How To Pick Your Blog Name (Ft. 9 Blog Name Generators That Don’t Suck)

Danielle Willatt
By        June 09, 2021   Focus    Advertising Disclosure

What’s in a name? Everything.

 

Your blog name can determine whether your readers find or forget you. So, pick wisely!

 

Many people who are starting a blog will use an online blog name generator to find blog name ideas.

 

Most articles on this subject will list 10-20 generators and call it a day. But, let’s face it, most generators pretty much do the same thing (sorry, someone had to say it).

 

So, we’ve gone one step further – I’ll share the most useful blog name generators, along with strategies on HOW to maximize them to choose a dazzling name for your new blog.

 

This guide will cover:

 

 

No matter your niche – blog, tech, travel, food, lifestyle, finance – we’ll help you find the right words for a blog name you love.

 

Why use a blog name generator?

 

Your blog name represents your identity on the web. An awesome blog name can:

 

  • Drive traffic and improve rankings
  • Help you build your brand
  • Help communicate your area of expertise

 

One useful tool is a blog name generator (a.k.a a domain name generator) that will suggest variations of blog names based on keywords that you type in. It’s fast and easy.

 

So – let’s start by looking at the best blog name generators out there.

 

9 best blog name generators

 

1. Name Mesh

 

Name Mesh is one of the best blog name generators I’ve seen. Why?

 

It uses a range of different methods to generate blog name ideas. They’re then neatly categorised into colorful boxes.

 

namemesh generate name ideas for keyword banana bread

Results from the keyword ‘Banana Bread’

 

Some of my favourite categories that Name Mesh generates domains:

 

  • ‘Mix’
    Generate blog names by mixing in words and suffixes like ‘ly’ and ‘ify’.
  • ‘SEO’
    Keeps your main keywords in the blog name.
  • ‘Fun’
    Plays with your keywords to make new words, e.g. by using acronyms or blending words, etc.

 

In all, Name Mesh is great for getting lots of keyword variations.

 

 

2. Wordoid

 

What’s special about Wordoid? It helps you get really creative by inventing totally new words for you.

 

The words follow phonetic rules, so they sound as satisfying as real words – e.g. ‘‘Weebly’ and ‘Hostinger’.

 

It’s a naming method that can produce really unique names for your company, product or blog. To use Wordoid, type in your keyword and set the parameters:

 

  • Language
    Pick between English, Spanish, French, Italian or German.
  • Quality
    Set how closely the wordoid will resemble the natural word.
  • Pattern
    Set a particular fragment in the word (e.g. at the start or end).
  • Length
    Set a maximum character count.

 

Wordoid will then display a list of options.

 

wordoid generate name ideas with keyword bread

Results from the keyword ‘Bread’

 

Wordoid’s basic functions are free to use. You can also create a free account via Facebook or Google if you want to save your search history.

 

 

3. NameSmith IO

 

NameSmith IO is great for generating creative and random names for your business or blog.

 

Simply describe your idea in about 5 words to generate a long list of domains. These are divided into categories:

 

  • Exact keywords
  • Rhymes
  • Blends
  • Pre-/Suffixes
  • Modifications

 

namesmith generate name ideas with keyword cheese bread

Results from the keyword phrase “Cheese bread”

 

Tempted to snag ‘thesecheese’ just for fun.

 

 

4. Zyro Business Name Generator

 

Zyro is a website builder, but their business and blog name generator is pretty cool too. I really enjoy how random their suggestions get.

 

Instead of just stacking up keywords, their tool uses AI to generate unique names for your blog or business. Just enter keywords that best represent your niche, separated by commas.

 

zyro generate name ideas with keyword bitcoin blog

Results from the keywords “Bitcoin Blog”

 

Some of the suggestions may sound wack, BUT I find it a useful tool for brainstorming and thinking up nice sounding words that I can tweak further.

 

 

5. NameBoy

 

NameBoy claims to be the oldest and most popular blog name generator on the market.

