Choosing the right blog name can be one of the toughest decisions you have to make as a blogger. The first thing you consider is your niche and audience, come up with a list of possible blog names that fit your niche and embodies your blog, and then check if the domain name is available to make sure that you can use the same name for your social media accounts.
Choosing the right blog name is as hard as choosing a tattoo. After all, your blog name will stick with you no matter where you go so you must be able to choose something that you will not regret. It is not as permanent as a tattoo, though. However, changing your blog name in the future can cost you a lot of money and time, plus it will affect your branding and SEO rankings negatively. It is important to take your time when it comes to choosing your travel blog name.
Are you still feeling clueless and stuck? No problem! Here are some tips and tricks to help you limit your choices!
1. Keep it short
A short blog name will be easier to remember. The shorter the blog name is, the better the recall will be. It is recommended that your blog name be one to three words with a total of four or fewer syllables, so it will not be a mouthful.
2. Keep it relevant
Your blog name is the first piece of information a reader will see on your site. It is a great opportunity to showcase what your blog is all about to hold their interest and start scrolling down to read your posts. The title of your blog can determine whether they will click on your link or not. For instance, if your blog name is “Luxurious Escapes” people who are looking for a budget trip itinerary will not click on your site, but those who want a classy vacation will definitely check you out. Another example is if your blog name is “Partying Around the World” people who are over their partying stage will not check you out while teens and those who still got the party vibe going will check your blog.
3. Easy to read
Some blog names are great but turn into a whole different thing when typed in URL format. For example, for a blog named “Who Represents” the URL “http://whorepresents.com” can be read a different way, and people can read it as “whore presents.” Another example is a blog named “Two Gals Hit the Waves” the URL “http://twogalshitthewaves.com” can make the reader zoom in on the word “shit,” and this does not look good for your blog at all. Some people may even hesitate to click on your URL because they are not sure what they would see.
4. Easy to say
Read your blog name out loud. If it is hard to pronounce or seems like a mouthful, it is best to go to your next option. One test to determine this is the “phone test” wherein you tell someone the name of your blog over the phone. If they can get it correctly without you having to spell it out for them, then the blog name passes. If your travel blog name is hard to process when you read it out loud, it will be hard to remember.
5. Must provoke a reaction
The most memorable blog names are those that make the readers react. It can be a humorous blog name that made the reader laugh or an unexpected combination of words that made the reader think for a moment at the genius of it.
6. Try a call to action
Blog names that are a call to action such as “Save the Amazon” or “Move Your Feet” works because they motivate your reader to do something indirectly. This tip works if your blog posts will elicit inspiration, motivate readers to travel, or give them information on how to travel.
7. Has branding potential
Your blog name must also be a great brand name. Today’s blogs are no longer just a form of self-expression. Blogs have evolved into a business and a brand. If you want to earn money with your travel blog, you have to think of its branding potential as well.
8. Place your target audience in your blog name
Your audience will immediately know that your blog is specifically for them because it is in your name. For instance, if you are targeting solo female backpackers, you can go with the blog names, “She Travels Solo” or “Wander Woman.” If you are targeting RV owners, you can name your blog “Road tripping RV” or “R and R in an RV.”
9. Avoid common words in your niche
People are sick of seeing the same words on travel blog titles, and it is so easy to get confused as to who is who because the names are similar. You want to stand out from these blogs, and standing out starts with your blog name. Avoid words such as “wanderlust,” “wanderer,” “vagabond,” “nomad,” “Adventures of —-.” They all have been used, and they are all tiring. Readers will remember you better if you have a name that is unique and stands out from what they usually see.
10. Experiment with suffixes
There is also a trend of making up words by toying with suffixes. Take, for example, brand names “Spotify” and “Shopify.” You can also apply this technique to your blog name by experimenting with the suffixes “-ify,” “-icious.” “-ity,” “-erify.” “-cy,” “-matic,” or “-ous.” As a travel blog, you can use words like “travelicious” or “wanderlustrous” to sound unique.
11. Do a portmanteau
A portmanteau is a word that blends the sounds and meaning of two separate words, or in simpler terms, a combination of two separate words. Common examples of portmanteau are “brunch,” which is a combination of “breakfast and lunch.” Another example is “smog,” which is a combination of “smoke” and “fog.” You can think of ways to make your combinations to create a new word that can embody your blog.
12. Use an alliteration
You form an alliteration when there is a repetition of sounds or consonants at the start of two or more words that follow each other. Common examples of alliterations are the tongue twister “She sells seashells on the seashore,” the brand name “Coca-Cola.” and the name “Ryan Reynolds.” When you say these alliterations out loud, there is a natural rhythm that makes it easier to recall.
