Sigh. Why are titles so hard?
You know you have great content, ideas, and topics. You know you’re going to build a devoted audience who can’t wait to hear your next episode.
But before you can do that, you have to somehow sum all of your great content ideas and themes into one short name for your podcast!
And somehow, your podcast name has to be enticing, informative, and recognizable.
It’s a tall order, but it’s certainly not impossible. Use these tips and ideas to discover the right name for your podcast.
Take out a pen and paper, or open up a blank doc on your computer, and get crystal clear about what your podcast is about. Start by writing down everything that comes to mind about your podcast: Ask yourself who you’re serving, what you’re talking about, why you care about the topic, what further directions your podcast can take, and more.
Then whittle all of that down, and down — and down again — until you have a nice, brief description of your podcast. Think elevator pitch, but even shorter.
During this exercise, you’ll see certain words and themes emerge. You’ll see your potential audience more clearly. And when you’re clear, you’ll have an easier time summing everything up into a catchy title.
Include Your Content in Your Podcast Name
Choose a name that reflects the content of your podcast. That way, potential listeners will instantly know if they’re in the right place or not. If your podcast is about pet sitting, it’s probably not a good idea to choose a podcast name about the beach.
What Makes You Different?
People are already talking about your topic, but that’s okay. You have a different angle, unique personality, and your own ideas.
Even if your topic overlaps with other podcasts, there’s something different about you and your podcast. And you can include that difference in your podcast name, so that people will instantly know what you’re about.
For example, if your podcast is about parenting, what angle do you take that is different from other parenting podcasts? Maybe you’re specifically interested in talking about sleeping through the night, the toddler years, discipline, or parenting teens. Can you incorporate your unique element into your podcast name?
Use Your Name
If you already have a large audience before you start your podcast, your name is likely well known. In these situations, using your name as your podcast title might be a good idea. Your fans will know you from your other platforms, and will specifically search for your podcast by your name. Or if they’re browsing, they’ll instantly recognize your podcast name.
However, if you’re starting from scratch, or from a very small audience, using your name as your podcast name may not help you grow. People won’t instantly know you, and they won’t know what your podcast is about.
Get a Little Help Online
Already have fans? Ask for their input. What name would they suggest? You don’t have to choose a podcast name from your fans’ suggestions, but you’ll likely get plenty of ideas to spark your own thoughts. Plus, you’ll get a clearer picture of what your fans expect from you, and that’s always helpful!
Or how about a podcast name generator? Enter your podcast details into boxes, and the generator will give you dozens of suggestions.
Do Your Homework
Before settling on a podcast name, check to make sure it isn’t already taken. Namecheckr will search domains and social usernames across multiple networks. You can also google the name and search in Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
If this is all overwhelming, know that you can change your podcast name down the road if you need to. Of course, starting out with the right name is always best, but don’t let yourself get too stressed out. Take your time, do some deep thinking, and choose a podcast name that works for you and your audience.