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A blog’s name is its brand. It will be the first thing that your audience will see. So it is your first opportunity to send a message.
But let me warn you: Finding the perfect name for your blog is not the easiest thing in the world.
You never named a blog. And you don’t know how to find the perfect blog name.
It may be a daunting and time-consuming task, especially if you’re so excited about starting your blog!
But keep in mind that at this point you want to spend some time thinking about your blog name, as you will be stuck with it for quite some time.
So, to make it easier for you, I have written down the exact steps that will help you to find the perfect blog name.
PROTIP: Before you continue reading this post, make sure to read ‘4 Things to do before starting a blog’. It contains information you will need to think about to decide on a perfect blog name!
Find The Perfect Blog Name
Coming Up With Name Ideas
Ps. Here, I am assuming that you know what your niche will be.
There are several ways how you can find the perfect blog name ideas. Below are some of the easiest.
The first thing you should do is to jot down all the words you associate with your niche.
For example: If I’m in the food niche, I would write;
Recipe, food, spices, herbs, delicious, homemade, garnish, hungry…
Next, you should jot down all the things that describe you.
For example, I am a short brunette girl so I would write down:
Girl, female, brunette, foodie, passionate,
Honestly, just write anything that comes to mind.
The final step will be combining two adjectives together. Grab one word you used for your niche, and another you used for yourself.
From the above examples, blog names ideas would be:
See, it’s easy to find the perfect blog name after all, right?
2. Use a name generator
There are multiple sites out there that will help you come up with blog names. They basically use the brainstorming method themselves and give you blog names ideas.
To be honest, I am not too fond of this method, as the results tend to be quite weird and/or funny. But hey, you never know… and it might make for a good laugh!
Some sites which generate blog names for you are:
• Wordoid – Add word/s in the ‘containing section’ on the left-hand side.
• Namemesh – Write two to three words in the search box.
• Domainsbot – Write two to three words in the search box.
3. Use your name
You can’t really go wrong with this one. You can use your name + surname and make that your blog domain. This will certainly look professional and it can work for any blog niche. And unless your name is John Smith, the domain name will probably be available.
However, there are a few drawbacks to think about:
• You might not want to give that much information about yourself. (Most of the time you’ll write where you’re from and you’ll have pictures on your blog too).
• People might think it’s a personal blog.
• If your name is hard to pronounce/spell, people might not find it.
PROTIP: Don’t choose overused names. There are some domain names words which are overused in every niche. For example in the travel niche, nomadic and explorer appear in way too many blog names. Be different and you’ll be remembered.
Checking If It’s Available
Ok, so now you settled on an awesome catchy name for your blog + brand. It’s time to find out if you can have it or not.
Unfortunately, there are many blogs out there. And that means that many domain names are already taken.
To find out really fast: go to NameCheck, type in your full domain name and look at the results.
It will show you exactly which domain names are taken and which are not.
PROTIP: Always choose the .com extension. It is much more professional looking and a hundred times easier to remember.
PROTIP: If it looks like all your choices for domain names are taken, and you can’t come up with more;
• Try to add in your name or any other details about you that are uncommon.
• You can change your blog name completely and make it into a bold statement. Not many people do that!
Check If The Social Media Usernames Are Available
Go to NameCheckr, type in your domain name and see if your social media usernames are available.
If they are available, go sign up and reserve the accounts. Sign up with all social media accounts even those you will not use now.
If they are not available, consider changing your blog name or selecting another variation of the usernames.
Purchasing Your Domain Name
There are many ways from where you can purchase your domain name.
1. Purchase your domain name from independent sites
You can purchase your domain name from sites and then connect them to your host site. This usually involves a few more steps when setting up your blog, but all the steps are written in this tutorial.
Some goods sites you can purchase your domain name from are:
• NameCheap – usually offers the best cheap prices.
• Hover – This is the one I recommend. I bought my domain name from here. I had no problems with this service, actually, customer support was very helpful. And that’s why I feel comfortable recommending them to you.
2. Purchase your domain name from your Host
This is by far the easiest option as there are no extra steps required when setting up your blog. But prices may be a little higher than with the other options.
BEFORE YOU PURCHASE: Read the full step by step comprehensive guide. It contains everything you need to know and what steps you need to take to connect your domain name to your host. Doesn’t get easier than that.
Ok… Now What?
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YOU DID IT! YOU FOUND YOUR PERFECT BLOG NAME!
So at this point, you have your blog name and your social media accounts.
Now you need to set up the actual blog.
I have written a fully comprehensive tutorial here. Be sure to read it all!
Have you tried the above steps? Was the guide helpful to selecting your blog name? Would you like to add something? Share with us in the comments!