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 are still not able to figure out a good name for your blog!
Am I right?
Because no one is telling you the actual process of coming up with a blog name, which is very important for someone who is starting his/her very first blog.
But now you don’t need to worry about your blog name, 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 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?
Well, the reality is not that critical.
In the long term, the success of your blog mostly depends on the content you create, the feeling that you give your readers and the value you provide to them.
- A blog with a name that looks perfect such as “Fashion Beast” will go nowhere if the content of the blog is not that good.
- And a blog with great content despite a strange name that at first does not make any sense or sound weird will still work well. ( Avocadu, Mevolv & Wired are few great examples of successful blog name with weird name )
Then Why You Should bother?
See, I do agree that your blog name is not that critical part of your blog where you should waste your whole week figuring out the perfect name. But that doesn’t mean you should pick any random name for your blog.
Whenever someone visits your blog, You will have only a few seconds to make an impression to your potential blog visitor. If your blog or business name doesn’t capture what you’re all about, then chances are that people will just click away.
On top of that, a good name is extremely important for proper branding, and not to forget 77% of marketers say that proper branding is critical to the growth of a blog in 2020.
My Personal Story:
Only very few of my old readers know that this blog was previously known as “Bemakemoney”.
Yes, when I started this blog in 2018, I named it “Bemakemoney.” But After more than a year I realized that most people are having difficulties pronouncing and typing the right name of my blog. Plus the name of my blog was also not reflecting my actual vision with this blog.
Finally, at the starting of 2019, I took a strong decision and rebranded my blog to “BLOGGING NOVA” from “Bemakemoney.”
(You’ll also agree that my current blog name is 10 times better than the old name and this name actually gives you an idea of my mission and vision with this blog)
This is why I don’t want you to make the same mistake of choosing a random name and later go through the re-branding process.
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 a personal blog name may suit you the best.
Examples of personal blog names:
Neil Patel named his blog “Neil patel” and created his personal brand. With his blog, he established himself as an expert in the 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 generally include the main keyword of 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 name of the blog.
ShoutMeLoud.com – A blog that cover topic related to blogging and digital marketing. 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 noticed that most experts suggest to pick something brandable.
Yes, I also agree that creative & branded blog names are good, but this often leads beginners to choose some non-descriptive blog names.
That’s why I always recommend my readers to Just follow one rule: Be Descriptive!
Your blog visitor should instantly get an idea of what your blog is all about just from your blog name. It will definitely help you create a targeted audience base in a very short period of 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 has 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, I am taking personal finance blog niche as example.
So, let’s see how we will come up with some very catch & creative blog names for a personal finance blog in the next few minutes.
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 identified your blog niche, Open a spreadsheet, or take a copy pen and note down all the words that are most closely related to the topics you’ll now be blogging about.
At this point in time, you don’t need to think about whether the word will be suitable for a good blog name or not. Just write all the 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 topic keyword to find out more words related to your topic.
To demonstrate this practically, I prepared this list for my target niche “Personal finance”.
“Words related to Personal Finance“
Step 2: Mix and match with the miscellaneous words
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 simple action verbs you can add in your blog name to give it some energy.
Now try to mix and match these words with your main keywords (Keywords you brainstormed in step 1) to come with a unique and creative blog name.
Here are a few examples of good blog names made with the same concept:
#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.
Here are few Words that implies authority:
Here are few popular blog names made with same technique:
- 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)
#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 emotive words in your main keyword that will magnify the importance of your primary keyword.
Here are few examples of powerful emotive words:
Popular blog names made with same concept:
- Trip-savvy (Trip + Savvy)
- Blogging Joy (Blogging + Joy)
- TechnoBuzz (Techno + Buzz)
- Bloggers Passion (Bloggers + Passion)
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#4. Use Alliteration
Alliteration is a common writing technique in which two or more words begin with the same sound.
You often see it in newspaper or Magazine headline (Like Bustin Bieber, History in his hand, etc.)
They are known to grabs humans attention, evidenced by the fact that so many of today’s most famous brands make use of it.
Here are just a few examples…
- Best Buy
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Constant Contact
Not Just companies, have a look at these few catchy blog names:
- 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)
What do all these names have in common? They’re all excellent examples of alliteration.
