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dads-mug.co.uk or dadsmug.org.uk

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by natewex, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. natewex

    natewex Power Member

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    Lets say you're selling mugs for dads and dadsmug.co.uk is taken. Which is better to go for - in the title above?

    The one with the hyphen is easier to read but I dont know if google will like it much (even there is only ONE hyphen...) and #2 is ok but a .org as a domain name isnt very commercial and some people might avoid it if theyre looking to buy.

    (PS - Not my keywords)
     
  2. salman321

    salman321 Junior Member

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    go for the keyword.org one. Hyphens ones are useless from SEO point of view
     
  3. aliens

    aliens Newbie

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    I'll second that - Google is smart enough to pick up your individual words without the hyphens - I've had hyphenated domains and they've done diddly compared to the ones without hyphens - split-tested them too.
     
  4. poisonsembrace

    poisonsembrace Registered Member

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    linksgalore2 Newbie

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    Is this the same for underscores too? e.g dads_mugs.co.uk?
     
  6. aliens

    aliens Newbie

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    You can't have underscores in a TLD.
     
  7. linksgalore2

    linksgalore2 Newbie

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    Yeah sorry I meant for secondary pages. I've got several using underscores which might need changing as they don't come up very well in the SERPs
     
  8. ElitePostings

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    Go with the one with the keyword unhyphenated
     
  9. Entrepreneur

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    From a purist point of view .org is for an organisation, so .co.uk everytime. To me .orgs just seem wrong unless it's a charity or club or something of that ilk.
     
  10. RicherJack

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    DadsMugs.co.uk doesn't have a website installed.

    You might be best off looking to see if it's been registered, before someone sees this thread and does it themself (this is BHW after all).

    Personally, I think DadsMugs rolls off the tongue better than DadsMug anyway.
     
  11. UnDerDoG81

    UnDerDoG81 Regular Member

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    Why? I´ve got three websites with hyphens and readed it just yesterday that this is not good for SEO ranking... but why? whats the problem?
     
  12. noph34r

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    Hyphenated domains are great from SEO point of view, mainly for big G.
    G algorithms see hyphens in the domain name as space, for example in your dads-mug.co.uk big G will see the keyphrase "dads mug". The most important element of on page SEO is the targeted keyword in the URL. The best CMS (like wordpress) mahe huge use of hyphens in the URL.

    If someone doesn't rank well with hyphenated domains this is not due the hyphens but to high competition keywords.
     
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  13. surprise

    surprise Junior Member

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    There seems to be conflicting views here..
    I'm wondering the same thing..
    caught between registering a key-word.com vs a keyword.net.. not sure which would be better..
     
  14. aliens

    aliens Newbie

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    No its not - if you re-read my post you'll see that I have split tested this - the non-hyphenated version rolls up top every time.
     
  15. wookie85

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    Hyphens or no hyphens, from a SEO standpoint is make absolutely no difference. From a conversion standpoint it is always better to use something which is going to make it easier to read for the user which wud be with the hyphens.
     
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  16. wookie85

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    How can u split test such a thing? Were the page identical with identical links from identical pages?
     
  17. aliens

    aliens Newbie

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    Split tested in the sense I've placed many domains with much the same content across numerous keywords over the years - domains with hyphens and without. Those without usually rank higher. Not dupe content now - but much the same. Both tuned for the same keyword, both released at the same time.
     
  18. noph34r

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    I make an example:
    "dads mug" and dadsmug are 2 quite different keyphrases, the first one has more SEO competition, then the ranking is more difficult.

    P.S: the a/b split testing is only for different layouts on the same url.
     
  19. riolas

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    hyphens or not makes no difference. go with .co.uk, never .org.uk
     
  20. vxdxm

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    I always thought that org.uk has more authority since it has org in it just like org always ranks better over com. Well thats what I thought until now, correct me if im wrong.