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Choosing a domain name. Is EMD still vital?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by imyself, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. imyself

    imyself Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have been trying to get some new domains.
    The thing is almost all .com and .net domains are taken.

    I have some questions regarding this.
    1. Is it necessary to go for EMD's for micro niche sites?
    2. If .com and .net domains are taken, should i go for .us or any other domain. Which is the better one from the rest of the list?
    3. If the keyword is freehealthadvice and the .com is not available, will it be okay if i go for free-health-advice?

    A feedback on the subject would be a great help.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    You will get lots of different opinions on this..so this is just mine based on my experience...No, an emd is not essential , it's handy if it's available but not essential. Always get a .com. There's always loads of posts about how somebody had no problem ranking a.info or .us etc in my experience a dot com is the best. I always avoid hyphens they may have been rankable in the past but now they are seen as spammy so just pick a brandable dot com and build your site on that
     
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    Not necessary but it's definitely easier to rank a MNS with an EMD.

    It depends on the competition. If the competition is not high you can go with .us or .biz or whatever too. I'm ranking a .biz successfully. Obviously .org is the best after .com and .net.

    I don't like domains with hyphens, they are harder to rank in my opinion. I would rather choose .net or .org, or something like freehealthadvices.com or freehealthadvicetips.com.
     
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    1. Its not at all necessary. Although EMD's give you a slight bonus. That bonus is about equal to just getting one more quality backlink.

    2. I go .com, .net, .org. After that I may take a .biz. If those aren't available just add another short word to the end of URL.

    3. I am not crazy about use the hyphen thing. Its equally effective and looks much less spammy to do freehealthdavicenow.com
     
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    Hyphenated sites are not an issue to rank.
     
  6. seanlopez

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    1. If your search volume quite low like some exact product name etc, then EMD will be better, just do some bookmarks and web 2.0 profiles [NOT forums] and you will be on top, [OWN EXPERIENCE after panda]
    2. .org / .us /.co
    3. if none of extension avail then go with "now" "site" etc
     
  7. ja1myn

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    I've seen some of the most random domains rank high in the SERPs for good keywords because they have quality content (lots of it) and awesome on page and off page linking.

    In my opinion, EMDs aren't essential, but do help if you know how to use it to your advantage.