Deciding on a name is an important first step while starting a blog. This post will suggest a few blog name generators that can assist you. Plus, you’ll also get some pointers on how to go about choosing that one perfect blog name.
What are blog name generators?
Blog name generators are tools that can help you come up with unique, nice sounding names. Most of these tools can:
- Suggest a number of names based on the keywords you type in.
- Check if the domains corresponding to the names are available or are already taken.
- Often help you buy and register the name you want for your blog.
Let’s start by discussing two distinct types of blog names: keyword based names vs brand based names.
Keyword Based Names
The phrases that people type in the address bar of a browser while searching for content are referred to as keywords. If you can manage a name that matches top keywords, exactly or partially, both people and search engines can find your blog more easily.
Let’s say that football is my passion and I want to start blogging about it. My first choice for a blog name including the keyword football might be something like “All About Football”. The domain URL will then read
However, www.allaboutfootball.com is already taken. So I may have to consider a slightly different blog name – check if names like “everything about football” or “football facts” are available. I can try using prefixes and suffixes in combination with the names suggested by blog name generators to come up with variations.
Your blog or site may be about football or any other niche like podcasting, boating, farming, flowers, beauty or travel, or even your personal portfolio. Whatever the niche, it’s good if that finds a place in the title of your domain. It helps people associate the niche with the domain name. Keyword based names can give a leg up with search engines. However, keep in mind that there will be many similar names with slight variations in the same niche, so it may be hard to stand out in a crowd. And, you may become dependent on search engines to bring visitors to your site.
Brand Based Names
Blog name generators can also help you come up with coined words. These coined words can be developed over time into brand names.
- If the blog is all about you and your life, you can adopt your own name.
- Or if you’ve been selling something, let’s say bakery items, in the neighborhood under any name, and if it enjoys any level of popularity, you can use that too. The name may have a certain goodwill attached to it and you can tap into that for your blog name.
- You could also come up with a totally coined name, a name that means nothing but sounds nice when you say it. Such names can have the potential to grow into big brands. Remember that today’s well-known brands like “Google” and “Twitter” started off as unknown names. Try feeding in initials, letters, syllables or parts of words in blog name generators to come up with a totally new word.
Developing a brand is hard work, but it may be better in the long run since people will probably remember that name much better than a generic keyword-filled name. But let’s look into this more deeply:
Keyword Based Names or Brandable Names?
If you’re unsure which kind of name has greater potential – brand based or keyword based – Matt Cutts, former head of the web spam team at Google, has some words of advice to share:
Basically, if you have an exact or partial match keyword based domain, it does give you an SEO advantage. But take care that it is backed by top quality relevant content, quality referrals and social media mentions.
Whether you go in for brand based names or keyword based names, it’s best if the names are easy to remember, and easy to spell. Avoid strange sounding names that people are likely to spell incorrectly.
Let’s take a look at some of the best blog name generators and how they stack up against each other.
1. DomainWheel (www.domainwheel.com)
Domain Wheel is simple to use, yet very creative. What I like about it is that it shows up a lot of available domain options, so you don’t start regretting you didn’t register one earlier. Let’s see how it works.
You first add in your keyword(s) of choice. It can be something common, related to your business, or it can be a sequence of two or three words. Then, hit ‘Search Domain’ and get the wheel spinning.
You ‘ll get three types of results. The first category includes top domains like .com, .net, .org. If you’ve chosen an existing – proper English – word, don’t expect for a .com to show up though. The second category lists Domain Wheel’s own generated names, related to your input, but not using the keyword per se. Lastly, you’ll get three types of suggestions: one for names that sound like the keyword, one for rhyming keywords and one with random suggestions.
The results marked in green that also have a price attached will take you directly to a domain vendor where you can purchase your new domain. Sweet!
2. Nameboy (www.nameboy.com)
Nameboy can come up with suitable names for your blog, based on keywords. Fill in a primary description and an optional secondary description. Then specify if you need hyphens and rhyme.
Once you find the name you want, add it to cart. You can also save the name for later domain registration. Add any other domain name that you already own to the cart. Subsequently, you can check out the domain names from the cart page, purchase and protect them. When you create an account with Nameboy, you can manage all the domain names you own from that account, wherever the names are registered.
Nameboy also offers a range of services related to finding, registering and maintaining a domain name.
3. Wordoid (www.wordoid.com)
Wordoid is an intelligent naming tool that helps you choose quality names using no more than 15 letters. Type in your keyword, select the quality level, and the language you want. You can choose more than one language. Specify the location of the keywords in the name. Wordoid will come up with a number of options and their availability for registration.
The names will sound nice and you’ll most likely not find them in a dictionary.
Wordoid is free to use. However, to view your previous search history, or pin wordoids that you’d like to revisit later, you’ll have to sign in. You can sign in using Facebook or Google.
4. Panabee (www.panabee.com)
Just describe your idea in two words and click Search in Panabee. You’ll have a list of available names based on the words. To help you widen your search, it also makes alternate suggestions derived from the words you keyed in and related terms.
Panabee searches across multiple platforms, so you’ll know if the name you picked is available on Facebook or Twitter as well. You can also check app name availability and domain name availability, including country based domains.
More domain tools
There are many more blog name generators available. I’ll mention a few of them here for a particularly useful function that each fulfills:
- 123finder – simply click on ‘?’ to find out who owns the name. Keep track of the date on which a particular domain name expires and access a list of domain names coming up for sale.
- Domainr – allows you to search the entire domain space that includes more than 1700 Top Level Domains.
- Domain It – offers URL forwarding, which means you can get multiple domain names to all point to the same website.
- Lean Domain Search – is a tool from Automattic Inc, the people behind WordPress. It is free with an accuracy of 95%. As unavailable names are rooted out with repeated searches, accuracy is expected to improve.
- Name Mesh – suggests names in many categories like short, fun, new, and SEO.
- Write down the names you like and compile a list of 10-20 new names you consider fit.
- Then narrow them down to five and show them to the people you trust. See which one turns out to be the most appealing.
However, if you trust your gut, the easy way out is to jump into Domain Wheel and pick an available domain that sounds right for you.
What if none of those tools helped, and you are still looking at other ways to come up with a blog name?
- Grab a dictionary.
- Look at competitors’ blog names.
- Use a word generator.
- Take inspiration from books.
- Consider a different language (French, Italian)
- Take inspiration from a TV series.
Your blog name is your online identity, and you’ll invest time, effort and money to make it a well visited blog. Changing a name in the future is not easy – it’ll involve work like setting up redirect links, updating your address with Google and undertaking a marketing push for your new blog. You may also lose backlinks. So, it’s best to make a careful choice of name for your blog, right at the very beginning.
So what to do next once you have your sights set on the perfect domain name for your project?
First, let me tell you what you generally don’t do. Don’t buy the domain from your domain generator of choice. The prices you’ll see are generally higher.
Instead, it’s a much better choice to get a domain name from the specific hosting firm that you’ll later on use to host your website. The benefit is that you can often get the domain name entirely for free when you buy a hosting package.
For example, one of our recommended hosting companies, Bluehost, offers a free domain name even with their cheapest hosting plan at $2.95/month. Check it out. Just go there once you know what domain you want to get. Register it via Bluehost, and sign up for a hosting plan at the same time.
Are you struggling with finding a good name for your blog? If you need any help working with these blog name generators, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.
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