Need ideas to generate your amazing blog name?
In part 1, you learned how you can choose an amazing blog name that can be THE ONE for your blog business.
Read part 1 here if you haven’t: How to Pick An Amazing Blog Name (With Real Examples!)
Now that you know what makes a good blog name, I’ll be helping you with ACTUALLY generating one.
Here are some blog name generation ideas that have worked for others and will work for you, if you set your heart to reading this article closely.
I’ve even compiled loads of concrete examples from real bloggers, so you’ll love this!
1. Use Your Own Name
You’ve seen people do this (like me), and yes it works. 😛
Do you suffer from severe paralysis and find that it’s hindering your progress? Or do you find yourself jumping from niche to niche and having to restart from scratch again and again?
Well, read this post about finding a great niche and then consider using a personal brand name.
One of the reasons why I decided on choosing my own name was because of the flexibility it provided. I can pivot freely without restraint, and my brand grows along with me.
However, it is harder to leave an impression on a new reader as there are so many blogs with people’s names as URLs out there. That being said, once they enter your community, it’s easier to build a deep connection. You get less hurried readers who are here just for one bit of information and are gone tomorrow.
Another thing that you have to consider is whether you are in this business for the long haul. You will be inextricably tied to your blog as long as it exists – do you intend to sell this business? If you do, it would be better to stay away from building a personal brand.
By the way, if you have a long name that’s incredibly hard to remember or pronounce, shorten it to something more convenient.
My family addresses me by my Chinese name at home, but I’ve chosen to use my English name for my blog domain. It just makes life easier for everyone. (any Asian who’ve tried to get people to pronounce their Chinese name will totally understand this!)
2. Something Directly Related To Your Blog Topic
You could have a blog name that’s directly related to what your blog will be about.
This gives the benefit of instant enlightenment to your reader about what your blog is about.
For instance, if you write about blogging, you can call your blog “Blogging Onward”:
I am really, really terrible at coming up with names for anything. My blog ended up being “Blogging Onward” because I knew it was going to be about blogging and writing and because I just wanted to “get on with it”! haha. Not a great story, but at least I was able to turn the subject matter into something unique!
– Fox Emm, bloggingonward.com
My blog is named after my dating site, which is an extension of One World Singles. I have had this blog for 10 years and haven’t regretted it at all.
– Vivienne Diane Neal, oneworldsinglesblog.net
It is also easier to convert your blog into a huge authority blog for a particular niche if your blog name is the topic itself.
Authority Website Example 1: Problogger.net
Owned by Darren Rowse, there are tons and tons (and I really mean tons) of articles on this blog.
Authority Website Example 2: IncredibleSmoothies.com
With 500k fans on Facebook, this site is a huge authority site for smoothies and wellness. When you visit this website, you know instantly that it is a smoothie and health website. ‘Nuff said.
However, make sure that you do not make the mistake of pigeon-holing yourself into a topic that isn’t huge enough. The worst thing you can do with your blog name is to limit yourself to certain topics. We talked more about this in part 1, so do read it again if you have not read part 1.
Also, your blog name may get a little generic, which makes it hard for your brand to stand out from the crowd. I mean, how many smoothie blogs have the word smoothie in it? Loads.
Your blog name should stand the test of time. It should empower, not limit you.
3. Something Related To Your Target Audience
So you’ve done a ton of work to define your target audience. Why not incorporate it into your blog name?
This has the additional bonus of really calling out your tribe the moment they step onto your site.
Be careful not to pigeon-hole yourself into too small a target audience either!
Mine is The Women Talk. It’s mainly for moms who want to make money from home. I have shared lots of recipes and DIYs on it, budgeting, money making and money saving tips as well as blogging tips. No regrets 🙂 I look forward to working on my blog every morning.
– Kam Kay, TheWomenTalk.com
4. What Feelings Do You Want To Evoke?
What change in your audience are you hoping to evoke? What feelings do your brand represent?
Do you want your audience to feel inspired? Motivated? On fire? Happy? Free? Connected to you? 🙂
My blog’s name is Being Halcyon. I chose it because halcyon (=happy, carefree) is my favorite english word, and that name fits with my blog’s theme (lifestyle, travelling, art, all the things that make me happy) and its purpose (to be my happy place on the internet).
– Dunja Jovanovic, BeingHalcyon.blogspot.com
The name of my blog is “Hope. Dream. Journal.”! I love journaling, pen and paper, being creative, and inspiring other women to hope more and dream bigger! I blog about my various journals, planners, and life as a work from home mom! I started it this January and I really enjoy it! Still tweaking and trying to get into the groove of it all!
