Last Updated on 26th August 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
When it comes to picking a blog name, there’s a lot of advice out there. Type ‘how to pick a good blog name’ into Google, and chances are the results will read a little like this: ‘Choose something very you’. ‘Make it sound good’. ‘Don’t back yourself into a corner’. In fact, a lot of the advice dished out sounds pretty similar to dating advice. Or is that just me? (ha!)
How to pick a good blog name (for your own blog): tips and tricks
#1 What is your blogging topic?
These days you can start a website about anything you like. Though fashion, beauty, food, and travel blogs are some of the largest niches, you don’t necessarily have to go for any of these topics at all.
What are you passionate about? What would you write about, even if no one was paying you? I’ve seen blogs on everything from how to care for your pet snake to looking after chickens to blog dedicated entirely to a specific video game!
If you have a specific topic in mind, then consider using phrases and words associated with this in your blog name so that people will know what to expect from your site, even if they just glance at the URL.
#2 Pick something memorable
People will tell you to pick something in your ‘niche’. Don’t panic when you hear these words! Instead, I’d say pick something memorable over something that fits perfectly in your ‘niche’ (and don’t worry if you aren’t completely sure what your ‘niche’ will be yet). People will grow to associate your URL with your brand; i.e. whatever you post on your site!
#3 Make the name easy to spell!
On that note, pick something easy to remember and even easier to spell. Stick with letters and try to avoid dashes. I mean, when you’re at an event, or even speaking with your friends, do you really want to say “my blog is hi, then a dash, then eight- like the number, the actual number eight on the keyboard-, then love?”. Phew, what a mouthful! Okay, that was an extreme example, but you get the point!
I’ve also read that you should try not to go over seventeen characters in your URL. If you do want to secure social media handles of the same name as your site, then remember that some social media sites (like Twitter) limit your characters to just fifteen.
If you’re still not sure what to name your blog, phone a friend! Ask your friends, family or partner for ideas and grab a notebook. Together, you never know what you might think of…
#4 Are the social media handles available?
These days, there are so many sites, blogs, and other websites out there that it’s becoming increasingly harder to ensure that you’ll be able to secure the social media handles for your blog. Whereas for some of my blogs, I have indeed managed to get the handles I desire, with others I’ve had to compromise. At the end of the day, this isn’t a make or break in a decision for whether or not you should go for a blog name, but should certainly be a contributing factor.
How did you pick your blog name? (The blog name for solosophie… i.e. the blog you’re reading right now?)
I’m a pretty impatient person. So when I decided I wanted to start a blog, I had to have it up and running. That. Very. Day. I sat down with a piece of paper, thought of a few things, and called my mum. We agreed ‘solosophie’ was memorable, short and easy to spell. Having something unique and easy to spell were the most important URL and branding elements for me.
Half an hour later, I’d bought the domain, paid for my hosting and I was writing blog posts. It never even occurred to me that I might want to change my name later on. Since that day, people have asked me why I chose the name because it’s kind of random…
In all honesty, I chose the name solosophie because I wanted it to be a surprise as to what you’d find when you landed on the site. I wanted to create a brand around a random name, where you’d grow to expect almost anything, rather than just telling you what you’d find on here through a simple URL.
Although I’d primarily call solosophie a ‘travel blog’, I’ve always wanted to write much more than destination guides or post travel photos. That’s why I didn’t choose a typical ‘travel name’ such as ‘Wanderlust’ or even just ‘travel’.
I want to post ‘Did Marie Antoinette ever say “Let them eat cake!”?’ one day and then ‘A Guide to Three Days in Paris’ the next. I want it to be so that you’ll never know quite what you’ll find from one day to the next.
When I was younger, I loved visiting quirky curios shops as much as I loved travel (i.e. more than life itself). I may not have found my ‘niche’, but I’ve created a site based on Old Curiosity Shoppe meets quirky guidebook, two of my greatest passions!