In the post “How to Choose a Blog Name You Won’t Regret” I went over many of the basics related to choosing a great blog name.
In this post, I wanted to go over specifically how to make sure your blog name is UNIQUE.
If you’re here, I’m assuming that you’ve already answered the question, “What kind of blog should I start?” While my advice works great for just about ANY blog genre, it works amazingly well for lifestyle blogs.
NAMING YOUR BLOG: GETTING IT RIGHT!
Creativity Meets Practical: Naming Your Blog Properly
Sometimes we find the perfect blog name only to realize we can’t actually use it. I know – because that was me! I wanted an attention-grabbing blog title that was easy to remember and every idea I thought of was taken. I think it’s because I wasn’t truly being original enough.
So I wrote down some tips to help you choose a name you will be proud of and NOT go through the trial and error heartache that I did as I was picking mine out.
Steps to Choosing Cute, Catchy & Attention Grabbing Ideas
You don’t have to use a blog name generator to come up with a great line…just use your imagination keeping these tips in mind!
1. Include an unexpected word.
This is by far the best way to ensure your blog name is unique AND memorable. I personally think a blog name is highly memorable when the name incorporates something “unexpected” in the name or pairs two words that don’t normally go together like “Blue Sixteen” or “Blossoms at Midnight.” I know those are really random examples, but you get the idea!
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2. Make it meaningful to you.
Everyone has something in their past that is unique to them. Although you don’t necessarily need to name a blog about your life, I think it’s cool when the blog name can incorporate an aspect of your life.
In my case, it is the word Sweetgum. I grew up on Sweetgum Road and we had sweet gum trees in our yard, so that term reminds me of my childhood. If I ever start a second lifestyle blog, I’m thinking of using “sweetgum” in the name. This will make it unique sounding AND meaningful to me.
Maybe you have red hair? Your blog can incorporate the name “red” or “ginger.” In fact, one of my blogging friends – Frugal Ginger – did that and it’s a really catchy name!
The meaningfulness can come from something in your past, a personality trait, something unique about the way you look, or even relate to where you live. Anything goes!
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3. Double check that it’s not already being used.
I cannot stress this enough. I’ve mentioned it several times on my blog because it’s that important! When you find an inspiring & creative blog name you love, don’t just check the exact version on social media and for URL availability, but also check any variations. The last thing you want is to name your blog SunshineMom only to find out that there is already a blogger using the name SunshineMoms or Sunshine & Moms. Some terms to add to your name when you’re double checking this: a dash, &, use different versions of the same word, make it plural.
Read more >> What to Do if the Blog Name You Want is Taken
A NOTE ON PERFECTION IN BLOGGING
I sometimes wish I could go back in time and choose a catchier name for my blog. WhatMommyDoes felt like the best idea I could come up with at the time, but I have thought of SO MANY more interesting ones over the years.
Even if it’s not catchy, it IS EASY TO REMEMBER, which is a great quality in a blog name.
So even if you can’t determine if your chosen blog name is unique enough, just remember that easy to remember is great as well. 😊
Don’t let perfection get in the way of ACTION. The internet rewards action and it’s possible to sit on a new blog idea for YEARS before you ever take action on it. And by the time your start, the momentum might get away from you. Trust me, I know this from experience!
Do yourself a favor and make a decision SOON. Do the best you can and move on…it’s not the end of the world if you don’t love your blog name forever and ever the best for always….sometimes good enough is good enough!
STARTING A BLOG: GIVE YOURSELF THIS DEADLINE
Now that you have 3 amazing tips + more resources to read related to starting a blog, what will you name your blog? And what’s your deadline to do it? I love giving myself deadlines to force me to take action, so I’m giving you one as well.
Within ONE WEEK, let’s see if you can nail down that amazing cute & catchy blog name, okay? Feel free to comment below when you’ve got it! 🙂 Or better yet – comment below to tell me when your week starts, and come back to check in and let me know that you did it!
Once you’re ready to go with the perfect name, then you can head over to Bluehost to start the registration process >>
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STARTING YOUR BLOG
Please don’t fret if you can’t choose JUST THE RIGHT blog name. Like I said, I wish I had chosen a different name for WhatMommyDoes, but in the end it all turned out great.
Do the best that you can and don’t second guess yourself. Be confident in your choice and run with it! Good bloggers all possess one standard quality – the ability to throw caution to the wind and adopt the mantra “what’s the worst that could happen?”
As soon as I adopted this as my go-to phrase, the world opened up to me. What is the worst that could happen if your blog name isn’t just so? Are people gonna make fun of you? Nope. Will something bad happen? Nope. Probably the worst that could happen is you think, “oh man, I wish I had added this to it”
See? Not the worst outcome in the world. But what I do know is that if you never start for fear of not being perfect, NOTHING will happen.
And that concludes my kick-in-the-pants speech for the day! hehe
What ended up on your list of creative blog names?
Also, here are tons of resources to help you get started!
START A BLOG RESOURCES
How to Start a Self Hosted Blog on Bluehost
The 1st Thing You Should Do After Installing WordPress
How Long Does It Take to Start Making Money Blogging?
5 Day Start a Blog Bootcamp, a Step-by-Step Blogging Tutorial ( << join this is you want my list of mix & match blog name examples!)