How to Pick a Business Name: Tips, Tricks, and Tools [free]

How to Pick a Business Name: Tips, Tricks, and Tools [free]

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So today the hubs and I sat down for an hour or two to brainstorm names for websites and podcasts. He doesn’t like the current name of this website (BIGsmallbiztips.com…update: It’s now Copy That Pops!) because it’s a mouthful and I was having second thoughts myself.

Plus, we are both thinking about getting into the podcast game and need a name for that which could also compliment a business name and website URL.

I thought I’d share the sites I used for some creative idea brainstorming PLUS checking to see if things are still available online for social media and a website URL.

1: Brainstorm words that have to do with you personally and/or the potential business or podcast

me personally:

  • tall
  • female / gal / chica / girl
  • teacher / nerd / life-long learner
  • travelaholic
  • Starbucks enthusiast
  • free wifi seeker
  • entrepreneur

business / podcast keywords:

  • business / entrepreneur / startup / podcast / biz / company
  • online marketing / online business creation
  • tips / tricks / techniques
  • free resources
  • learn from others’ successes and failures
  • social / viral / community
  • chat / talk / interview / collaborate

variations and abbreviations to consider:

  • biz
  • e-  (a la e-learning or e-business)

2: Start writing out combos of words that capture your essence

  • entrepreneursanonymous
  • startuproutines
  • wanderingbiz
  • startupobsession
  • ebizcommunity

3: Check if they are available for a URL still

I always use GoDaddy.com and just type things in and see what’s still possible as a .com.startuproutines godaddy web name

If .com is taken I sometimes consider .biz or .tips but tend to always keep trying until a .com I want is available.

Here’s an example: www.startup.com is taken but GoDaddy offers other suggestions with that word in it and you can even refine the search by naming:

  • the highest price (I entered $50 here)
  • the longest number of characters (I put 10 here)
  • the extensions you’ll consider (I have .com, .biz, and .tips)

www.startuppro.biz isn’t horrible!

startup.com not available example from godaddy

4: If I’m getting really stuck I use sites to increase my creativity

Sometimes what you want is taken, so you have to get more creative to see what’s available.

Sites I use to increase my creativity in naming a website or podcast show include:

5: Checking Social Availability

For me it’s important that any name I choose, even if it has the URL available, needs to also be available on the major social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

But I do not want to spend time searching them on each platform.

Enter: Name Check ( www.namechk.com )

Here’s a search for StartUpRoutines. Looks like all major ones are available except for Vine.

And they list social sites I didn’t even know existed, so check out all the options to have your brand represented across platforms (upon scroll you see like a million more – try it!).

namechk social checking sites

 

The Final Step

Once I pick a name I like and it’s available on social media sites and for sale as a domain, I tend to go and buy the domain and the hosting with BlueHost.

I prefer their hosting even though GoDaddy does a better job with the searching feature.

Now it’s time to build your website and drive some traffic on in!

 

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