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Are URLs with numbers at the end spammy?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by turdface, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    The reason I ask because almost every single one of those "go to college online/at home" commercials I see on TV has a URL with a number at the end of it. When I hear commercials on the radio for lead-generating websites, the domain is almost always a keyword with a number at the end of it.

    It seems like when all the good domains are taken, people grab the domain they want with a random number at the end of it.

    In your experience, are domains with numbers at the end spammy or a bad idea to use? Are they treated any differently by Google, like how .info domains are supposedly?

    Like bluewidgets27.com and stuff like that.
     
  2. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    A lot of people don't like to use hyphens let alone numbers at the end. Best case scenario it's poor branding because it looks amateurish.

    The spammy part comes in to play because you're wanting to get into an already saturated market, or play off a brand that is already established.

    As far as Google not preferring it, i don't have the slightest clue.
     
  3. nincsjonev

    nincsjonev Newbie

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    As an original user I would trust more an URL without a number in it, except if its very clever. Be creative!
     
  4. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    I don't recall ever typing in a number into any url, let alone one that should be authoritative.
     
  5. innozemec

    innozemec Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I don't think the number has anything to do with your overall rankings, except that your domain in not EMD anymore, but nothing more i think..
     
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    Never, ever......

    What you do with the site is what portrays spam.
     
  7. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    Some domains are spammy regardless of the content.

    Most people would agree that .info domains are spammy. I've seen a few decent .info domains, but the vast majority of them are spammy.

    I wouldn't use a .info domain for anything.
     
  8. Sam Woods

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    I've just bought 2 info domains :)

    I think that as long as its not "how-to-find-apple-pies232332.com" it won't be an issue.
     
  9. turdface

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    I heard a few years ago that .info domains were penalized. Was that true? What about now?
     
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  10. SEO_Alchemy

    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    But these are all your perceptions and prejudices, they have nothing to do with how google would see a site.

    What if site is 221B_Baker_St.com or BakerST221B.com (that's Sherlock Holmes's adress in the novels) seem like legit domain names to me for Sherlock Holmes fans.


    What about web_design101.com is that a spam domain?

    no different than seobacklinks555.com if that's what you wanted to brand your site and name as.

    Nothing spammy about numbers... not as far as google would be able to discern. Can you imagine the algorithms needed to differentiate between what's a genuine number and what's an effort to just grab a keyword rich domain name.....
     
  11. SEO_Alchemy

    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    that was never true, and its not true now. shitty spammy .info's got hit just like shitty spammy .com's got hit.

    .info's rank..... whether they rank as well as .com's, .net's, .org's is a matter of much heated debate around many forums including this one, but I see .info's (good ones) ranking well all the time. That would certainly seem to suggest that there's not much difference, if any.

    Now a .info looks less professional absolutely. So in theory users might not be as willing to check them out, which could reduce traffic, and as such not be the most beneficial towards overall SEO and rankings., but that's a different story.

    Google doesn't have some system in place where all .info's are punished for being .info's. That would be pretty shitty (not that google is above being shitty), but if that was the case, no .info's would ever rank for anything... and that simply is not the case.
     
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    qrazy Senior Member

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    I don't think numbers in url has anything to do with being a spam site or not. Same is the case with .info domains.

    There are sites like bet365.com, hi5.com & hao123.com which are very popular (and of course not spammy) and end with numbers.
     
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  13. JustUs

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    Many forums, such as Quatloos!, use numbers at the end. These sites rank well. Using numbers at the end of a url is more a reflection of the SEO attitude of the webmaster(s) than it is anything else. Using numbers at the end of a URL does not mean a site is spammy, nor does it mean that the webmaster(s) don't know a thing or two about SEO. The use of numbers at the end of a url means that either they do not care about SEO or that they are following unconventional wisdom. If you perform a dig of a website and the data returned is in anything but ascii, then you ae probably dealing with a spam site, ditto if you see many comments that really are spam.