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How to Come Up With a Blog Name

So you’ve decided you want to start a blog. That’s amazing! First, you should figure out your niche. Then, come back here and I’ll help you figure out how to come up with a blog name.

Your Own Name

When starting a blog, a good idea to think about is using just your name or even your name plus something else. Especially with a lifestyle or mom blog, using your name is a great way to forge a connection with your audience. Be careful, though, because using just your name can make people confused about what you write about.

Something to Do With Your Niche

Once you’ve narrowed down your niche, start thinking of short phrases or names that you could use. For example, when I knew I wanted to start a blog about growing your YouTube channel, I thought about some of the ‘trendy’ ways to describe tricks for growing something and I thought of the word “hack”, and thus YouTube Growth Hacker was born. Notice, I didn’t just use YouTube hacker, since that may get Google a little worried that I was teaching people to hack them.

Check a Thesaurus

To help you find words and inspiration, consult a thesaurus. The online one here is a perfect resource. Start by searching for words that have to do with your niche and see if anything inspires you.

Use a Name Generator

There are tons of different blog name generators on the market (I like this one, this one and this one). Oftentimes, they’ll ask you for your niche, name and other random facts about yourself, and then it will spit out a bunch of combinations of those words. If you find something you like, go for it! Otherwise, you can use it as inspiration.

BONUS: Check Availability

Use a free service like Namechk to quickly see if your desired name is available on a variety of platforms. It not only checks common domain endings (.com, .net, .org, .co, .biz etc.), but also checks over 100 different social media sites. It makes it easy to make sure you won’t be infringing on anyone. You can also pay them $100 to have them register your username on all 107 social media networks. Tip: If it says a username is taken, you can click on the icon and view the profile. You can either ask for the username from the person if it appears that they aren’t really using the account, or you can determine if it’s someone just using that username by happenstance or if they, too, own a blog under that name but with a different domain. If you can’t get ahold of a username, try adding underscores between words, adding numbers or subtracting a letter or abbreviating something.

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