What's in a name?

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Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

I have been thinking about blog names a bit lately... I am not good at naming blogs... I named my Active Rain Blog Columbus Ohio.  Columbus Ohio was my Active Rain Blog's second name*.

I love these Active Rainers choice for a blog title:


All the Moo's that's fit to print

Reese's Pieces Of Real Estate  

CT Scan  

"Singing in the Rain" (Rich Jacobson)  

 

 
Holy Toledo: Toledo, Ohio Real Estate Blog  

I am stuck in a rut. I have historically, officially named three blog Columbus Best Blog....  I abandonded two of them both almost a year ago.  Both blogs were started after the original Columbus Best Blog and only lasted a couple of weeks.  I was thinking of switching blog platforms from RealTown Blogs a year ago. Very few people were using the platform and I was frustrated.  The second Columbus Best Blog was on Blogster.  I thought I was on Blogger... I found that blog yesterday.  A week later I started the third Columbus Best Blog on Blogger. I went looking but I could not find that blog yesterday.

My first name for my Active Rain Blog was Columbus Second Best Blog*....dumb.

I noticed Don Fabrizio-Garcia's "CT Scan"  yesterday. Clever.  I have always admired Rich Jacobson's "Singing in the Rain" for it's cleverness.  Of course Angus and Elaine are both  marketing geniuses... I just noticed Nancy's today, "Holy Toledo" .... some of you are so clever! 

I prefer geographic names to people's names when it comes to real estate blogs for some reason.  I envy Carole Cohen in Cleveland  for her name ... The three C's in Ohio are Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus or Carole Cohen and Cleveland.  We have a highway named in honor of Carol, 3 C Highway.... 

Not all of the blog names I like are geographic, Elaines, Angus and Rich's have nothing to do with geography.. Angus and Elaine's are all about them but they are subtle, clever... not that there is anything wrong with it being all about YOU.

What other great blog names have you seen on Active Rain? Out in the blogoshpere? I hate to be a name dropper but did you see Sellsius° Blog (great name...) has a new years resolution to stop using the word "blogosphere" ????

Happy New Year!  This is my first Active Rain Blog of 2007.

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Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Maureen...I struggle with the name thingy too and feel none of mine are any good at all. LOL...Monika McGillicuddy Presents...Monika McGillicuddy Real Esate Happenings..umm 3rd I can't remember right now ...maybe I should ditch the name

I dunno

 

Jan 04, 2007 02:52 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
We do get some rain here but part of it lands in the mountains as snow :) Names are great and catchy but when the name of a blog is some what SEO competitive then the name should be more targeted, IMO. I love Goingbigger as my name but it is hard to justify naming a blog for it just because I feel it is me, maybe that is why there are more blog platforms out there....hmmm...just a thought.
Jan 04, 2007 03:55 PM #26
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

How about 'Discover Columbus'? You could even tie it in with your existing 'Best' branding ... Discover Columbus' Best Dining, Discover Columbus' Best Shopping, etc. 

Jan 04, 2007 05:38 PM #27
Rainmaker
1,476,142
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Monika:  My website is MaureenMcCabe.com  I think we all learned to name everything after ourselves in the 90's It makes it easy for people who know you to find it but as far as people who don't know you finding you via the internet, I think geography is our friend when it comes to the internet. Of course, there are names that just work for a whole marketing campaing like Reese. 

Lots of people use their names for blogs and websites, nothing wrong with it.

I was tryying to find a Columbus blog using the Google Blog Search. I was happy to see the little group at the top included my Active Rain blog.

Related Blogs:Columbus Ohio - http://activerain.com/blogs/columbusoh Only Columbus - Free Classifieds for Columbus, Ohio - Get Great Stuff! Columbus Ohio Local Blog - Post your comments about Columbus Ohio Here.

Toby: Goingbigger sounds kind of Seth Godinesqe from what Teresa shared.  What do you mean it should be targeted for SEO?

John: Bingo.  I thought of it yesterday and looked to see who was using it.  Local journalist wrote a book.  A book is not a blog....It has been used a lot by tourism....  

Jan 04, 2007 07:36 PM #28
Ambassador
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I'm with you, Maureen. Clever naming is not my forte. But I have tried to use names that convey what my blogs are about, but they sure aren't very catchy (Relocation A to Z, Fans of Coastal San Diego, First Time Buyer Central). BTW I'm pretty happy with RT BLogs. Will be interesting to see what happens going forward. I like the editing/posting functionality. Good to hear what Fran T. had to say.

How about America Discovers Columbus? Then you could have Recent Discoveries....

Nah, nevermind.

Jan 05, 2007 01:26 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Jeff: My RT blog became Discover Columbus overnight thanks to John Novak saying it.  I was going to make it The Original Columbus Best Blog but I did not... I did start a new blog on another platform...last weekend.  I am struggling with it... I wanted to own the domain Columbus Best Blog and make the most of it.   I got a lot of differing opinions about whether it could or could not be done on an RT blog.  I am not killing or abandoning my RT Blog. It is the original Columbus Best Blog... but that is not it's name.  The name is Discover Columbus.  I think it will be more RE oriented and less restaurant, events, going forward but I am not going to move my content or abandon it.  

