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One of the first thing you do when you start your blog is picking your blog name. At first glance, choosing your blog name sounds like an easy thing to do, doesn’t it? I mean, how hard can it be to give your new blog a name, right?
Well, as it turns out, picking your name is quite tricky. For starters, it may be that the first choice for a name was probably already taken. Or, if it’s available, it’s prohibitively expensive!
Is this what you went through as well? I know the experience all too well. I remember when I first tried to come up with a suitable name for this blog.
When I started my blog, I had a long list of ideas but most of them were already taken.
Fortunately, EarlyRetiredMom.com was still available so I grabbed it at the earliest opportunity. And the rest, as they say, is history.
To help you save your time and sanity, I’ll share the exact process I followed to come up with my blog name.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this blog post…
I want to show you how to come up with a blog name (complete with tips and examples), so I’ll divide this post into 3 sections:
Part I: 9-point checklist to help you choose a blog name
Part II: 8 blog naming formulas you can follow right away
Part III: 5 FREE web apps that can help you come up with the perfect name
Ready to get started? Alright, buckle up and get ready to take down some notes!
But first, what exactly is a blog name?
Well, like the name suggests it’s the name for your blog.
It can be based on the niche you’re hoping to dominate one day, the top keyword you want to rank for, your real name or nickname, or your brand name. Or it can be whatever you want it to be!
For my blog, the name is “Early Retired Mom.”
My name (or the web address you type on the browser) is “EarlyRetiredMom.com.”
Now, not all blogs share the same domain and blog name. This is especially true for bigger companies who want to create a separate brand name for their blog.
For example, a big company’s domain address is ABCDProducts.com. They may not want to call their blog “ABCD Products.” Instead, they can name it “The ABCD Blog.”
But for most people, the domain and blog name are one and the same.
To keep things simple, we will choose a blog and domain name interchangeably in this article.
Do I need to choose .com? Or can I choose another domain extension?
Did you know there are 280 domain extensions available today?
Domain extensions are what comes after the domain name. The 5 most popular are .com, .net, .org, .co, and .us.
Obviously, the .com extension is the most coveted one and the best blog names use .com.
Preferably, when you start your blog, you want to pick a name that has a .com extension. It’s just easy to remember and people automatically add .com to every website they visit.
So, if you want to have a .com extension for your blog, you should be trying to come up with something good.
Buying a name for your blog should cost you roughly $10/year. If you get started with Bluehost, you get a free domain name for the first year.
That said, let’s proceed to the first part of our blog naming guide!
Part I: 9-point checklist to help you choose a good blog name
Okay, you actually need to answer the items below so you can narrow down your choices.
1) Decide if you want a generalist or niche blog? [Generalist/Niche]
There’s no right or wrong answer for picking your type of blog.
A generalist blog is perfect for someone who’s got a lot of interests and is thinking of creating content in these fields sometime in the future.
This type of blog offers more flexibility since you can safely pivot to another topic without it sticking like a sore thumb.
A niche blog, on the other hand, works best if you just want to create content for a specific subject.
Depending on the subject, you may find yourself running out of things to write or talk about than if you went with a more generic blog. Of course, if the niche is big enough, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
To help you determine which type of blog you should go for, identify your blog goals first.
2) Do you know your target audience? [Yes/No]
In order to come up with a proper blog name, you should know who your target audience is. This is something you should be coming in your blog business plan.
For example, for my blog, my target audience are women who belong to the same demographic as me:
30-40 something parens that are working 9-5 jobs but want to escape the rat race and make passive income through a blog.
As you can see, the name EarlyRetiredMom.com is the perfect name for my audience!
3) Will your blog name resonate with your audience? [Yes/No]
Now that you know who your audience is, will they actually be able to relate to your name?
If not, then you need to come up with another name.
For instance, I don’t think my target audience would be able to relate to my blog if I named it Blogz4Momz or XcapeDRatRaceLife or something similarly atrocious!
