Remember that what’s clever for you may not sound good to others. Despite hundreds of websites built every day, not all good names are taken. The following are some tips for naming your blog so you can launch your site and begin your online journey.
More Brainstorming Sessions
It’s too easy to get excited about a particular name, better to remain patient and conduct many brainstorming sessions. During each meeting, keep asking yourself why you want to create a website and what you want your readers to get after consuming your content.
It allows you to come up with a great descriptive idea which may not have crossed your mind the first time. Have at least three rounds of brainstorming to fine tune your list thinking of new possibilities.
Select A Single Topic To Focus Your Readers
Make sure that the themes that you include on the blog are related. A technology blog about computers might include articles about processors, hard drives, and graphics. You might also have other side interest such as gardening. Gardening has little or nothing to do with computers. In this case, the name of your blog and the content should not contain anything about gardening if the primary blog topic is about computers.
That’s not to say that it can’t have a link to a separate blog about gardening. For example, if you are reviewing a piece of accounting software you could use a fictional gardening business in the article. Links to a gardening blog, in this case, might make sense as long as the primary focus is not lost and you keep it simple
Pro And Con Of Using Your Personal Name
Using your name is part of the name is another thing to consider. Especially if you’re trying to get yourself out into the world and be known. In this case, the person becomes the subject of the blog rather than a generic topic. You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a blog named after yourself if the topic written is interesting and fun.
An example could include blogging about your travels around the world. Perhaps you enjoy exploring caves in other countries and want to become an authority on the subject. Write about the actual visiting of the cave, its history, and the pictures you took. There is likely an audience who also like to travel the world and see these caves. You are telling a life story, and others find it appealing to follow in your footsteps as long as you have interesting ideas for what to write about.
The downside of having a blog named after you is that if it gets popular and you later decide to sell it. You might have little or no control over the blog after the sale. Imagine if the blog you sold to someone else with your name and the host decides to rebrand it for adult entertainment. Your could become associated with an erotic post which you may not want.
Think Long Term With Your Business Blog
Companies are learning that having a blog with articles related to their industry attracts customers. When choosing a name for your business blog, it’s more than just your business name with the word “blog” at the end of it. Make it stand out and be memorable to people instead of using generic industry words.
The name could include a geographic designation such as a city or region name. Yet, there are a couple of important issues to consider when using a local
name. While this can attract local customers, someone halfway around the world might have a perception that it’s a small business. The other problem is if you later decide to grow and move the company you will have a branding issue on your hands.
Seasonal Topics Need Not Have Slow Periods
Seasonal blogs have peaks and valleys in which a majority the year there will be no business and a spike for a short period. A good example of this is in the winter time. A blog focused around snowplows and Christmas lights and gift giving will be popular. The rest of the year snowplows and Christmas aren’t such hot topics.
Gift giving is something done all year around as a result of everyone having a birthday. Thus, gift giving articles might do well while the other parts will not. Keep this in mind that if you plan to have a seasonal blog and try choose witty blog names that’s relevant all year. In this example you’ll want to avoid the words “Winter” and “Christmas” but you could include the keyword “celebration” to increase the number of visitors that click through to your website.
Controversial Blog Name Ideas Attract Debates
If the goal is to have interaction among visitors, then you might be considering a blog about controversial topics. One such example is religion, particularly when there might be conflicting statements or interpretations. Especially when it comes to interpretation controversial images.
Another hot topic is politics. In the United States, there are two major parties and several minor parties. According to a Gallup Poll performed in January 2016
, the majority of citizens (42%) in the United States identify as an independent.
An area of debate are salaries comparing the income of people at different levels within the same business. Some have argued that CEOs pay a lower income tax than those at the lowest level such as secretaries and temporary workers. For more topics be sure to check out the 11 most taboo subjects for a late dinner party if you need more examples.
Make It Unique And Easy To Remember
In choosing a good domain name, you want to make sure that it’s unique and memorable. It’s a lot harder to tell other people about a website that contains dashes because it takes longer to recite it.
For example, let’s say somebody created a website named search-the-web.com. There is more for the person to say and thus they may or may not be less likely to share it than if it was just searchtheweb.com. Try word substitution by running parts of your blog name through a thesaurus . In the earlier example, searchtheweb.com the word “search” can be replaced with “find” and thus one alternative is findontheweb.com.
As you run different parts of prospective domains, it might become shorter, easier to remember, and easy to spell. There are cases in which a long name might work, especially if it’s catchy and creative as long as they can pronounce it. Just make sure that the name you choose sticks to your readers, it helps to set your website apart from all others in your niche otherwise many people may forget about it. Also, consider whether the name is brandable. This involves coming up with your story and creating a logo to make your site distinct.
Check If The Domain Name Is Available
It’s always frustrating when you already have a specific name in your head only to find out that the domain name is already taken. Ideally, you want a domain name that matches the exact name you have in mind.
Also, it’s preferable to register a .com domain, but this shouldn’t stop you from considering
other TLDs such as .xyz and .me. You can even include the TLD itself as part of your name like writefastlike.me.
Try Out These Blog Naming Tools
Once you have a general idea, it’s time to choose a name either manually or with the use of a free blog name generator. Here are several websites you can visit to make word combinations and some can also determine domain name availability.
Ask For Opinions With Inexpensive Surveys
After narrowing down the list, it’s time to decide which one to use. One method of obtaining feedback is by asking friends, family members or work buddies. Another possibility is to look outside of your inner circle for helpful opinions.
Inexpensive crowdsourcing options include the use of PollWithStraw, Fiverr, or Google Opinions. PollWithStraw.com allows you to send a multiple-choice survey to other users of the PollWithStraw community. Fiverr.com has gigs for as little as $5 where you can find experienced bloggers willing to help choose the right blog name or at least make a suggestion. Google Opinions fees vary depending on the type of survey sent out.
Professional Crowdsourcing Services Can Save Time
A more expensive option is to use a professional crowdsourcing service to find the best domain name. As of the time of writing this article fee’s start around USD$150 for a basic survey and data analysis for picking a name. Here are several such websites to visit and determine whether a professional generating service is something you might want to consider.
These are just a few handy tips for coming up with the best blog name ideas. Find inspiration and take your time looking for the perfect one. Also remember that regardless of the name you choose, what matters most is the content you provide to visitors which shows what you are passionate about
Always follow through with valuable and unique content to make your name even more memorable. If this has helped you come up with some blog name ideas, be sure also to share this article with others using the social buttons below.