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Dashes in domain name? Harmful for SEO?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Ander, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Ander

    Ander Registered Member

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    I searched around and the only thread on bhw i could find about this was from 6 years ago.
    I've read in some posts that google ignores it, I've read in others that it hurts ranking.
    In the event that you can choose:
    exact-match.com or exactmatch.net
    Which do you go for? Anyone currently ranked high with dashed domain names?
     
  2. Mobrich24

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    I believe they ignore but i would rather put my words together it's easier for the customer to remember rather then joes-crabs.com I would put joescrabs.com for user friendliness.
     
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  3. Ander

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    would you say though that a non .com without dash is better than a .com with the dash?
    would you pick joes-crabs.com or joescrabs.net?
     
  4. dhia27

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    For me, I see no reason it would be harmful unless the content and on&off page SEO are BS.
    I am afraid that using EMD+hyphen is exactly what Google dislikes.

    Another thing to put in mind I: if you rank, and I hope you will, the domain will look unprofessional and you'll get low CTR,that's what people say.
     
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  5. Ander

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    yeah that's true too. i'm sure people would feel more comfortable going to healthguru.net than shadyweightlosspills.com :D
    i'm just trying to squeeze out every drop of seo i can so that i can even make it to the front page, but i guess considering the long run is better :)
     
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    I have a dash in my new authority site domain and it seems to be doing amazing, I believe there is no difference. I think Google treats it as a space. I would recommend getting the .com, but the better thing to do is buy both and redirect or forward them to the same site.
     
  7. Dagreyon

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    Personally, I'd opt for neither. If its only the option between those two, make a brand name instead of an EMD. I think hyphens and .net look like shit and potential buyers/visitors could have the same thought process. But, keep in mind I'm a domain snob.... :)
     
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  8. dhia27

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    Believe me, I am in your shoes right now, thinking to do the same as you are planning. I even considered using .xyz.
    But, can't you just buy EMD domain (to help the process of SEO), make decent SEO, start banking and then build a brand and redirect your EMD to the brand which will gain the juice ?
     
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    hmm... .com it is then. i guess i should just make a quick trip to the thesaurus lol

    i think I recently read in a thread that doing this will actually mess up your rank in search engines. from the perspective of the search engine its like a pump fake i suppose.
    can someone confirm this?
     
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    Dagreyon Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Exactly, or go search godaddy expiring domains, a lot of times you can pick up some awesome names that expired and can get them for as little as $5-10. I will NEVER buy a non- .com nor will I buy a hyphen domain, but again, I'm a domain snob...
     
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  11. dhia27

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    Another thing to mention is, which another member said before, is that G considers hyphen as space (I red a ton of articles yesterday about the topic).
    Anyway, feel free to contact me to chat more on the subject, maybe have some business. :)
     
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    What happens when you choose best-cruises.com and you have people that come to your site, see your domain and they then want to come back naturally a few days/weeks later and directly input the URL and they put in bestcruises.com BOOM you just potentially lost a sale, traffic, ad click etc. and this is the exact reason I never do a non-.com nor hyphen domain. Same thing with a .net etc domain, people would probably type in the .com and not .net

    This is just my opinion and experience, I never want to build a brand, just to lose potential traffic on something so simple to avoid from the beginning.
     
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  13. dhia27

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    If so, use PMD with no hyphens, I am sure you will find such valuable domains. (consider that I am not an expert yet, just my point of view). Good Luck !
     
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    Totally true. Then, if not finding no hyphen EMD .com domains, should we build a brand (which seems hard work and hard to rank, for me) ??
     
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    Yup, brand all day. Personally, I always choose brand over EMD, it seems more professional and less spammy when you have a brand (QQTube.com) vs EMD (BuyCheapYouTubeViews.Com), it just seems more personal to have a brand and gives a potential customer in this example more piece of mind purchasing.
     
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    Fair enough, how do you compare ranking a brand vs an EMD in the same niche, which one is easier ??
     
  17. Dagreyon

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    I've never done my own SEO, so I unfortunately can't answer that. Nor have I ever tried to rank an EMD I've always gone the brand route. What I can tell you though, is that all of my branded domains have had no issue ranking very high/strong.
     
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    Good. If you advise me (PM) with some good SEO providers here you have worked with, that would be so much helpful.
     
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    Anyone currently ranked high with domain names? Which do you go for?
     
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    It doesn't matter as long as you have a good plan for the website. Content, Marketing and Classy Backlinks. Rest all can be ignored safely.