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Does google notice "-" Symbol in a domain name?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xoxxx, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. xoxxx

    xoxxx Regular Member

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    is there a difference between
    freemoney.com and
    free-money.com

    does google see the "-"
    or does it not matter?


    I need to know because Im about to buy about 50 Doamin names, so I need to know if I can put the "-" symobl. I want to put that symbol because I think it can more eaily be read if the words are spaced apart.
     
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  2. BxHxW

    BxHxW Newbie

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    i would say it does as the amount of keword rich domains i have come across have all got "-" in the url and rank no1.
     
  3. Chronos

    Chronos Junior Member

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    When it comes down to it, content and backlinks play a way bigger role than -'s.

    Does Google count -'s, yes. But very little. They would take content and backlinks anyday rather than a - or 2.
     
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  4. speakeasy1973

    speakeasy1973 Registered Member

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    I remember reading a couple guides that said it does not really matter. In fact they seemed to almost suggest doing it.
     
  5. blight12

    blight12 Regular Member

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    There is a big difference when considering the ranking bonus of an exact match domain. For example keyword1-keyword2.com is nowhere near as effective as keyword1keyword2.com when it comes to the EMD ranking bonus.
     
  6. Chronos

    Chronos Junior Member

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    True. But if you own keyword1keyword2.com and have shitty content with shitty backlinks, keyword1-keyword2.com, with a little bit of work, will RAPE keyword1keyword2.com in the rankings.

    As you said, it's a bonus, not a factor, to ranking.
     
  7. Bross

    Bross Senior Member

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    I'd say that without the dashes is much, much more powerful when it comes to keyword stuffing.

    From my experience. And I tried many different variations.
    I recently registered a domain... its intention is not SEO and I did -0- when it comes to SEO. It is a combination of 2 words and both words searches in google brings me to ---> #1 (in position) from a total of: About 1,460,000 results (0.10 seconds) .

    So I can guarantee - no dashes is better.

     
  8. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Makes no difference, hyphen or no hyphen, I have gotten all domains to rank well in the pimp spot! Content, keywords and links rule the Goggle seas.
     
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    summertime1 Junior Member

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    J0kerz Supreme Member

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    Search "Domain and hyphens" on this forum. You will find tooons of usefull topics.
     
  11. MisterGemini

    MisterGemini Senior Member

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    Forget the exact match keyword stuff and make a keyword + brand combo of some kind. I believe in the future every exact keyword match domain is going to drop off the face of google, while branded domains will remain at the top.

    Keep it short too.
     
  12. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    i try to avoid them as much as I can, but i don't think it will have any affect on SEO. It looks good to the end user in my opinion
     
  13. panoet

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    I think google will see it, because google is not stupid :D
     
  14. xoxxx

    xoxxx Regular Member

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