Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:55 pm
Learning how to choose a blog name that you’ll be happy with doesn’t happen overnight. Well, it might for some people, but for many of us it takes time to come up with an amazing name. After all, the last thing you want to do is name your blog and then six months later realize that you hate it. Yes, you can change it, but it’s not as easy to do.
Plus when you register your domain and start writing content, you also take the time to register your social media handles. Once you start creating your Pinterest images, you start watermarking your images with your brand new blog name.
You can kind of see where I am going with this. The last thing you want is to have to go back and change everything and start from scratch.
That’s why I wanted to share some tips with you on how to come up with an amazing blog name that you will love and will grow with you. Even if you decide to pivot and turn your blog later on.
Before we get into some tips on naming your blog, if you still haven’t started your blog, click here to start your blog today.
If you’re brand new to WordPress, then head on over here to start learning the basics of WordPress. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into finding you the perfect blog name.
Coming Up With A Blog Name You Love Is Important
Most new bloggers don’t take the time to sit down and think about the right blog name. They usually run out and buy a blog domain without giving it any thought.
I know because that’s what I have done in the past. As soon as I realized that I wanted to create a blog, I would go out and register a brand new domain.
After all, if you buy your domains from Namecheap, you know that it’s not expensive. But if you want to save yourself some money and headaches, then you want to make sure that you take the time in choosing a good domain name.
Otherwise you’ll end up realizing that:
1. you are no longer interested in the niche.
2. Your domain name doesn’t tell people what your blog was about.
At least that’s what’s happened to me in the past.
Then I usually ended up dropping the blog and starting from scratch. It was like I was on the blogging treadmill. You know where you keep doing the same things over and over and not seeing the results you expect.
I don’t want you to do that, so I am going to help you find an amazing blog name that will grow with you as you learn how to blog.
Coming Up With URL Name Ideas
As soon as you realize that you’re ready to start a blog, it’s time to start exploring other people’s blogs. Head on over to Pinterest and type in some keywords that are related to your niche. I’ve written a tutorial that will show you how to do keyword research on Pinterest in case you’ve never done it before.
Find out what other people are using as blog names in your niche. You don’t want to just copy someone, but this will give you a place to start brainstorming some ideas.
I love using Pinterest for new ideas for my blog. It’s a great place to help you get your creative juices flowing and before you know it, you’ve filled up a Google Document with a ton of fresh ideas.
Just don’t make the mistake of looking at the blogs that are already popular. Make it a point to look at blogs that are trying to make a name for themselves as well.
#1 Keep It Simple
We’ve all heard those jingles and slogans that whenever we hear them we automatically know where they came from. Like if I said “melts in your mouth, not in your hands” chances are you would know that I just quoted the M&M slogan.
It’s memorable and simple, this is what makes it so easy for people to know it when they see it. You want to think of it like this when naming your blog.
Come up with a bunch of easy to remember blog names and jot them down. If you’re still unsure about which blog name, head on over to one of the Facebook Groups you belong to and start asking for some input.
Chances are people in the group will help you narrow down your blog name choice. Of course, you always have the final say on what you want your blog to be called.
Blog Name Examples:
As you can see, all these blogs are easy to remember. Chances are you are already a fan of some of the ones on the list.
#2 Feelings Behind Your Blog Name
Believe it or not, but the name you choose for your blog can invoke certain feelings in your reader. Now, this can be a great thing but it can also be a drawback.
It all just depends on what type of feelings your blog makes people feel.
For example, let’s use the Nerd Fitness example from above. What do you feel when you read the blog name? Chances are you start to feel a little bit excited about learning about fitness.
When you get there you expect to see information that will help you get into shape and live better. As a blogger, it’s important to let people know what your blog is about before they get there. (of course, that doesn’t work if you’re blogging using your name like I am, but I’ll cover that later.)
Here are some more domain names that invoke a feeling:
You can see the examples they are all easy to remember. All of them invoke some type of feeling and you kind of know what type of content to expect on the blog.
