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Domain difference in SEO?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Luretryne, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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    Hey! Im out shopping some domains and I am wondering about something.

    Does this mean something?

    Lets say I buy this domain:
    free-websites.com or freewebsites.com is there any big difference in SEO for those? Does the - mean anything big? And the difference between .com and .net anything big?
     
  2. DFunny

    DFunny Regular Member

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    I always heard that the "-" in the domain name should be avoided if possible.

    But no I don't think there's too big of a difference between that or .com or .net. That being said I always try to get a .com if possible.
     
  3. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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    That is bad for me hehe. I need to pay a big amount of money for the domain without "-". But ill wait and see for some more answers.

    Thanks;)
     
  4. ronmojohny

    ronmojohny Regular Member

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    No difference for the -, go ahead and get it.

    Just make sure it's a .com .net or .org
     
  5. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Content and backlinks over rule the use of hyphens. Go ahead and register that bad buy! Also, use the BHW Search function, there have been some good threads on the topic.
     
  6. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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    So you say I should buy the one with "-" ?
     
  7. Bryan

    Bryan Power Member

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  8. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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    Okey. But if I stick without the "-" and get it in .net instead of .com would that be as good as the domain with .com ending?
     
  9. tbsweet52

    tbsweet52 Junior Member

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    Only thing that MAY hurt you is that when a visitor arrives at your website-name.com site and they want to return to it (assuming they didn't bookmark it), they might just type in websitename.com (without the "-") and land on someone's other site and then you could lose out. But I do have a couple domains with the "-" so I say go for it if the domain is that desireable to you.
     
  10. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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    I see the point. But ill just skip the "-" and buy the domain with .net instead of .com
     
  11. giansim

    giansim Registered Member

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    I second that =)

    Gian Sim
     
  12. chris38

    chris38 Junior Member

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    Always try to get the EXACT keyword phrase in your domain name (unless its really long)...go for non-hyphen,.com domains before hyphened,.net domains.

    However, if you can ONLY get a .net domain with hyphens ...then go for it. A .net domain is still a TLD. If no .com or .net...then .org.
     
  13. Luretryne

    Luretryne Registered Member

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