#5. Make use of a good pun to name your blog
Again just like alliteration, Puns re also very common in the blogging world as it helps forming a memorable blog name.
The pun, also called paronomasia makes use of words that have more than one meaning or words that sound similar but have different meanings, to give humorous effect.
From the blog name perspective, make use of well-known phrases and incorporate it with your blog niche related words (brainstormed in step 1)
Here are few good examples of punny blog names that do a great job of setting a light tone, and communicating the topics of blogs:
- Fit-Bottomed Girls (Health & Fitness)
- Economies of Kale (Living on a Budget)
- All Groan Up (Career Advice)
- Gin n Sardonic (Lifestyle)
- Second Star on the Wright (Lifestyle)
- Budget Bytes (Living on a Budget and Recipes)
- Good Financial Cents (Personal Finance)
- My Darling Lemon Thyme (Recipes)
- Planet of the Grapes (Wine)
#6. My favorite list of words to come up with a perfect blog name
Got some good blog name ideas for your upcoming blog?
If yes, then that’s great otherwise let me simplify the process a bit more.
Now, I am going to share my exact list of catchy words that I’ve collected in excel sheet in the last few years.
I always go through this list whenever I plan to start a new blog. So, I will also advise 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 in the next few minutes.
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.
Continuing with our example, here are a few names that I came up with the 2-step formula for a personal finance blog.
- Dollar + Connexion = Dollar connexion
- Wallet + Insider = Wallet Insider
- Penny + Sprout = Penny sprout
- Money + Vibe = Money vibe,
- Frugal + Expert = Frugal expert
Use Blog Name Generators for some creative blog name Ideas
Blog name generators basically use the same approach we have discussed above.
“Combining your target keyword with thousands of miscellaneous words and show you suggestions based on that.”
Since they are programmed software, they do give you lots of weird and irrelevant suggestions.
But the fact that they generate thousands of ideas within a click gives a valid reason to use them. (Because there will be relevant and some great name ideas too)
Having said that, here are few online name generators tools that can help you find some creative names for your blog.
Nameboy is one of the oldest domain name suggestion tool that is pretty easy to use, quick, and highly efficient.
All you need to do is enter you niche related word in the search box and click the ‘SUBMIT ‘ button.
within a second, it will generate tons of creative blog names based on the keyword you entered.
For example, if you want to start a travel blog, then, you can search for the term ‘TRAVEL‘ and here is how you will see the result:
Now you can go through the list and identify some good names from hundreds of results. If you don’t find something great, then you can again search for different keyword combinations to get more new ideas.
#2. Name Mesh
NameMesh makes it easy to quickly find blog name by offering ideas in various categories.
Once you enter a keyword in this tool, it will display naming suggestions in a variety of categories like Common, New, short, SEO, Fun, etc.
For example, if you want to start a finance blog with “Finance expert” in your blog name. Here is how probably NameMesh shows you naming ideas.
As you can see all the ideas are categorized in relevant categories. This definitely helps you quickly find some good blog name ideas.
With an appealing yet simple UI , Panabee is yet another great tool for generating blog name and domain suggestions.
Similar to other tools mentioned above, it gives you a search-box where you can describe your blog topic in one or two word and then the system will process it for you.
It should be particularly a good choice for international bloggers, as it supports a lot of domain extensions including .co .uk .in and .com.au.
One more specific feature that makes this domain name generator different from other tools is the ability to check the availability of usernames across different social media platforms. This feature can be a big help if you want to make sure your names and branding will be consistent across all platforms you’ll be engaging on.
Shopify offers plenty of handy tools to help people set up their business and boost their online presence, one of them is Business name generator.
I personally like this tool, because the blog name suggestions it gives you are more relevant and brandable compared to other tools.
Just like any other tool, enter words closely related to your niche in the search box and click on ‘GENERATE NAME’. You are not restricted to enter only one word, you can enter multiple words for more relevant suggestions
For example, I entered “sports” and it showed me hundreds of potential blog name names containing the word “Sports”.
DomainWheel is an easy to use yet very creative domain suggestion tool. It allows you to quickly identify some catchy blog name ideas based on your desired keyword.
Simply add one or more than one keyword to the search field, and then, hit ‘Search Domain’ and get the wheel spinning.
Now the tool will give you three types of results based on your keyword. The first category includes top domain suggestion with popular extension like .com, .net, or .org.
