Updated Oct, 2016: Check out a tutorial on how to setup a WordPress blog for the first time.Coming up with a creative name for your blog is a challenge. Many times, the name you come up with can impact your marketability, or lack thereof. Even if you have a great idea for a blog, not having a catchy, memorable name can be a deal breaker with readers.
Think of your blog name as the first impression to your readers. Crazy and unique blog names like “the onion,” can give suspense and pique a reader’s curiosity. A blog name that goes straight for the desired keyword isn’t necessarily a bad name. It just depends on what you want your blogging persona to be.
If you’re going for the academic, straight to the point type of blog, you may settle for a name that isn’t quite as creative. If you’re wanting to carve out an identity for yourself along with a successful blog, coming up with a creative name is the right choice.
Ideas For Creative Blog Names
If you’re going to write about music, life, fashion, or anything else you’re passionate about, having a creative blog name that identifies you is important. However, if you’re going to write about a tiny niche, you don’t have to be too creative. You are limited to a very small focus on your post content and, more than likely, are focused on a micro niche of keywords. You want to find people who are looking for information on drill bit sharpeners, period.
You could use a creative blog name like “DrillKings.com” or somewhat, but you’re really not helping out your micro niche blog by going for a broad focus with the domain name, and narrow with the niche. Using a domain name like drillbitsharpeners.com could be much more effective.
But if you broaden your focus a little bit, you could focus on all kinds of products and issues. In this case, you couldn’t nail down every niche with one name. You would have to then find a creative name to cover the broader niche.
For some people who are in it for the money, keeping their focus narrow and hammering away at one or two keywords is their goal. They want to make the first page of google for those keywords and, ideally, make money from the traffic that would generate.
For bloggers that want to blog their passions as well as make money from it, such a narrow niche is not ideal. It’s these types of blogs that are in need of names that are more creative.
Coming Up With Blog Title Ideas
It’s easier for some people, and more difficult for those of you who are like me. I think of myself as creative, but when it comes to naming things, I balk. You should ask my wife when I am trying to think of names for a novel. It’s a train wreck.
You may need to look around for a while to find inspiration for your creative blog name.
I was creating a website design business a few years ago. I wanted to key in on the word “imagine” since I had a really cool plaque with that word on it. My search led me through imagine, imagination, imagineering, to finally my epiphany, “imaginate.” So I bought the domain name, Imagine8.com.
When I told my friend about my wonderful discovery he kind of gave a polite smile and said, “yeah, that’s great.” This kind of worried me because I was thinking it was a great idea. Then, the light turned on. “Imaginate” wasn’t a word. It wasn’t “the act of imagining” that I thought it was.
I knew all along it wasn’t a word, but my brain blocked it for some reason. Then I felt really dumb, and was out the $13 I had spent on the domain.
Inventing creative names is difficult even for creative people.
So how do we find them?
Keep Your Niche In Mind When Picking a Name
Remember, your blog name still needs to be identifiable with your niche, no matter how broad or narrow. There needs to be an association between your brand, and what your brand stands for.
On one hand, we have a broad-focused, humorous news source, call the onion. This is a well-backed, heavily sources blog. Although the word onion has little to do with the niche itself, the niche of comedy lends itself to awkward and far-fetched names. If your blog was a comedy blog about juggling, thejuggler.com might be a good name but sirdropsalot.com might even be better and more memorable.
On the other hand, we have a blog like Arrowhead Pride. It’s a fan blog about the Kansas City Chiefs, and a great success story. The name references the Chiefs’ logo as well as their stadium name, Arrowhead. The pride references the proud fan-base. The creative blog name is also easily identifiable to its demographic, even when they have never visited the site before.
Arrowheadpride.com started as a fan blog by Chris and Joel Thorman. From there, they built a network of blogs. Now, their blog network is one of the largest sports blog networks on the net, and both Thorman brothers have carved out a handsome career from what was only a hobby.
Try To Be Unqiue With Your Blog Title
My wife’s blog for DIY home projects is a creative blog name that takes the idea of home improvement a bit farther than the hardware store niche. She wanted to find some creative blog names to make sure her blog made an impression on people, rather than being just another site.
She came up with the idea that, doing projects for your home help turn it from just a simple house, into a home that you love. She eventually settled on the name, House to Home Blog, abbreviated to h2hblog.com.
If we had it to do over again, we would have went with the longer, spelled out name for search engine optimization. But, back then, we still were a little ignorant of the small things you can do to optimize your website and blog.
One of my wife’s favorite blogs to follow was Three Men and a Lady. However, when the lady had a new baby boy, she had to rename her blog to 4 Men, 1 Lady. Their blog is also about home projects but focuses all the project ideas through the eyes of a mom with 3 boys and a husband.
When it comes to mommy blogs, names like hers is a good idea. There are so many mommy blogs around the internet that the marketing goes beyond keywords and into impacting content.
If your blog name is going to be set apart from your focused niche, your content and social marketing have to be the traffic driving factor. This is where Guest Blogging can also help your blog marketing efforts.
Keep Your Blog Name as Short as Possible
Don’t build a domain name that is long and drawn out, unless you have picked an awesome Exact Match Domain Name. Try to keep it as short as possible.
You don’t want a domain name that is like, “momwiththreekidswholikestobakeapplepies.com.” Just think if your name was Penelope, your e-mail address could potentially be PenelopeWadsworth@momwiththreekedswholikestobakeapplepies.com. I get tired just thinking of telling people that address over the phone.
Instead, an alternative could be, “applepiemom.com”
Use Search-Friendly Keywords If Possible
If you really want to drive traffic to your blog faster, pick a name that has a keyword that people are searching for. FashionBlog.com would be a good example, because it’s a blog about fashion, and a lot of people will be searching for “Fashion Blogs,” etc.
If you’re unsure of keyword research, or how to use it to pick a great creative name for your blog, read this post.
Believing In Your New Blog Name
Get used to the feeling of coming up with a great blog name and finding out it’s already taken. Always try to keep your blogs on .com or .net domains, unless you have a good cause and then .org is also a good one to search engines.
Whatever domain name you come up with make sure it is able to fall under these three guidelines:
1. Short and To the Point
2. Identifiable With You and Your Niche
3. Easy to Remember
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