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hyphens in domain name to separate keywords

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by loginname, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. loginname

    loginname Regular Member

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    Hi

    Is it a good idea to include hyphens inside domain names, to separate individual keywords?
    Lets say the domain crazy-shit.com, will search engines think of this domain more relevent than other domains with those domains as it already contain it inside it's domain name?

    seo-expert-services.co.uk does include hyphens, and I suspect them to know about seo...

    is it better to have crazyshit.com than crazy-shit.com

    what's your thoughts about this?
     
  2. shm03

    shm03 Regular Member

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    There is no difference in seo, unless you have loads of hypens e.g.

    this-is-a-longtail-keyword.com

    If its 2 or less you should be fine. However I recommend that you get both and use the non hyphen version as it looks more professional.
     
  3. Jcsarokin

    Jcsarokin Power Member

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    Don't get the hyphen. Nobody types them in. Nothing beneficial SEO wise though.
     
  4. seomedia

    seomedia Registered Member

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    I posted something about this earlier today:

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    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/domain-names-parking/131840-longer-domain-names-15-20-character-too-long.html
     
  5. adrien23

    adrien23 Regular Member

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    watch-movies-links.net has hyphens, and doesn't it rank well for movie keywords? Well I know they get a lot of traffic either way though.
     
  6. gypsydogg

    gypsydogg Regular Member

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    the main reason you want both is so people don't get the other an compete against you of of the popularity of your domain. Other than that, SEOwise, it doesn't make a difference, you can rank well with either one if you know what your doing.
     
  7. kaizersuzi

    kaizersuzi Junior Member

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    I've seen sites with domains that have hyphens rank in page 1 for very competetive keywords. However, more than 2 hyphens in the domain may look spammy.
     
  8. bugschaser

    bugschaser Registered Member

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    Just saw a video from Google and they confirmed that hyphens are no problem in domain names. What they don't want is an underscore anywhere in the url since they might that one use in the future for something not yet specified.
     
  9. kanshu

    kanshu Regular Member

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    It's about readability. The hyphenated domain name is better if your domain will likely be misread esp. if the last letter of the 1st word or the first letter of the 2nd word is a vowel.

    For example, googleme.com doesn't look like "google me" dot com. Somebody will likely read it as "goo gleme" dot com. So, in this case, google-me.com is much better and will be read as intended.
     
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  10. victoriavain

    victoriavain Regular Member

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    Things to keep in mind when picking out domain names:


    www.whorepresents.com - A site called 'Who Represents' where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity.
    www.expertsexchange.com - Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views.
    www.penisland.net - Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island.
    www.therapistfinder.com - Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder.
    www.powergenitalia.com - Then of course, there's the Italian Power Generator company.
    www.molestationnursery.com - And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales.
    www.ipanywhere.com - If you're looking for computer software.
    www.cummingfirst.com - Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church.
    www.speedofart.com - Then, of course, there's these brainless art designers.
    www.gotahoe.com - Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe?
     
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  11. kanshu

    kanshu Regular Member

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    My point exactly. Very funny collection you got here. :D :eyebrows: Correction. It's hilarious. :smashfrea
    Even funnier is that they're actually being used.
     
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  12. AdisLCS

    AdisLCS Power Member

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    I had good rankings before with hyphen keywords, not anymore. MSN/Bing can get tricked into ranking them higher but overall it does not seem to be of use anymore. in 2005/2006 I kicked ass with auto blogs on hyphen domains but not anymore, now you only may have your domain misread.
     
  13. Seariz

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    Omg I laughed so hard reading this...thank you! *hit thanks button also*