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Are numbers in domain names bad?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Porthos, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Porthos

    Porthos Newbie

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    As far as SEO goes and whatnot, would using numbers in a domain name to replace words be a bad idea?

    Like using "4" instead of "for", or "2" instead of "to".
     
  2. hawgbert

    hawgbert Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You may want to stay tuned for an expert opinion, but I see a couple of drawbacks:

    - First, the domain name end up looking like a knockoff
    - Second, the Google Adwords Keyword Tool indicates that 4/For isn't exactly interchangeable. For example: Games For Sale returns 301000 Global Monthly Searches, while Games 4 Sale returns 720 Global Monthly Searches
     
  3. ChrisDouthit

    ChrisDouthit Registered Member

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    Yes they are bad, but it really depends on how you look at it. If you have to use a number then you have to. If for some reason your option is one with a number and one without, but the one without is really bad then you may want to keep the one with the number. The fact is there are not many good domains left.
     
  4. Porthos

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    Yeah thats what I was worried about.
    Stuff 4 s-ale isn't gonna be searched as much as stuff for s-ale. Minus the dash because I don't want to pay $97 to be able to use "sal-e" as a verb.
    As far as knockoffs go the domain I was considering with the number was because wordFORword was taken and nothing but a parked godaddy domain while word4word was not.

    With the scarcity of good domains these days I think that it should be a requirement that you actually use a domain if you are going to pur-chase it, otherwise it just sits there and rots and does no one any good and contributes nothing to the betterment of the internet as a whole.
     
  5. partymarty4870

    partymarty4870 Elite Member

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    Fuck that - I'm sitting on heaps of domains as spares or just for the simple reason that if I own it, no future competitor can use it against me. Think of it as real estate, should I not own 4 houses if I can afford to, just for the reason I can only live in one of them.

    the internet is not a socialist state.
     
  6. Porthos

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    Allow me to rephrase that.
    Individuals should be able to do whatever they want with domains.
    Companies that are licensed registrars however should not be able to buy up domains solely for the purpose of selling at $200-$2000. Like GoDaddy and their bull'shi-t premium domain service.
     
  7. Sleepstillnoon

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    If its for your own use. If you say the name of a domain to a friend in a crowd, you shouldnt have to explain or spell it. A good sign your domain sucks.

    hey man chekc out 4indymusic.com....Oh yeah that the #4 indy music...lame.
    Also avoid too and to, or the ultra lame use of a Z instead of a s like greatclubz.com.

    Now the list is way more than this, just addressing the number swap issue you mention.

    And th epoint of google doesnt use them as synonyms takes away any exact match potential.
     
  8. Sleepstillnoon

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    As per buying up all versions, that depends for me.If i own lovemyhouse.com im not wasting time on lovemyhouses.com.... If the S could be misspelled or someone can squat and pirate my hits then yes I would buy it. Like Goodtime.com or goodtimes.com....in this case I do buy both if possible....But im not buying .co .info.net.biz garbage just cause im worried.

    I dont buy every house on the street cause i hate neighbors.....I buy the best house on the street with a huge yeard instead.
     
  9. Sleepstillnoon

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    Last....90% of the domains people think are worth money, arn't worth squat. if i had a nickle for everytime someone owned something like hotshoppingbuzz.com and i see it for sale for $1388 on afternic or sedo....well my nickle would be worth more than that domain.
     
  10. professioner

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    Well... I dont't think so. it it brings more value it is good to have one.
     
  11. blackberry

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    In general numbers in domains are bad. Same goes for hyphens.

    The exception would be for something like 511.com (511 in the USA is for on demand minute to minute update on transportation information)
     
  12. IamBlackhatter

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    I too have tried in one of my domain bfore instead of for i added 4 and that worked for me...
     
  13. seowulf

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    Numbers in a domain are not bad at all, but for example if you want to rank for "how to lose weight" and you have an EMD which is "how2loseweight.com", then you won't get that "EMD boost", because bots don't know that 2 is "to".
     
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    It depends on your goal in making a website. Which one sounds more appropiate for you blackberry or bl4ckb3rry ? If you want to buy that blackberry phone, which site will you trust blackberry or bl4ckb3rry ?
    Correct me if I'm wrong. Number will always be read as number. This is 3 (three) not a letter E.
    However, there are some sites that have number in their domains, quiet popular too, like 4shared.
    The bottomline is if you want to use numbers or hyphens in your domain, I think you have to do more effort to educate your future site visitor. Because like I said before, number will be read as number.