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An old debate: Hyphenated EMD or NOT. Latest Research + Share your results.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by w0rmz, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. w0rmz

    w0rmz Newbie

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    Lately I've seen a somewhat noticeable amount of further emphasis being pressed on EMDs by g00gle.

    I've seen a relatively uniform improvement throughout my portfolio of EMD sites.

    The thing is, I've always avoided hyphenated domains. Its just been a little personal "thing" of mine.

    I'm looking a buying several domains in a niche I'm slowly taking over :) The thing is, many of the domains I'm looking at buying are not available in their unadulterated EMD form.

    So. Let me share my formula going forward for buying EMD's and please by all means share yours. I'd love to hear from anyone especially who has had success ranking a semi-EMD with hyphens separating phrase-words. Please correct my formula if your experience has shown otherwise.

    Please don't post unless you have EXPERIANCE. I don't want to hear the same regurgitated heirsay "matt cuts says hyphens are treated as spaces". "EMD doesn't effect rankings", "it makes no difference". I've read all the info available, and I think 90% of people have no idea what they're talking about on this subject.


    I own over 30 c*m EMDs and EMDs with additional word or letter and know how much they help, just no hyphenated EMDs, which is what i'm interested in.

    As I personally don't have any experience with hyphenated domain names, I'm going on what I've read from others. I do have experience with EMD domains with an additional letter or word, and I'm not overly sold on this.

    So, going by my experience/research, the most ideal EMD in order:

    #1: EMD c*m with NO hyphens
    #2: EMD n*t with NO hyphens
    #3: EMD o*g with NO hyphens

    #4: EMD c*m with hyphens (untested, but consensus seems to reflect)
    #5: EMD n*t with hyphens (untested, but consensus seems to reflect)
    #6: EMD o*g with hyphens (untested, but consensus seems to reflect)

    #7: EMD c*m with additional letter or word (less effect)
    #8: EMD n*t with additional letter or word (less effect)
    #9: EMD o*g with additional letter or word (less effect)

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    So, love to hear experiences and thoughts!

    Thanks to all,
    w0rmz.
     
  2. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Senior Member

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    I agree to your list but would like to make an addition according to my personal experience:

    #3.5: EMD .info with no hyphen(s)
    #6.5: EMD .info with hyphen(s)

    I have successfully ranked several celebrity fansites with both hyphenated and non hyphenated EMD .infos
     
  3. w0rmz

    w0rmz Newbie

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    Thanks Mountaineer.

    Interesting, I've owned and "dropped" about 15 .info domains over the last 5 years. Not a huge amount, but after google did a complete drop on .co.cc domain , I figured I'd avoid any TLD's that were popular with "thinner" webmasters. Great to hear you've had/having good results still. That being said, I still don't see a huge volume of well ranking .info sites - feedback?

    I'm curious if you've noticed a difference between the hyphenated and non-hyphenated domains in their "exact match boost" with regard to ranking for the keyword in question?

    Cheers,
    w0rmz.