 

nameboy generate name ideas with keyword cheese shop

 

Their interface is quick and easy to use. Just enter keyword(s) and hit ‘Submit’ to generate hundreds of creative blog names.

 

Their AI algorithm combines common words, random words, prefixes, suffixes, and keywords to power its suggestions.

 

 

6. Panabee

 

Panabee stands out for it’s eye-catching interface.

 

But – even better – Panabee helps to check availability across more platforms than your standard blog name checker.

 

You can:

 

  • Check your blog name is available as a Facebook or Twitter handle
  • Check app name availability
  • Check domain name availability, including country based domains.

 

To use Panabee, describe your idea in 2 words and click Search. It generates blog name ideas based on your keywords and ‘related terms’.

 

 

panabee generate name ideas with keyword cactus shop

Results from the keywords “Cactus shop”

 

It’s very simple, but it can show you some interesting variations on your keyword.

 

 

7. IsItWP

 

IsItWP has an intelligent name generator tool. It’s quick and easy to use.

 

Enter your keywords / brand name and it will combine your keywords in different ways.

 

isitwp generate name ideas with keyword cactus shop

Results from the keywords “Cactus shop”

 

It’s very simple, but it can show you some interesting variations on your keyword.

 

 

8. Lean Domain Search

 

Powered by the people behind WordPress, Lean Domain Search works by adding common words before or after you keywords. Words like ‘Service’, ‘Ideas’, and ‘Geek’.

 

To be honest, it’s not the most creative tool on this list. However, it can be useful if the blog name you like is taken and you want to find a close alternative.

 

lean domain search generate name ideas with keyword farm to table

Results from the keywords “Farm to table”

 

You can sort your results based on the popularity, length and alphabetical

 

 

9. Domain Wheel

 

Type your keywords into Domain Wheel and it will use AI to suggest blog name ideas that fit your keywords and niche. The domains themselves are quite good and varied.

 

domain wheel generate name ideas with keyword personal finance

Results from the keywords “Personal Finance”

 

They also have a section with more creative prompts – for example, suggesting keywords that ‘Sound Like’ your original keywords.

 

 

How To Brainstorm Keywords To Plug Into These Generators

 

What makes a good blog name?

 

We’ve just covered the best blog name generators to find you a good blog name. But what the heck is a ‘good blog name’ anyway?

 

A general rule is that it’s short, unique and memorable.

 

How to use a blog name generator to find ideas

 

A blog name generator will help you generate blog name ideas in seconds.

 

The best way to use them is to follow this 4-step process:

 

  1. Brainstorm and identify a list of words
  2. Use a blog name generator to find suggestions
  3. Shortlist domains that are available
  4. Run through our checklist below to finalise your blog name

 

Start by word-vomiting ideas (a.k.a. brainstorming)

 

Your first step is to form a list of words you might want to use in your blog name.

 

So, get brainstorming! Grab a pen and paper and write down ALL the words and phrases that come to mind. Even the crappy ones.

 

Think of all the ways you can represent what your blog will be about.

 

If you’re doing a keyword-based name approach, you can start with words within the primary topic of your website.

 

For example, if you’re starting a sustainability blog, you might list words like sustainable / green / eco / wellness / recycling.

 

Then, branch out from those words and write down connotations, wordplay, synonyms, etc.

 

It helps to research and really immerse yourself in that world. Read competitor blogs, watch videos and listen to podcasts.

 

The more you understand the topics you’ll cover, the easier it will be to find the right language to represent it. So as you do your research, write down any words that jump out at you.

 

Other tools / strategies:

 

  • Find synonyms with Power Thesaurus and WordHippo
  • Use cultural references like poems, songs, quotes and movies
  • Use wordplay such as alliteration and rhyming
  • Translate words into other languages
  • Do SEO keyword research

 

Your final output should be a big mind map or list of awesome words.

 

You can then pick your favourites and put them into the blog name generators, to find a final domain for your blog.

