How To Decide Name of Your New Blog?

Decide Blog Name
Naming anything is one of the biggest task, because once you name anything, that becomes the future of that person/thing.  When ever I have to start a new blog or a website, my first few days goes in deciding the name of the blog. Since, Shout is a brand name for me, I usually add a suffix along with Shout to create a blog name. But, usually for a newbie person, who is starting his first blog, deciding a name comes out to be very tough, as there are many confusions, such as:

  • Should I use my name as my blog name?
  • Should I use common words like Tech, Fashion, movies in my blog name?
  • I’m not sure about niche of my blog, and will this name look good in long run?

These are just few of many confusions which we usually have while deciding on the name of the blog. Here I will out line some of the simplest way which can help you to pick a name for your blog. Do remember, by the end, every name is good; what really matter is what quality you put in there, and how you brand it.

Pen and Paper or Google Docs:

Pick a pen and paper, and start writing the names which are coming in your mind. Don’t use your personal name as blog name, until it’s your personal journal blog. Because, if you use your name as a name of your blog, it loses the chance of creating a niche authority blog, and it becomes more of a personal branding blog. For example, the other day I along with a team-mate was brainstorming a domain name for my new blog which is about WordPress niche, and here are few names that we put down on paper:

  • ShoutWPHelp
  • ShoutWP
  • ShoutWpNinjas
  • ShoutWPHub
  • ShoutWPDaily
  • ShoutWPCode
  • ShoutWPCoder
  • ShoutWPHacker

Now, after writing down these names, we started removing names one by one, and the process was quite easy, after we answered these questions:

  • What is the goal of this blog?
  • What kind of audience I’m targeting?
  • Is name justifying the kind of content I’m going to put there?
  • Is this name Good for long run?
  • Is the name unique or my name is close to any existing brand?

It took another 10 minutes to start removing names, and by the end we come down to following domains:

  • ShoutWPHub
  • ShoutWPDaily

Now, both the name actually suits the kind of blog we were thinking, as it was suppose to be about WordPress tips, news and regular stuff. Similarly, this is the first thing you should do when deciding a blog name.

Don’t use trademark name:

A major mistakes we unknowingly do is by picking up a Trademark name. For example, having a domain name with words like WordPress, Google, AdSense, Apple and so on. Using somebody trademark name can create legal issues, and if you wish to read more about it, you should check out this official wiki page on Trademark.

Check for Brand name availability on Social-media sites:

Another important thing to keep in mind when deciding for a blog name is; availability of name on Social-media sites. For example, if you have decided a blog name as ShoutWPHub, that name should also be available on at least Twitter and Facebook. If not, you should go for an alternate name or start with step 1. You can use a username check website like Knowem to search for name availability on various Social networking sites.

Keyword Rich or Keyword less:

Another important aspect of selecting a blog name is; should we use Keyword or should we not use Keyword. I’m not going in depth on this here, as I have already explained this in detail over here and here.

Few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t try to choose a long blog name.
  • Make sure name of the blog is memorable and not hard to type.
  • Ensure that blog name is easy to pronounce, and should not be confusing.
  • Prefer .com domain name.
  • Don’t use .net, .info or other not so famous TLD’s

Also check: 5 Domain name suggestion tools

Just follow these tips and let me know if this helped you or not. Once you have decided on the name of your new blog, book your domain from ShoutMyDomain, Godaddy or any other popular domain registrar. If you have any additional question or tip you would like to add, do let me know via comment. If you find this article useful, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 19 )

  1. Olawale says

    Hi Harsh,

    Quite interesting all your articles and writeup on your way to the top in this game.
    I am a beginner and really like to tap from your wealth of knowledge, don’t have a domain name but have interest in dating, family, relationship, football, law of attraction. need you to help for domain name that can be branded

  2. says

    Hello, Harsh thanks for the article today I checked my blog name on Knowem and I m very happy to know that it not taken by anyone yet. Good Article ! Great Work Like Always :D

  3. says

    Keyword should be included in the name. Search engine like Google, bing and yahoo lookup at the keyword for the ranking in the search engine index.. Some tools like Wordoid, Namestation can help you in choosing blog name.

  4. says

    I am having a terrible time picking a new domain name for my next blog project. It’s awful. Seriously. I stay up late at night thinking of names. Even crappy names. Even the crappy one’s are usually taken. What a mess!

  5. says

    I have a problem when I think of a great name for a blog or a domain name and it’s already taken! Even when I change a few letters around or add anything it is still taken, it can be so frustrating. In the future I will think more about the why I’m creating the blog to see if a name can come from that.

  6. iqbal says

    Dear Harsh, name I want to it better.
    I am working on airbus aircraft and looking after avionics system.I have passion on my job.daily valuable experience I want to post.
    AB is short term for Airbus aircraft.AB I am choosing to avoid legal issues as per ur suggestion not to opt brand name.avionics is the name of field I am working.
    Kindly advise.


      • Surendra says

        Hello Harsh,
        Actually i was looking for domain.
        Magnus Means “Great” in Latin. If you split Magnus like “Mag N Us” but that already taken. So i decided to add some other words but no luck.
        So one of my friend suggested me to add other Numeric Keyword. so I checked with my lucky number which is 7.
        And Finally after so much of research work I got my Domain Name i.e “”

  7. says

    Hiiiii Harsh,
    i think this is a very important and helpful share for the people who want to start any website. because they get confuse when they search domain name and during searching domain name they feel that all domain name has been taken, looking similar or Bad. in these situation this post will be very helpful for them. thanks again…!!

  8. Pranay says

    The choice of Blog name is definitely quite important.But finding an appropriate name that is not already taken is the rather difficult part

  9. Mohammed Iqbal says

    Your suggestions are perfect Mr.Harsh.My website which i am running on my own name. Will it be successful? I heard most of them saying we should not use our own name..Why any particular reason for that??

  10. Krishnan says

    Domain name is one of the factor but Quality content will make the domain name so popular even it worst, that I think however, good domain is definitely a good start

  11. Surendra Soni says

    Hello harsh,

    I was also looking for new domain name so i posted for suggestion on facebook and i also got some good suggestion on the same.

  12. Karshim Kanwar says

    That’s what I was looking for.
    Very well said.

    But Domains on your name make you popular. Don’t you think they are effective as your personal name promotion on the web?