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How Do You Feel About Domains With Hyphens?
Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:19 PM
From an SEO point of view, I'm sure it's a great keyphrase, but from a useability viewpoint, I prefer domains without hyphens. I had recommended either:
In all three examples, I've substituted "keyword" for my client's city or state. While the second name is longer, it's dead on the money to match the most searched keyphrase for his market.
Do you folks have a strong preference for domains with or without hyphens?
Thanks for your input!
Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:24 PM
Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:29 AM
Real-estate-for-sale must surely be better than realestateforsale.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 07:44 AM
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 06:23 AM
Jill, I will always bow to your expertise on these matters. But I genuinely can't see what's spammy about them.
Posted 31 March 2011 - 06:27 AM
Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:09 PM
Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:48 PM
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:10 AM
When I invented the names, I had no idea about stuffing keywords. I just thought it would make them more readable (I still think so).
Posted 20 April 2011 - 01:24 PM
Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:10 AM
It's probably more important nowadays to have a domain name that's easier to convey and remember from print (business cards, brochures, etc.) and verbally (talking to someone on the phone) that doesn't have hypens. It's just ubiquity. People generally think of domains names not having hyphens, so it's a mental hurdle to point out to them that there are hyphens in your domain name... and where. And I don't think Google weighs the domain name a whole lot for your ranking anyway.
That said, I think there's one case where I'd recommend a hyphen - when the un-hyphenated version produces a word within the domain that's obscene. Try something like pen-island-resort.com without the hyphens.
If you're still going to go for the hyphenated version for your site then buy the non-hyphenated version and set it up on a redirect. That way you can tell someone your domain name without having to worry about getting them to understand the hyphens. I've done that for my largest site. I started it about 5 years ago under keyword-keyword-keyword.com, before I really thought of this issue. Then a couple years ago I bought the non-hyphenated version and set it up to redirect to the hyphenated one. Now when I'm talking with someone about the site I don't worry about getting them to spell it correctly. Eventually I'll probably transfer the whole site to keywordkeywordkeyword.com, which I'm not looking forward to, and then set up the redirect in the opposite direction. My site is so large now maybe I shouldn't bother...?
Edited by Waterfall, 21 April 2011 - 09:29 AM.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 11:32 AM
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