It’s a big deal.
This is how people will find your blog, refer to your blog, and share it with your friends whether you start your travel blog for free or not.
Oh, sure. You can try to change your blog’s name, but once you’ve built a brand, the last thing you want is to start over. Think about it. When your readers get to know and recognize your name, and associate that with your good work, switching to something else is more change than some of your readers will be able to handle. People like knowing what to expect. Besides, changing business cards, your logo, and anywhere you’ve written your blog’s original name would be quite the undertaking.
Some people do decide that their original travel blog’s name just isn’t cutting it so they scrap everything and start over from scratch. You don’t want to do that. Follow the tips below so you can develop a blog name that fits while you are beginning your travel blog–and lasts.
So, how do you name your travel blog?
The name of your travel blog could just come to you one day while you are riding your vintage bicycle down a dusty country road. If you aren’t so lucky, there are a few ideas you can use to help develop a name for your travel blog.
Your URL and the blog title should be the same, not only because it will be easier for people to remember, but also so it doesn’t have a long, drawn out web address that may be hard for others to correctly copy and paste when linking to your work later.
Before committing to a name, be sure to run it through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You don’t want to have a similar name to anyone else. You will also want to do a Google search to look for any brands or companies with names that resemble the one you want.
The last thing you want is to have to change your name when you have followers, readers, and rabid fans. Now, onto choosing a name for your blog on travel.
How Do You Choose a Name for a Travel Blog?
If you are toying with the idea of including a pet or a baby or a child in your blog name, what happens when babies and children grow and pets pass away? You may want to think about how you are locking yourself into your blog and stunting its growth.
Do you already have a following or an established presence based on your work? If your real name already provides authority, go with it. It can also help to serve as a portfolio site of sorts. One blog is much easier to manage than two. Just note that if you plan to post highly personal details on your travel blog, future employers, clients, your friends, and family will be able to find you that much easier. Will what you say cause hurt feelings or ruin your chances for job advancement or a switch in careers? If you ever decide to sell your blog, and it does happen, having your name associated with your blog would make it a tough sell.
Choosing a blog name that reflects your target topic is a great way to let everyone know what to expect before they land on your page. But what happens if you move away? Is there a way to generalize or broaden your proposed name to prevent you from being locked into a name that won’t be able to grow with you? Your blog will change as time passes. While you can’t predict how it will grow or when you can help set the stage for later success. If you are considering a blog name that relates to your life abroad, what will happen if you move back home? That said, it can help make you appear to be the authority on everything related to your name.
Yes, it is easy to see what your travel blog is all about, but does it do more than providing an SEO boost? A name that pertains to travel is always a good choice. It will be one more way for search engines to find you, for readers to discover you, and for companies to seek you out. But if your blog topic is the same as your targeted keyword, will it be easy for people to remember? Going this route can result in a blog that has a great SEO-friendly name but that lacks personality–and if readers won’t be interested in it if your name alone doesn’t generate interest (and their clicks), what will you do then?
If you have a great story, nickname, or something that is kinda travel-related, or at least pairs a travel term with something completely unrelated, you could be onto something. It will be memorable and probably make a great elevator pitch later. But will it be too “out there” for your readers to be able to remember it? Think twice before you head down that path. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, but just be sure it isn’t so random that folks will second-guess their decision to visit your site.
How Not to Name Your Travel Blog
Just don’t do it. While you may want to use a hyphen in the URL, it ends up wordy and complicated. For example, stating that your travel blog is at “Little-hyphen-Indiana dot com” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like “Little Indiana dot com” does. Which do you find easier to remember? Is there a different way to get your point across with a slight change in wording that will let you ditch the hyphen?
What happens to the potential name of your site if you remove the spaces. Is it confusing or, worse, does it spell out something rude if you look at the letters a different way? Hey, if that’s your bag, then roll with it. If not, you’ll need to rethink things to avoid alienating your readers.
This is so important it bears repeating. Google is your friend. Perform a Google search to see if anyone else is using the name you have in mind (or a close variation of it). Using “Little Indiana Towns” would be too similar to “Little Indiana” and would result in a lawsuit. If your idea is to focus on a certain cruise line or theme park, you can’t use the company name as part of your blog name. It doesn’t belong to you and it will get shut down for copyright infringement. Like previously mentioned, perform a search online and take a look at the United States Patent and Trademark Office too.
Anything Other than a .Com
A .com isn’t the only way to end a website. If you enter in any potential travel blog name into a domain registrar’s tool to check on its availability, you will notice a slew of other extensions. These include .net, .biz, and .info. Yes, they are often much cheaper, and who doesn’t love a good deal? but it is much harder for people to remember. If you don’t own the .com variation, your .info spin-off could end up sending traffic to the .com domain instead. Stick with the more professional-looking.com so you appear serious about your blog and your work from the start.
Baby animals are cute. Orange kitties are cute. Dogs walking in booties are cute. Your blog name shouldn’t go that route. Try to refrain from being too precious. Yes, your blog name should reflect your personality, your subject if you want, and have some sort of personal meaning to you, but it also needs to be able to be taken seriously.
Resist the impulse to spin off of words like “nomad” and “vagabond.” They have been done so many times that adding one more travel blog to the mix will only blend in with the whole lot.
Travel Blog Names: Ideas, Inspiration, and Suggestions
Head to a domain name registrar so you can find out if your chosen blog name is in use by someone else. Many domain name registrars will provide travel blog name suggestions based off of what you entered too. It doesn’t mean that the name isn’t associated with something else already so again, do your digging first.
If you still aren’t having any luck, take a look at the travel blog name generator to kick-start your naming inspo.
Travel Blog Names You Won’t Regret
This is all about you–to a point. Don’t rip off someone else’s idea or get so creative with it that no one knows how to spell it (if they can even remember it, to begin with). You can’t help but notice how often the idea of being taken seriously with regards to your blog name alone has come up.
There are people who have been writing about travel for decades. There are many writers, journalists, and hoping to be writers just beginning. When it comes to travel blogs, the competition is fierce.
When you appear on the scene, you have to show why you are worth the time of these very busy people. Your blog name will help clear a path. While it won’t necessarily make or break you, it can make it easy for you to be remembered for the great story behind the name or your clever play on words that no one else had thought of yet.
Be memorable for the right reasons: clear writing, vivid images, great video, and interesting topics. A unique travel blog name combined with a short URL can help propel you to the top of the search engines.
Figuring out the best travel blog names isn’t easy. Much like it is when you name a child or a pet when it is “the one,” you will just know it.