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Exact Match Domain Vs. Exact Match Domain With a number or extra letter?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by dvno879, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. dvno879

    dvno879 Regular Member

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    So i was wondering, lets say my niche is dog training and I go on godaddy and see that dogtraining.org/.net/.com is taken, what if I take dogtraining12.com or something similar like that, just random 1 or 2 characters at the end.

    Have any of you guys tried this? Will it work in more competitive niches and will Google still deem this to be an exact domain match as it has the keyword in there just another number or two in the end...

    Looking to go into some competitive niches, so Im looking forward to your answers on this..


    Thanks!
     
  2. godofhell000

    godofhell000 Junior Member

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    In my experience it doesn't matter where you put the numbers, never had any problem with these type of domains (same results as with domain without numbers)
     
  3. paincake

    paincake Power Member

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    I personally use dashes and if they're not available, I try different keywords.
     
  4. dvno879

    dvno879 Regular Member

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    Really? I thought dashes make your site lower ranked according to Google.. at least thats what I heard.

    So you think dashes are better than using an extra number in the front or end?
     
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    Dashes won't hurt ranking. My site is ranking #3 with a dash in the domain.
     
  6. polocolto

    polocolto Regular Member

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    I personally do not like dashes and numbers. If i cannot find the exact match i add a small word or a meaningfull letter after the keyword i want to rank for.
     
  7. craigslistguy

    craigslistguy Regular Member

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    as long as the keyword is in there and not separated by another word or numbers (you can put numbers at the end or beg if you want) then its fine

    I personally use dashes or different keywords

    But EXACT is always best. ALWAYS.
     
  8. painkiller

    painkiller Newbie

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    My opinion - nothing wrong with a single dash. I try to stay away from multiple dashes and numbers (either the numeral or spelled out). However, I mostly work with sites that are marketed outside of search engines and simple direct domains that are easy to speak to others are important.
     
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    Dashes or numbers doesn't hurt your SEO so don't worry about that. It's all MYTH :)

    Still if possible you should avoid using them because without it your domain name looks more professional and easy to remember. It also creates more trust when it comes to real visitors. Still lots of good companies got numbers in their name and people trust them. It's all part of branding if people can remember it then you got no issue. Search engine will not penalize you for number or dashes.

    For example 7search.com got PR 5 and Alexa ranking 3511... does number affecte them in any way? LOL
     
  10. Monrox

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    Additional characters are considered bad because automated splitting is optimized to the max to save overhead. But if you put these in a place where it does not confuse the computer they become irrelevant. So cheaplawyers will be splitted fine: one pass, identify the first word, consider the remaining another word.

    Cheap-lawyers will require 2 passes: first to remove the dash, then to identify the first word.

    Cheap-laywers3 makes things worse because you end up with 'cheap' and 'lawyers3' after whole two passes (computer power is an issue when many phrases need to be analyzed like in SE data centers).

    In this sense you are now considered for ranking for the search phrase "cheap lawyers3". If I was in charge, I'd just say **** it i'm dropping implementing further checks, this way my boss stops breathing in my neck for wasting resources. Esp. if it's a somewhat saturated niche (enough alternative websites with just different TLDs).

    My advice is, and it's just that, to use a third word instead that gets automatically discarded during searches.

    thecheaplawyers
    gocheaplawyers
    ofcheaplawyers
     
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    target Newbie

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    Dashes and numbers don't hurt much. Its only having keyword that matters.
     
  12. Lawrencess

    Lawrencess Junior Member

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    If you are aiming to rank based on exact match domain, numbers letters or dashes do not make any difference.

    If you are hoping to build a quality site with a loyal following, I would say picking a easy to remember, keyword focused domain is a better choice.
     
  13. brainpower

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    i agree, dashes kick ass.. even works with .nets (hyphens)