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Hyphen In Domain Mid-word

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#1 CaptainSlow


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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:00 AM

A client asked me an interesting question more out of curiosity than anything. Would a keyword in a domain with a hyphen mid-word be penalized? The better question is would it rank as well as the non hyphenated word. Since the hyphen is seen much like a blank space, would Google see it as two misspelled words or one word, ignoring the space. Here are two examples to better explain the question:

no hyphen

hyphen mid-word

Would Google see "Red Apples" or "Red App Les"? My thinking is that the hyphen would be seen as a space and it would the word would be split in two. There is a chance that Google would simply "join" the words together through logical association. If anyone has experience with this or a more insightful answer I would be interested to hear it. My feeling is that it's

1. terrible to give to a user, very user unfriendly
2. It would most likely split the word into two unrelated and most likely unintentional words.
3. easier to come up with something with keywords but still usable

#2 chrishirst


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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:13 AM

Would Google see "Red Apples" or "Red App Les"?

Neither it will be redapples or redapp les

Not that it matters that much anyway!

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