What’s in a great YouTube channel name? As a matter of fact, names can play a huge role in just how successful your channel’s brand is!
If you’re struggling to come up with a channel name and aren’t sure which direction to take, here is a quick list of common characteristics that the best names on YouTube possess.
Choose a Name that Represents You
Whether you’re creating videos yourself or a corporation trying to piece together some fantastic footage, the name of your channel needs to represent you and your “brand”. (Many vloggers even use their own name).
Channel names play a huge role in what people associate with us, so you want to make sure that the name suits your values, beliefs, and tone. The name you choose should be:
Your goal is to come up with a name that anyone after first engaging with your channel can remember and can easily type. Meet the challenge and you’ve already won half the battle!
Choose a Name that People Can Pronounce
This strongly ties into having a memorable YouTube channel name. If you want people to be able to remember and talk about your channel, then you need to have a name that’s easy to pronounce.
A name that’s easy to say will stick far more easily than one that’s complicated or multiple syllables in length, so go as simple as possible.
Choose a Name that’s Unique
Coming up with a totally unique name or creating your own word to describe your channel can work in your favour. After all, the word “Oreo” has become a household name, and once upon a time that word wasn’t even in anybody’s personal lexicon.
That being said, if you choose a unique word to represent your YouTube channel, make sure that the word “makes sense” and represents you. Certain words and letter combinations evoke certain emotions (and this may differ from culture to culture), so be careful if you do choose to choose a unique made-up name or phrase.
Choose a Name that’s Domain-Free
If your goal is to have a YouTube channel that makes it big one day, then you want to choose a name that’s domain-free – meaning that no one’s purchased a domain (Web Address) online yet that includes the name of your potential channel.
When you have the ability to own your own domain name (which is a good idea”) you should purchase that space ASAP. Not only does owning your own domain name make you easier to find, but it’ll avoid any confusion and help people find you search engines. A domain name is what you use to build your own blog. If you’re interested in building a blog, check out this tutorial on how to make a blog.
Choose a Name that’s Social Media-Free
Similarly to choosing channel names that are available on internet domains, you also want to come up with a name that’s free for you to “own” on social media sites. Social media is becoming increasingly important, especially when it comes to marketing. Social media is a great way to promote your YouTube channel.
One day, you’ll want to open up social media pages or accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites that are related to your YouTube channel and not to you personally. Take ‘ownership’ of those names now if possible. If the names are already taken, then it may be worthwhile to reconsider the name of your YouTube channel.
A solution to this problem can be adding a word before or after your channel name to get the name on social media. Be creative with your ideas if the name you want, is not available.
Choose a Name that’s Visual
Ever had a hard time remembering someone’s name? Many professionals will tell you that the best way to remember the name of someone is to associate their name with some other memorable visual representation.
The same logic can be applied to your YouTube name. The more visual you make your name, the easier it will be for people to remember it. Why? Because your viewers will be able to associate your YouTube channel to something visual, which is a whole lot easier to remember than a random word or series of words.
Use these tips when it comes to choosing a name for your channel on YouTube.
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