Of course this post was bound to surface this blog especially when I think of how much of a painful process it took me to come up with the new name of this Blog! Finally I found something that I was happy with but I’d tell you; changing your blog name or doing a whole re branding is not easy, so my advice is think hard before you even start a blog – a wedding blog.
I remember googling “How to Pick a Blog name” quite a lot and guess what? I was not the first to Google it! That obviously gave me comfort in knowing people struggled with things like this and I was not just being dumb. For this post, I am focusing on Wedding blogs as that is what I researched on but I think these tips are flexible with other blog niches too.
Step 1: Decide on the length you want; one word, two words or three words. Try to stay away from any option more than 3 words, the website name may be too long, that was one of my problems with my old name – Everything Weddings & More – which thanks to the idea of my friend, I still was able to keep it by using it as the tag line for this blog.
Step 2: Write down all the words you like relating to your niche and the feel (in most cases this may be an adverb) you would like it to have. They can range from topic-specific words (like “wedding”, “bridal”) to personal or even made up words (Did you know “Google” is not a real word? Someone misspelled a word and here we are. So it’s okay to make up yours). Topic-specific words may be better with SEO than personal or made up words while the latter may be more memorable and unique. So decide which is more important to you when picking out those words.
Step 3: Now mix and match those words and come up with at least 3 names based on the criteria of Step 1 and 2.
Step 4: Check to see if those 3 are already taken online (domain name and other social media outlets), if not run with any of them as soon as possible before someone else grabs them!
1. Obvious wedding words specific: Words such as “Wedding”, “Bride” and “Bridal” may be the most used.
2. Not so Obvious wedding words: Such as “I Do”, “Knot”, “Aisle”, “Union”, “Zilla”
3. Geographic: Your blog can be based on your location such as featuring only weddings in a certain location.
4. Race/ethnicity specific: For the blog that focuses on audience/weddings of a particular race or ethnicity.
5. Your own Name: Well if you like the sound of your name then why not? Plus it is easy and very unforgettable!
6. Something fun, personal or random: Ideas can be adding your favorite color, favorite ice cream flavor, or really just making up your own words or phrases!
7. Wedding style specific: Wedding styles vary from rustic to bohemian to modern and more.
8. Focusing on Budget or Crafts: Which are 2 very major/common areas Brides think about when planning their weddings.
9. Inspiration from a wedding item: Pick your favorite wedding item and work around that word.
10. Forget English, How about a different language?: Keeping your choice of words in mind, you can always opt for those words in a different language for something more unique but still easy to pronounce.
Dear new wedding blogger (and the old ones who may be considering changing their names), I hope this helps you to chose a blog name right for you!
PS: All blogs with (*) are some of the members of the Aisle and Tulle Connection I have been making so much noise about 🙂 Read about it and join if you think you’d be a right fit.