Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

How to Choose a Name For Your Travel Blog

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If you’ve decided to take the plunge and start a blog — whether travel-oriented or not — one of the most important decisions you can make is what to name it.  A great blog name could propel you to the top; a bad blog name could destroy you.

There’s much to consider when choosing a name for your travel blog.

Here are the most popular options for choosing a name:

Option 1: Your Real (or Professional) Name

Examples: Suzy Guese, Kirsten Alana, Diana Ellefson

Pros: You own your name on the web and nobody can take it away from you.  It gives you professional credibility, especially if you’re a freelance writer or photographer.

Cons: You may end up miserably editing everything you write because you don’t want to say anything remotely offensive to prospective employers that may Google you.  You may get tired of travel blogging, or may not want to represent yourself foremost as a travel blogger.

Option 2: A Variation of Your First Name

Examples: Travels of Adam, Backpacking Matt, Brooke vs. the World

Pros: It’s a great balance between providing your name without revealing your entire identity.

Cons: It’s not as easy to brand yourself as a prominent travel site.  No matter what, name-based sites sound like blogs.  However, Nomadic Matt has done well by branding himself as Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site.

Option 3: A Location-Based Name

Examples: The Brooklyn Nomad, The Aussie Nomad, Traveling Canucks

Pros: This gives you personality based on the location and allows you to be a knowledgeable representative for your area.

Cons: You might be mistaken for a destination-based site.  And after you leave your destination, do you still want it to define you forever, even if you settle in another place?  Furthermore, does that destination define you to begin with?

Option 4: An SEO-Friendly Travel Term

Examples: Solo Female Traveler, Go Backpacking, Two Go RTW

Pros: Lots of traffic; lots of site value; potentially great for business.  It could also make you look like a well-established travel site.

Cons: Your name could be easily forgettable.  It’s not as easy to be etched in someone’s mind.

Option 5: A Creative Travel Term

Examples: Wild Junket, Migrationology, Velvet Escape

Pros: It’s unique, yet undeniably about travel.

Cons: Very few — this is a smart choice.  Be careful to avoid a complicated name or becoming overly gimmicky, thinking you have to stick to the theme of the name.

Option 5: Something Outlandish

Examples: Bacon is Magic, Beers and Beans, Trail of Ants

Pros: Your blog name is memorable and creates an unforgettable image in the reader’s mind!  You won’t have to compete with similarly named sites.

Cons: It’s not clear that your site is about travel.  You might get sick of explaining the meaning of it over and over.

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Once you’ve found a name you like, be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Is it available as a dot-com?

2. Is it simple? Concise?  Easy to remember?  Easy to spell and pronounce?  Understandable to non-travel bloggers?

3. What does Googling it bring up now? Does someone else have a similarly named site?  Does it bring up porn?

4. Is it available on social networking sites? Is it available on Twitter?  On Facebook, YouTube, Flickr?  It will always be easy for people to find you by keeping the same screenname on each site, so be sure it’s short enough as well.  Plus, who owns it on Blogger and WordPress?

5. Does it lock you in? Sure, if you’re teaching in Osaka for a year, “Jamie in Japan” might seem like a great blog name.  But what if you decide to teach in Argentina next?  Or, what if you decide not to teach anymore?

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Finally, picture yourself arriving at a luxury hotel in your dream exotic location.  Flash a smile and say with confidence, “Hi, I’m [name], the founder of [blog name].”

How does it feel?

If it’s right, it will feel right.

Tell me, travel bloggers: how has your blog name worked out for you?

Comments

101 Responses to “How to Choose a Name For Your Travel Blog”
  1. Adam says:

    I couldn’t be happier with my blog name (but of course I’m going to say that). I think it fits well and I think a little bit of personality goes a long way on the internet. So using my real name is a big plus. That would be the advice I’d give to any newbie blogger.

