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Hyphen in domain name (not the usual domain/hyphen question - ish!)

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by ellios, May 9, 2011.

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  1. ellios

    ellios Newbie

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    It's my first post, so - hello, and please be gentle!

    My question is regarding the use of hyphens in domains - I've read just about everything that I can regarding multiple word domains and most people seem to have their own take on it, which is fine, although there seems be more people in the "non-hyphenated is better" camp.

    This question is slightly different though, I plan to purchase a domain name for a word that is commonly hyphenated, even Google's exact keyword results indicate that the hyphenated version is searched for more than the non-hyphenated.

    There are also big differences in Google's search results too, for the hyphenated (high exact searches) phrase there is about 189,000 results, and for the non-hyphenated (lower exact searches) phrase there is about 1,100,000 results!

    What I am wondering is whether it would be better to purchase the hyphenated or non hyphenated version, given that the there are more exact keyword searches per month for the hyphenated one - but then would I rank better if I go for a non hyphenated version, which yields less exact keyword searches per month - or does it even matter?

    I also intend for all of my traffic to be organic, so long-term branding of the domain will not an issue - I just want it to rank as best as it can.

    Finally, if I purchased both domains, can anyone give any advise on how to basically benchmark, test and compare the ranking for each?

    Thank you in advance, Nathan.
     
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  2. eb0la

    eb0la Newbie

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    It's not too hard.

    1 - Setup a simple (no wordpress, no nothing) website for each domain.
    2 - Setup awstats, or any simple log analysis package.
    3 - Write one article (600 words+). In plain html.
    4 - Upload the same html file to both domains (as index.hmtl )
    5 - Go to Ping-o-matic and ping (more-or-less at the same time) both domains at the same time.
    6 - Wait for G***/YH**/Bi*g/etc to index your site.
    7 - Take a look at your awstats.
    8 - Profit !
     
  3. ellios

    ellios Newbie

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    Would I then not be penalised for duplicate content though?