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Exact Match Domains easy to rank?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by thefonz, May 1, 2012.

  1. thefonz

    thefonz Registered Member

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    I have been wondering, I have lots of domain names that I have not yet registered but I can see that I can get their .com and some have over 4000 exact searches a month, does that make them good?

    Can I rank good with them with low and medium competition? how about high competition?
     
  2. crashus

    crashus Junior Member

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    That does make your work of getting #1 on these KWs a lot better.
     
  3. Brum26

    Brum26 Regular Member

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    Once upon a time yes, these would have been pretty easy to rank. However, with googles new update targetting people who over-optimise their sites many people have said that perhaps EMD's are not such a great idea anymore.
     
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    cloakme Regular Member Premium Member

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    Post Penguin it was easy for low competition keywords to rank with EMD's. Just make sure you diversify your links and you should be able to rank them for medium & high competition.
     
  5. OldSalt

    OldSalt Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Nearly all of my domains are EMDs and not a single one got smacked by the penguin. In fact, a few of them rose a few spots as those above them dropped away. Of course, I have never used KW density's above 2% - most of the time I keep it was 1.5% or so. I do do one H1, H2, H3 as well as bold (strong), italics (em) and underiline. I also have diversified my backlinks...

    Note, I do not have alot of high ranking KWs against Med or high competition yet so that may be a factor as well but my EMDs are doing just fine.
     
  6. infoasian

    infoasian Supreme Member

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    EMDs are fine as long as you don't put ads or affiliate links on them.
     
  7. OldSalt

    OldSalt Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    huh???
     
  8. AuraObscene

    AuraObscene Junior Member

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    EMD's are extremely easy to rank in my honest opinion. As always though, make sure you have good content and good quality backlinks.
     
  9. infoasian

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    Just give it a try. You will see that EMD with next to none content and no aff links will do much better.
     
  10. zebrahat

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    EMDs continue to work well by most reports above and elsewhere. What the updates proportedly targets is over optimization, as in way too many on-page tweaks and offpage spammy backlinks. The algo doesn't mind an EMD, but a small site loaded with dozens of optimization touches seems to trigger the devaluation.
     
  11. OldSalt

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    Honestly, no thanks... I'm working my websites to make money, not to do interesting tricks with them. I have EMDs that have CPA and Adsense and they are still doing fine.
     
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    Exact match domains are still good for small niches. We talk about fast rankings. You can use serpiq to find small niches fast for free.
     
  13. Spaznik

    Spaznik Newbie

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    This isn't true. There are some coincidences for some keywords, but it's not like it's a new general rule.
     
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  14. OldSalt

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    ^^^ exactly
     
  15. thejake

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    An interesting experiment is to pay attention to your own google searches and see how often EMDs for your searches are returned. My observation tends to be "almost never" so I've never been really excited by them.
     
  16. infoasian

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    I keep making the same experience all over with EMDs. I install WP with a simple post and they rank 1 or 2 in Google. Then I build a site with affiliate links and site moves down to 100. Some of them come back to top. But others stay down no matter what I do.
     
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    The Penguin update makes me question whether EMDs are any better.

    After all a site with EMD for some vague term is far more suspicious than an unrelated domain name. It might raise a flag for Google.
     
  18. ProAffiliate01

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    I get overwhelmed by all that is required for good SEO. However, this thread helps me see the importance of choosing a great domain name.