Writing a blog is a great way to have your voice heard and if you do it right, it’s also a great way to make some side money. But one of the toughest things to do is creating a blog name that doesn’t suck.
Millennial Boss was created in 2015 and trust me when I tell you that Millennial Boss wasn’t the first name that was tossed around, but it was the best.
Getting an idea for a blog is one thing, but it’s only half of the battle. The other half is coming up with a great blog name that will convey what your blog is all about and still be something that people will remember.
How to Name Your Blog
One of the first things you want to do when you name your blog is to decide if you want your name in your blog. Do you want your first name? Do you want your full name? Do you want just your initials? That’s going to be a great jumping-off point for naming your blog.
Once you decide that, you can start generating names.
The site WPBeginner, the go-to place for people learning how to use WordPress, has a good list of blog name generators that will help you come up with a name for your blog. It’s a good place to start and a great way to get those creative juices flowing as you start to look for a name for your blog.
Usually choosing a blog name and a domain name go hand in hand, so you’ll want to make sure that whatever blog name you choose also includes a domain name that’s available.
As WPBeginner explains in the blog post here, choosing your domain name is “crucial” to your success.
Best Blog Names
As the WPBeginner says, “A good blog name is something that is short, unique, memorable and contains your main keywords. Your blog’s main keyword is the primary topic of your entire website. This makes it easy for those who’re interested in that topic to discover your blog.”
When you create your blog name, you want it to be something that’s unique. A unique blog name means that you’ll be able to build a strong brand around it.
What You Need to Choose a Good Blog Name
A bit of housekeeping before we get into specific blog names, make sure you have a pad of paper and a pencil or pen for when you start brainstorming.
You’ll write down all your keywords and ideas (good or bad) on the pad of paper. You’re going to want to see them all as you decide on a blog name.
You’ll also want a thesaurus or at the very least Google available so you can come up with synonyms for the words you come up with.
Catchy Blog Names
When it comes to creating catchy blog names there are a few methods that really stand out.
Get a Little Punny
Successful Blogging explains humor is a great place to start when it comes to memorable names. Use a play on words or a short and funny phrase to name your blog.
Using alliteration is also a good way to get people to remember the name of your blog. For some reason, the words flow better that way and they’re more memorable. I have no clue what the site Time Travel Turtle is, but I absolutely love the name and more importantly, I’ll remember it.
Mash-ups Work Too
Persuasion Nation says combining two or three words can sometimes create a catchy new name that’s original and all yours. Think of the cronut, but blog style. A site like Name Combiner can help you combine two words into one.
Travel Blog Names
When you’re creating a travel blog, you’re likely to want to use travel words. Think about words like excursion, jaunt, voyage, quest, walkabout, journey, trip, tour, trek, roam, abroad, or expedition just to name a few.
If you want to go fancier, think about words like sortie, odyssey, wanderlust, or globetrotting.
Also, think about what your travel blog will entail. Are you going to be a scuba diver on the go? Will you be a foodie on your trip? Are you doing everything on a budget? Think about words that describe what your blog is about and write those down as well.
If you need a little more inspiration, the blog Wanna Be There talked to popular travel bloggers about how they came up with their names.
Lifestyle Blog Names
When it comes to a lifestyle blog, you want to be as unique as possible. This name is an extension of you and what you’re all about. This is a representation of everything you want to encompass with the blog.
When you’re coming up with a name, ask yourself, who is my target audience? Come up with some keywords, especially verbs and adjectives when you’re describing your blog and your audience.
What kind of tone is your blog going to have? Are you going to be informative? Are you going to be humorous? Are you going to take people on a journey? Pick some more verbs and adjectives.
What’s your niche?
This is an incredibly important question for lifestyle bloggers. You need to choose a name that coincides with your niche or no one will know what your blog is about when you create your blog name.
Food Blog Names
My mouth was watering when writing this section. I love a good food blog or food show. You want mouths to water and stomachs to growl when you’re creating your food blog name.
Webstaurant’s blog has some good food-related words to use as a jumping-off point include yummy or yum, mouthwatering, bitter, citrus, earthy, healthy, nutty, herb, spicy, sour, smoky, robust, rich, sweet, tangy, tart, woody, or zesty.
Another idea to consider, juxtaposition works great in food, think sweet and sour. It might work just as well in food blog names.
Fashion Blog Names
Fashion bloggers speak a language all their own and if you want to be one of them, then you need to come up with a blog name that speaks their language. The blog Independent Fashion Bloggers has some fantastic ideas on how to generate a fashion blog name including combining a fashion-related item with a dessert type food (Models and Macaroons) or simply adding –ista to a fashion word. Think about how the term fashionista was created.
And if you need some more ideas, Who What Wear talked to the top fashion bloggers about how they came up with their blog names.
Or check out the Style Collective blog. It not only talks about how bloggers came up with their blog names but breaks the blogs into categories like “Know Thyself” and “A Few of My Favorite Things”.
Fitness Blog Names
When you’re creating a fitness blog, you want to make sure that the name embodies what you stand for. Use some keywords like primal, paleo, fitness, workout, health, healthy, sweat run, exercise, fit, soul, wellness, coaching, mind, natural, nutrition, free, live, evolve, change, lifestyle, sweat, or body.
Wellness Creatives has a series of questions that you should ask yourself to help you narrow in on a name. What will make your fitness blog different? What values do you want your blog to stand for? What is your core product or service offering? How do you want your audience to feel when they visit your blog?
Other ideas include using your name along with a keyword, or the type of the audience that you’re targeting like men, women, moms, dads, etc.
Creative Blog Names
Even if the .com suffix isn’t available, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on the name you love. More and more people are turning to domain suffixes, also known as domain extensions, that are something other than .com. This matters because sometimes they’re using the domain suffix to help create the name of their company.
Take the electric scooter company Lime for instance. Lime’s website is actually li.me, using the domain suffix .me. Lime has done a great job of figuring out how to roll the domain suffix into its brand.
The most common domain suffixes according to GoDaddy are .com, .net, .org, .co, .us, however, there are dozens of different domain extensions that you can choose for your blog. If you’re willing to pay a little extra you can get a domain extension like .store or .shop or .blog.
If a different extension fits your blog perfectly, don’t be afraid to go out and get it.
Cool Blog Names
Now that you have all these ideas, how do you decide if your blog name is cool enough for its own website?
That’s easy, take your best ones and test them out.
Ask your friends and your family members what they think of the names you’ve come up with. Check in to see if they can improve on what you have. When you get enough input, it should be fairly easy to decide which names speaks to you the best.
You know what you like; go with your gut.
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