This question was submitted by Tim who is working on developing a new site around a particular topic – college football. My response and is below – feel free to comment. If you have questions on anything SEO, SEM, Landing Page or Internet Marketing related – drop me an email from the contact page.
I am working on creating a college football blog and have been brainstorming various names. My initial idea was to use the keyword “college football” with some other word, or maybe use “Saturday” with another word. However all the feedback I am getting from friends and colleagues is why limit myself to just college (or Saturday) by specifically naming the blog something that suggests only college football, when I could instead name it something related to football (in general) and then have the ability to expand in the future by adding the NFL.
Which do you believe is the better course of action? At this moment the blog (and my interest and expertise) is 100% focused on college football. However I have already received inquiries from others who would like to contribute NFL content.
Thank you for your time,
While I agree focusing on a single niche is preferable to a broad based approach, ultimately isn’t the site’s content going to be more important than the site’s name?
Therefore wouldn’t a name you think readers would find compelling and easy to remember and type be just as effective as using college football in the name? Something witty and memorable would also help you stand out.
Hi Terry, something descriptive (collegefootball.com?) is preferred in a small content publishing site because the domain name is a huge influencer in search rankings. It helps with the focus keyword, links that you get and clarity to user for branding.
The brands that have been really successful at scale with non-descriptive names like Google and Yahoo are much bigger sites that had a unique business that went viral and exploded.
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You may be a comment spammer, but it’s a good question so I though I’d answer: Branddigital.net is on WordPress with the Genesis 2.0 framework. I run a series of plug-ins including several for SEO, WP3 Cache, and several special Genesis plug-ins.