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Hyphenated Exact Match Domains or Not?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bluehat23, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. bluehat23

    bluehat23 Registered Member

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    How much of a difference is there between hyphenated (example-keyword)and non-hyphenated (examplekeyword) exact match domains? How successful are your hyphenated exact match domains?
     
  2. Spawn

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    no difference. I just ranked #3 in the insurance niche, made adsense money then sold it for a nice return, soo Go for it man! :)
     
  3. mutatedllama

    mutatedllama Regular Member

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    I've had success with hyphenated too. I would recommend getting one if it is an EMD.
     
  4. plumbum416

    plumbum416 Registered Member

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    You will benefit from both, I mean it is nearly as good as an EMD and a lot better then an EMD .info
     
  5. Crazy

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    I think if it plays into the keyword, there's no problem. Hyphenated domains are more an issue when they're being used for something that requires name recognition and memory recall. If I make my business site with a hyphen and just tell people about it, chances are when they try to reach it they'll forget the hyphen and probably not try to correct it. In this case though, you're looking for just organic search traffic, so it's fine.
     
  6. jimmy87

    jimmy87 Newbie

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    I find hyphenated domains rank great. But if you're going for brand recognition, you'd probably wouldn't want it to be ultra-long, maybe limit it to 3-4 words.
     
  7. AdisLCS

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    I also had great success with hyphens, few sites I had were word-word-word.com worked out great, good rankings. Some argue Hyphens help distinguish keywords, while non hyphens are easier to remember for people but might produce crazy "keywords"

    keyword-keyword2 .com is mostly keyword + keyword2 or vise versa while keywordkeyword2.com might be seen by spiders as: key word keyword2, keyword key word2 and ton other funny things.

    So if you are planing on establishing brandable website where you will use lots of offline, and real promotion try to find non hyphen, but if you wish to use the domain/site for SE traffic you can get away with hyphens easily.

    good luck
     
  8. dotcomdesigns

    dotcomdesigns Power Member

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    My money site is hyphenated and my main keyword is not in the domain name either, well half of it is! This was due to the fact I hadn't a clue about SEO when I dreamed it up 7 years ago.

    Anyway, it's in position 5 on G for a highly competitive phrase that Traffic Travis says is extremely difficult to rank for. MNF gives it a big red circle too. so clearly it doesn't impact negatively for me. Although maybe if I had the emd without a hyphen I'd be in spot 1 :)
     
  9. spasovski

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    Bro, you have the scariest avatar I've ever seen. I won't be sleeping tonight !
     
  10. neu009

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    used to think it matters but seems as long as you dont use 100 hyphens it wont matter. that leaves me with tons of more emd that I disregarded before.
    Actually I saw one site rank for a tons of keyword + x wth a domain keyword-keyword.xxx so main keyword was repeated and it ranks top 3 for that and lots of longtail keywords.
     
  11. greatgreat

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    I have had tons of success using hyphens. I don't think it really matters if you use them or not. It does make them easier to read though.
     
  12. NightStar

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    I have a couple hyphenated domains, one of them outranks the non-hyphenated domain of the same name. If you have good SEO there is not much difference IMO.
     
  13. Streamengine

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    In my experience, no difference at all, anchor text in your backlinks is the real key.
     
  14. bluehat23

    bluehat23 Registered Member

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    Cool, thanks