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help with 2 domain names

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by charlesbrunkle, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. charlesbrunkle

    charlesbrunkle Registered Member

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    hello guys,

    I'm starting a new website and i want to rank for a keyword - I'm not going to say which one is it to avoid new competition so lets use "black hat".

    Lets say I bought blackhat.com and black-hat.com. In this case look-wise it doesn't make much difference, but with my keyword the one with the "-" looks way better.

    So my question is SEO-wise which one is better?

    Cheers
     
  2. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    No hyphen is better.
     
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    wawekakaiko Registered Member

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    For me it never really did matter, as long as you have at least 1 or 2 of the keywords you want to target in your url.

    Just use the title of your page wisely ;)
     
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    If you can find your exact keyword for your domain name, just use it without hyphen. Otherwise, you can try adding additional words after your keyword to form your domain name. From my experience, hyphenated domains are harder to rank in google. Of course, you also have to apply good SEO to your page after figuring out your domain name. Others more experienced in SEO, feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
     
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  5. charlesbrunkle

    charlesbrunkle Registered Member

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    I think I'm going to use both domains - I'll use the one without hyphens as the main one, and the one with hyphens as a secondary one just in case something goes wrong with the first one. cheers
     
  6. wawekakaiko

    wawekakaiko Registered Member

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    Of course use both! That's what I always do. I never leave the golden opportunity open for a competitor to claim domain names with great keywords.

    Pillage, rob, steal and scam those domain names :)!

    Good luck!

    Oh btw, you could even link them to each other with the same keywords. ;)
     
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    Google looks at hyphens like this....

    In the main domain name Google prefers no hyphens because it is easier for users to type. However, Google prefers hyphens in the path names.

    So for example, Google wants you to make your domain names and path names like this;

    www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/white-hat-seo/domain-names.html

    Take notice of where the hyphens are placed. Hyphens in the path/folder names makes it easier for the user to read.