 

 

Checklist for your final blog name idea

 

When you find a blog name idea that you like, make sure you run through this checklist:

 

1. Does your blog name pass the radio test?

 

Ask yourself whether people are able to spell your domain name correctly after hearing it the first time. Generally, avoid:

 

  • Numbers and hyphens.
  • Internet lingo – things like Sk8erboi, Essays4U – let’s leave them back in the 90s.
  • Homonyms – i.e. words like ‘fair’ and ‘fare’ that sound the same, but have different spelling and meanings.

 

 

2. Is your blog name easy to remember?

 

A unique blog name will help you build a strong brand.

 

Check that you don’t sound too similar to other blogs in your niche. For example, ‘camerashop.com’ and ‘camerastore.com’ are way too similar.

 

BUT – don’t make your name so complicated that it’s hard to remember. Keep it to 1-2 words that are easy to spell.

 

 

3. Does it leave you space to grow?

 

Do your future self a favour – make sure your blog name is scalable.

 

After all, plans change. You might eventually run out of topics in your niche to blog about. If your blog name is very specific, you might struggle to expand into new content topics.

 

For example, if your finance blog is called ‘weeklybudget.com’, it may be weird to your audience if you start advising on bitcoin.

 

So, make sure your blog name is not too limiting.

 

 

4. Have you picked the best top level domain?

 

There are some unique top-level domains like .travel or .photo or .write. You might feel tempted to buy one that relates to your niche. Don’t!

 

Most people automatically type in ‘.com’ at the end of a URL. So you should always go for the .com domain name.

 

If you REALLY want to own a unique TLD, consider purchasing the .com first, and using a 301 redirect so that your .photo or .travel directs to the .com version.

 

 

5. Does the blog name sound OK as a URL?

 

The owners behind the websites ‘Speed of Art’ and ‘Old Man’s Haven’ learnt this the hard way.

 

The site names sound well and good – until you see what their URLs look like.

 

speedofart.com

 

oldmanshaven.com

 

Remember, a URL doesn’t have spaces between the words. Make sure you type out your blog name in its domain name format, and check it reads okay.

 

Note

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4 Bonus formula to generate blog name ideas

 

If you’ve still not found the perfect blog name, try 1 of these 4 formula:

 

1. Pick a Brand-based Name

 

Instead of picking a blog name idea based on keywords, you can take a ‘brand-based name’ approach.

 

After all, a lot of the world’s biggest brands have names that are unrelated to their niche; brands like ‘Apple’ and ‘Amazon’.

 

Similarly, many bloggers may name their blog something random, or just use their own name – e.g. Neil Patel.

 

This approach is a great way to ‘own’ a unique voice on an industry or topic, but it can take time to build up. If you plan to be a long-term player in blogging, a brand-based name can be a great idea.

 

 

2. Keyword + brand name

 

Combine a keyword from your niche, with a brand-based name.

 

For example, your own name + your niche. Like ‘SamsPianoLessons’. Simple and to the point.

 

This can be effective since you’ll be able to target the right keyword AND help to build your personal brand.

 

 

3. Results-based formula

 

These blog names focus on the results that your blog will help readers achieve.

 

For example:

 

  • [Website Speed] + [Double] = MaxVelocity
  • [Lifestyle] + [Become more sustainable] = GreenifyLife

 

 

4. Make a Portmanteau

 

A portmanteau is a word that’s formed by combining 2 different words. For example, ‘Mockumentary’ = Documentary + Mock and ‘Smog’ = Smoke + Fog.

 

You can take the same approach with your brand or blog name. Blending 2 words to create a new word can help you combine their meaning and tone.

 

 

Conclusion: Next steps to launch your blog

 

Coming up with blog name ideas can be pretty fun. But it’s also easy to get carried away.

 

At the end of the day, remember it’s the contents of your blog is still what matters most. Try out the tips in this article and don’t put off starting that blog!

 

Next stop? Read our ultimate step-by-step guide on how to start a blog.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Danielle Willatt

About The Author

Dani is an editor and writer based between KL and Mexico City. Sprung from the advertising and travel industries, she’s also spent the last 10+ years freelancing for a slew of creative online businesses around the world. Connect with her via LinkedIn.

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