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Keyword String Domain Names vs. Keywords-With-Dashes[dot]com Domain Names

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by lazyentrepreneur, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. lazyentrepreneur

    lazyentrepreneur Junior Member

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    So hopefully the title explains it all. But if it doesn't, if, for example, a 3-word keyword string domain name is taken in the .com, .net, and .org range, will Google like it just as much if you take that exact three keyword string and put it into this format: suck-my-balls[dot]com?

    I have done my keyword research for the term I'm looking for. I just wonder if my 3-keyword string with dashes domain will work fine since the original 3-keyword domain[dot]com domain is not used by the person as a domain for ranking in Google's index. They instead have used it solely for redirect purposes when you type that 3-keyword string into the browser and click enter.
     
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  2. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    It has to be better than any average domain without the keywords I would think. I'm also wondering about this too though.
     
  3. xgnux

    xgnux Regular Member

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    keyword domain always ranking better. no difference if you have - in the domain name
     
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  4. Ewitz

    Ewitz Newbie

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    I was also wondering this. So you are saying that having a dash in the domain name will not matter?
     
  5. iodalg

    iodalg Registered Member

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    No it will not matter, it will work fine with dashes!
     
  6. 195471

    195471 Regular Member

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    There's a lot more to getting high rankings than putting your keyword in the domain name. I have seen many instances where keyword-rich domains rank below domains that don't contain the keywords used in the query. Sometimes the dashes outrank the non-dashes and vice versa. Sometimes .infos outrank .coms. Google will look at not only the domain name, but several other factors, including but not limited to:

    • the age of the domain
    • whether or not the domain registration is private
    • the duration of the domain registration (e.g., a five-year registration is better than a one-year registration)
    • the quality of your backlinks
    • the quantity of your backlinks and the rate at which they were obtained
    • on-page factors such as <title> and <h1> tags
    • whether or not you have duplicate content on your site
    • whether or not you're using any trickery such as keyword stuffing and/or hidden text
    • a bunch of other factors that no one but Google will ever know
     
  7. eddyman1us

    eddyman1us Junior Member

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    from my experience keyword1keyword2.com rank MUCH faster and higher than keyword1-keyword.com domains

    has any one else noticed this ??
     
  8. frizli

    frizli Registered Member

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    as far as there as two dashes the domain is fine.
     
  9. Evotion

    Evotion Newbie

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    There are 2 truths here:


    1. All things being otherwise equal.. keyword domains will do better in search engines - hypens or otherwise
    2. A website with great SEO will beat the keywords on ranking
    Moral: Use keywords in your domain AND SEO the feck out of it.
     
  10. lesaurus

    lesaurus Junior Member

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    I've heard talk that search engines can only differentiate no more than two words joined together without dashes so thisisbad.com. This-is-better.com
    also I've read that any more than one dash causes suffers to avoid the site more in the SERPS and you don't get as many hits as you should for your ranking. Looks too spammy appatantley
     
  11. controls

    controls Newbie

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    It has been tested and you are far better to have a domain name with no dashes underscores just straight text is the best way to set your domain..