Writing a Christian blog can be a powerful way to share your faith, as well as a learning chance for yourself. There’s something about writing that helps you to understand your own perspectives more deeply. But first, you’re going to need some Christian blog name ideas.
After all, figuring out your blog name is one of the first steps in creating a website! That name is what determines the domain name that you need. It can also offer some direction to the writing process.
But, where do you begin? Many people get stuck early in the process. It can seem like there are simply too many options out there. Thankfully, finding a blog name isn’t that difficult.
In this post, we’re going to show you how to find a blog name that you like, plus also focus on other important areas, such as buying a domain name and how you can earn money from your site (Yes, you can earn money from a Christian website!).
By the end of the post, you should know everything you need to purchase a domain name and get going.
50 Christian Blog Name Ideas
- Faith Family Ministry
- Faith Family Heart
- Devoted Heart Blog
- Devotional Fire
- My Devoted Heart
- Daily Devotion Living
- Serving for Christ Today
- My Jesus Focused Life
- Church Family Time
- My Modern Haven
- The Faith Essence
- The Christian Joy
- Love Led by Christ
- Your Faith Lesson
- Holistic Faith Story
- Follow Your Lord
- Real Life Bible Story
- Devoted Lives
- Faith Family Music
- Modern Worship Freedom
- Tech and Ministries
- Our Family Faith Foundation
- Living for the Christ
- Christian Scientist Blog
- My Heart Felt Faith
- True Life Christian Tales
- Faith and Art Stuff
- Living for Christ Design
- My Faith in our Modern Days
- God Given Gift Project
- Modern Ministry Life
- Holistic Faith Today
- Modern Worship Flow
- This Modern Church
- Faith Stuff Today
- Digital Bible Tales
- Modern Faith Family
- Worship Gift
- Mindful Bible
- Music and Faith
- Following the Lord Art
- My Faith Lesson
- Servant Heart Now
- The Jesus Focused Life
- The Christian Scientists
- The Modern Ministry
- Faith Without Church Ministries
- Daily Devotion Live
- Devoted Heart Music
- Serve for Christ
How To Choose A Good Blog Name
When working out the name that you want, think about your site as a whole. What are you going to focus on? Are you going to talk about Christianity as a whole or do you plan to focus on a specific area, like worship, family, or theology and history?
For that matter, how much of your content will talk about Christianity directly? Some Christian blogs actually focus on secular topics, like cooking or fitness, while the Christian aspect comes out in the way that the blog author highlights his or her faith throughout.
Your area of focus can be a great way to narrow down the type of blog name that you want. For example, the site womenoffaith.com talks about faith from the female perspective and shares information that aims to encourage women.
Alternatively, your blog name might focus on something specific to you as a person. The most common way to do this is by simply using your own name as part of the blog name.
When thinking about a blog name, knowing what to avoid is just as important as knowing what you want to include. Doing so mostly comes down to one principle – don’t confuse your audience.
It’s normally best to avoid issues like words that are creatively spelled (such as Christianz instead of Christians), dashes or numbers in your blog name. These can all cause issues.
Also, make sure that your blog name isn’t too similar to other sites. You could easily lose traffic due to such similarity. There could also be legal repercussions if the other name is copyrighted.
Be careful with domain extensions too. Most people will expect your site to be .com. Another common extension might work too, like .net or .org. More obscure ones tend to rank poorly and audiences don’t trust them either.
An unusual domain extension is also hard to remember. It might be confusing too. The site bibledevotions.home.blog is a good example. It can be tempting to get a name like bible.fun because it meets most of the qualifications I’ve listed above, but the .fun domain extension is relatively new, and hasn’t proven its staying power like a regular ol’ .com.
One final limitation is when you plan to have a domain name that is very different than your blog name. For example, there’s a site called Alpha and Omega Ministries Blog that has the domain name aomin.org. The difference between the site name and domain name makes remembering the domain name a little more difficult, so people often have to search via Google first, adding another step between you and your reader!
Keyword VS Branding
To talk about blog names a little more, let’s break them down into two categories – branded and keyword-based names.
Many blog names might contain a word or two related to the topic, like the site christiantoday.com. But, a keyword site is generally considered to use a keyword phrase in the title. This type of phrase is one that a person might use to search online, like ‘how to live a Christian life’. In that case, your site could be howtoliveachristianlife.com.
Using a keyword in the blog name can help with ranking a little. It also shows visitors exactly what the site focuses on. With that domain name, your website could turn of as the first result in the entire world when someone searches for “how to live a Christian life” in Google. World-wide, that means you could get hundreds of thousands of visitors per month!
A branded blog name follows a different approach. This type of blog name might not even sound like it is related to the blog topic, such as with theblazingcenter.com.
Branded names tend to be easy-to-remember, which is powerful. Besides, sometimes it’s nice not to be the umpteenth site that is called Christianity-something or Christian-something.
Most of the time, branded blog names are short. But, this isn’t essential. Some bloggers pick long phrases that are easy to remember. The site whatchristianswanttoknow.com is a good example.
Of course, branded names have their limits too. One is that the site topic mightn’t be obvious from the name. While this style is appealing for branding, it can make it harder to establish your reputation initially.
In the end, you can go with whatever style suits you the best. Your mom blog could be good as howtobeachristianmom.com (keyword) or powerfulmodernmommy.com (brand).
How To Buy A Domain Name
Once you have a blog name in mind, buying a domain name is your next step. Getting a domain name is pretty easy!
You simply pay a yearly fee through a domain name “registrar”. You’ll even find that some companies allow you to buy a domain name and hosting at the same time.
When you’re looking at a domain name companies, focus on the ones that are up-front about what you can expect. There’s little worse than thinking you got a fantastic deal, just to find out that the price for the following year is much higher.
