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A Hyphen in a Domain - Does it Matter?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by blackhatbeavis, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. blackhatbeavis

    blackhatbeavis Regular Member

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    I'm looking for a new domain, the niche has a lot of competition so good keyword domains are hard to come by,

    After big G's recent updates - does having a hyphen in a domain have a negative effect on the SEO for the website?


    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Beavis
     
  2. R0meo

    R0meo Senior Member

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    in my cases it doesn't mater - just look nonprofessional
     
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  3. freller

    freller Regular Member

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    I've got a sizeable mixture of with and without - the withouts always do better in all 3 of the major SE's in my experience.
     
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    Always try to get domain without hyphen by trying to get in .org,.net etc
     
  5. ja1myn

    ja1myn Senior Member

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    Doesn't matter.
     
  6. M1ndfluX

    M1ndfluX Senior Member

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    If its a competitive niche i would not go for it if i was you. Better target a lesser competitive niche or kwphrase if you want trough seo see the first bucks roll in within a month.

    And already stated by romo, it looks not professional and i always type in the .com without the hyphens like most of us i guess ;)

    Im having awesome results with .org domains lately over .nets last months btw...
     
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    Doesn't affect your SERPs at all... It may just affect a little your CTR because it sometimes look kinda "unprofessional" to have hyphens within the domain name though, but this is minimal in most cases.
     
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    i wouldn't mind having domain with one hyphen ..
     
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    Hyphen is just like a letter, nothing else.It won't cause any harm.
     
  10. Kaistar

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    I find it makes no difference to serps but as mentioned by others, the presence of a hyphen can devalue the site in some peoples eyes.
     
  11. AuthorityDomains

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    I don't think it matters and Matt Cutts has also confirmed this in one of his videos. It's all about how you do your link building.
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    Actually my experience is mixed. I have a pet site with two hyphens in it and is does so-so. Not that google has a problem with it, it ranks well. Traffic is not where I think it should be and I believe the title looks spammy to people in the serps.

    On my local sites, I often use "carpetcleaning-houston" or "landscaping-dallas" and these sites rank like gangbusters.

    Its a mixed bag, but using it for a site modifier seems to have no effect at all. Using it to get a EMD in there looks spammy to me.

    I think people are resistant to it, but SE's are kind of ambivalent.
     
  13. amoore9900

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    I have got a number of domains such as name-name-name and it ranked strong for a while. I'm trying to avoid the - and EMD type domains for now.