When starting a blog, coming up with a name that perfectly represents your blog can be particularly challenging. After all, there are so many things to consider! You have to ensure that the name is self-explanatory. You have to also decide whether it should include a keyword or not. And after all these considerations, if you manage to come up with an impressive sounding blog name, you need to check whether the domain name is available or not. Almost every blogger including me has faced this challenge.
But blog name generators make it easy to come up with a name when you are starting a new blog. They give you the necessary headstart in the right creative direction. Let’s look at what exactly a blog name generator does.
What Are Blog Name Generators?
A blog name generator is an online tool that suggests a number of blog name ideas based on the keyword phrases you provide. It also checks the availability of the domain name corresponding to the blog name and often helps you register the domain name that you’ve shortlisted.
In short, it helps you get your creative juices flowing to come up with an original blog name.
When naming your blog, in general, you can take one of the two approaches, viz: keyword-based names or brand-based name. Let’s look at each one of them in detail.
Keywords are the words or phrases that users type into search engines to find a solution to their queries. Having a keyword-based name can improve the visibility of your blog in the search engine.
For example, suppose you’re a guitarist aspiring to share your knowledge with the world. The obvious choice of keywords for this topic would be guitar lessons or guitar tutorials. After checking the domain name availability, you find that domain names such as guitarlessons.com, onlineguitarlessons.com, etc. are already taken.
You run another round of brainstorming and come up with guitartutorialsonline.com. The domain name is available, so you choose to go ahead with it.
Keyword-based blog names are very useful as they stand the chance of ranking in search engines as they already contain the keyword your prospects are already looking for.
The downside of keyword-based names is that your blog may get lost in the sea of blogs with similar sounding names. For example, it is very difficult to differentiate between guitartutorialsonline.com and guitartutorialsonline.net for a visitor who doesn’t know any of these blogs.
An excellent alternative to these is using the name of your brand in the blog name.
Brand-based names, generally, do not explicitly state what the blog is about. They instead rely on visitors relating your blog name to a particular topic or keyword(s).
For example, Guitopia is a website run by Dave Weiner who is a guitarist. The name Guitopia is a portmanteau of guitar and utopia, and Dave has been successful in making the brand name famous in his niche.
While building a brand-based blog can help your followers relate your brand name to your industry or topic unless you’re already famous, it simply takes a lot of time to build your brand. And even after that, there’s no guarantee of success.
If you plan to be a long-term player in blogging, it is recommended to go for a brand-based name. For instance, Neil Patel churned out great content week after week, and now his name is synonymous to the topic of digital marketing.
The Golden Mean
Rather than going for either keyword or brand-based names, you can strike the right balance between both of them by creating a blog name using both – a keyword and a brand name.
Going back to the example of the blog focusing on guitar lessons, you can use your first name and your niche and come up with a name such as Jeff’s Guitar Lessons and register the jeffsguitarlessons.com domain name. It will help you in both ways, i.e., build your brand and target the right keyword!
6 Things You Should Keep In Mind Before Coming Up With a Name for Your Blog
The domain name and the name you choose for your blog will become the identity of your brand, and it will be difficult to change once your blog gets well-established in your niche. Therefore, be very careful and do thorough research before you finalize the name.
Here are 6 things you should keep in mind before naming your blog:
1. Short Versus Long Name
The name of your blog should be short, concise and easy to remember. You might be tempted to come up with a longer domain name, but avoid it at all costs as long names might be difficult to remember and a slight mistake in spelling will take them away from your website. Ideally, the domain name should have 1-2 words that are easy to spell.
For example, the name cyberchimps.com has 2 words, i.e., Cyber and Chimps. These words are commonly used, easy to remember and spell.
2. Does It Pass the Radio Test?
The radio test for a domain name verifies whether people are able to spell the domain name of your website correctly after hearing it for the first time.
It is also known as the phone test and carries similar implications, i.e., if someone can spell it correctly after hearing it over a phone call.
People should be able to spell your website correctly after hearing it for the first time. Keep in the following guidelines to ensure that your domain name passes the radio test:
- Avoid internet lingos. For example, spell you as you instead of spelling it as u
- Do not use numbers and hyphens in your domain name. Guitarlessonsonline.com is definitely easy to spell compared to guitarlessons4u.com or guitar-lessons.com.
- Do not use homonyms. Homonyms are words that have similar pronunciation, but different spellings and meanings. For example, bear and bare have similar pronunciation, but they’re spelled differently
3. Your Blog Should Be Niche Yet Scalable
The topic you choose for your blog should be specific enough so that it doesn’t become what Zig Ziglar called a wandering generality. But it shouldn’t be too specific either where you’d have a difficult time in attracting a significant chunk of your audience to your website.
Pick a niche and concentrate on it, but once you exhaust all the topics you could imagine, you should be able to branch out in the related topics in your niche without coming across entirely out of place.