I like the service Namecheap for this reason. Their domains are actually inexpensive and they also make their pricing structure clear. I used a variety of registrars in the past, but have since moved all my domains to Namecheap.
How To Build & Make Money From Your Christian Website
The next part of the process is creating your website. This is where things get a little more complicated.
One consideration is where you’re going to build your site, which means choosing a website host. The best host will depend on your situation.
Beginners often choose the cheapest hosting possible, but some of those services aren’t all that good. The main issue I ran into back when I got started was that as my business grew, I would grow out of the hosting capacity pretty quick, and it would cause downtime on the site. Plus, the pricing can change over time. Many companies have cheap introductory pricing, which can jump up quite suddenly.
A related area is whether you’re going to use a website builder. Some hosting companies offer this as a service, while other sites specialize in their website builder first and hosting second (like Squarespace, which you may have heard of on a Podcast or on TV).
While there are many differences between them, website builders all aim to make it easy to create your website. They’ll often do some of the work for you.
The style is incredibly appealing for beginners, as you don’t need to worry about plugins, coding or anything else complicated. Some website builders even have basic SEO features or social media functionality.
But, ‘basic’ really is the key word for website builders. The services tend to be limited and there are many things that you cannot do. This problem gets seriously frustrating once you start to try and earn money from your site.
Website builders also have another serious issue. They’re host-specific.
This means that if you make a site using a website builder, you’re generally stuck with the hosting company in question. Your site cannot be transferred to another service.
The inability to transfer your site is a serious problem. You’ll always have to contend with the pricing structure and restrictions of the company that you’re using. Plus, most website builders have pretty expensive plans. So if your Christian blog takes off down the road, moving your site to a a different host or CMS (technical name for the builder), it could cost a pretty penny.
That’s why a self-hosted WordPress website is my recommendation.
I’m sure you’ve heard about WordPress before. It remains the most popular content management system on the market today – partly because it is so versatile. The popularity of WordPress also means that there are plenty of tools, tutorials and support options out there.
I won’t lie. Creating a WordPress website is more difficult than using a website builder. But, site building isn’t as hard as you might expect either. You can get all the basics by following YouTube tutorials, or if you purchase an infoproduct on building websites to make money.
While we’re talking about creating a website, there’s one more interesting area to consider – how you’re going to make money. Even if you don’t plan on earning from your site, it’s useful to be aware of the options before you get started.
There are dozens of different ways to earn from your website, but two options stand out for beginners. The first of these is affiliate marketing, where you are promoting products from other companies. The other approach is display ads, which works exactly as the name suggests.
How Much Do Christian Bloggers Make?
One example of success in this field is Sarah Titus. Sarah is a Christian blogger, although her site focuses on home and family rather than Christianity as a topic. This is a good example of having a “niche”, which is like a focus-area of your site. Her site would be the cross section of Christianity and family, but you could also do something like Christianity and sports, or Christianity and travel.
In the second year of her site, she posted a report showing that she was making more than $23,000 per month from her blog. For December of that year, almost $14,000 in income came from affiliate marketing and more than $7,000 came from ads.
A second example is the site Girl & The Word, which has a more overtly Christian focus. The October 2018 income report for this site highlighted a total of $9,515.50. Interestingly, that money came from the site and also the author’s Instagram account.
Almost all of her earnings from brand partnerships. It isn’t clear what brand partnerships are in practice, but I’m guessing that the term refers to affiliate marketing and also sponsored content.
Let’s talk about display ads first. This is the classic way to earn if your blog topic isn’t directly linked to products. This makes it perfect for Christian websites, especially if you are uncomfortable recommending products, and would just like to talk about your faith.
The style of advertising means that you don’t need to do any product promotion when you are writing your content. You can simply write about whatever you want to. Doing so may be a perfect fit for a Christian blog, especially if you plan to talk mostly about faith and personal stories.
While the ads can be a little annoying for visitors, they don’t tend to affect traffic too much, as long as you don’t include an overwhelming number of ads on any one page. This is particularly true if your content is providing value for your audience. There’s a balance! After all, readers get to read content for free, and this is a way for you to get paid for your work.
Display ads do have one serious limitation. This is the fact that you don’t earn much from each visitor. Plus, some visitors run ad blockers, which can also influence your income potential.
The low income per visitor means that you often won’t be making much when you first get started with your website. Many bloggers do receive enough traffic to get decent income from ads alone. However, that process takes time, effort and a lot of patience.
Affiliate links represent another style to consider. These links can be a faster way to earn money, as there isn’t such a strong link between visitor numbers and income. Sites with really low traffic stats can still make excellent income if you promote the right products to the right people.
With affiliate marketing, you’re just directing people to the products. Here are some examples of Christian affiliate programs. The affiliate company you’re working with is responsible for the sales process itself, along with all the customer service. You earn a commission from sales that occur due to your efforts.
This style makes affiliate marketing perfect for long-term income. You may find that a single product review continues to earn you money many months (or years!) after you first created it.
The biggest limitation is that affiliate marketing takes time. You do need to write content that promotes products and it can take a little while to find a style that converts well for your site. Still, affiliate marketing and display ads can both be successful in the long-term. Here’s more information on making money with a Christian affiliate website.
When it comes down to it, your blog name is just one small part of your website. People will notice your blog name initially, but it will ultimately be your content that wins them over. As long as you are writing good content and providing value to your audience, people will share your articles, bookmark your website, and help you grow your business!
Should You Start Your Own Blog?
Honestly, the sad thing is that most people who want to start a blog get a domain name and a website set up, but never really do much beyond that. They are leaving a serious amount of money on the table!
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