13. Stay clear of limiting blog names
For instance, if you settle with “Diary of a Twenty Something Backpacker” – what happens if you turn 30? Will you stop blogging? Another example of a limiting blog name is “Stories of a Single Jetsetter” – what happens if you finally meet the love of your life and you get married? Another example of a limiting blog name is “My Asian Bucket list” – this will limit all your traveling and blog entries to just Asia alone. What if you had the chance to go to Europe? As you can see, blog names that enforce a limit will tie you down later when you want to expand or when your life’s circumstances have changed. Check your chosen blog name, and see if it will still be relevant in 10 to 15 years.
14. Use abbreviations
Blog names that are short calls for easy recall and abbreviations can do the job for you. For instance, take the popular website “https://imdb.com” where “IMDb” stands for “Internet Movie Database.” The abbreviation works better for them compared to typing “https://internetmoviedatabase.”
15. Do not use numbers and hyphens
Blog and domain names that use numbers and hyphens look spammy, and therefore, you will have a hard time developing a loyal and stable number of readers unless you are confident that you can post awesome and trending content.
No to numbers
People often get confused when you verbally say the name of your blog. For example, “Two Trekking Souls” when you verbally say it to someone, they will have to wonder if they spell out two or type in numeric 2. It is just confusing. If your blog name takes time to explain or have to be spelled out, it is just not worth it.
Halt the hyphens
Bloggers used hyphens in their domain names to break up the words, but now they just look outdated and imagine telling someone your website address as “my hyphen travel hyphen blog.” It sounds ridiculous.
16. Use a foreign language
If you are having a hard time thinking of a unique name in your language, then find a different one. There are beautiful sounding words from different dialects and languages. Examples are “Trouvaille” the French word for something lovely that was found by chance, “Eudaimonia” a Greek word for the feeling of happiness and contentment that you feel when you travel, and “Solivagant” a Latin word for someone who wanders alone. When you combine a foreign word with a familiar word, you can easily come up with a unique blog name.
17. Adapt a popular phrase or saying
Another technique bloggers use to come up with a catchy blog name is to adopt a popular saying or phrase and swap out some of the words. It is a great way to get attention by causing your reader to recall something familiar, and whenever they hear that popular phrase or saying, they might even think of your blog. For example, the common saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” can be turned to “Beauty is in the eye of the traveler.” Get creative to make it catchier.
18. Practice the rule of three
There is this writing principle called “The rule of three,” and it can work for your blog name. Things that come in threes are naturally catchy. For instance, the popular book “Eat, Pray, Love.” Then there was also Jesus’ catchy “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” There’s also the overused “Live, Love, Laugh” Try thinking of three words that sum up your blog niche and test it out.
19. Work with puns
Puns are a play on words, and some of the best blog names make use of it. It is a great way to catch the reader’s attention because it makes them pause to think and figure out what the right word should have been. An example is “Suitcase yourself,” which is a play for the phrase “Suit yourself” and “Plane Jane” for “plain Jane” (works wonders if your name is Jane). You have to make sure that they are self-explanatory though – if you have to explain it, it is just not worth it.
20. Use your keywords and add “hack” or rank or type of person
A lot of blogs have “hack” in their names, and it works. A hack is a simple but clever tip that will accomplish a familiar task more efficiently. So for a travel blog, one keyword for you is “travel,” and you can come up with “The Travel Hack.” “Wizard” is also a common word in blog names. You can be the “Travel Wizard,” and it still sounds cool. Another common word used is “geek.” If you notice, wizard and geek do not entirely scream professional or expert but makes the reader know that the topic is something you are passionate about. Note: do not use “Expert” in your blog unless you have the credentials to support it.
21. Lose a vowel
We have heard of familiar brand names like “Tumblr” and “Scribd.” Notice that the letter “e” is missing. Dropping a vowel is one unique way for your blog name to look hip and cool. But be careful, though. Flickr had to buy the domain Flicker.com because people kept making the mistake of spelling it out and forgetting to drop the “e,” so they bought the other domain and used it to redirect these lost people to the right website.
22. Use a blog or domain name generator
You can consult a blog or domain name generator if you are still stuck. These online tools will generate name ideas based on the keywords that you enter. All you have to do is choose from the list of unique names they come up with.
Some of the most used blog and domain name generators are:
23. Use keyword generators
One source of terminologies that you can get for your blog name is the keywords that are usually used in your blog niche. These keywords are all related to your blog, and you can come up with a long list of words to use for your blog name. You can use keyword generators to help you out, and the keywords produced by these tools will help you with your SEO as well. All you have to do is add some words related to your travel blog, and you will get back a long list of related keywords.
Some of the most popular keyword generators are:
24. Check out synonyms
Sometimes all you need is a thesaurus. Get the words you have collected so far and run them through a thesaurus – you will get a lot of synonyms for each word, and you might find a better-sounding word than the ones you already have. You can come up with a lot of fancier and more powerful words with a thesaurus, which is better than using overused and common words. For example, instead of “traveler,” you can use “sightseer,” “globetrotter,” “voyager,” “wayfarer,” or “excursionist.”
