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keyword spelling in subdomain

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by danny79, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. danny79

    danny79 Registered Member

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    i'm launching an urban music website, and am creating pages for each artist that will feature their music and personal info. the bulk of my marketing will be grass roots, as these artists will be active contributors to the site.

    now some of these guys spell their names pretty strange. for example, there's an artist named tek-9. my first instinct is to spell the subdomain as they spell it: website.com/tek-9 ist his ok? or would it be better to spell it: website.com/tek9 since when these guys go on the radio, chances are they won't include the hyphens when they promote their section?
     
  2. danny79

    danny79 Registered Member

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    anybody?
     
  3. geteasymoneynow

    geteasymoneynow Regular Member

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    the second option will be better since it is easily to understand and type in for most people
    but ultimately is up to the way the artist wants it!
     
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    Do it without the hyphens but use a redirect on the hyphenated version to point it to the non hyphenated version.
     
  5. aftershock2020

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    Depending if you want to have unique links back to the member's pages later, you would be better off spelling it as the user posts it, correctly, to prevent any confusion and link issues should that user want to promote their other press outlets and linking resources back to your service, which would clash.

    I would suggest putting in the extra effort, as it won't count against you with the SE, it is personal choice and respect for the brand of the characterthe user is making in that sense.