#3 Descriptive Words
What is your blog about or what type of content do you plan on writing about? Hopefully, you have some kind of idea of what you’re passionate about the type of content you’re going to be sharing.
Once you do, it’s time to start coming up with some descriptive words that will help people know what you’re about. I know coming up with a list of descriptive words can be challenging, especially if you’re feeling the pressure to start your blog.
If you need some help, here’s a huge list of descriptive words!
Once you have your list of Words, it’s time to check Namecheap to see if your name is available. You can also use domain name generators to see what you like.
#4 Keyword Rich Names
I still remember the days when people were grabbing up domain names that had the keywords they wanted to rank for in them. These were also referred to as exact match domains.
It was so easy to rank these types of domains, in fact, I had a few of them myself. Today though, it’s not quite that easy. (at least I don’t believe it is)
Plus with all the updates that Google has made I personally wouldn’t waste my time or money on an exact match domain.
But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a keyword in your domain name to help you improve your blog traffic.
Examples of some that come to mind:
As you can see all the blogs above use keywords in their domain name. Unlike the sniper sites from the past, all the sites have a lot of content on them and offer a ton of value.
#5 Use Your Real Name
Not many people think about using their real name for their domain.
This can be a great way to build up a personal brand. Plus it’s a great way to offer different services that may or may not be related.
As you can see, I use my real name for my blog. The reason that I chose to do this is that I wasn’t creative enough to choose a domain name. Plus I wanted to make it easy to pivot and turn in case I found myself needing to.
It’s a lot easier to branch out to different areas if you’re blogging under your real name. If you choose a keyword rich domain like “all about Pugs” well, it’s going to be hard to pivot when you start your blog based on Pugs.
I know what you’re thinking. I can’t blog under my real name because no one knows me. Well, that’s true, it’s going to take time for people to get to know and trust your blog.
Real life examples of bloggers using their real name:
I could go on and on with bloggers who have chosen to use their real name. It’s up to you if you choose to blog anonymously or blog under your real name.
Personally, I love blogging under my name. It gives me the freedom just in case I have to pivot my blog in the future.
#6 Use Alliteration
Alliteration is nothing more than using a domain name that has the same sound or same letter at the beginning of a word. I know this sounds a little confusing, but it’s really not. Let’s take a look at a couple of alliteration sayings:
- The wild winds whisk to the west.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Okay, so now how do you use alliterations in a blog name? Well here’s how some bloggers have done it.
All these blog names use alliterations. I think they sound pretty cool and are very catchy blog names.
Creative Blog Names Generator
There are so many different domain name generators that will help you come up with the perfect name. All you have to do is go to Google and type in “domain name generators” into the search box and you will be able to use a blog name generator with keywords.
Before you know it, you’ll come up with interesting blog names that will let the world know what your blog is about.
Take Your Time
Unless you decide to blog under your real name like I have. It takes time to come up with the perfect blog name. If you’re struggling with the right blog domain name, then take a break.
Go for a walk and get out of the house.
Sometimes things just come easier to us when we’re not sitting there constantly thinking about that thing over and over. You can’t force creativity, you need to give it time.
If you’re anxious to get your blog started, then don’t worry about registering the blog name right now. Instead, focus on writing some awesome content that way you’ll have the content for your first blog post.
When the time is right, you’ll be able to come up with the perfect blog name. Remember, there are millions of blog names already registered on the Internet. It’s going to take some time to come up with that perfect name.
It’s just going to take some time to come up with something brilliant that you’ll love. If all else fails, then just do what I did and start blogging under your real name.
Whatever you do, don’t waste months trying to get that perfect name. Remember, the sooner you start your blog, the closer you will be to reaching your blogging goals.
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How did you come up with your blog name? Are you happy with it and have you ever thought about changing it? Let me know, I’d love to hear how you decided to name your blog.
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