For example, if you pick blogging as a topic, it is niche enough to attract a sizable audience where you’re not too vague, but if you choose technical SEO for blogs as a topic, your blog will become too narrow with a little scope to widen its scope.
4. Make Your Blog Brandable
Earlier in the article, we saw keyword-based and brand-based blog names. The name you choose for your blog should be unique so that it becomes a brand in your niche. For example, when you think of photocopiers, you instantly think of Xerox. This is the power of a great brand name and brand recall!
Brian Dean took the word backlink from the SEO glossary, tweaked it slightly and made it into what is now widely known as Backlinko.com.
5. Pick .com as the TLD for Your Blog
Many rookie bloggers make the mistake of choosing fancy top-level domains (TLDs) such as .photography, .recipes, or any TLD/extension that represents their blogging niche. While it may seem wise to pick something that represents your blog better, but sticking to .com always works in the long run simply because people are accustomed to typing .com for almost every website.
For example, if you buy gourmet.recipes domain name, there’s a chance that your readers might type it as gourmetrecipes.com, and you risk losing a huge chunk of visitors.
Owning a .com TLD also helps in ranking better in search engines.
If you really want to have a fancy TLD, go ahead and buy it, but you can redirect it to the .com so that it’s a win-win for the both of you.
6. Avoid Copyright Infringement
As you’re finalizing a name for your blog, make sure that it doesn’t violate any copyright or trademark rights. The name of your blog, logo, and any creatives that you produce should be unique as even accidentally resembling your work with someone’s intellectual property can land you and your blog in legal trouble.
10 Best Blog Name Generators
Now that we’ve seen what things you should keep in mind before coming up with a name for your blog, let’s look at 10 blog name generators that will make the brainstorming process easy for you.
When you land on DomainWheel’s homepage, you’ll see a few keyword suggestions already below the search box. Begin by typing in keywords and hit Search Domain when you’re done. Based on the keywords entered, DomainWheel returns results relevant to the keywords and the niche.
For example, I’d entered gourmet recipes in the search box, and it returned results you can see in the screenshot above.
Nameboy helps you identify domain name ideas similar to DomainWheel, and it also checks the availability of domain names with Bluehost. You enter the keywords, and it returns the results. The only difference between Nameboy and DomainWheel is that Nameboy doesn’t show TLDs for the domain name ideas. Here is how Nameboy returns results for the same keywords:
Panabee lets you explore domain names, app names, and business names. Panabee is a powerful tool that returns domain name ideas for different TLDs. Along with domain name suggestions, it also shows a list of related terms/synonyms for each keyword which you can use to experiment to come up with new ideas.
For each domain name suggestion, Panabee provides an explanation of how did the tool come up with different variations of domain name ideas.
Wordoid is an excellent tool if you are looking for a cool, out of the box, and brandable name for your blog. The tool allows you to enter a keyword and using various filters, suggests blog name ideas that are up to 15 characters in length. Along with English, Wordoid also offers suggestions in Spanish, French, Italian and German languages.
123Finder offers similar functionality to other blog name generators, but along with that it also provides three other features as well:
- You can choose the minimum and maximum number of characters the domain name should consist of along with plenty of other filters
- It also provides the WhoIs information of registered domains
- It segregates domain name ideas by alphabets for the ease of sorting
Instant Domain Search provides results as you start typing in your keyword ideas. It shows results in three categories, viz. Extensions (Different TLDs), Generator (Domain name ideas), For sale (Domain names that are on sale along with their prices).
You can also check the WhoIs information of the domains that are already registered.
Domainr kind of works similar to Instant Domain Search except it doesn’t categorize the results. You can view the suggestions in a column and their registration status. If the domain is available, it shows the options from where you can buy.
8. Name Mesh
If you’d like to get confused and overwhelmed by the number of suggestions, I’d definitely recommend you to try out Name Mesh. Just enter a set of keywords, and you will be flooded with plenty of ideas. It categorizes domain name ideas into topics such as new, short, SEO friendly, premium names, etc.
It also shows WhoIs information of registered domains.
DomainIt may not be as flexible as other websites that we’ve seen so far, but it offers solid suggestions based on the keywords provided. DomainIt also allows you to purchase the shortlisted domain right away through its website.
Lean Domain Search is powered by Automattic, i.e., the team behind WordPress and WooCommerce. Lean Domain Search is not as creative with suggesting blog names but is a good tool to try out nonetheless. Along with recommending domain name ideas, it also checks their username availability on Twitter. You can sort results based on the popularity, length and alphabetical order.
I hope this article gives you a creative push to generate ideas for your blog. I’d recommend you to run your ideas through multiple blog name generators, shortlist the ones that you like and check whether they fit within the 6 criteria we saw earlier and pick the one that fulfills all requirements perfectly.
Let us know your blog name ideas in the comments below. We are keen on hearing about them!