25. Make it rhyme
Think about it – why are some lyrics catchy? Because they rhyme! Rhymes can be easy to remember because the way the word flows feel natural. If you need to search for blog names that rhyme the RhymeZone is a good site for you. You not only get to search for words that rhyme but also descriptive words, synonyms, and other related words. As an example, you can use “Travel Marvel” or “The Vagabond Blonde.”
26. Add a detail about yourself
You can incorporate a detail about yourself to your blog name to make it unique. It can be where the color of your hair or eyes, where you come from, your career, your interest, or a personality. For example, “The Redhead Backpacker” or “Adventurous Architect.”
27. Adding your name
Adding your name will add uniqueness points, but there are also pros and cons when it comes to using your name in your blog. It all depends on your topic or your plans for your blog.
When to add your name:
- If it is a personal blog and your entries are more like a diary space type of writing.
- If you are already popular and you have a loyal fan base.
- If you want to sell your service like doing freelance writing work on the side or travel tours.
- If you are unsure if you can focus on your niche and you have a feeling you might shift to another niche later on.
When not to add your name:
- If it is a niche blog aimed to inform and share knowledge, and you want to be viewed as an authority in the niche.
- If you want to post stories that have highly personal details on them that can affect your work and relationship with your friends or family (by the way, if you plan to post such stories, please go by another name in the blogosphere and never reveal your identity.)
- If you want people to know what your niche is just by looking at your URL address.
- If you want better SEO rankings by keywords.
- If you plan to sell your website once the stats and traffic hit a high volume.
- If you do not want your name to be all over the Internet, take note that employers commonly google the name of their applicants and they will see your blog. If you want your blog to be a separate thing from your profession, it is best not to use your name at all.
28. Check out the competition
It helps to know the blog names of the same niche that you plan to do – this way you make sure you know what is already taken and you get to determine if your blog name sounds like you are copying them or sounds too familiar with theirs. All you have to do is search for the top traveling blogs of your niche. For example, “Top budget travel blogs.” Take note of the popular blogs and write their blog names down. Now evaluate why each of these names works. Looking at the list of awesome blog names can inspire some ideas of your own.
29. Check for copyright infringement
You may be unaware that your blog name is an existing product, brand, or trademark. You can be sued for copyright infringement even if you are unaware and, as a result, you can lose your site. To make sure that you are on the safe side, go to copyright.gov and search for your blog name to see if there are any hits. You should also check a trademark database to be sure. For example, “WordPress” is a trademark name, so it is not legal for you to use it in a domain name.
30. Always have backups
Sometimes we get this one great idea, and we fall in love so badly with it that we do not think of anything else only to find that the name is already taken. So you have to go through the long and exhausting process of thinking of another blog name. Avoid going back to square one by always having backups. Do not settle for just one great idea. Have at least five great blog names before you start checking for their availability. That way, if your first choice is taken, you can simply move on to the next.
Checking social media and domain name availability
Once you have settled on a name, the next thing you should do is register for your domain name and check if your blog name is available for social media accounts. Your blog must have their corresponding social media accounts for marketing purposes and your readers to easily reach you and find you more relatable. Once you have a go signal for both, register and set up your accounts. Remember that your blog name must be the same for your blog, domain, and social media accounts. Otherwise, your followers will have a hard time following you online if you are not consistent.
The top social media accounts that you should have profiles on for your blog are:
Do I need my domain name?
Your domain name is just as important as your blog name. Your domain name is the website address or URL that your blog will have. Having your domain name means that you are the legal and valid owner of your blog and all stats are credited as yours. Whereas if you choose to go with a free blog platform such as Blogger or WordPress, your URL will have the extensions “.blogspot” and “.wordpress” and even if your blog is performing well, stats and credits will go to your blog hosting site and not your blog.
Registering your domain name
It is advised to register your domain with your blog host provider. It is not necessarily required, but it will make things easier for you because you do not have to set everything up yourself. When you have a separate domain registrar from your host, you will have to set up the domain on your hosting server yourself.
Choosing a domain extension
Take time to choose your top-level-domain or TLD because this will represent the extension of your domain. The most common extensions are .com, .net, and .org. Most people choose the .com extension because it is more common and easier to remember. If you target a specific country, you can also use a country-specific TLD. For instance, if you target a UK audience, the .uk extension will be your best bet and, if you do so, your blog will rank higher on Google.uk.
If you have the money, it helps to lock all related TLDs to your blog name, especially if you are concerned about the branding and business side of running a blog. You can own a .com extension, but someone else can still use your blog and domain name with a different extension. Even if you just blog on the .com domain, you can lock down the others by purchasing them. For example, Grammarly.com has locked all domains including grammar.ly – this is a good business move because a few wrong letters can lead their audience to another page and that can lead to a loss of sales and following for them. You also have to consider if your name has homophones that can confuse potential followers like “byte” and “bite.” Most bloggers buy both and redirect the confused to the main site. This way, you are not losing anything.
Once you have registered your domain name and hooked up with a host, you can install your WordPress blog and start your travel blog!