I know, it’s a struggle to find a good blog name that’s NOT already taken these days.
As someone who runs blogs in multiple niches, I faced this problem almost everytime I wanted to buy a domain name.
Having a good blog name is a crucial aspect of starting a blog, as it becomes a part of your identity in terms of branding.
I follow a simple 3 step process to come up with blog names that resonate with the audience.
This guide will help you to choose a great blog name that you won’t regret in future.
So without further ado, let’s get started…
- Step 1: Asking the Right Questions
- Step 2: Key Factors to Consider
- Step 3: The Creative Methods
- Bonus Tools
- Final Words
Step 1: Asking the Right Questions
Before we begin the exercise, I want to encourage you to think about these questions and answer them honestly. It will not only help you in coming up with a great blog name but also further down the road in your blogging journey.
“The way is in the questions. If you ask the right questions, you will come up with the right blog name.”
1. What is the topic of your blog?
Take some time to figure out what topics you are going to write about and write them down.
This will give you a perspective of the broad range of topics that you are willing to cover and it will also help you to narrow down the main focus of your blog.
For example, if you are starting a blog in the health niche, Do you want to focus on nutrition, diet, eating habits or a certain fitness routine like Yoga, Gym or Pilates etc.?
Having an element of your topic or niche in the domain will make it easier for your audience to understand what kind of content to expect from you.
If you are having trouble to narrow down your focus, you can come up with a generic blog name that does not restrict you to certain topics.
2. What is the tone of voice of your blog?
This needs a bit of introspection.
You need to understand the demographic that you are serving and also your own writing style.
Is your writing style technical? informal? casual? fun?
Also think about this for a second,
What impression do you want your blog name to convey to your readers?
This will help you to assess the message that you are giving out to your visitors.
3. Who is your target audience?
In this competitive age, it is vital for you to define your target audience beforehand.
This will not only help you in coming up with a blog name but will also determine the overall success of your blog.
Defining your audience helps you carve a niche for your blog.
It will help you to understand your readers and create content that will be helpful to them.
It will also guide you to come up with a blog name that resonates with your target audience and keeps them coming to your blog again and again.
Step 2: Key Factors to Consider
1. Prefer Top-level Domains
Top level domains are .com, .org and .net
These are the most well known and recognized domain name extensions internationally.
Moreover, people are accustomed to typing .com at the end of every domain. This makes .com domains much harder to get.
This is the reason .com domain remains my first choice while choosing any domain name.
The second preferred option is the .org, .net or the country code top-level domain that’s reserved for a specific country, in case you want to target only people from that country.
I advise you NOT to use domains like .work, .guru etc. as they are not well known.
2. Blog Name should be easy to say and spell
Your blog name should be short and unique.
It should be easy to say and spell and should not confuse your readers.
Also, make sure that it seems right when it’s written in the address bar.
For ex. sweetsandtoffees.net which is Sweets and Toffees.
Before deciding on your domain name, make sure the words when combined don’t give an altogether different impression.
You can learn from some of the examples here:
penisland.net – They sell pens here. ( No such thing as bad publicity!)
SEO is a very significant factor while naming your blog.
If you want your website to rank and show up in search results, it definitely makes sense to include your main keyword in the domain name.
It gives you an extra advantage over your competitors who don’t have a keyword in their domain name.
Some of the examples of websites and blogs using Keywords in a domain name are as follows:
Step 3: The Creative Methods
1. The Mix and Match Method
Just think of all related words relevant to your blog and write them on a piece of paper.
This is an old school way of doing things, but still, a very effective way to come up with great blog names.
Just use different combinations and see which perfectly fits your blog.
You can then start putting these words in Bust a name to check if any of those combinations are available.
You can also take help of the coming methods to come up with unique domain names.
2. Use the “Amplifier Method”
This is my favorite method of coming up with names of my blog.
An amplifier is a word that magnifies the impact of the word, it is attached with.
Just use your [most relevant keyword or idea] + [An Amplifier] to come up with great blog names.
An amplifier could be any word that enhances the meaning of a word, it is attached with.
[ Blog ] + [ Fundamentals ] = Blog Fundas
[ Mom] + [ Wellness ] = Wellness Mama
Alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Some of the examples of Alliteration are as follows :
Skill Security .Com
Music Mayhem. Com
This method is very effective in finding names that are memorable and also rhythmic to sound.
4. Check competition
You can also check out your competitors to see which names are they using.
This can also be a good source of inspiration for you because in most cases, your competitors have already done most of the hard work for you.
You just need to see which blog names work in your niche and you can add your own twist to it and create brand new names for your blog.
Just find one popular blogger in your niche and use the following query in Google search bar to see all other related competitors in your niche.
related:sitename.com ( To check out sites similar to one of your popular competitor)
This is my go-to place whenever I need to search for a new domain name.
This site can give you plenty of options without wasting your time.
Just enter one relevant keyword to get hundreds of blog name ideas in seconds.
It also gives you the option to filter your search and copy the ideas in a clipboard.
It also instantly tells you which domain is available or not.
Definitely check this one out.
2. Name Mesh
Name Mesh works best when you already have 2-3 relevant words or ideas.
It is very simple and straightforward to use.
It gives you suggestion in 7 categories which are Common, New, Short, Extra, Similar Fun, Mix and SEO.
If you have more than one keywords in mind, then you should definitely try this one out.
It gives you an overview of which domains are available and which ones are not at one place.
Wordoids are made-up words.
For example: Greatist = Great + List
They are short and catchy.
Wordoid is a great place to search for your blog name if you are looking for something unique and attention-grabbing.
It also lets you determine how made up or natural sounding the blog name should be, depending on whether you select low quality or high-quality Wordoids.
Higher quality Wordoids are more natural sounding.
This is a website that’s primarily used for finding synonyms.
But, it can also be used to find rarely used words which make a great blog name.
This is an example of how you can get multiple related blog name ideas using synonyms within seconds.
You can get a lot of related words and synonyms from this site, which can be used in other methods described above.
This is not a blog name finding a website, but it lets you find whether your blog name is available as a username on almost all the social media platforms.
Social Media Presence is very important for blogs these days.
This website lets you know beforehand if your username is available on these platforms.
Having a consistent username across all platforms is good for branding purpose.
It also saves you from the trouble of finding out in the future about a site using the same name as yours with different domain extension and very active on some social media platforms.
But, I wouldn’t bother much if my blog name is not available on some social media platforms as it can always be modified a little.
Even though this used for generating names for Shopify stores, but it can also be used to come up with some unique names for your blog.
You just need to enter a keyword and you will get hundreds of really cool suggestions for your domain name.
The good and bad thing about this tool is that it only gives you .com domain name suggestions, so you can’t use it for other domain extensions like .net or .org etc.
Just go through the above 3 steps in sequence and you will come up with a great blog name that’s future proof.
Having a domain name that sticks is definitely worth all the trouble you take.
In case a domain you really loved was already taken, don’t get disheartened as ultimately it’s your content that will make your blog stand out.
Just use a good and recognized domain registrar like Godaddy for purchasing your domain and don’t forget to take some feedback before you make the final decision.
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