How to Brainstorm and Choose a Successful Blog Name
So you want to start a blog but aren’t sure what to name it.
Picking a catchy blog name can be a difficult task. Do you name it after yourself? Should you use a play on words? Should you make up a word? What if your idea is already taken?
There are plenty of factors that goes into choosing the perfect blog name, which is why for some people this is a stressful and daunting task.
In fact, picking a blog name can be so frustrating that you might even put off starting a blog in the first place.
Trust me, I’d know.
Before I launched this blog back in 2017, I spent roughly 3 months trying to come up with the perfect blog name. I was so indecisive that I actually let it hold me back from starting my blog.
It didn’t help that when I finally settled on a domain name it was taken.
I was devastated. I probably even cried, something I rarely do.
I started to think that maybe this was a sign from the blogging gods telling me I shouldn’t start a blog at all.
How dumb. Right?
Needless to say, after a few days of throwing myself a pity party, I sat down and made a list of all the potential names for my blog. When I found one that kept sticking in my head, I checked to see if it was taken. When I saw it was open, I purchased the domain right then. And thus, my blog, The Life Hunt, was officially born.
I said all of that to say, don’t be like me.
Don’t take 3 months trying to find the perfect blog name.
Instead, pick a name, buy the domain, and start cranking out awesome content to an audience that dying to hear from you.
But what if I don’t have any clue what to call my blog?
Then you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this post, you should have a ton of catchy blog names to pick from so that you can be up and blogging by tonight!
Here’s how to brainstorm and choose a successful blog name
Step 1: Know Your Niche
What is your blog about?
Unless you’re planning on giving your blog your first and last name (which really works for some niche’s), you’ll likely need to give your blog a name that can somehow relate to your blogging topic.
Here are some examples of successful blog names that relate back to their niche.
You see how all these titles relate back to their specific niche?
If you don’t know what you want to blog about, then you’ll struggle to pick a name.
That’s why step one is to choose your niche.
Step 2: Make a blogging plan
Why do you need a blogging plan? Simple. You need to have some idea of the direction you want your blog to go.
For example, you wouldn’t want to name your blog something like “Nothing but Recipies” knowing that in the future you plan to talk about lifestyle and healthy living.
And you wouldn’t name your blog “Fun Photography” if you know you also want to talk about graphic design and website development.
That’s why once you know your blog’s niche, you should write out a simple blogging plan. Start by asking yourself a few questions:
- What subcategories will I write about?
- Do I want to sell physical products in the future? If so, what are some ideas?
- Am I writing about something that’s on trend and will likely lose popularity in the future?
- Can I see myself easily blogging about this topic for 3-5 years?
- Am I leaving room for growth with my niche?
- Do I have a big enough audience and martketplace for my topic?
Once you’ve answered those questions, write down a mini-plan of where you see your blog in one year’s time, three year’s time, and five year’s time.
If you can write your plan with ease then you are likely confident in your niche and topic.
Step 3: Make a HUGE list
It’s time to bust out the pen and paper (or use your laptop) so that you can make a huge list.
Now that you know your niche and you have a simple outline of your blogging future, you are ready to start piecing together a name.
Here is how to build your list. (If you can, put everything on one piece of paper so that you can easily see all of your ideas.)
Start by making a list of words that relate back to your topic. Don’t forget to utilize synonyms of words!
When I was coming up with a name for my blog, my list looked like this:
Hustle, job, work, life, live, fun, entrepreneur, money, finances, wallet, millennial, generation, business, blogging, alyssa, hunt
Next, make a list of all the phrases that relate back to your topic. A quick google search can also help build this list.
Here are some phrases I had for my blog:
Full-time job, side hustle, personal finances, working from home, working hard, building a business, starting a blog, e-commerce business
Start piecing together different words and phrases from your list. This is where you can get really creative.
Here are some words and phrases I had for my blog:
Side hustle life, fun personal finances, wallet working hard, millennial business, full-time entrepreneur, work live fun, finances working hard
Add in filler words. Sometimes that’s all your missing to really tie things together.
The, an, a, of, how, to, with
Eliminate anything off-brand (niche or topic). Be ruthless!
You will probably come up with some awesome blog names that just don’t fit your brand. Eliminate those before you accidentally fall in love with them.
Review what’s left!
You probably have a few really solid potential blog names after doing this exercise. It’s time to check if they are available.
Step 4: Check availability
I don’t want to freak you out but the first blog name I choose for this blog was taken. But here’s where I went wrong. I decided on the blog name and didn’t immediately check it’s availability.
Instead, I started telling people about my new blog and planning content without securing my domain.
Don’t be like me.
Check to see if your blog name is available. It’s really easy. All you have to do is is type it into this availability checker and it doesn’t a search for you:
Step 5: Set up your new blog!
Hopefully by now you have your blog name.
If you didn’t quite settle on a name, redo the exercises and expand the words and phrases in your list. Remember, use google and synonyms to really nail done some of those perfect words.
With that said, don’t wait to start your blog. If you have your name, then you have all you need to start your blog.
For step by step instructions on how to set up a WordPress blog on Bluehost, read here —> How to Start a Blog – Easy Quick Start Guide
Congratulations on your new blog name!
I’d love to know what you decided to call your awesome new blog. Send me an email letting me know: firstname.lastname@example.org