    Also, a lot of people subliminally make the connection with Marco Polo’s book, even if I never intended that to begin with. “Travels of” just seems to fit well. And I’m inching closer to Marco Polo on Google: http://twitpic.com/2cvxma :)

    Memorability is key when choosing a blog name. Screw SEO.

    • Daniel says:

      Memorable names, if unique, are a key part of SEO. ;)

      • Kate says:

        That is very true — my #1 query by far is “adventurous kate,” even after the insane SEO traffic from my Boston Fourth of July post!

        • Adam says:

          “travels of adam” or any variation of it are my top queries as well. I’m not a web expert, but I think your blog title will generally almost always be your number one source of traffic. And Daniel, you’re right. Memorability is a key part of SEO as well!

  2. Daniel says:

    Great post — one of the reasons we went for ‘Two Go RTW’ was because it allowed us to snag a domain name (twortw.com) that was just six characters (and easy to remember). The added benefit to this is that ‘twortw’ is by far our number one search term. Because people tend to navigate the web via search engines, we enjoyed the double benefit of a unique search term and short URL. Granted, it’s nowhere near as punchy as some of the others cited above (and our favourite travel-related blog name—Patrick and Akila’s ‘The Road Forks’) but it works! Anyway, some good stuff to chew on here for the beginning blogger or someone looking to re-brand their blog. Thanks!

    • Akila says:

      Aw, thanks Daniel! We’re blushing.

      Seriously, though, it took us almost 3 weeks to come up with our blog name. We tossed around tons of ideas and then polled a bunch of our friends. The Road Forks was the top pick, so that’s what we went with. We surprisingly get a lot of compliments and comments on it. It slightly worries me that people are so surprised that we could come up with something clever!

  3. Excellent list! Can’t think of anything else I’d add. :)

  4. Dina says:

    Very interesting post!
    My blog name, Vagabond Quest, which category it falls to? Maybe the SEO for the vagabond part?
    We chose the name because we feel it represents us: We are vagabonds, and we are on quest to explore the world. And because the name is available / not taken yet (as domain, in various social media, and emails).
    Later on we found out that there’s a not so well known On-line Multi-player RPG called “vagabond’s quest”, that doesn’t even own website name bearing the title. We wondered how many people stumble into ours in searching for that game.

  5. ayngelina says:

    Thanks for featuring me, you nailed my pros and cons on the head. I find I get a lot of traffic simply because people are curious, but I’m forever explaining how the name relates to travel. But my passion for pork products is such a large part of me and my travels that I don’t mind explaining.

    Unfortunately I had to pick .ca (Canadian domain name) and I’m currently trying to figure out how to secure the dotcom as someone has the rights but isn’t using it and their email address under WHOIS is no longer valid. Sigh.

  6. Shane says:

    Trail of Ants is a genius name, and valid for option 2 too, but not all of us were lucky to be given such a suitable moniker by our parents. Trail of Shanes doesn’t work quite as well. I have no idea why I like Bacon is Magic but I do. Mmm, bacon.

  7. Andrew says:

    Excellent article Kate. Thanks for including me in it.

    I agree 100% that you need to pick a blog name that you’re confident in saying out loud. I met a few bloggers in the past that would introduce themselves and say their blog’s name quickly. When I would ask “what blog?”, they would seem embarrassed and say it again…then quickly explain why its call that.

    As for being a “located-based” blog, yes the title has Brooklyn in it and yes some people have considered me an expert of Kings County. But to be honest, the url was available and when I started blogging years ago I never knew people would continue to visit and I could make money from the site. It was just a hobby that turned into a teeny, tiny business and lands me jobs.

    I believe that by building my persona and character on sites like Twitter and facebook, I bring more to the table than just being your resident Brooklyn expert. I love travel..period.

    I full intend on moving out of Brooklyn someday now that I have a family and can not afford to purchase a $1 million home in Brooklyn. But I will always be someone that obsesses and loves what I consider to be the best damn borough in New York. Plus Queens Nomad just sounded silly.

