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Adding A Word Or Using Dashes For EMD?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Jinko, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Jinko

    Jinko Regular Member

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    Hi all,

    Got some new domains I'm going to buy later but some of the EMD's are taken on all the extensions I would consider using.

    In this situation, which method is best to use? Adding dashes between the words e.g. keyword-keyword-keyword. com / or adding an extra word or letter at the end e.g.keywordguide. com or keywordx. com

    First time I've not bought an EMD so advice appreciated, thanks.
     
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    balsagoth007 Elite Member

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    Daches look unprofessional, go with a prefix or suffix.
     
  3. OldSalt

    OldSalt Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    For me it depends on the topic. Adding a prefix or suffix often narrows my topic too much so I'd rather add a single hypen... I seriously doubt that many people won't click on a #1 spot if the domain has a hypen in it but I do think the wrong prefix or suffix might.

    Example:
    They are looking to buy a white card table and search for white card tables
    I doubt they would hesitate to click on white-cardtables.com
    but might think twice about whitecardtablesinfo.com or whitecardstableguide.com (cause they didn't want info or a guide, they wanted to BUY one). But what if you added 'products' to the end for buyers and they just wanted a guide or information? The extra word MAY make them think twice.

    But either should be able to be ranked with good SEO and backlinks...
     
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  4. travanx

    travanx Regular Member

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    I just bought a domain for my gf and talked her out of the hyphen because I think it doesn't look as good. But the post above is right, a hyphen looks better than the wrong suffix or prefix.
     
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    OP, I'm guessing the .net/.org for your EMDs are the extensions you'd want to use but already registered.

    Pluralizing the keyword isn't a terrible idea. If you add a longtail, make sure it's relevant to what you'd like to do with the site. If you have MS, look at the domain section and check out the prefixes/suffixes
     
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    if i were you, i would like to chose a cool word or may be a letter but not the dash thing*
     
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    Dashes work fine ... have never seen a decrease in CTR with that. Other options, depending on your niche would be adding 411 to the end since in many places 411 signifies information, if it is for a certain country add usa, or etc infront of the keyword, or just add a com to it ... keywordcom.com
     
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Somewhat of a mixed response but I have the arguments for and against each method to make a decision.

    Thank you :)
     
  9. OldSalt

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    A mixed response usually would mean that there isn't a definitive 'best practice' so you just do what feels or looks most right to you.
     
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    aZooZa Newbie

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    I'd certainly go the hyphen route. What doesn't look good cosmetically may be viewed in a better light by Google.
     
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    So, using the earlier example. Which in your opinion is better:
    www.buytables.com or www.buy-tables.com?

    Im deciding atm between the 2 for a domain of mine, and just cant. Im not looking to build a site, but just to try and flip the domain name for some profit.
     
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    Also- do you choose to hide your personal info or not?? I have no experience with this so am not sure. I worry it will make me look like I have something to hide, thus making the potential flip harder.
     
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    Non-hyphen is way to go always if you have to choose one.
     
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    Woops I have just went for 2 hyphened ones, when the non-hyphened versions were available... I swear they looked better
     
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    Now grab the unhyphenated ones to cover your mistake. If someone else takes and develops them, you'll kick yourself :D
     
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    Never use hyphens if you can help it. .net/org are also better than hyphens to me. I personally would go as far as to say .info/us/me are also better than anything with a "-"
     
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    Yep, definitely a .net over a hyphen. There are a gazillion available where the .com is taken. You only have to compare zone file counts to see that.
     
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