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Picking a blog name is often nerve-wracking. It’s something that will potentially stay with you for a very, very long time (for the rest of your life, even!). In this article, I will teach you how to pick a name for your blog that you’ll love. It’s the same strategy that I used to pick my own blog name (my twenty cents)!
- Brainstorm words and phrases
- Find synonyms
- Mix and match
- Shortlist your top 5 blog names
- Check if the domain name is available
- Check for any similar names or trademarks
- Get a second opinion from friends
- Buy your domain!
Video on how to pick a blog name
If you’d rather watch a video instead, here it is! Otherwise, keep reading!
General tips for picking a blog name
Before we begin, here are some general tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t pick something that is too narrow or “niched” which you can’t branch out of easily. Maybe a few years down the road you might want to blog about another topic and then you might have to start from scratch again because the blog name is not fitting. For example, Abby at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com often shares her regret of putting “just a girl” in her blog name since her team has now expanded to her husband Donnie!
- If you’re super stuck, there’s no harm in going with your name (i.e. MelyssaGriffin.com). This allows you to build a brand behind your name. You also never have to worry about changing domain names if you want to change to another blog niche in the future!
- Avoid hyphens, numbers, or intentional spelling mistakes. This makes the blog name a lot harder to remember.
- Play on words are fun and easy to remember. Try to incorporate one into your blog name if you can. My blog name uses the play on words with “my two cents.” Show off your quirky side 🙂
1. Brainstorm words and phrases
First, I’d recommend that you use either Microsoft Word, Excel, or a piece of paper to brainstorm names for your blog. I personally prefer using Excel.
Make 4 columns, one for NOUN, ADJECTIVE, VERB, and ADVERB.
Under each column, come up with 10-20 words that best describe your blog/niche the best.
For instance, if you are blogging about personal finance, then under NOUN you may put “budget, money, saver.”
Under ADJECTIVE you might put “frugal,” “cheap,” and “free,”
Under VERB you might put “budget,” “hustle,” and “save.”
Finally under ADVERB you might put “freely,” “economically,” and “frugally.”
Below is an example of the spreadsheet I used to come up with my blog name:
2. Find synonyms
If you’re stuck for ideas, head over to Thesaurus.com and type in a word that you like from your list. A whole list of additional words with the same meaning will pop up. Add a few of these words to your list from step #1!
For example, when I type in money, I get the following results:Many interesting results came up that I had never considered before. For instance, I really love “treasure,” “gold,” and “riches.”
3. Mix and match
Now that you have all of the relevant words for your blog name, start mixing and matching the columns. My advice is to stay under 4 words because long blog names are difficult to remember. Come up with as many combinations as possible (15-20 or more).
Some possible combinations to consider are:
adjective + noun
e.g. BusyBudgeter.com, SmartPassiveIncome.com, TheIntentionalMom.com, TheConfusedMillennial.com
Useful hint: If the domain name is already taken consider adding “the” or “a” before this combination!
It looks like this option is by far the most popular. My site name, my twenty cents, also follows this formula.
adjective + first name
e.g. NomadicMatt.com, SoloSophie.com
Useful hint: This is great if you use alliteration (i.e. the adjective starts with the same letter as your first name)! Something like JollyJanet.com… ok, maybe not that exact combination…
adjective + adjective
noun + (and) + noun
e.g. RockstarFinance.com, SucculentsAndSunshine.com
noun + adjective
e.g. DesignerTrapped.com, BudgetsAreSexy.com
first name + adverb
e.g. CarlyOnPurpose.com, HeleneInBetween.com
verb + noun
verb + adverb
adverb + adjective
4. Shortlist your top 5 blog names
Out of all the possible combinations you made, shortlist your top 5 combinations. These should be the combinations that you love so much and are absolutely torn between.
5. Check if the domain name is available
After you’ve picked the list of names you like, head on over to GoDaddy.com to check if the names are in fact available for purchase. I love using GoDaddy to check for domain names. If the site is taken, they will suggest other names that are currently available.
See the example below:
Eliminate from your list any names that are already taken.
I’d recommend purchasing a .COM if available. It’s the easiest to remember. You don’t want your visitors to accidentally type in a .COM address and go to the wrong site!
6. Check for any similar names or trademarks
Congratulations on finding a domain that’s still available! Now, it’s also important to check whether there are any existing blogs that have the same (or similar) name as yours, and whether there are any existing trademarks on the name you’ve chosen.
The easiest way to do this is by doing a Google search. Type the desired blog name into Google and check the results for any exact matches. If you do find any existing sites, blogs, or trademarks, then do cross these names off your list.
At this point, you should be left with a very short list of names. Go with your gut and choose whichever name you love the most. However, if you still can’t decide, move on to step #7.
7. Get a second opinion from friends
Once you’ve gotten to this stage, you have already chosen a blog name that is awesome and available! Before committing to a purchase, I’d highly recommend running the name by a few friends or family members just to get their take on it. Something that sounds amazing to you in your head might have other meanings that you never even thought about!
8. Finally, go buy your domain!
Phew! The hard work is done. That wasn’t so bad, was it? I’d highly recommend heading over to Bluehost.com and purchasing a hosting package with them. Packages start at $3.95/month and it comes with a free domain ($15 value)!
You can get started by entering your dream blog name below:
Picking a blog name can be stressful and time-consuming. For me, it took me a good week or so to finally pick the perfect name. Brainstorming a list of relevant words can help you come up with the best name possible.
Feel free to leave a comment with the name that you’ve chosen or if you need a second opinion from me! Happy blogging!
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