The second category shows Domain Wheel’s own generated domain ideas. Unlike the first category suggestion, these domain suggestions will not include your exact keyword. They will be basically short names that it believes can be used to build a good brand.
Lastly, you’ll get three types of suggestions: one for names that sound like the keyword, one for rhyming keywords and one with random suggestions.
My Personal Advice:
In my opinion, a name generator should be your last resort when wrestling with how to choose a blog name.
Otherwise, rather than using an automation tool, I recommend being patient for some time and manually brainstorm some personalized and descriptive names for your blog
(And yes, not to forget before using a domain suggestion tool, make use of my two-step formula. That formula will help 8 out of 10 aspiring bloggers to find an amazing name for their blog.)
Validate your blog name (So you don’t regret later)
I believe by now you will have at least a few ideas for your blog name.
So, now its time to validate those ideas to make sure you pick the best possible name for your blog
Here are few tips that you should take into account while deciding a smart name for your blog.
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#1. Short names are better than the long ones
In general, having a shorter domain name is always considered as a good branding practice.
Because longer domain names are usually hard for a website visitor to remember in the long term.
On top of that, peoples will also be more prone to entering typos with longer blog names.
This is why, I’ll recommend you to keep your domain name between 5-15 characters.
Example of a good travel blog name – Trip savvy
Example of a bad travel blog name – Adventorous travel guy
#2. Better don’t try to get more creative with your names
Maybe you have also noticed a trend over the last few years. New companies and startups are popping up with goofy looking names.
Flickr and Tumblr are very good examples of these types of names. If you notice both the names are made with dropping a vowel “E”.
This is the reason why their users often enter Flicker.com (name how it is pronounced) in their browser instead of Flickr.com (actual name without vowel).
They basically come up with these names either to have a creative name or maybe the actual domain names with .com extension are often taken by someone.
In my opinion, it’s foolish to name a blog like this with meaningless words, which is obvious to create confusion among users.
So, please do not make this mistake. If the domain name is not available with your actual word then either use some modifier before or after your name or better look for some other names.
#3. Don’t Go Too Narrow
If you have a specific niche in mind, a mistake I often see newbies make is choosing a blog name that is too specific.
For example, let’s say you are a cook who is an expert in making Pizza. So you chose a cool blog name that includes the word Pizza (eg, Pizzavibe.com)
But two years later, if you have left nothing to write about Pizza or maybe you desperately want to write about other food recipes too, then your domain name (Pizzavibe.com) will obviously restrict you from doing that.
#4. Don’t Use Numbers or Special Characters
Your domain name should be one word or one set of words.
No need to include number, hyphens or any special characters.
It’s hard to verbally communicate a domain name that has any special character. Because when someone hears one of these it’s hard to determine if a hyphen is required and if the numbers are written out as words or are numeric.
So, better stick to A-Z and leave other characters alone.
#5. Avoid Exact Match Domains
First thing first, 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- Busgetsmartphone.com
Here 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 work till few years ago.
Understand this with an example:
If in 2012 or 13, you were typing for the term “Watch movies for Free” then Google might show you the search result very similar to this.
I know, you might had expected to see Netflix, Hulu, Stan, or any other top streaming site in the top positions, right?
But instead, the top positions were taken by spammy blogs that had exact matched domain name.
But in 2013, finally Google’s then Head of Webspam Matt Cutts announced an algorithm change meant to reduce the amount of low-quality exact match domains in Google’s search results.
And now finally fast forward to 2020, if you search for the same term in Google, then the result might look very similar to this:
As you can clearly see, now Google’s top search results are either those sites who actually offer free movie streaming service or a site that give you genuine information about free online movie streaming site.
So, don’t choose a spammy domain name just for the sake of ranking benefits.
#6. 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…
If you notice, one thing they have in common is that “their brand name is easy to pronounce, type and spell.”
Similarly, your target audience should be also able to type, pronounce and spell your blog name without any problem.
Understand this with an example:
Let’s say you went on a very popular podcast show and now you have obviously a good opportunity to share your blog & brand with a large audience base.
But what if your blog name is “Massachusetts“
My friend no matter how loud you speak your blog name in the podcast😀, 99% of the show listeners will be not able to pronounce and type the right name in Google search.