    Cheers

    Andrew

    • Kate says:

      I think your blog has a great name, Andrew — you’ve had the opportunity to brand yourself well.

      I’m off to add Queens Nomad to my domain collection… ;-)

  8. Liv says:

    Great tips! Mine falls into the “weird” category – I chose mine based on a language mistake I made when I first moved to Japan (I was trying to say “My hat – table!” but instead said… I eat my pigeon). I probably should have thought about whether or not it suggested that I ran a travel blog, but it just seemed to “fit.”

  9. Jools Stone says:

    Fab post, the final point about imagining introducing yourself with it in conversation really makes you focus on it!

    V.timely for me too as am soon to be purchasing a domain and in my latest post I ask readers to tell me what they think of potential new names and suggest their own ones. Some of my fave suggestions so far are traindrops, trainsonthebrain and notrainnogain.

    I like BrooklynNomad; it’s a hip place that everyone’s heard of, can’t go wrong, and trailfoants is just really clever.

    Mine’s rail-related but if ever do a solo traveller blog I’ll call it: Stonealone.
    Cheers :)

  10. Jools Stone says:

    Isn’t there one called something like around-the-world-on-a-toilet? Sounds like a Tony Hawks’ book!
    http://www.tony-hawks.com/books.php

  11. Great list you have built. It is important to know the pros and cons because the type of name you get really depends on what your looking for. I agree that my favorite style of name was the creative ones. Indicates the industry but being interesting so its catch and a more brandable name.

  12. Christine says:

    I’m definitely in the second category, and while I don’t regret “C’est Christine,” I know there are issues. First off, many people who aren’t familiar with French mispronounce ‘c’est’–it’s like say. And I don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave France–probably stick with the same thing, but have a bit more explaining to do!

    • Kate says:

      Christine, I think one reason why yours works is because French itself is a personality trait — much more so than other nationalities. Francophilia translates well across all cultures!

  13. Erica says:

    My name has sentimental attachment to it.

    My grandparents were what really started my wanderlust. They used to take us on road trips all over the southwest US to little campsites and places that were hidden gems. My grandfather was from Georgia and we found him saying “over yonder” quite a bit. <3

    I think I'm okay with sacrificing my name for SEO as a homage and chuckle.

  14. Jools Stone says:

    @christine you could always go with ‘Say you, C’est me’ (or moi if you want to keep it authentic)

  15. Jason says:

    Great post, and you basically covered all the main points. Choosing the name for my site was a difficult task for me. Although I never had any information before me as you’ve listed above, i went through through the same steps. There are so many great blogs about, and some of the names intrigue me, but in the end I suppose as long as your putting out good content, the name will look after itself in the end.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Great overview of the name choices! I realized that after I created mine – labelleinfrance.com

    I’m not restricted to France but all of a sudden my blog is and what am I to do should I settle somewhere else? Both thoughts running through my head and you covered them! Another thing – me, la belle? I’m not THE beautiful – we’re all beautiful!

    None the less, I liked it and I’m running with it!

    Any thoughts on how I can break out of it? should I need to?

    • Kate says:

      Stephanie, it’s up to you. DO you want to break out? Or do you not want to? Because if you do, I took a look, and it’s not like your actions would impact you severely. Your site is still new enough that you can change it without making too severe an impact.

  17. Ant Stone says:

    Ant is my name! Trail is travel (kind of) so I don’t believe mine is “Something Outlandish”! hehe… can understand where you’re coming from.

    Above all, a a great post on an important topic. I think two of my favourite travel blog names are Hop & Jaunt (http://www.hopandjaunt.com/) and Almost Fearless (http://almostfearless.com/)

    • Kate says:

      Haha, Ant, to be honest, I didn’t know if Ant was your blog nickname or your actual name! I was actually searching a bit hard for a third outlandish one…I think you fit well for both! :-)

      Hop & Jaunt and Almost Fearless are two names — and blogs — that I really like as well. :-)

      • Ant Stone says:

        :) Try explaining it to everyone you meet. My girlfriend’s called Reb which is equally confusing for people — we fight hard to be the first one to introduce ourselves. Funnily enough though, another commenter and great blogger is called Jools Stone. Strangely enough, about five years ago I had an identity crisis and wanted to change my name to Jools!

