How to choose a TpT Store Name
One of the first things that you need to do once you've decided to start a teacher blog and/or Teachers Pay Teachers store is choose a name. Your name will help to develop your brand so choose a name that reflects you and what you want your store/blog to be. Begin by brainstorming some different name ideas. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. They don't need to be complete names either. Write down any and all words or phrases that come to mind when you think of what you want to create, blog about, and sell. Think about how you want your audience to feel when they discover what you have to share. Once you've written down as many words and phrases as you can think of, take a break. Walking away from it can help you to mull it over for a bit while you clean the house, go for a walk, cook dinner, play with your kids... When you're ready, revisit your list and see if there is anything else that you would like to add.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Make sure your name is easy to pronounce.
The last thing you want is for your audience to struggle to pronounce (and consequently remember) your blog & store's name. Make sure that the name you choose is both easy to pronounce and easy to remember.
Keep it short and sweet.
In addition to making sure that the name you choose is easy to pronounce, you want to make sure that it isn't too long. Long names (names with more than four words) can be more difficult to remember and aren't as catchy.
Think about the long term!
Try not to pigeonhole your blog/store. Choose a name that will continue to work for your blog and store for years to come. Be wary of choosing a name that includes the grade level that you teach as that may change in the future. Instead, choose a name that will continue to work for you as your blog/store continues to grow!
Check out the name without any spaces
This is one that some bloggers and sellers skip over and it can be a real problem. The name may look and sound great when read with spaces but think about how it will look and sound when written as a URL (aka, without any spaces). Does it still look as great or does it now send a bit of a different message? For example, American Scrap Metal reads rather differently when read in URL form: americanscrapmetal.com or Who Represents? which reads as whorepresents.com. So just be careful and read your potential name as many different ways as possible before deciding. You may even want to enlist the help of a close friend or two just to make sure that you aren't missing anything.
Make sure that it is unique.
It is so important to have a blog and store name that is unique and helps to set you apart from everyone else. You can use Namechk to help you double check that the names you are interested in are available on the social media platforms that you will be using.
Have you decided on your name?
Congrats! Now, make sure you grab the URL and the username on all of the different social media platforms that you plan to use and just may possibly use in the future. See our posts coming out in the next few weeks to learn more about how to do this!