In fact, even if you spell your blog name for the listeners, chances are they will forget the spelling in just a few hours.
So, it is important to pick a blog name that is very easy to type as well as pronounce.
#7. Check if it’s not trademarked
Avoid using names or words that are copyrighted. For example, if your domain name could be confused with a high-level commercial website, you may be a at risk for legal action.
All the registered trademarks in India are with CGPDT, to conduct a public search you can visit ipindiaonline.gov.in website.
Similarly, you can also search the USPTO’s trademark database (Trademark Electronic Search System, or TESS) to see if any trademark has already been registered or applied.
#8. Go With “.COM” domain extension Only
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.
While it may be fun to have a trendy domain extension like .ninja or .photopgraphy or even .blog, but I will always advise you to go with the .com extension.
The “.com” domains are by far the most credible, recognizable, and most used TLD. In fact, roughly 52% of all websites use .com domain suffixes.
Many SEO experts still claims that Google also prefer .com extension over other.
When I personally think about it, the only reason for Google or any other search engine to prioritize one extension over the other is because we as internet users simply default in our mind with .com websites. We expect it to be that way – and trust the brand with .coms – and so Google likes to play to our assumptions.
So, overall, we can say that a.com will help your ranking because more Google searchers will click on xyz.com than xyz.anythingelse!
50+ Creative Blog Name Ideas & Examples for Your Inspiration
While discovering a name for your blog, it is always considered good practice to look at what works for others in your industry.
Here are 50+ Successful blog names in a few different niches to get you inspired today:
1. Fitness Blog Name Ideas
- Nerd Fitness
- Breaking Muscle
- Love Sweat Fitness
- Breaking Muscle
- The Balanced Life
2. Travel Blog Names Example
- Indie Traveller
- Backpacking Matt
- Bucket List Journey
- A Little Adrift
- Nerd Nomads
- Expert Vagabond
- Solo Traveler
3. Food and Nutrition Blog Name ideas
- Serious Eats
- Minimalist Baker
- Smitten Kitchen
- Budget Bytes
- Gimme Some Oven
- Pinch of Yum
- Oh My Veggies
4. Lifestyle Blog Names Example
- Hippie in Heels
- The Good Men Project
- Wellness Mama
- She’s in the Glow
- The Wandering Lens
- In A Far Away Land
- The Art of Manliness
- Living for Passion
- Zen Habits
- The Unplanned Way
5. Creative Fashion Blog Names
- The Sartorialist
- Ropes of Holland
- Ask a French Girl
- Modest Mira
- Slip Into Style
- Work Work Work
- Man Repeller
- Over the Rainbow
6. Technology Blog Name Ideas & Examples
- The Verge
- The Next Web
- Venture Beat
7. Personal Finance Blog Name Examples
- Get Rich Slowly
- Money Saving Mom
- Millennial Money Man
- The Penny Hoarder
- Making Sense of Cents
- The Simple Dollar
8. Parenting Blog Name Examples
- Scary Mommy
- Creative With Kids
- Mom Spark
- Mom Trends
- Mommy Poppins
- A Mother Far from Home
9. Crafting and DIY Blog Name Examples
- A Pair & a Spare
- Fall for DIY
- Apartment Therapy
- Do it Yourself Divas
- Smart School House
- A Beautiful Mess
- Heart Handmade
- The Spruce Crafts
10. Marketing Blog Name Examples
- Content Marketing Institute (CMI)
- Social Media Examiner
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Want to Register Your Blog Name for Free?
Once you have got a good name for you blog, you should be as quick as possible to register it with a domain registrar.
Because a super catchy domain that you have finalized might be registered by someone else in next few minutes.
For registering domains, there are many popular domain registrars available in the market like Namecheap, GoDaddy, Domain, and Bigrock.
They usually charge from $8-$15/yearly for registering a .com or .org domain extension.
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As I mentioned above, normally a domain name cost $10 per year and a hosting account cost $5-$7 per month. But Bluehost will enable you to start your blog for $2.95 per month (both Hosting & Domain)
Final takeaways on how to name your blog
Naming your blog isn’t a rocket science, but it does require some thought.
Hopefully the 2 step formula I have shared in this guide and validation tips have given you some inspiration to come up with a creative blog name of your own.
What name you are thinking of for your blog? Let me know in the comments, maybe I can give you some suggestions…
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