        • Jools Stone says:

          @Kate cheers, am so excited by all the suggestions I might just buy them all up!

          @Ant cheque’s in the post mate. Why don’t we swap for a month just to confuse ppl? You can be He Thought of Ants and I’ll have TrailofJewels! :-)

  18. Erin says:

    We went for Never Ending Voyage because it summed up what we were doing (travelling indefinitely) but also didn’t lock us in. Even if we decided to stop travelling and base ourselves in one place for a few years it can still apply because after all, life is a voyage.

  19. Sabina says:

    Kate, great post! And you are 100% right about why I chose Solo Female Traveler!

  20. Jackie says:

    We were definitely going for the “creative travel term” with TheJetpacker. It’s a little on the silly side (ok fine, a lot on the silly side), but that really encapsulates what our blog is about — funny, offbeat, and just plain weird travel stories. I love our name, but I do think it will be amusing, like you said, when we’re trying to check in to a 7-star resort in Dubai and we’re like “Hi, we’re the Jetpackers!” :)

  21. Amanda says:

    Another great post, Kate! It really is important to think about if you ever plan on someone other than your mother reading your blog.

    I started my first travel blog when I studied abroad for a semester in New Zealand. I used Blogger, and called it “Amanda’s Kiwi Adventures.” It fit, and it was easy. But after I came home, the blog died; I didn’t need it anymore to let people back home know what I was up to. Plus, I wasn’t enthused about Blogger after a while, either.

    So when I decided I wanted to create a full-fleged travel blog, I went to WordPress and spent a long time thinking up a name. I went through about 3 or 4 before settling on A Dangerous Business. I guess mine fits more into the Outlandish category, simply because it isn’t meant to imply that travel is dangerous. Instead, it comes from a J.R.R. Tolkien quote that I really love: “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might get swept off to.”

    It does take some explaining sometimes (though I don’t mind, because I like my inspiration), but I liked the name, and decided that was all that mattered. Though, since starting my blog, I’ve discovered there’s another travel blog out there named using the same idea! Oh well. Great minds…

    But, as Jason said, in the end, if you’re putting out good content, it doesn’t really matter what your blog is called. And hopefully I fall into THAT category.

  22. Matt says:

    If I could do it again, I wouldn’t have tied my domain name and blog name to my name. I don’t like the idea of limiting the content to my backpacking experiences – and I don’t intend to. Still, at the end of the day, I think you’re going to get traffic, followers, and subscribers based on one thing – the content you produce. The names important, but Content is King.

    A very informative post though – wish I could have read this 8 months ago before Backpackingmatt was born!

  23. Excellent advice Kate! When I chose the name of my blog I knew almost nothing about buying a domain or what would be a good name. I just thought of a few terms and after not much thought, decided to use migrationology. Thanks for including me, this article will be of great use to someone looking to start a travel blog!

  24. Kiratiana says:

    I actually hate my name…it’s Kiratianatravels.com: Let a Black Girl Show You the World….It just so unoriginal and BORING!!! I created it in order to match the branding of my book: Kiratiana Travels…..I guess this will have to do.

  25. Gourmantic says:

    A unique and creative name any day over SEO! It’s a brand and a label, and a way that says a lot about the person behind the words and images.

    I love the name of my site though I can’t take the credit for it since my other half chose it. As you say in your last point, I have started introducing myself as “I’m [name] from [blog name]” and it feels ever so natural, like an extension of my last name!

  26. Andrew says:

    Neat list and linkages.
    I had Grounded Traveler for a long time, in relation to my dislike of flying. Now that I have settled into being an expat, I added the tagline “Putting down roots and still seeing the world” and it still fits. Which is nice as I intend to get into an airplane again soon.

