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How to Name Your Broker Business Domain

If you introduce yourself as a broker, you may see eyes dart back and forth as the person you are talking to looks for an excuse to escape.  "Broker" in almost any context means "sales person".  The exception is when someone is already interested in buying or when they have something to sell.

Introducing and branding yourself as a broker is similar to branding yourself a doctor.  Doctors are more respected. Both "broker" and "doctor" are generalized labels which leaves more questions than answers.

In the new world of data and media, everything is indexed, including your services. When you dig deeper into Google's keyword ideas tool and ask for suggestions for terms related to "broker", there are many ideas provided:

name a business domainFor each word or phrase searched - Here are the number of searches per month (at the time of this article) :

  • forex - 823,000 
  • interactive brokers - 110,000 
  • cfd - 74,000 
  • home broker - 27,100
  • mortgage broker - 27.100
  • online trading - 18.100
  • brokerage - 18.100
  • gun - 14.800
  • stock broker - 14,800
  • brokers - 14.800
  • stock trading - 12,100
  • insurance broker - 12,100
  • insurance broker - 9,900
  • real estate broker - 9,900
  • mortgage lenders - 8,100
  • gun brokers - 8,100
  • trading online - 8,100
  • business brokers - 8,100
  • stockbroker - 8,100
  • brokerage account - 6,600
  • customs broker - 6,600
  • power brokers - 6,600
  • interactive broker - 6,600
  • pacific boat brokers - 5,400
  • forex broker - 5,400
  • virtual brokers - 5,400
  • online share trading - 5,400
  • online broker - 5,400
  • avon auto brokers - 5,400 

If you are a business broker and about to rebrand your business (and personal brand), you may be considering a term such as "Legacy Brokers".  In your world view, this is perfect.

As you can see by the list above, most humans searching are thinking about:

  • Online trading
  • Guns
  • Boats
  • Mortgages
  • Homes
  • Forex
  • etc.

Your effort to create a domain name and be identified as a broker will fall short since their world view is much different (and specific).

Spend enough money, build enough fan base and you can create a brand recognition.  (Hopefully)

When considering your personal branding and/or professional branding, consider the ideal buyers, geography, and search engines.  The more quickly they have recognition, the more quickly they can decide if your business is relevant to their needs.

If you are in a situation that requires you to say: "I am a broker, let me explain to you what that means", the explanation may or many not of interest.

'Broker' is not the only term or phrase that is ineffective because of being too generic.  Culture, fruit, builder and security are a few other examples.  

Animal names

There has been a trend over many years to name businesses after animals.  Animals can represent characteristics of a business that people easily relate to.  When it is time to share and/or search your business, a buyer may not find "Zebra businessname" since your brand name will most likely not rank #1 in search results. The animal "Zebra" wins almost every time.

Seth Godin has a few thoughts about naming a business as you build a brand.  Here are articles by Seth I appreciate: 

The New Rule of Naming >

Naming a Business >  

Jay Conrad Levinson and Seth Godin got together with Jeanie Levinson with a great article about naming a business:  

A Quick Guide to Naming Your Business

If your are ready, be sure to research social media account names.  If you own the domain name but the social media accounts are not available, you may have trademark issues before you begin.

Topics: Domain Names Branding Personal Branding