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is this the right domain name?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by gingerlyspicy, May 13, 2011.

  1. gingerlyspicy

    gingerlyspicy Junior Member

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    hi guys.....read some stories here and got inspired so decided to start a micro niche site :D so after doing keyword research, i searched the domain if it was available....

    the word is something like - how to blah blah blah

    the domain name howtoblahblahblah.com, .net. org are unavaliable....i dont like .info and that also is not available i think....

    so the following choices are left how-to-blah-blah-blah.com but too many hyphens look spammy.....

    the second option i got is to chose howto-blahblahblah.com or how-toblahblahblah.com ...which oen shud i go for :(
     
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    sercon Regular Member

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    In my opinion never use hyphens..... not even 1. try to add a suffix or prefix like howtoblabla123.com just an example....
     
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  3. gingerlyspicy

    gingerlyspicy Junior Member

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    hmm i see......ok
     
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    lossehelin Junior Member

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    dont go for that kind of domain
     
  5. bertbaby

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    Hyphens are not a problem and this has been discussed a thousand times before in the forums. The disadvantage to hyphens is people remembering the URL not the actual ranking ranking. Lookup the keywords "cheap cigarettes" in Google, I don't know why it just came to mind, 4 of the top 10 sites have hyphens. Duh, people just like making up shit!
     
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    gingerlyspicy Junior Member

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    yeah many hyphenated sites for that keyword cheap cigarettes..i think i can go with one hyphen...even my only site has one hyphen and is doing quite ok in search engines :D
     
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    To my point, people hear or read something in SEO and they repeat it endlessly as gospel (sounds a lot like religion). Or they have a bad experience with a hyphen domain name and then extrapolate that observation to all hyphenated sites. I literally made up those keywords "cheap cigarettes" and right away it blows away all that nonsense about hyphens not ranking. Oh, by the way I don't smoke!
     
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    gingerlyspicy Junior Member

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    kool cleared my doubts :) and yeah i also dont smoke ;)
     
  9. giganut

    giganut Newbie

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    If you want to go the route without hyphens then it's probably better to have your keyword at the front of the domain and then a short filler word after such as review or maybe even just an 's' after it. It's easier to remember if your keyword is first and Big G seems to prefer to have keywords near the start of things, titles, sentences etc..
     
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    SLSWebber Newbie

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    The rumor is, Google is paying less attention to domain names anymore because, well, they know what we're up to.
     
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    krillinc11 Newbie

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    it might be the right domain name
     
  12. cornkernel

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    i agree that domain names with hyphens look spammy. well, to me they do. if i'm looking for something in google, and there's two results - one with hyphens, and one without, i always click on the one without the hyphens. even if the one with hyphens is higher in the results. i know it's stupid, but that's the way i've always done it.
     
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    its better to add a word instead of a wasted spot with a hypen. Just add a filler word like: howtosurfNOW.com (filler word now), or howtosurflessons.com etc etc

    That way you can pick up a new keyword possible as well... Hope that helps.
     
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