  27. Connie says:

    Hi Kate, Great post! I’d like to think that my blog name is quite catchy and easy to remember: Connvoyage. I’m not sure what people’s reaction to it actually is though. Those who I’ve said it to in person immediately recognize the play on words, those who I haven’t, I have no idea.

    So what do you guys think of my blog name, Connvoyage?

    I’ll give you a second…

    Was your initial reaction, “Hmm, WHAT??!!?” or “Ah, Connvoyage! Like bon voyage! Because her name is Connie and she’s going on a trip around the world!”

  28. Amar Hussain says:

    Interesting blog post Kate. Agree with the points you’ve made.

    One thing people always seem to neglect is what happens when they are done blogging. No one blogs forever and on blog rolls and directories you see ‘dead’ travel blogs.

    If you’re seriously considering blogging professional and you pick a specific or own branded name e.g. adventurouskate think about it’s re-sell value. If you have a site anyone could re-brand or continue and can provide stats/revenue stream it is much easier to sell the domain name on when you are finished with it.

    Maybe it’s thinking too far ahead for some people but it’s worth considering….

    • Kate says:

      That’s a great point, Amar, and that will be my aim down the road when I build more sites. Obviously, Adventurous Kate has no value, but that’s why I chose it — I already owned the screenname on most major sites, so I wanted to be consistent across the board.

      I doubt people are thinking about reselling when they start their first travel blog! :-)

  29. Mikeachim says:

    Now he’re a timely topic for me. (Great post, Kate).

    For reasons that are now obscure to me, I picked a .org for my domain extension when I set up my current domain. Not sure why, or if it matters much, but it makes me sound like a committee-personality. Also, while ‘Fevered Mutterings’ is how to find me on Google, and has been for half a decade, it’s (a) not saying anything about my travel-writing and (b) under my main domain, which isn’t great SEO and undoubtedly hurts my page rank and all sorts of other traffic-related shenanigans.

    So all that is under review. It’ll almost certainly result in a new travel-writing-oriented website. Sooner rather than later, methinks.

    • Kate says:

      I feel your pain, Mike. You’ve already got the backlinks and the traffic; you’re just missing the domain. :-/

      Good luck with the switch, whenever it goes down.

    • RJ says:

      Why not just register feveredmutterings.com and have it redirect to your current site?

  30. Akila says:

    Great points, Kate. And these are great blogs you have featured. We asked our friends and our parents for their opinions and people were very honest. We love our blog name and think it fits us, what we’re trying to do, and our personality, but it took us several weeks to figure out exactly what to name it.

  31. Lori Henry says:

    Great list. I went with simply my name, as I’m a freelance writer, so it also acts as my portfolio site. I’m always grappling with whether I should re-brand it under a different name, though, but I also like that everyone knows it now and it is my name that I want people to remember, above all. Always good to think about…

  32. thanks for the mention Kate. I agree with what you’ve said and it was one of the hardest parts about starting my blog. I put off creating my blog for a month or two as i just couldn’t think of a name that I liked.

    I wanted a domain that would tell people about me, but not be too generic that it couldnt be linked to travel and so forth. With that theaussienomad.com was born. I had to add the “the” to secure the domain and ensure it was available across all of the social media type sites I wanted to be part of.

    Still I think it works for me. I’m an aussie and I’m travelling. There’s wasn’t a lot of aussie blogs I found when I began looking as well so I like to think of myself as part of a select few aussies :)

    I’m also not locked to a specific area of the world (although being aussie I’m expected to know a bit about my home country) so I’m free to just head out there and explore. I also didn’t want to include my name in the title as I felt it would turn me into a type of expert in the area. By branding myself this way I can hide behind the persona I’ve created and still be myself.

  33. Andrew says:

    I agree with Chris in that while “Brooklyn” is in my name, it was meant to express that I am from Brooklyn and I love to travel. While I know an unhealthy amount of useless information about Brooklyn, I am in no way to be considered an expert.

