Thinking of starting a blog or changing your blog name and looking for blog name ideas? I get it; I’ve changed the name of this blog 3 times already! So if you don’t like your blog name and want to try something new, you’re in luck!
In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps to choose a blog name you won’t regret! By the time you’re done with this post, you’ll hopefully have a long list of awesome blog name ideas to choose from.
Here are 14 expert tips to choose a blog name you’ll love!
1. Start by looking at your blog niche
If you’re thinking of starting a blog from scratch, the first step is to choose a topic to blog about.
While there are endless topics to blog about, you need to choose a profitable blog niche if you want to make money blogging.
The most profitable blog topics are the ones that help people become a better version of themselves. Something that helps them “level up” in the world. Think health, wealth, personal development, or parenting.
Your niche will help you find the perfect blog name because you can use your niche in the blog name itself!
Task: Look at other blogs in your niche to get some blog name ideas.
2. Want a shortcut? Just use your name
There’s nothing wrong with choosing your first and last name as your blog name!
While keywords in your blog post titles are very important, you don’t need a keyword in your blog name.
When it comes to your blog, at the end of the day, you will have to convince someone to spend money on you (or products you recommend).
That means you need to establish trust. And what better way of showing trust than by showing you’re a real person and not yet another corporate blog with no personality.
If you don’t want to use your first and last name, you can combine your niche with your first name.
For example, look at these blog name ideas for inspiration: SavingWithMichael.com, CookingWithJennifer.com, and BeckysFitGuide.com.
3. Use a thesaurus to find that perfect word
Use a thesaurus to help you out If your vocabulary is lacking and your creativity is out of whack.
Start with a word, pop it into a thesaurus, and get a list of synonyms you can use in your blog name.
Task: Use this thesaurus to find new ideas for words to use in your blog name.
4. Combine two words into one
Finding a one-word domain is impossible. That is unless you mash up two words.
- spoon + fork = spork
- information + commercial = infomercial
- micro-computer + software = Microsoft
- internet + flix = Netflix
- travel + velocity = Travelocity
- Ben Afflect + Jennifer Lopez = Bennifer
- Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie = Brangelina
- Lucy and Desi = Desilu
Task: Use this word combiner tool to combine two words into one.
5. Use clever word combinations
Rather than combining two words into one, you can create a catchy blog name using clever word combinations.
For example, take a look at these blog name ideas:
- [Keyword] Fix
- [Keyword] Gameplan
- [Keyword] Nation
- [Keyword] Domination
- [Keyword] Life
- [Keyword] System
- [Keyword] Passion
- [Keyword] Blog
- [Keyword] Today
- [Keyword] Network
- Easy [Keyword]
- Daily [Keyword]
Task: Combine your niche with a clever word to create a catchy word combination.
6. Use words that aren’t even words
Feeling creative? Invent a word and make it yours! Drug companies do this all the time. It’s usually something weird like Pedola or Zycoba.
Look at who else has strange domain names:
7. Repeat the same word
Sometimes even this odd blog name idea works.
Task: Find a word in your niche to repeat.
8. Add he, she, her, his, they or the
Let’s say you want a “work from home” domain name, but all the good ones are taken.
Why don’t we brainstorm and come up with some blog name ideas? How about…
Task: Add a pronoun to a word in your niche.
9. Add a prefix/suffix
Sometimes you find the perfect one or two-word blog name, but the domain name is taken. Rats! Yet, you still can use it – with just a simple tweak – by adding a prefix or a suffix to it.
Task: Add one of these prefixes or suffixes to a keyword in your niche.
A dot com domain costs anywhere from $9-$18 per year, depending on where you go. But if you choose to get blog hosting from HostGator, your domain name is free for the first year.
You have a few options.
10. Choose a brandable blog name
When you are choosing a blog name, you are really choosing a brand name for your business. So avoid choosing a boring blog name people will forget.
To make money blogging today and beyond, you need to build a brand with personality. Gone are the days of generic blogging and mass-producing content.
To rank in Google search, you need to build a reputable brand (source), and a generic blog with a generic blog name isn’t going to cut it!
You need a blog name that has personality, is easy to say, easy to spell, and is catchy.
Task: Brainstorm ideas for a catchy blog name.
11. Choose a .com domain name
After you’ve brainstormed and found several blog names you like, it’s time to register your domain name. A domain name is your real estate on the web. And as with real estate, it’s best to build your property in the best location. On the web, that location is the dot com extension.
As far as branding, growing, and ultimately selling your blog goes, dot com rules the day.
If you come up with a great blog name idea, but the .com is taken, just choose another name. Don’t register the .net, .org, or .anythingelse. You will end up building someone else’s brand.
12. Check the blog name history first
Before you choose a blog name, research it first.
Go to Google and search for your domain name in quotes. This will let you see whether it was registered before and what type of history it had.
For example, if you want the blog name Dog Trainer Daniel, search for:
- “Dog Trainer Daniel”
You can also use the Wayback Machine at https://web.archive.org/ to check if there’s ever been an active website for the domain.
While domain names expire, social media handles do not. Check if the social media handles are already taken for the blog name you want.
Task: Go to Google and search your blog name idea to see if the name has any history.
13. Choose a catchy blog name, regardless of length
Long domain names aren’t bad. Non-brandable domain names are bad. Here are some of the long domain names of successful six-figure bloggers:
What do they all have in common? They are brandable blog names that are easy to say and remember.
Task: Look through your blog name ideas and find the one(s) that are the catchiest.
14. Okay, choose your blog name… right now!
If you’re still reading this, you’re doing it wrong! I don’t want you to get stuck at this phase of the blogging process. It’s just not a good use of your time.
Don’t get hung up on your blog name. It is your content that matters at the end of the day. If your content is amazing, it won’t matter too much what your blog name is.
Oh, and if you want any advice in choosing the perfect blog name, hit me up in the comments, yo!
Until next time,