I know you have already read many blog posts about “How to choose a blog name” and everyone is saying the same thing – keep it simple, keep it short, the name should be unique etc.etc.
But you still don’t have a good name for your blog.
Am I right?
Because no one is telling you the actual process of how to come up with a blog name, which is very important for someone who is starting his/her first blog.
Today In this post, I will tell you about my 2 step formula to Come up with a good blog name.
In fact, I am promising to you that you will have a good name for your blog in the next 15 minutes.
Let’s dive right in…
How critical is choosing the right blog name for its success?
The reality is no that critical.
The most important for the success of any blog is creating great content and promoting it to the best.
So why should I bother?
Well yes, I do agree that it is not critical, but it is important to you.
Because I have seen that many newbies bloggers pick a random name for their blog too quickly, register a domain name and start publishing content.
And Just after a few months or even a year later, they find that their chosen blog name is not the best one.
And let me tell you, Changing your blog or brand name after a certain point of time is real pain.
So, it is important to choose a name that you won’t regret later. A year or two years later, you should love and be proud of what stands behind that name.
My Personal Story:
There are very few of our old readers knows that “Bloggingnova” was not always “Bloggingnova.” In 2018 when I started this blog, I named it “Bemakemoney.”
But after more than a year I realized that most people have difficulties pronouncing and typing the right name. Plus the name of my blog was not reflecting the actual vision of my blog.
So, In 2019 I rebranded my Blog to “Bloggingnova” from “Bemakemoney”.
You will also agree that the current name of my blog is the best compared to the old name and this name actually give you idea of my mission and vision from this blog.
So, now I guess you have a better idea of Why your blog name is not crucial for your success but at the same time Important for you.
Blog Names Can Be Classified Into Three Broad Categories:
1. Personal Blog Names
Plenty of bloggers use their own name as their blog name. It works well especially if you want to make and grow your personal brand.
If you are a coach or consultant or you are looking to become a “household name” in your industry, then personal blog name may suit you.
Examples of personal blog name:
Neil Patel named his blog “Neil patel” and created his personal brand. With his blog, he established himself as an expert in online marketing industry.
Melyssa Griffin – Melyssa changes her blog name from “The Nectar Collective,” to simply, “Melyssa Griffin.” She teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to start and grow their own business.
The downside of the Personal Blog name:
Personal blog name makes sense when you’re running a blog that is all about you. Otherwise, a brandable or Descriptive blog name may work better in the long term than using your personal name.
2. Descriptive Blog Names
Descriptive blog names are those that immediately conveys the blog niche or topic.
They are intended to be search engine optimized and consist of the main keyword of the blog.
The positive aspect of having a clear descriptive blog name is that they are apt for targeted traffic as the audience already knows what to expect from the blog.
Good examples of Descriptive blog names:
Tech Radar: The name clearly specifies that the blog must be publishing content related to Technology.
Social Media Examiner: The name clearly specifies that the blog must be publishing content related to Social Media.
3. Branded Blog Names
These types of blog names are generally fancier than the descriptive blog name.
One cannot depict anything about the blog topic from the name of the blog.
ShoutMeLoud.com, A blog that cover topic related to blogging and enetrpenurship. But a new person who has heard this name for the first time cannot depict anything about the content of this blog.
So, Which type of blog name is Best for you?
If you have already read some blog posts on “how to pick a blog name” then you may have found that some experts tells to pick something brandable.
Yes, I also agree that creative blog names are good, but this often leads people to use some non-descriptive blog name.
That’s why I always recommend my readers to Just follow one rule: Be Descriptive!
Your blog visitor needs to instantly know what your blog is all about just from your domain name. It will help you to create a targeted audience base in a very short time.
My 2-Steps Formula to come up with a Good Blog Name
For me, the perfect blog name is a combination of two words.
A niche relevant word + a Miscellaneous word.
The niche relevant word have to be something related to my niche. For example, If I am starting a photography blog then I may use “Lens” or “Pixel” words in my blog name.