    By the way Chris is my blogger brother from another mother. He also helps me out when I screw up the technical side of my blog. I owe him a lot of beer.

  34. Suzy says:

    Great idea for a post and thanks for the mention! I do find it hard sometimes having a site with my name in a sea of travel writers with catchy names. I guess it’s good my last name isn’t “Smith” or anything so I stand out somewhat with a weird German last name. I actually never thought about what I was going to call my site and later realized how important it is. I just went with my name and it definitely has its negatives, but I think for the most part I have found it helps me rather than hurts me.

  35. It was really hard to pick a name that I thought fit what I was trying to do. In the end I got the best of both worlds a good name and one that is SEO friendly wwww.possiblevacations.com I want people to find my site and share their travel experiences with everyone else who comes to the site.

  36. As a former brander in my past life, I do say names are one of the most important branding tools you have. However, as the living brand (or blog or person in this case), you have the responsibility to breathe meaning into that name. Yes, catchy and memorable is good and I agree with you, a great option is a variation on the first name.

    My site is a travel blog, but it’s unique market segment is about raising a child on the road, while traveling, thus, the name: Raising Miro (my son’s name) and our tag line positions us in the travel market with: Raising Miro on the road of Life.

    Tag lines are important, and I suggest everyone creates one that succinctly positions your brand (blog) and defines your uniqueness.

    Hope that helps..
    lainie

  37. Lee says:

    Well, I am happy with the name of my site, although it took a long time to get there….and I am not so sure everyone knows how to spell connoisseur…even I misspell it sometimes! But, it fits me…at least I think it does!

  38. Bethany says:

    Hi Kate -this is an awesome post! Thank you forincluding us!

    I came up w ours before thought
    Of seo or anything like that

    I’m a vegetarian and Randy loves beer-
    Hence the name. the blog
    Was going to be About food around the
    World but I ended upfocusing on photos instead:)

    Sorry for any grammar isssues here trying to type on an iPod.

  39. Cam says:

    Thanks for the mention Kate!
    We had a tough time with our name, specifically the spelling. The Canadian way to spell “Travelling” is with two ‘L’. At first we thought, “Of course we’ll spell it the Canadian way” after all, we are the ‘Canucks’!
    But we realized that the majority of our readers from our old blog were coming from the US. It was a struggle. Ultimately we went with the American spelling with only one “L”, and we still get grief from other Canadians. BUT, we’ve managed to get good SEO using the American spelling.
    Was it the right choice? The jury’s still out on that one! ;-)

  40. Heidi says:

    Found this blog post through Twitter via @CandiceWalsh (who is kick ass, btw).

    Lots of very good advice.

    I own and write http://www.HeidiTown.com it’s about local travel and events, focusing specifically on Colorado, although I do get out of State sometimes. You can’t tell exactly what the blog is about by the name, but I’m all about branding… and am always working on my brand.

    I really can’t recall how I came up with the name back in 2007, but after lots of people told they thought it was catchy it stuck. Plus, having Town in the name allows for all kinds of word play. For instance, I am the Mayor of HeidiTown. :-)

    I recommend getting your friends opinion on a blog name. If their first reaction is mixed, it’s probably nota good idea. If they like it immediately you are heading in the right direction. After bouncing it off friends, try bouncing it off strangers. They may be more honest with you. I do a lot of networking, so I was able to try out HeidiTown on a variety of people. It always seemed to work.

  41. Kelsey says:

    Great post! I have had “DriftingFocus” as a blog name/internet handle for the last 10 years, so even though it’s vague and I often have to explain it to folks, the “brand” of the name is too strong at this point to change it. I’ve thought about changing it several times, and maybe one day I will start a travel-specific blog with a different name, but for now I like the fact that through its vagueness, I can really blog about all sorts of stuff without seeming off-topic.

    • Kelsey says:

      Update: I’ve recently reorganized my web presence, and though everything is now under the umbrella of DriftingFocus, each of my various blogs on the site has its own name.