4) Is it a memorable or catchy blog name? [Yes/No]
If you want your audience to visit your site again and again, make your blog name easy to remember.
Again, if they can relate to your blog/brand, then it shouldn’t be too hard for them to recall your domain!
5) Is your blog name easy to read and spell out? [Yes/No]
Has anyone ever tried asking you to visit their website at, say for example, My-Amazing-Blog-2020.com?
Or how about DGrandExcapade-1234.com?
Or a misspelled name like My-Afilliate-Nich-Sight2.com?
Reading these names out loud would be tedious and quite hilarious, you’d be better off just writing it down!
If possible, avoid using hyphens and numbers in your name.
When in doubt, remember to keep things simple!
6) Does your blog name actually represent the content you have in mind? [Yes/No]
If you want to start a travel blog, choose a name that will represent the kind of content you’ll be uploading to your blog.
For instance, if someone said their blog is something like TravelWithMe or DriveByWithJane, you’ll automatically assume it’s a travel blog, right?
How would you feel then if you went to either site and found out it’s actually a site about gardening, snails, needles, or something else totally unexpected?
Me, personally, I’d probably feel confused and maybe even slightly betrayed. It’s like expecting something sweet and getting something bitter instead.
7) Is your blog name short enough? [Yes/No]
So, my blog name has 3 words: Early, Retired, Mom. It’s easy enough to remember, it’s easy to read, and it’s definitely short enough.
I wouldn’t want to have named my blog something like EarlyRetiredMomsWhoWantPassiveIncome.com. Too difficult to remember and type!
If you want to build a proper brand around your blog name, make it short and sweet.
If you can afford to buy a one-word or two-word and you can find an available domain, then good for you! These usually come at a premium price, so most new bloggers go for 3-5 word clever blog names.
8) Will the blog name still be relatable if you change your niche later on? [Yes/No]
A generic sounding blog name can easily pivot to another niche, but a niche-specific name is an entirely different story.
For example, for my blog (which is geared for moms), it would be extremely difficult for me to pivot to a guy or dad-related niche!
Imagine if you were a guy looking up info on how you can be a better father and you end up on my blog. You probably wouldn’t trust the info I’ve laid out in front of you.
So, think about it and apply my example to your specific situation.
9) Is your blog name brand new or expired? [New/Expired]
So, good blog names expire all the time. You may think you’ve got a brand-new, never-before-used name on your hands.
But if you dig deeper, you may find it’s been used by somebody else before. That’s okay, expired names get recycled all the time.
But it becomes a problem if it’s been used as a spam website by previous owners.
This is bad news because expired domains with bad history will have a hard time ranking on Google.
So, how to check if the name has been used before?
Go to https://archive.org and type in your target name on their wayback machine:
If your domain has been used before, you’ll see screenshots of what the website looked like.
So, I typed in my blog name and got this message:
As you can see, I’m the first one to start a blog with that blog name. It was a fresh and brand-new name when I bought it.
But, let’s say for example, I’m interested in buying the name RetiredMoms.com. I type it into the way back machine and get this message:
So, between 2004 and 2019, the site has been crawled or visited by the wayback machine’s bots 13 times. If you want to see what the site looked like in the past, just click on the year and date you’d like to view.
You’ll know if the site has been used as a spam site if the content is totally unrelated to the domain name, or it’s got foreign characters on it, or it looks clearly like a spam site.
If that’s the case, forget about it and move on to the next potential blog name on your list.
As much as possible, choose a brand-new blog name, especially if you’re new to blogging.
This will save you the headache of dealing with expired domains (though it does have certain advantages if you know what to look for).
Part II: 8 blog naming formulas to help you come up with a creative blog name
This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but this is a good start. You can choose any name you like, obviously, but the most successful blogs follow the naming formulas below:
1) First name + last name
For personal blogs, you can use your own name unless you want to blog anonymously. Since it’s yours, you can make your blog as generic or as specific as you want it to be.
