Woohoo! We’ve made it to day 4 of the 30 Day Podcast Launch Challenge. And today is a HUGE day because we are going to tackle a massive step in the process: naming your podcast.
Let me preface this by stating that this step one step has probably been one of the most laborious, most out-of-my-comfort-zone steps thus far.
I’ve finally decided on a name for my podcast! Check out the video below, and stick around until the end to find out the name!
Alright, let us get into the nitty gritty of naming your podcast. Let’s start with the first question that always comes around.
What should I name my podcast?
This is a huge step and is probably one of the most important. There are two different kinds of podcasts names that people choose from.
1. A podcast name with keywords.
2. A podcast name using your name.
Here’s my opinion on the matter. I don’t remember where I heard this, but essentially, they said that you should only use your personal name if you already have an audience that knows who you are. I use the example of Oprah. Everyone knows who Oprah is.
But, if you feel compelled to use your own name, absolutely 100% Go. For. It. If you choose to use your own name, you’ll just need have a good tagline and about section to hone in on what the podcast is about.
For me, I chose to make my podcast title SEO friendly.
This means, I use keywords and topics to brainstorm ideas. Imagine you’re in iTunes searching for your podcast. If you didn’t know the name of your podcast, what kinds of words or phrases might you type in the search bar to find your podcast?
Write these down.
Now, you have an idea of what to name your podcast, and the next step is choosing your podcast name.
After watching the video, you should have been able to come up with a list of Podcast Name Ideas. There are a few steps I recommend to choose a name successfully. And it starts with stepping away from the problem.
That’s right, step away. Go for a walk, meditate, take a nap, take a shower, or watch T.V. Do whatever your heart desires. Choose something relaxing. I really think that if you stop thinking about the problem, it gives your subconscious a chance to work on it.
Once you come back to the problem, you should be surprised at the number of potential ideas you now have. It’s good to have a couple of ideas because we will need to check the availability of the podcast name.
I do this a couple of different ways.
1. Look it up on Google. Type your name with podcast behind it
2. Check iTunes/Stitcher/Google Play to see if another podcast has the same name
3. Check to see if the domain name is available. (I like to use GoDaddy & NameCheap for this)
Finally, after you check the availability, your list should be narrowed down to 1-3 options. This is when you listen to your intuition.
The time you took to walk away should have prepared you for this moment. There might be one option on your list that you feel drawn to already. Pick that one! If not, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go with your gut and just choose one.
I don’t want this step to hold you back as it did for me. The best strategy here is Just. Taking. Action.