“Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit.” – Salman Rushdie
A few months ago I had a great idea that I could build a blog around. I had the content planned out, the design laid out in my head but the one thing I couldn't put my finger on was what name I would use.
I don’t know about you but I seem to be one of those people coming up with names waaaay after someone already else has. There’s nothing more deflating than seeing that name brandished blazingly across someone else’s blog.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
The truth is that there are ways we can come up with that we probably wouldn't have thought of on our own.
Are you ready to think up an awesome name for your new blog?
Things to Consider When Planning Your Blog Name
Before you dive head-first into the world of wordsmithing, it’s worth taking a moment to think about just what your blog name is going to represent.
- What is your blog going to be about?
- Who is your target audience?/
- What is the tone/voice of your blog going be like?
- Will you be building your brand around your blog name?
If you come up with a name that’s completely irrelevant to your content, it’s not going to be doing you any favours. Similarly, a cool, corporate name for a fun and vibrant writing style is again going to give your readers the wrong impression.
Katie from Orb Online says…
brand is one of the most important things when starting a blog or any website, that name stays with you, everything you do is to build that name so it has to be something you'll look back on as a great choice!
10 Ways to Come Up with an Awesome Blog Name
With the above in mind, it’s time to really get into the thick of it. Below you’ll find 10 tried and true methods that I’ve personally used to create my own blog names that I think you’ll find just as useful.
1. Grab a Thesaurus
There’s something about flicking through a good Thesaurus that beats almost any other method I know, for coming up with interesting new words. A Thesaurus can be a goldmine of inspiration, especially if you want to say something in a slightly different way.
When was the last time you looked through a Thesaurus?
A quick scan for the word “Tips”, brings up suggestions such as, buzz, hint, inkling and pointer – all of which sound much more exciting to an ear that’s well-tuned to that more common phrase.
2. Look At Competitors' Blog Names
This may seem like a no-brainer but doing your research on the kinds of blogs you’ll be competing against, will give you an idea of what type of name will work for your own blog. Of course, you’re not going to be copying anyone, yet it may just be the perfect nudge to get those creative juices flowing.
3. Use a Word Generator
One of my favorite tools for coming up with fun word combinations is Wordoid.com. This creative name generator allows you to set your own limits on the kind of words you want to create. Then all you need to do is hit “submit” and browse through the suggestions.
The great thing about Wordoid is that not only does it suggest some pretty awesome names, it also tells you whether the .com of that name has been registered by anyone. Taking the stress out of crafting a great name, only to find out it’s being used elsewhere.
4. Take Inspiration from Books
Whoever said you have to conform to rules when creating names? Why not take some advice from the World’s greatest authors and use your favorite literature as inspiration.
With millions of books out there, all full to the brim with wonderful words, it won’t take you long to find something that inspires and delights, as well as be a potential contender for your new blog.
5. Consider a Different Language
One of my favorite languages now is Icelandic. There’s something incredibly beautiful about the way the words and syllables flow together to create their meanings.
If you’re looking to stand out in a saturated market, choosing an abstract word or phrase in a language other than English can be a great way to draw attention to yourself. A simple online translator such as Google Translate will get you off to a good start.
Try choosing something short with fewer syllables. This will help to keep your blog name easy to remember and pronounce!
6. Play with Words
What happens if you’ve already come up with the perfect blog name, but it’s already registered elsewhere on the net? I’m sure we've all been there at some point and it’s incredibly frustrating, to say the least, but don’t write off your favorite name just yet.
Step in Panabee. This cute little tool helps you to keep your original idea alive, by providing suggestions that are closely linked to your first choice. It uses the range of methods such as suffixes, phonemes, and prefixes to name a few, in order come up with alternative name suggestions that usually end up being even better.
7. Use Humor
Laughter and humor is an infectious tonic with the benefit of making your readers smile. Try boosting those endorphins by creating a blog name that portrays a wicked sense of humor.
While it may not work for more professional blogs, if your tone of voice is fun, fresh and witty then there’s nothing to lose and is well worth giving a try.
Some of the names I've come up with in the past using this method include “The Dork Side”, “Motherpotamus” and “The Pillage People” (that last one was for a game clan, please don’t judge me).
8. Try Alliteration
- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
- “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’”
You may not realize it but I bet you use alliteration in your day-to-day life without even realizing it. It has an almost musical quality that allows a sentence to flow fluidly from one word to the next and is incredibly addictive.
Try alliteration when coming up with your blog name, by using the same letter for each word in your name. A few ideas could be, “Business Blogging Basics” or “Blogging Blues Busters” – you can probably come up with something much more awesome than me I’m sure!
9. Use Abbreviations
Take a moment to think about the companies and brands you’re aware of and how many of them have an abbreviated name. I can think of at least ten off the top of my head and with a bit more thought can probably think of many more.
Abbreviations are beneficial because they keep things short and sweet, without removing your brand and identity. You could abbreviate your whole blog name, or mix it up by half abbreviating and use a word on the end – a bit like Devish, the owner of WPKube, does.
10. Use Your Own Name
If you’ve tried all the above methods and you’re still really stuck on what to call your blog, you could always default to your own name. Many bloggers have become hugely successful with self-named blogs. I even use one myself over on staceycorrin.co.uk and it comes with its own benefits.
Not only do you get to attribute your own name to the stuff that you put forth on the web, people will also be able to recognize you more easily as the word spreads.
Ultimately how you go about naming your new blog is squarely in your hands. It’s not easy trying to create something unique when all the good ideas seem to have been taken, yet if you follow some of the advice above, I’m sure you’ll get there.
Stacey is a Ghostwriter & Professional Blogger who regularly creates content for influencers in the digital marketing community. When she's not blogging elsewhere, she hangs out on her own blog, sharing visual content and blogging tips. You can also follow Stacey on Twitter – @SCorrinBlog and say “Hi.”.