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Domain names with hyphens

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by azguru, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. azguru

    azguru Elite Member

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    Should I avoid creating a domain name with a hyphen? I have read up a lot about this and found a bunch of different views on it.

    The reason I'm asking is because the domain I'm trying to register sounds confusing without a hyphen in the middle, however if the hyphen will hurt my ranking then i want to avoid it.

    I'm looking to gain all my traffic from SEO so I'm not to worried about people having a hard time typing or remembering the hyphen.

    Thoughts?

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  2. Floating Rooster

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    Buy them both and redirect to hyphened one..?:rolleyes:
     
  3. bertbaby

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    There are a ton of threads on this subject but bottom line a hyphen makes no difference. Use the search key and there are a ton of discussions on this and using keywords in domain names.
     
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  4. khanna_rohit

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    it is usually better to avoid hyphenated domain names
     
  5. ezines

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    If it's necessary to put hyphen, I only use 1 hyphen. I always do this when I want a .com and can't find any tweak in the domain name and don't want to add numbers as suffix.
     
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    I dislike hyphenated domain names. I tend to stay away from websites that have them as well. Maybe it's because I know how IM works. So my opinion is to stay away from them if you can or use 1 maximum.
     
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    @everythingred, your opinion is based on real life facts that domain is not ranking good because of hypens, or you just dislike them for some reason ?
     
  8. Nshan

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    i have seen both ranking nicely
     
  9. Techxan

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    I have a natural pets products site that has 2 hyphens in the name. This site seems to be about normal as far as marketing it as compared to my non-hyphenated sites.

    I have noticed though that some people will automatically think it s a lower quality site, simply because of the hyphens when I tell them about the name. I have no statistics as to whether this costs me customers when they look at the serps, but I suspect it does. If I get a visible face o face reaction, I cannot imagine that I don't get the same response online.

    The site was easy to rank, and I make some adsense on it, but in my heart I believe that this decision to use hyphens is costing me readers who might otherwise come to my site.

    I do not see it affect my SEO, but I think it affects my readership, and I would not do it again. (All i have in the site is a $10 domian name, and a few hours work)

    I also have built a few sites that use the -cityname at the end of the domain name for local small businesses, such as ifixcars-houston. The benefit the cityname adds to the domain name out weighs any negative effect of the hyphen. I see absolutely no negative effects when used in this manner when applied to the local neighborhood merchant. I think, but cannot prove, that people simply like seing their city or neighborhood in print and their eyes gravitate to it in the serps on autopilot.


     
  10. turdface

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    I have hyphenated domain names that rank well. They are fine. Just don't make them super spammy like how-to-make-500-dollars-a-day-and-buy-50-porsches.com.
     
  11. iiaok

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    As long as you're not expecting type-in traffic, go for the hyphen. But also, as suggested in the first response, just get both and redirect to one.
     
  12. tb303

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    cant say ive noticed a difference trying to rank either to be honest.
     
  13. everythingred

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    Based on dislike and mistrust. I have not said anything to do with rank, only how I view them. As for rank, you can rank, it doesn't need to be an EMD in order for it to do well for a given keyword.
     
  14. Sharon Martin

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    Hyphen is a keyword separator... It does not hamper your ranking, instead gives you benefit (your domain may get ranked for all the keywords separated by hyphens)
     
  15. Jilted

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    As other above me said, it may give you some benefits when it comes to keyword ranking, having hyphens.

    But, I don't recommend it. If you ever want you sell the site, most future clients will tend to avoid hyphen websites. So I suggest you don't go this way.
     
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    As far as the ranking goes hyphen no hyphen it does not matter... but to be honest ..how many sites do YOU go to with hyphen? I bet 1% ...and even that is bookmarked...
     
  17. Desolite

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    if having a hyphen makes your site make more sense, i think it makes sense to do it. as long as it doesn't look out of place in the title, who cares?
     
  18. Jilted

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    I've seen few popular websites with a hyphen. No to mention with two or three hyphens...they look pretty ridiculous with more then one hyphen.
     
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    I rank EMDs with hyphens, no problems
     
  20. Bizmarkie40

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    a friend of mine who has had some pretty good success at IM ranking quite a few of his sites for strong keywords suggested that hyphens are OK as long as the domain is either highly searched for and /or has strong commercial intent. As with anything in IM one never really knows until you launch the site