And the second miscellaneous word will be something cool and catchy that blend well with my first word.
To practically demonstrate this formula, In this article, I will show you how I will come up with a good name for a Personal finance blog in Just a few minutes.
So, let’s get started.
Step 1: Write down all the words associated with your blog niche.
First thing first before coming up with a blog name, you’ll need to finalize the niche you’re going to blog about.
If you are still not sure about what will be your blog niche and who will be your target audience then please read this article first – How To Choose A Blogging Niche For Your New Blog?
Once you have finalized your niche, Open a spreadsheet or take a copy pen and note down all the words you can think of that are associated with the topic you want to blog about.
At this point of time, don’t judge what you are writing. You are free to write any words that come up in your mind related to your niche.
Once you’ve thought of every possible word, head to Thesaurus.com and enter your main keyword to find more words related to your main keyword.
To demonstrate this practically, I prepared this list of words related to my target niche “Personal finance
Step 2: Mix and match with the miscellaneous word
Now it’s time to find some miscellaneous words and then finally mix and match those words with our main words to get an unexpected yet memorable blog name.
So, let’s find out some good catchy words that blend well with our main keywords.
1. Add an action verb in your main keyword
There are many action verbs that you may mix in your main keyword to come up with a good and unique blog name.
Here are some easy action verbs you can add in your blog name to give it some energy.
Try to mix and match these words with your main keywords (Keywords you written down in step 1) to come with a unique and creative blog name.
2. Add the authoritative word in your main Keyword
This is a well-used branding technique in the business world and it works well for the blog as well.
You can come up with a good name by having an authoritative word as a prefix or suffix to your main keyword.
Let’s take a look at few example of blogs name using the same concept:
- Blogtyrant (Blogging niche)
- WPMayor (WordPress niche)
- NerdFitness (Heath niche)
- MoneyGeek (Finance Niche)
- Yoga Dork (Health & Fitness)
- Money-saving expert (Personal finance)
- Tech Advisor (Technology Niche)
As you will notice in the above example all blog names are made up with one main keyword and one authoritative keyword.
Here are few examples of Words that implies authority.
3. Add the Powerful emotive words that imply positivity and good times in your main Keyword
You can also find a good name for your blog by adding powerful emotive words in your main keyword that will magnify the importance of your primary keyword.
Few examples of blogs name using the same concept:
- Trip-savvy (Trip + Savvy)
- Blogging Joy (Blogging + Joy)
- TechnoBuzz (Techno + Buzz)
- Bloggers Passion (Bloggers + Passion)
Here are few examples of powerful emotive words:
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4. Use Alliteration
Alliteration is a device used at many places especially in newspaper headlines and tv ads to grabs attention.
Alliteration occurs when words that start with the same sound (not necessarily the same letter) are used repeatedly in a phrase or sentence .
Have a look at some blog names that use alliteration:
- The Millennial Money Man (Personal finance niche)
- Cupcakes and Cashmere (Lifestyle niche)
- Cats Who Code (Web Developer)
- Pilates for the People (Exercise)
- Making Sense of Cents (Personal Finance)
5. My favorite list of words to come up with a perfect blog name
You might get confused with the list of words that I have shared with you above.
That’s why I am going to share my exact list of words that I have collected in my notes in the last few years.
I always go through this list whenever I plan to start a new blog.
I will recommend you to go through this list and try to mix and match these words with your main keywords and I am sure you will have a good name for your blog.
My favorite Prefix and suffix to get a Good Blog Name
I am sure if you go through this list of modifiers then you will definitely have a unique and brandable name for your blog name.
For Example, If I have to start a Personal finance blog then some cool blog names would be Dollar connexion, Wallet Insider, Penny sprout, Money vibe, Frugal expert, etc.
Use Blog Name Generators for some creative blog name Ideas
You can also use the blog name generators for automatic name suggestions.
These automatic tools take two or more words and combine them in different ways to produce suggested blog names.
The downside of these tools: Being a Robot or a programmed software, such tools do give a lot of unusable suggestions as well.