      Travel blog: Traveling Tomboy
      Reenacting blog: Historically Speaking
      Motorcycling blog: View from the Sidecar
      Life blog: Living Life Frame by Frame
      Photography blog: Always an Adventure

  42. Michael says:

    We struggled with this and after picking http://www.gearupandplay.com I found it had some good and bad. The bad is “Gear Up and Play” is sort of a long name. It takes a lot of the title meta tag space up in the browser if you decide to include it. Thats when I decided to try to shorten it to a acronym ….GUAP. We are still pretty new so I think I can get away with it…lol

  43. What a useful post! As an ex-trademark lawyer, though, I have to add that it’s not enough to choose a blog name for which the domain name is available. You also need to do at least a quick search through the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) records AND on-line, via a Google search, to see if someone else already has established trademark rights in your blog name.

    Your blog name is an identifier of services you’re providing (blogs are Class 41 services, and are typically described as “On-line journals, namely, blogs featuring articles that relate to [your topic]“), and if it turns out that someone else has already been providing travel-related services under a confusingly-similar name, you may have to change your blog name to avoid stepping on their toes — and what a waste of time that would be!

    The link for searching USPTO records is http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4003:rrvqf.1.1
    Please note that you’re not home free if there are no marks like yours in the USPTO database. You also need to do Google searches for your proposed blog name, since someone else may be using your name (or a confusingly-similar name) for the same or related services and therefore have common-law rights in it.

    This is not legal advice, of course — just a heads-up that you want to think about the legal issues associated with choosing a blog name.

    • Jools Stone says:

      This is EXACTLY the information that I’ve been looking for Mary-Alice, many thanks for sharing it. How does one define a confusingly-similar name though, or is that just open to legal interpretation?

      • Hi, Jools — You’re welcome! Both “confusingly-similar name” and “related goods or services” are open to interpretation, and to feel really comfortable about either you need to talk to a lawyer (they’ve seen stacks of cases that have gone either way, so they have a bit more of a basis to assess the situation). To be honest, even then there may be open questions, because a court may decide differently than your lawyer expects — but at least you’ll have a good sense of the risks out there.

  44. really great, and thoughtful post. Makes me want to rethink my blog name — which I just pulled out quickly before I started traveling back a few years ago.

  45. we should always for some travel tips from different travel sites on the internet for a more accurate information ,

  46. Hi i am Anny. I was looking around the web for inspiration — sort of a boost to get me back into writing and your blog, here gave me tons of it. Stoked I stumbled into it.
    Looking forward to keeping up with your posts.

  47. Carla says:

    I’ve settled with The Globetrotting Texan after many other attempts that failed (limiting myself by a location, mostly). So far, so good :D

  48. Mica says:

    I’ve also been debating this theme as well. When I picked out the name KayPacha it was just for the definition, travels of this world, which is what I do, and its Quechua, which goes with my love of Peru. When I google KayPacha I realise I’m behind a hostel in Cusco called KayPacha Hostel….and I’m leaving for Peru this Friday…..Do I change or do I stay the same? Kaypachatravels? Decisions! Damn!

  49. Rachel says:

    I didn’t even know if I wanted to read your article because I just finished debating and agonizing over my travel blog name it last week…I didn’t want to read it and realize that I made a horrible mistake. But your article supported my decision, and I’m happy with what I chose (at this point). I don’t leave for two more weeks and I have hardly posted anything on it to date, so we’ll see how it works out! Thanks for the tips!

  50. Jools Stone says:

    Out of interest, has anyone here actually changed the name of their blog because of a change of focus etc and how easy a transition was it? Is it even something you can do simply via your hosting co?

    • G’day mate,

      I have looked into doing this – it’s not too hard apparently. As long as you set up 301 redirects and you do a bit of backlinking when its done your site will transfer over, you wont lose any pagerank or authority either.

      Sounds tempting, but I don’t want to break my site!

      Aaron

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