– Allycia Lee, HopeDreamJournal.com
I choose www.sidebysidelearning.ca. I am a kids activity, homeschool and parenting blog. Everyday someone learns something and generally we learn together. I wanted a name that connected with parents who are figuring things out themselves and striving to teach their kids as a homeschooler or parents. Education is a journey and we prefer to travel together.
– Lindsey Ranger, SideBySideLearning.ca
5. Or Look Inwards Perhaps?
Sometimes, you can find beautiful blog names from the hopes that you have for yourself or your blog.
What do you want to achieve? Is there anything that you are known for? Is there anything you hope to achieve for your blog? Is there anything personal that you could use as a blog name that you would fall in love with?
My name found me! As a mentor to younger gals around me, the catch phrase has become “Ask Momma Gwen – she will know the answer!” In my previous business life we all used our names for our domains, so this round I wanted something different, so “Ask Momma Gwen” it is! My site is focused on helping moms win against Mom Guilt.
– Gwen Engle Pauche, AskMommaGwen.com
My name is Elevate Ur Soul. 2 years ago I was in a rough place in my life, I was in a not so good relationship and had got to a point where I just felt that I lost who I was in the mist of going through life. So, I begin to pray about it and again the idea of a blog came into mind because I always LOVED writing as a child but had writers block for years. I begin to think and shift through a lot of different names when I finally came to Elevate Ur Soul. To me it was perfect because I was in the midst of taking my life back and wanting my life to go in a higher direction.
– Myria Key, ElevateUrSoul.com
My site and blog is called Scruffy Little Terrier, it’s a blog about my border terrier and the things we do with him, places we visit, things we use etc. The name came about because my husband called me his scruffy little terrier (I’m short) as a term of endearment and when we talked about getting a dog it was always going to be a scruffy little terrier… We rescued our border terrier and have just rescued another scruffy little terrier called Sandy.
– Michelle Burgess, ScruffyLittleTerrier.com
6. Something Totally Unrelated, Random & Funky
Have a blog name that’s completely out of this world and weird.
You’ve seen Google do it. You’ve seen Yahoo do it. Twitter. Facebook.
However, this means that you are starting a new brand from scratch. It is also not immediately obvious what your blog is about.
My blog name is Angean. It’s a lifestyle blog with a creative (DIY, art, sewing, home decor and crafting) and culinary focus. The name was inspired by my grandmothers who each had a huge influence on me growing up.
Thus, I decided to combine their names (Angeline and Jean) and came up with the word Angean. I love my blog name because it’s unique, is very personal, and has a lot of meaning for me.
The only thing that I dislike is that it’s not immediately obvious what my blog is about, so it might not grab people’s attention right away.
– Tess, Angean.com
From here onwards are some ideas that can help you generate blog names that are unique!
7. Translate It To Another Language
Want an exotic and unique blog name? Use Google translate to get your name game on!
I got my name from a Catch-22 song Wine Stained Lips so I replaced it with Sangria to make it more Spanish. I made a list of like 5 names and I had my friend vote.
– Sima Greenfield
Alliterations are a really cool way to add some spunk into your blog name. It just means blog names that go like: PeggyPeppers.com or BigBloggers.com.. you get the idea.
Catchy and memorable. *thumbs up!*
My blog name is Mint Mocha Musings…. It was so hard to think of a decent name…and while I was totally unsure of this at the time, it’s become my brand name and kinda stuck!
– Nicole Deanne Webb, MintMochaMusings.com
Coming up with a blog name may be hard… and these 8 blog name generating ideas will definitely help you.
These ideas are indeed a handful, so read through this article again if you need to!
Once again, the 8 Blog Name Generating Ideas:
- Your own name
- Something related to your blog topic
- Something related to your target audience
- What feelings do you want to evoke?
- Look inwards for ideas – hopes for yourself & your blog, or anything personal
- Something unrelated, random and funky
- Translate it to another language to add some spunk
- Use alliterations
Part 1: How to Pick An Amazing Blog Name (With Real Examples!)
Part 2 (this article): 8 Proven Ideas To Generate A Blog Name You Love
Oh, and now that you have a blog name, it’s time to get your website up and start your blog: Blogging For Beginners: How to Start a Blog in 20 Minutes
xx, Raelyn 🙂