Have you ever chosen a name for a business or blog and just felt meh about it? If you’re just starting your blog or in the process of a brand change you know how important a great name is. Your blog name is what will attract readers and potential clients and it should be something that you love. This article gives you ten ideas and tips on choosing a blog name you can be proud of!
Use Word Association
Determine the best key words that describe your blogs focus as your blog name should point readers to the overall purpose. Come up with at least ten keywords that can describe your focus or are significant indicators of the main point of your blog. So for instance if your blog is about photography, you may choose a name like ‘Point Aim Click’.
Check out this post for a list of related words and synonyms to common blog niches.
Use a thesaurus
Grab a thesaurus or find one on the internet, I personally like this one, to use synonyms to your blogs niche. Sticking with the photography theme some of the synonyms are: picture, photo and snapshot. You blog name may be something like, ‘picture perfect’.
Check out this blog if you’d like a list of the ten most common blog niches with synonyms.
Use a different language
Using a different language that has a similar meaning to your blogs niche is a great way to find a name. Once you’ve chosen a niche you can always google the name in various languages. For instance photography in Spanish is ‘fotografia’ and picture in Basque is ‘irudi’ These would be great stand alone names or you could combine them with other words. Here is a great website to get you started
Think outside the box
If you have found a word that you like but aren’t in love with try switching the letters around, dropping some letters or using them backwards or combining two words together. If you mesh photography and picture together you may come up with ‘pictography’ as a name (although photography is a real word).
Your blog name doesn’t necessarily have to be a known word, although in this case it will be difficult to determine what your blog is about right off the bat. You’ll need to state clearly your blogs focus and it may take some time for the type of recognition you want to receive. Just think of google or twitter, these weren’t ‘real’ words but everyone knows what they are now
Use your own name
Use your first, middle or last name. You can also use a combination of the three.
Look at blogs you admire
Look at other blogs that you read or admire and gain some inspiration from their style. I definitely don’t recommend copying them but viewing others names may spark your own creativity.
Use a blog name generator
Blog name generators are a great tool as you can input a word that you like and it will give you a plethora of variations or ideas. This article by themeisle.com compares various blog name generators. Just for kicks, I typed in the word photography into the generator Panabee and these were my results.
You’re going to have to do a domain search for the name you want anyway so why not start with one. Most searches will yield various returns with alternatives even if the name you want is available. There are also plenty of domain search tools that will give you a plethora of available domains, namemesh is a good one to use.
Spell it out
Instead of racking your brain for fancy or witty blog names, you could simply spell out what your blog is about. The focus could be in the title and it helps take the mystery out of the purpose of your blog. People know right away what they’re getting. Staying on theme, a blog based on the readers love for photography may be named ‘We Love Photography’
Choose your niche and then choose an adjective to describe it so if your blog is about food, you could use Food Fabulous or of course with photography, ‘Photo Perfect’ This works extremely well with alliterations, try it out!
Make sure you keep in mind to take your time when choosing a name. It is, after all, one of the most important steps in blog creation. Before you begin check out this article about things to keep in mind prior to choosing a blog name.