There are lots of things I like about RT blogs. There are things I don't like though too, like any platform there are pluses and minuses.  I have a longer history than most on RT Blogs, mine stretches back to August 2005.   

How many blogs do you have Jeff? 

 

Thanks John Novak!!  I know Seth Godin would not think it is the best but I am stuck in my rut.  I always order the same thing at  most restaurants too.  I used to not be that way.

Now I have a lot of work to sort out my chicklets, get everything sorted out in the blogosphere (sorry Sellsius, it is a dumb word but...) pinging,  etc. and all the  

Jan 05, 2007 01:42 AM #30
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

i am using blogdom. 

This morning my daughter woke up and started moving stuff around her room.   I asked her what she was doing. "I am making my Queendom."  Oh no, another word creator in the family.

I will discover columbus later today.  

Jan 05, 2007 01:50 AM #31
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Maureen M. I have 4 blogs right now plus AR (one is focussed on CRS members for the San Diego area and just getting going).

For most, I have a name that I use on the blog platform but also purchase URLs that are similar but which I can use for marketing and ads (e.g., my buyers blog is http://firsttimebuyers.wordpress.com, but the URL I use that points to this is FirstTimeBuyerCentral.com.

Jan 05, 2007 02:19 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Naming my blog is one of the hurdles I have in starting my blog.  That and my first post.  I am still trying to write that.

Jan 05, 2007 03:25 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Debi is the girl with the dog!  I guessed it before clicking...

Debi:  a blog name on Active Rain is not as important as elsewhere Debi... I don't think (maybe I am wrong)  and you can change it... 

Debi is in Tacoma, Washington....smart, clever.  title people what are some ideas for Debi? 

Tacoma Talk

Just jump in with a blog entry Debi.  I did mine members only for awhile on Active Rain... because I was self conscious even though I had been blogging nearly a year.  Or maybe local content... Rainers don't look at it... I guess that was kind of my early blogging experience on my other blog.. like blogging into a vacuum... but Google picks stuff up quick... 

Anyone?

MF: Queendom, that is cute?  Three? 

Jeff: 4+ AR!!!  Wow

Jan 05, 2007 03:41 AM #34
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
Maureen McM: Regarding Discover Columbus, you might want to see if that is trademarked. The C of C used or uses that term a lot, and I think it may also be connected to that Brushstrokes art piece at the airport. What about "Real Living in Columbus" ? That would allow the connection to HER as well as be appropriate for your restaurants, life around Cols, etc.
Jan 05, 2007 04:53 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

but if I change it a couple of times in x number of days I will look dumb.... I do kind of like Real Living in Columbus though...or would people think it was just all my brokerage is awesome?  I really only say that on Active Rain,,, hey... maybe

You have to read this comment on my other blog... the blog that says it  is Discover Columbus now...Other alternatives... The little no name blog? Whatchamacallit? Whoozit?  Columbus Best Blog is Dead

 

Jan 05, 2007 05:31 AM #36
Rainer
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Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate - Long Beach, CA

Maureen, I too have very boring names for my blogs and would like to know if changing the names will affect placement.  When you find out I would like to know also, please let us all know.  Thank you.

 

Jan 06, 2007 10:27 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

One of my blogs has disappeared this AM.... If I find it I will never let it get away again... thanks for the comment Laurie.

Jan 06, 2007 11:06 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Angus in Naperville IL
RE/MAX of Naperville - Naperville, IL

Thanks for the mention Maureen! From a business standpoint I think that one has to decide what  they want to convey. Obviously I am trying to have some fun on AR, but I stuck my location with my name here on AR. My other blog is a rather mundane: West Suburban Blog 

Since you already have a wonderfully successful blog that tells people exactly where you are and what you write about... why mess with that?

Moo

Jan 07, 2007 12:02 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

 

Thanks I think ...why mess with what?

Jan 07, 2007 12:14 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Angus in Naperville IL
RE/MAX of Naperville - Naperville, IL

I should never comment when I'm in a hurry.  I think "Columbus Best Blog" is great, I also love "Discover Columbus"... you can have a lot of fun with that.

Moo

Jan 07, 2007 03:04 AM #41
Rainer
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Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Boy did I get lost over the New Year.  I keep on going to your RT blog through the URL instead of through the name and never bothered to see the new name.  Wow, congratulations and good luck on getting the other blog going.
Jan 08, 2007 03:41 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

It is not a drastic change.. I did not change the name until late in the week... although I started my blog on the 1st.

Jan 08, 2007 03:59 AM #43
Rainer
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Liz Householder
CG Real Estate - Salem, CT
TheSalemBlog

Oh boy, what a relief to know that so many of you have more than one blog!  I thought I was dyslexic, or attention/deficit or something, since I've started two blogs already but wasn't happy with either of them, and have felt really lost on what to say, who to say it to, blah blah blah.

Discover Columbus rocks, in my opinion, Maureen. 

Jan 08, 2007 11:07 PM #44
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