But if you still need assistance to discover few creative blog name ideas here are some blog name generators to assist you.
Nameboy is a very popular domain name suggestion tool around. You just have to enter your primary keyword and it will generate tons of creative domain name ideas for you.
2. Name Mesh
Name mesh is another very popular tool that uses computer algorithms to find some creative names related to your main keyword…
I personally like this tool because it is very easy to use as well it gives you categories for name choices.
So whenever you enter a new word into the ”generate tab”, It will show you a variety of categories to choose from.
Some of these categories include:
Plus it also shows you synonyms, antonyms and related keywords based on your search parameter, which opens up a lot more options for your new blog name.
Panabee is more inventive than either Nameboy or Namemesh.
Rather than give you supplementary words to attach to your main keyword, It will show you cool ways of spelling out your keywords.
All you need to do is enter two or main seed keywords and this tool will show you hundreds of branded name ideas related to your seed keyword.
Important Note: A blue heart next to the domain name indicates it is available for registration. And a broken orange heart means it is already registered.
Shopify offers many handy tools to help people set up their business and boost their online presence, One of them is Business name generator.
This free tool take more creative approach than Namesh, Nameboy, and Panabee. It doesn’t concern itself with whether a domain name is available or not.
All you need to do is enter the word that you want your blog name to include and click on Generate name.
For example, I entered “exercise” and it showed me hundreds of names containing the word “Excercise”
5. Name Station
Namestation is another very similar tool with similar features as the above-mentioned tools, but it has a few cool additional features that make it worth using.
With Namestation, you get the option to host a contest to crowdsource the name suggestions. Which means you can let other people in the brainstorming session to find a good name for your blog.
My take on Automatic Domain Name generator tools:
I personally don’t like these automatic name generator tools because all of these tools work on the almost same sets of computer algorithms that often fail to suggest some good descriptive and personalized names.
In my opinion, a name generator should be your last resort when wrestling with how to choose a blog name.
Now it’s time to validate the blog name you brainstormed
Now, you hopefully have at least a few ideas for your blog name.
Next, you need to validate those names to make sure that you chose the best possible name for your blog.
Below are some simple criteria you can use to make the decision easier.
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1. Short names are better than long one
In general, when it comes to the length of your blog or domain name – Shorter is better.
I recommend keeping your domain name between 6-15 characters.
Because longer domain names are harder for website visitors to remember in the long term.
And not to forget people will also be more prone to entering typos with longer blog names.
That’s why it is a good idea to keep your blog name shorter.
Example of a good travel blog name – Tripsavvy
Example of a bad travel blog name – Adventoroustravelguy
2. Don’t Go Too Narrow
As I mentioned earlier its good to choose a name for your blog that gives your reader some idea of what your blog is about. But it doesn’t you should choose a blog name that is too specific.
For example, a cook who is expert in making Pizza might choose a domain name like Pizzavibe.com.
But if after a period of time he has nothing to write about pizza or maybe he is interested in some other food, In that case, the domain( Pizzavibe.com) might prevent him from attracting readers interested in other types of foods.
So it is not a good idea to choose a blog name that is very specific.
3. Avoid Hyphen and number
Never pick a blog name that contains hyphen or numbers.
Using Hyphens in your domain is a very old school technique, nowadays it is a sign of a spam domain.
Not to mention, users will be also more prone to typos in Hyphenated domains.
You are choosing a blog name, not your Facebook Password, so say no to numbers and any special character.
4. Avoid Exact Match Domains
First of all, what is EMD or Exact Match domain?
An EMD is a domain name that precisely matches a search query that will likely to drive traffic to your website.
For example – Bestbudgetsmartphone.com
The search query “Best Budget Smartphone” is a lucrative search term, so people often choose this type of domain name that exactly matches their targeted keyword to rank higher in the search engine.
Unfortunately, this ninja technique used to be work till few years ago.
For example – If in 2012, you were typing ‘ watch movies for free ’ in Google, then you might get the result very similar to this:
You might had expected to see Netflix, Hulu, Stan, or any top streaming site in the top positions, right?
