Do hyphens work well on Blogs?

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  1. ardvark

    ardvark Regular Member Premium Member

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    Hi.

    Do hyphens work ok for for ranking a blog for an exact match phrase eg: buy some shoes site : buy-some-shoes ??

    Any answers appreciated
     
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    They used to work, but not now

    I always registered hyphenated exact match .com .org .net domains when the non-hyphenated ones had already been registered

    I stopped over 2 years ago, when for the first time ever, a whole batch of hyphenated domains did not hit page #1 of google even after many weeks

    The non-hyphenated domains hit page #1 of google in 3 to 6 days as usual (before and after the dud batch of hyphenated domains)

    All the domains were based on micro niche finder easy (green) soc search results - so they all should have top ranked within a week

    All factors were the same - just some were hyphenated and some were not

    All sites were single page test sites (method promoted by blogging underground) where you put up and backlink a keyword rich test page first, before investing time in building out a wordpress blog site

    I let all the hyphenated domains expire without building them out

    The non hyphenated domains were built out as usual as wordpress blog sites
     
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    OriginalEXE Power Member

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    I use hypen domain keyword-keyword2 and I rank first for those keywords together.
     
  4. WrightWilliams

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    Yeah, I use hyphens all the time and consistenly rank 1's and 2's for keywords.... I am not sure why you think they don't work, WebDev...
     
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    Hmmm, interesting. Maybe hyphens work some of the time and worth looking into especially when you have budget constraints. :)
     
  6. Master-x

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    according to my experience it doesn't really matter for seo. You can rank both without any problem. It's actually will be a good experiment to register 2 domains in the same niche and do exactly the same link building methods. I would say they will be next to each other
     
  7. everest2012

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    I'm not sure how well hyphens work for SEO or SERP. However, I think the domains are easier to read for site visitors. I have a hard time myself reading domain names all mashed together into one word.
     
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    It works. Domain is just ONE factor from a few dozens. Hundreds even.

    With that, if I'm to build an authority site, I don't necessarily use hyphens. I usually go for something easier to remember.
     
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    Don't overuse hyphens. They make the site look spammy.
     
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    I find it better to try and use exact domain. If its not available try and pluralise (is that actually a word lol) one of the words in it.
    ie. buy-some-shoes ...you could use buyssomeshoes. I seem to get much better serps using this method.