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Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:57 AM
While on this same topic, is there any different treatment for domains named "widget-warehouse.com" as opposed to "widgetwarehouse.com"? (with/without the hyphen)
Thanks in advance,
Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:30 AM
Yes. The one with hyphens is easier for the search engines to understand that you have 2 words.
Please see our other thread on keyword rich domain names[/hr] for more info, however.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:13 AM
I have spent a lot of time trouble shooting this site, and the only thing I can think of is that the .info extension is what is holding them back. They have since acquired a new .com domain name which is now their primary URL, their .info domain name forwards to the .com domain. I know a domain switch like that can temporarily hurt rankings, but at this point there is nothing to lose.
I'm surprised at Google for keeping everyone with a .info domain name down because of some bad apples, but then again, what is stopping them?
Jill, what's your view on the .info extensions keeping domain names from ranking high in Google?
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:36 AM
The only place the TLD can make a difference is if it's a ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) and you're trying to get the site to rank as being and and for a certain country. That's it, that's all.
Be careful what and where you read, and especially with how much stock you give something you read. There are so many [url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=15499]Seo Myths[/url] out there it's not even funny.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:09 AM
It was actually at SES NY on the Organic SEO panel that I was on. It wasn't a Google person who said it, but a few of the panel members that speculated that this was happening.
Personally, I would be extremely surprised if it were truly happening and agree with what Randy wrote above; but since I have no experience with .info domains I couldn't tell you this with 100% certainty.
My guess is that perhaps the .info domains get put under a bit more scrutiny, if anything.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:17 AM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:20 PM
I have had several dealings with existing domains that had a .info extension and have never experieinced anything out of the ordinary in regard to rank improvement based on content changes and partner linking (our specialty). However, it is nearly impossible to tell if there was some overall penalty being assessed.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 07:13 PM
FTR, I have no doubt whatsoever Google have all sorts of things set up to trigger more than the normal amount of scrutiny. However this doesn't mean an automatic penalty or anything of the kind, as long as everything is being done on the up and up.
They've rightly performed this extra scrutiny things at least tens of thousands of times, often just based upon something they find in the html code that happens to be the same code snippet that's appeared in a lots of other sites they've already caught doing something naughty. Heck, that's how they catch those automatic link farms so quickly and effectively!
Scruntizing sites based upon a trigger is a lot different than slapping a site with an automatic, undeserved penalty though.
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