After searching online on how to make money online, you have now decided to start a blog.
But first you must have a blog name to make your website unique and easy to find.
Coming up with a blog name can be very difficult for blogger and if you make a mistake in choosing a blog name, it can lead to the death of your blog.
Don’t worry, in this guide I will showing 10 step on how to come up with a blog name.
If you find it hard to come up with a unique name, or after your research and you have decided to go for a particular name and another blogger is using the blog name. This can be very challenging and not to forget time wasting.
Blogging is one of the popular way of making money online and due to the competition you need to be unique to make a difference. High authority blogger in any niche, have turn their blog into full time career. And you can also turn your blog into a full time business.
If you comes up to a unique blog name, you still need to buy the domain name.
If your are lucky, your available is unregister by other user and you can quickly register the domain of as low as $0.99 to $10 depending on your domain registrar and if you use their coupon to reduce the price and host your WordPress blog for cheap price on namecheap or interserver.
But not every blogger is lucky. You dream domain name might be in use and you have to come up with another blog name or available for high price when you buy from domain flipper. The domain flipper sit on the domain name without doing anything with it.
And if the price is too high for your budget, you have to come up with another blog name.
Domain flipping is a business which you also can use to make money online. All you have to do is to buy available domain name and sit on it for months or years until you find a buyer.
Following this guide will help you to come up with blog name for your blog no matter the niche. Another advantage of following this guide is that you will find unregistered domain name which is cheaper compare to buying from second party like domain flippers.
How to come up with a blog name.
It’s time you dive in to the main reason why you are reading this guide which is how to come up with a blog name of your choice without buying at high price and blacklisted domain name.
If your preferred domain name is available for high price and you need the name because it represent your brand very well. You can go ahead and buy the domain name.
1. What will your blog/website be about
Before starting your blog, you need to define what your blog will be all about. If you have preferred blog niche, then you don’t have to worry.
Brainstorm on what you want your blog to be, you can write down all the point and what you like. This will help you when coning up with a blog name.
For example, a blogger who want his/her blog to be about travel can come up travel related blog name.
This help his reader to understand what the blog is all about. When people hear about your blog, they can know what to expect when they visit your blog.
Using your preferred niche in your blog name can limit your blogging activities. Blog name like hairloss.com can be limited to hair related article.
While a blog name like beautytips.com allow you to include hair related article as sub topic.
- Brainstorm about what your blog will be all about.
- Choose non specific blog name, if your want a multi niche blog.
- Blog name with preferred niche is easier to understand.
- Branding your blog start with blog name.
- Decide whether you want to combine e-commerce services and blogging.
2. Make it short and simple
Long blog name is difficult for people to remember. It is always advisable to come up with short and simple blog name. You can ask your friend if they can write your blog name when they hear it for the very first time.
If they can’t write it down, you will lose valuable reader.
- Make sure that your blog name pass radio test.
- Make sure that your blog name is short. You can limit your blog length to 14 letter or less.
- Make sure that people can understand your blog better. Avoid using a blog name that can easily be mis-constructed.
3. What is your target audience
Blogger should consider what they target audience will be. A blog that what to focus on men health should use blog name that is related to men health.
This make it easier for your target audience to understand what your blog is all about.
4. Avoid hyphen and other character in your blog name
Imagine your friend told you about a new blog health&care-menhealth.com
There is high chance that you won’t visit the blog. Blogger using hyphen and special character in their blog name will find it hard to brand their blog.
- Hyphen and special character makes it hard for your blog name to pass radio test.
- It is very hard to remember and you will lose a lot of traffic.
- It makes it hard for you to brand your blog.
5. Use com domain extension
The most popular domain extension is .com. Other domain extension that is popular is org, net or co.
If you find out that your preferred blog name .com domain extension is not available, it is better that you come up with new domain name.
- Com is the largest and most preferred, it is better that you follow the crowd.
- You can also use geo-location domain extension like co.uk, com.ng, ru and so many more. This help you to rank higher for local search.
- If you don’t have much money to spend, don’t buy new generation domain extension like .tv, .studio, .photography and so many more.
6. Avoid trademark and banned domain name.
Using trademark name in your blog name can lead to banned. Imagine after working on your blog for a year and the trademark owner contact you that you should stop using the name. You have to find a new blog name and import your article to new blog name.
You lose your blog domain authority and you have to start your new blog with zero domain authority. This will lead to loose of valuable traffic and revenue.
While on the other hand, a banned domain name by Google for various offense means that your domain name won’t appear in their search console.
Blogger use black hat seo to increase their ranking position and when Google finds out, which will lead to banned and eventually death of the blog. They quickly move to new domain and try to beat the system.
New owner who purchase the domain name will find out that Google is not indexing their blog due to ban. They have to find new domain name for their blog.
- Check your country trademark organisation to find out if the name is trademark or not. If you are in America, you can go to uspto.
- Domain blacklisted by Google AdSense can’t monetise their blog through Google AdSense.
- Avoid banned domain name by Google. This makes it easier for your blog to rank on serp.
7. Use thesaurus for ideas
Thesaurus will give you words and phrases that is closely related to your preferred niche.
Head over to thesaurus and enter your preferred word. It would display a list of words and phrases.
Copy the phrases and head over to your domain registrar to check if the name and domain extension is available.
If the domain name is available. Head over to check if they domain name is not banned or not by Google and the name is not trademark.
- Thesaurus gives you to opportunity to find new names and phrases to use when coming up with a blog name.
8. Use a name generator
Name generator help you to comes up with cool name that your followers will like.
Popular name generator is wordoid. All you have to do is simply type the word and hit search.
It will come up with different combination of the word that you can use and also show you if the domain name is available or not.
9. Use your own name
If after searching and you can’t come up with a unique name. Why not try to use your own name.
A combination of your first name and last name will make your blog unique and easy to remember.
You can also add your name to your preferred blog niche and the blog name will be like cookieandkate
The benefits of using your own name is that you are the new owner of the domain and there won’t be any trademark issue or being banned by Google.
10. Register your domain name
Now that you know what your blog name will be, the very next step to do is for you to register your domain.
Depending on the domain registrar of your choice, you should be able to registered your domain for as low as $10 for a whole year.
Most web hosting comes with free domain name. You can use this method to get your domain name for free when you hosting your blog with them.
Now that you know how to come up with a blog name. You should go ahead and start blogging.
If you have any question, let us know in the comment box.