Pivoting to another niche later on is also easy.
The only problem to keep in mind, is if you want to choose your own name, but you’ve got a common name and someone’s already bought the domain name ahead of you. In that case, you can try using your nickname + last name.
2) Name + verb/adverb
If you want to include your first name, nickname or last name in your brand, then this is a good formula to follow.
For instance, if you want to blog about writing, you can use a blog name like RitaWrites or JonSnowBlogs.
If you want random verb ideas, use RandomLists.com:
What’s really awesome about this website is that you can quickly get a random list of words, adjectives, nouns, adverbs, and prepositions.
Feel free to use this app for formulas #3-7 to generate even more blog name ideas!
3) Adjective + name
Adjectives describe a noun. For this formula, you need to come up with an adjective you think adequately describes you and what your blog is all about.
For example, if you want to start a fitness blog, you can probably try FitJanette or FitAndGorgeousAlex.
4) Adjective + noun
This is similar to the formula above. The only difference is you replace your name with a noun.
So, using the same fitness blog example, you can try FitAndGorgeousMoms or FitBerries or something to that effect!
5) Noun + adverb
Let’s say you want to run an ironing blog (because why not?!), you can name it as IronSmoothly.
Or if you want to do a food blog, how about BakeQuickly or FruitsEveryday.
6) Noun + noun
This is a popular formula for naming your blog.
For instance, if you want to blog about inner peace, you can use something like CalmChaos or DreamWisdom.
7) Noun + verb
These two are literally the most important words in a sentence. Naming your blog using this formula should be a breeze.
If you want to blog about art, you can name your blog as ColorChanges or ArtistPainting.
Portmanteaus are fun! If you can come up with something unique to remember, then you may have a winner on your hands!
Here are a few examples of portmanteaus:
Bromance = brother + romance
Hangry = hungry + angry
Snowmageddon = snow + Armageddon
If you find it hard to come up with creative portmanteaus, you can use a tool like portmanteur.com.
To sum up this section, you can go as creative or as basic as you want. You can try noun+noun+verb or adjective+noun+verb or some other formula you want to use.
Feel free to experiment and explore your blog name options!
Part III: 5 FREE web apps that can help you come up with the perfect blog name!
Don’t throw in the towel yet if you haven’t come up with something awesome. Your blog name is going to be permanent, so it needs to be perfect from the get-go!
Try any of these apps and you may be blown away with possible blog name suggestions!
1) Using a blog name generator
If you want to know how to come up with a blog name, let these AI-powered generators do the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is type in a couple of words and these apps will come up with several suggestions.
Many of the suggestions may look like gibberish, but who knows it may actually inspire you to come up with other creative ideas!
Another thing I like about using this type of app is that you can instantly see which domain names are available. This is because most blog name generators are actually affiliated with domain name registrars.
Some apps also link directly to web hosting providers like Bluehost (I highly recommend them) [your affiliate link here].
By using this kind of tool, you’re actually hitting two birds with one stone – you get your creative blog name and get to register/buy it in just a few clicks!
Here are the best blog name generators:
I love how easy to use Panabee is. All you need to do is type in at least two words and it will come up with a ton of fresh new ideas for you!
So, I typed in “fancy kitten” on the search bar and Panabee came up with:
– a bunch of domain name ideas (.com)
– other domain names extensions
– related terms for the words you typed in
– and you can even check if your keyword is available as a social media username (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
It’s very useful because you’ll know right away whether your blog name’s social media handle is available or not.
The words you see on the screenshot – contemporter, availabi, throughtened, specularly, mortantical, unbeamed, and pompiled – they look like real English words, right?
Well, they’re not. They’re just made-up words that resemble real words. They’re called wordoids.
So, Wordoid is a unique blog name generator. Instead of you typing in some “seed” words, you will need to adjust the settings on the left side of the page. The app will then come up with these catchy blog name suggestions.
As you can see in the screenshot, you can select the language, quality of the wordoid, the pattern, length (max of 15 characters), and the availability of the domain name.
