How To Come Up With A YouTube Channel Name In 2020

Are you stuck trying to come up with a name for your new YouTube channel?

Do you want to change the name of your current channel so it more clearly aligns with the current content?

In the video below, I share 7 tips on how you can come up with a YouTube channel name in 2020 so you can stop procrastinating and take action.

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  1. Personal name or company name.
    One of the easiest ways to come up with a YouTube channel name is to just use your personal name. If it’s already taken, you can just add a word to the beginning or the end. I’ll show you some examples later. If you decide to use a company name, try to include a keyword in there that represents the content of your channel.

    For example, recently I decided to change my channel name from isitebuild which I’ve been using for years to Drost Video which more clearly represents my current content.

    Here are some examples of the top creators on YouTube which are using their personal names or a company name or a combination of both.

    Matthew Santoro, 6.2 million subscribers.
    Jamie Oliver, 4 million subscribers.
    Whitney Simmons, 1.3 million subscribers.
    Ed Sheeran 35.1 million subscribers.
    Katy Perry 31.8 million subscribers. Of course, all these music channels tend to be personal names for personal branding purposes. Mark Wiens, 2.8 million subscribers.
    Tony Robbins, GaryVee 2.33 million subscribers whose actual name is Gary Vaynerchuk

    Here’s some examples of more descriptive names or a combination of personal and company name.

    How To Cook That, 3.5 million subscribers.
    Laura in the Kitchen 3.3 million subscribers.
    FitnessBlender, 5.3 million subscribers.
    ScottHermanFitness, 2 million subscribers.
    Sasha Fitness, 1.1 million subscribers.
    Yoga With Adrienne, 4 million subscribers.
    SaraBethYoga 378,000 subscribers.
    Yoga By Candice, 227,000 subscribers.
    High On Life, 592,000 subscribers.
    Rick Steves’ Europe, 489,000 subscribers.
  2. Aligns with the content of each channel.
    If you’re using your own name, that can be a personal brand. The disadvantages is that your name might already be taken. It might be difficult to remember and hard to spell.

    An advantage is that if you change a niche at any time, you can still keep the personal name for your channel. The advantage of using a keyword in your channel name is that it more clearly describes your current content.
  3. Look at similar channels in your niche.
    Go to YouTube and look at some of the big channels in your niche. See if they’re mostly using their personal name, a company name, or a combination of both.

    Here are some creative ways my Facebook members came up with names for the YouTube channels….

    Rickie Lambert said, “My first two mud runs were Rugged Maniac and Warrior Dash so I took the first word from both and came up with Rugged Warrior.”

    Langzers LANGUAGE LOVERS says, “If you ask a kid to say LANGUAGE LOVERS, she will say LANGZERS.”

    HealthFinity Tutorial says, “My channel is about health which is infinite plus steps to recover from ailments which equals healthfinity tutorials.”
  4. Is it available across all your social media channels?
    Before you decide on a channel name, check if it’s available across all the social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, et cetera. Of course, you can use a different name for your YouTube channel, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, et cetera but it’s better to have them synchronized.

    When people see a channel name, it will be easy for people to identify who you are if your name is synchronized across all social media sites including your website.
  5. Check if there’s a domain name available for your website that is the same as your channel name.
    For example, recently I changed the name of my website from to I wanted to synchronize my YouTube channel name with the website name.
  6. Keep it short.
    You want to keep your channel name short so it’s easy to remember, easy to spell, and easy to say.

    For example, AfRo ToAd said, “I have an Afro and my favorite animals are toads so hence the name!”

    If you have a channel name with numbers or letters before or after the name, it’ll be difficult to remember which numbers or letters they were.
  7. Don’t procrastinate.
    It’s not such a big deal to change the channel name because you can change it multiple times per year. Your audience cares more about the content that you produce rather than your channel name.

    Let me ask you a question….

    How do you come up with a name for YouTube channel? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to hear them and I’m sure others would too.

Here are some online tools you can use to help you decide on your YouTube channel name….

    If I put on drostvideo here and click Submit, it’s going to give me a bunch of suggestions. You can see it adds names before your main keyword phrase which I’ve got drostvideo and then it also adds names after if you scroll down further. I’ve got travel, forest, power, world, et cetera.
    I’ve put drostvideo in here, then you can see that com name is already taken which I purchased recently. You can also see if the usernames are available across your social media sites.
    If I put my video in here, click search business names, then it’ll give me a lot of dot com names that I could pay for. I can also search by style. I got clever names, catchy names, modern and trendy names. This gives you a lot of food for thought. You may not use the exact name, but you may use a combination of any one of these names.

Here’s some important things to keep in mind when you try to come up with a YouTube channel.

  1. Type your name into YouTube or Google to see if it’s already taken.
  2. Check if your name is not already taken across all the social media sites.
  3. Check if the dot com domain name is available for your website.
  4. Associate your website with a YouTube channel.
  5. Get a custom URL for your channel.
  6. Decide on a personal account or a brand account. A personal YouTube account only allows you to use two words such as your first and last name, whereas a brand account allows you to use multiple words.

Should use a personal account or a brand account?

Watch this video to learn about the pros and cons of a personal account or a brand account for YouTube channel.

If you want a grow your YouTube Channel so you can attract more views and subscribers, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide

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