How do you choose a blog name? Picking the right name for your blog can seem daunting, but with these 9 questions, you’ll have the perfect name in no time at all.
You’ve decided to start a blog…wahoo! You’re going to love blogging – seriously. It’s one of my all time favorite things to do.
Another one of my favorite things to do is help other people start their own blog. So let’s get yours started!
Blogging is seriously the best. Not only can you make some extra money (or even a full time income!), but you get to do it from anywhere in the world…like your couch while your kids play around you or the lounge chair by the community pool or at your favorite coffee shop.
One of the first steps to starting your new blog is choosing your blog name. It’s such a permanent thing (unless you end up re-branding later…but ideally you won’t have to do that, because you’re going to pick a blog name that lasts!) and it’s often the first introduction people get to your blog.
Doing it right the first time will help you move forward confidently, so ask yourself these 9 simple questions to find the right name for your new blog.
Related: What You Need To Know To Start Your Blog
Related: How To Start A Blog On WordPress
How To Choose A Blog Name
The first thing to do, once you’ve decided on your blog’s topic, is to name it. To make it easier, download the “Start A Blog in 5 Days” workbook and use the Blog Name Brainstorming worksheet.
Choosing a name can be tricky, so here are some things to consider:
- Is the URL available?
- Is it available on social media?
- Is it easy to spell?
- Is it memorable?
- Is the meaning clear?
- Is it too narrow?
- Is it too trendy?
- Will I be proud to tell people “That’s my blog!”?
- Can I write for that blog name indefinitely (without getting tired of it)?
1. Is the URL available?
First things first. If someone else is using it or has it reserved, it’s not going to work out.
And if someone is using the .com, it’s not a good idea to snag the .net or .org. Most people won’t think of those extensions and you risk sending your traffic to another site. Best to pick a name that’s wholly available.
You can check HERE to see if your idea is.
2. Is it available on social media?
Check Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at the very least. You’ll want to grab your social media pages and extensions right away so that you can start building your platform.
You might not use them all right now, but you do want to have them for the future.
3. Is it easy to spell?
If people can’t spell it, they’ll never type it in and land on your site. While “supercalifragilisticespialidocious” might be a fun blog name, you’re going to miss out on a lot of visitors who use can’t figure out how to get to your site because they can’t spell it!
Simple and easy are always best!
4. Is it memorable?
You want something people can easily remember, too. It can be catchy or simple, as long as it sticks in their mind. You also don’t want it to be easily confused with an existing site, either.
5. Is the meaning clear?
You know exactly what you’re going to get when you visit a blog called Simple Everyday Home and it has a clear message right from the beginning.
However, Amy Lynn Andrews is resources for bloggers and Dean Street Society is all about fashion. Not exactly obvious, right? Yet they are both highly successful sites in their niche, and readers know they are leaders in their fields.
While a clear title is helpful for readers, if you have strong branding in place and a clear message, then any name can work.
6. Is it too narrow?
If your name is “Cleaning Kitchens”, you may run out of things to talk about one day. But “A Clean Home” can certainly cover your kitchen…and everything else. Having a name that gives you some “wiggle room” for growth and for a change in direction is a good idea.
I chose Graceful Abandon and it’s allowed me to discuss all the ways one can live with grace: as a wife, as a mom, as a homemaker, as a woman…and now, as a blogger!
7. Is it too trendy?
While Flossing is all the rage among young people today, remember that it was the Macarena and Electric Slide at one point, too.
If you name your site something too trendy, it will become outdated sooner or later and then you’ll be left with a fading business instead of one poised for another level of growth.
8. Will I be proud to tell people “That’s my blog!”?
So many new bloggers don’t tell family and friends what they are doing.
For one reason or another, they hide that particular light under a bushel. But eventually, if you stick with it, you will succeed and people are going to know what you’re doing.
Choose a name you’re proud to tell people is yours.
9. Can I write for that blog name indefinitely (without getting tired of it)?
This goes along with too narrow and too trendy in that you don’t want a name that will limit you so much that your blog begins to fade. It’s good to have a focus and a niche, but it’s also nice to be able to spread your wings and fly when you’re ready to.
Does the topic and name you’ve chosen excite you in such a way that you can work on building this business day in and day out for years to come?
Your Blog Name Is Just A Name…But It’s YOURS!
At the end of the day, don’t let fear of choosing the wrong name stop you from getting started. It is after all, just a name.
And a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, as Shakespeare has reminded us all.
So pick a name you will enjoy and get blogging! At best, you start a blog you love and a business you can be proud of for years to come. At worst? You start a blog you love and a business you can be proud of for years to come…and you change your name down the line.
What matters is that you get started…today!