Once you’ve chosen the parameters you want to use, click on the blue “create wordoids” button and use it to spark your imagination!
What I like about this app is that it’s pretty straightforward. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of Panabee or the creativity of Wordoid. But it comes up with some pretty good suggestions.
So, basically, you need to type in your domain name keywords. In the screenshot above, I typed in “fancy domain name”.
As you can see, the app came back with available domains that I can quickly purchase if I need to.
It used various combinations of my seed words as well as some synonyms. It also presented a list of other domain name extensions like .net, .org, .co, and .online.
I really like how clean and simple Batname’s interface is. In addition to the usual typing-in-a-couple-of-keywords, you can also add hashtags and square brackets to refine your search.
Use hashtags (#) if you want Batname to include related words and synonyms. For example, if you type in #fruit, the app will come up with apple, orange, banana, etc.
Use square brackets [ ] if you want to use the exact word in the generator.
So, in the screenshot above, you can see I searched for “#fruits are [fun tasty yucky]”. The app presented 49 variations for my search terms.
According to the guys behind Batname, the domains (which you can register at Google domains) are usually unregistered and available, so I think it’s convenient in that regard.
5. Name Station
If you came up empty-handed with the first 4 apps I shared with you, then you may have better luck with Name Station.
I specifically added Name Station at the 5th spot because this app is literally going to give you an endless supply of blog name ideas!
You can find keyword domains and business names, you can append 201 wordlists to your seed words, you can use compound and related words.
You can also try using tweaked keywords, random names, and even hold a domain name contest!
2) Using Thesaurus
A thesaurus can open up a whole new bunch of creative ideas for your blog name. You can try using synonyms or antonyms if the word you like is already taken up.
For example, if you were thinking of getting my domain name EarlyRetiredMom.com (sorry, got it first!), you can type in early or retired into a thesaurus like Thesaurus.com.
Here’s an example:
3) Using Google Translate
If you want to know how to name a blog, you can try using Google Translate.
Your blog name need not be in English. It can be in any language or even a made-up word (like you saw with Wordoid)!
You can try a combination of English and a foreign language to make your blog sound hip and relatable.
For example, if you want to blog about flowers, just type it into Google Translate and select the language you want to translate it to.
What I love about Google translate is that it gives you more than one translation. It also gives you the noun and verb forms of the word, as you can see in the screenshot above.
4) Using an alliteration generator
Basically, alliterations use repetitive sound at the beginning of each word. I find that blog names which use alliterations are quite catchy.
Here are a few alliteration examples:
she sells seashells
lazy leaping lizards
You can get really creative blog name ideas with alliterations. You can manually use a thesaurus to come up with fun words or you can try an alliteration app like Alliteration.me:
As you can see in the screenshot, this is a 3-in-1 alliteration app. You can try the synonym seeker, part of speech alliteration, and sentence supplier.
Go check it out and have fun exploring possible names for your blog!
5) Using Google Suggest
To see Google Suggest, just go to Google.com and start typing on the search bar. Right away, you’ll notice keyword suggestions appearing underneath the search box.
For this example, I want to use “purple kitty” as my blog name.
So, I type in “purple k” on Google and this is what it came up with:
I type a couple more letters “purple kitt” and these are the suggestions:
You can play around with Google autocomplete or suggestion tool. It’s free and it generates suggestions in real-time!
Choosing a blog name is always an exciting moment in the blogging journey.
It’s a challenging process for sure, but once you find the best blog name, it’s very rewarding!
Remember, your blog name or domain name is permanent. Don’t rush this process. Give yourself a few days or weeks to come up with something awesome.
Feel free to bookmark this blog post so you can revisit the tips and ideas I’ve shared anytime you like!
Now that you know how to come up with a blog name, will you let me know what name you choose? I’d love to hear what name you came up with! Just drop me a line in the comments below.
Thank you for reading,
Early retired mom