But instead, the top positions were taken by spammy blogs that had exact domain matched domain name.
But Google algorithms finally started getting smarter day by day…
Now in 2020, If you search for the same term “Watch Movies for Free” in Google, the result will come something similar to this:
As you can clearly see, Now google is ranking only those sites who actually offer free movie streaming service or a site that give you genuine information about free online movie streaming site.
So do not choose an EMD in 2020 anymore.
5. A good Blog name should be easy to pronounce and spell
Think of some of the most popular blog and websites that comes in your Mind.
Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia, Reddit, Amazon, IMDB…
One big thing they have in common is they are easy to pronounce, type and spell.
Your target audience should be able to type your blog name in google without a problem.
Let’s say you went on a very popular podcast show and now you have obviously a good opportunity to tell a very large audience about your blog.
But what if your blog name is “Massachusetts“
Now my friend no matter how loud you speak your blog name in the podcast, 99% of the show listener will be not able to search for your blog name in Google.
In fact, even if you spell your blog name for the listeners, chances are they will forget the spelling after few hours.
So, it is important to pick a blog name that is very easy to type as well as pronounce.
6. Check If It’s Not Trademarked
Before you select a specific blog name, Make sure to check if the whole name or any word used in your name is already trademarked.
Before finalizing your domain name., head over to the Trademark Electronic Search System and select basic word mark search option.
Now enter your blog name or word and check if there is any similar name already trademarked or not.
For example: “WordPress” is a trademarked term, so no is allowed to use the word WordPress in their domain name.
Here is what the WordPress team has to say about it:
Rather than risking your brand or facing the pain of rebranding your blog in the near future, I will suggest you to stay away from names that already have trademarks.
7. Choose Only The .com Version of Your Domain
There are plenty of new domain name extensions available in today’s time. From the evergreen .com, .org, & .net to modern extensions like .pizza, .blog, .club, .space, .xyz, .nyc, etc.
I always recommend people to stick with .com extension.
While it may be fun to have a trendy TLD like .ninja or .photopgraphy or even .blog, but always remember that will be untrustworthy.
The .com domains are by far the most credible, recognizable and most used TLD. In fact, According to domain research from DomainNameStat, 43% of total domains uses “.com” extension.
Plus many users especially those who are not tech-savvy or not aware of term extensions, will automatically type “.com” at the end of every domain.
And if you don’t have the .com extension then they will either be funneled by someone else’s blog or land on a broken page.
Registering your new blog name
After getting the right blog name, all you need to do is register the domain name before someone else takes it.
There are more than fifty domain registrars available on the internet, but it is important to choose your domain registrar carefully because it will be very difficult to move your domain later on.
I personally always use Namecheap for registering a new blog name. They are a very well known and very old domain name provider in the market. Plus I had personally very good experience with then in the past few years.
Just like web hosting, pricing for domain registration will vary from $5-$25.
Many people also prefer to go with a web host that offers free domain with their hosting package.
Free Domain Registration with Web Hosting
Majority of web hosting companies provides domain registration service for their users too. And some of them provide free domain registration with the new hosting account.
Like a very popular and well-known web host company Bluehost provide free SSL certificate and a FREE domain with all of their hosting plan even with their basic hosting plan starts with $2.95/month.
Final thought on how To Come Up With A Blog Name?
Always remember that the content of your blog, ability to connect with your audience and the way you will brand your blog overtime will actually define the success of your blog.
So, I think choosing a name for your blog is ultimately a very small part of this whole process.
And I don’t think as long as you are following this (niche related keyword + Miscallenous keyword] formula, you will have to face any difficulties in coming up with a good blog name.
What’s next – Read our step y step guide on How to Create a Successful Blog in 2020.
Do you have any questions about how to choose a blog name that perfectly fit your blog? Ask me in the comments section below!
My ultimate goal from this blog is to help you start a blog and make success of it. So Just comment down any doubt, question or suggestion you have related to coming up with a blog name. I’ll be happy to help you.