book title. Those options usually work well – the author name is a great default that brings all (most) of an author’s work together on a single site (but it might exclude pen names), while naming the site after the book series or main character might add a small boost to SEO.
I named my blog The Digital Reader because it referenced the topic I wanted to cover :digital reading, in its many forms. It is a decent choice, but it is not without its problems. For a number of years people kept confusing me with a competitor who hs a similar first name and blog name. (If I had realized that would be an issue, I’d have chosen a different name.) Also, I never did get the domain I wanted – I had to go with the-digital-reader.com because domain squatters were demanding exorbitant fees for the domains DigitalReader.com and TheDigitalReader.com.
One of the domains would have cost me eight grand, and the other is listed at $39,000.
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Another way to come up with a topical title is to use the “And Method”. This is a trick for coming up with unique names where you combine two otherwise unrelated words, and in this situation an author might choose two words that hint at their work.
Swords & Sorcery, to name one obvious example, suggests a D&D-style fantasy, while Coffee and Corpses hints at police procedural, or detective stories. And then there is Death and Texas, which is both clever word play and possibly a topical reference to for author whose mystery novels are set in Texas.
Link to the rest at The Digital Reader
PG has found a site called Nameboy helpful for locating good domain names. This site has been in operation approximately forever.
On Nameboy, you type in a primary word and, optionally, a secondary word. Thereafter Nameboy generates all sorts of possible domain names based on those words. It lists them in a table that shows you which of its generated site titles are available as domain names and which are not.
For example, entering the words dragons and sorcerer reveal the following names are available:
sorcererdragon.com, .net, .org and .info
dragonsorcerer.com, .net, .org and .info
e-dragon.com is gone, as is e-dragon.net, but .org and .info are available.
teamdragon, team-dragon and magic-dragon are gone in all four basic domain extensions
dragoncouncil.com is for sale for $1595, but .net, .org and .info are available
Perhaps the best name (in PG’s non-dragonish mind), thedragonsorcerer is available in all four basic domain extensions.
And for those who seek a more dynamic feel for your website branding – dragons-o-rama.com is available.