This post was most recently updated on December 22nd, 2018
If you thought finalizing a blog niche was difficult, figuring out how to come up with a blog name could lead to a whirlpool of confusion.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Since we’ve already discussed how branding works, think of your blog name as the focal identity of your brand. Now like any brand, you’re going to have to cover the basics and build a solid foundation to start off.
To ease the process, we’ve compiled a thorough guide on how to choose a blog name.
How to Think of a Blog Name
For starters, focus on the specifics. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What’s my blog going to be about? (think about creating an approach)
- Who’s my target audience?
- What’s the tone of my blog going to be like? (this will vary according to your audience)
- Is your blog going to be centred on an existing brand?
- Are you planning on building a brand around yourself? (in this case, the blog will be named after you)
- What’s your longterm blog? Do you plan to make money blogging?
Narrowing down to a niche isn’t quite like hitting the nail in the blogging world. These questions will uncover how your blogging journey is about to unfold. Here are a couple of things you should look into more detail if you’re learning how to come up with a blog name:
Does it Sound Right?
At times, a blog name might sound better inside your head than out loud. Now, that’s definitely a problem especially if you want to avoid ambiguity. Steer clear of confusing word plays that could lead to typos. In the same way, opting for a blog name that doesn’t spell what it sounds like will spur confusion, causing you to lose potential readers or anybody who’s trying to look up your blog.
For instance, the popular photo-sharing website ‘Flickr’ ending up buying the domain flicker.com too because they were worried about losing business. So while being original and quirky is great, obeying the laws of the dictionary will steer you away from trouble.
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Tone of Voice
The tone/voice of your blog will largely depend on your target audience. For instance, if you have a younger target audience, you might want to adopt a fresher, younger approach with trending pictures and videos. On the other hand, adopt a more insightful approach if you’re catering to mature readers.
Because of this, your blog title should reflect the overall tone of your blog, giving readers an insight into your motive.
How to Create a Blog Name
While it’s never as simple as it looks, here are a couple of ways on how to come up with a blog name:
Create a Portmanteau
Ever heard of portmanteaus? These words combine the meanings of two different words. Some popular examples include:
- ‘vlog’ which is a combination of the word video and blog
- ‘listicle’ which is derived from the word list and article
This is a relatively simpler way to come up with something fun and exciting. Though, ensure your choice of a portmanteau isn’t too confusing. After all, your aim is to create something that’s both memorable and creative instead of just being a tongue twister.
Use a Thesaurus
Using an old-fashioned thesaurus isn’t going to make your blog name some outdated. A thesaurus will equip you with plenty of words and synonyms to get started.
Search online for digital options such as thesaurus.com or wordhippo or make most of the dusty old thesaurus in your bookshelf. Coming up with a blog name will become much easier when you have access to the right tools.
Crowd Source Ideas
Crowdsourcing ideas from people in your industry or friends and family can be rewarding. Set up a poll on your social media account and crowdsource ideas within your community. Since your blog name should resonate well with people, what better way than to let people name your blog?
Use Online Blog Name Generators
While there’s no algorithm in the world that can surpass human intellect and creativity, using an online blog name generator is a sneaky way to come up with a blog name. Here are some popular tools that deserve a mention:
Wordoid is a popular tool is great for coming up with fun combinations. To narrow down the results, set limits and restrict the tool to a selection of your favorite. Once you’ve entered the kind of words you’d like to create, hit “submit” and say hello to a wide range of selections.
Aside from coming up with a blog name, Wordoid also notifies users whether their selection is already registered or not. This eliminates the stress of working hard on a great domain name that might not even be available in the first place.
Though Name Mesh is popularly known as a domain generator, it includes a page that’s great for generating company names. All you have to do is enter a couple of keywords and you’re good to go. Best of all, the suggestions are divided into a number of sections that will come in handy when you are shortlisting blog names for your niche.
To create portmanteau words, use the fun section and you’ll be surprised by all the suggestions you can potentially work with.
How to Come up With a Blog Name: Conclusion
We hope this detailed guide will bring you one step closer to coming up with a blog name.
How did you come up with your blog name?
Tell us about it in the comments section below.