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Register the new domain name or go on with the old one. What would you do?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by erzulie, May 29, 2011.

  1. erzulie

    erzulie Junior Member

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    Currently I have two choices, and I'm kinda confused. Wanna get back to the niche I've neglected for some reason.

    1. I already own a domain.

    Pros: It is an aged domain (3 years old) PR2 + from the very beginning this domain was used by me for this niche.

    Cons: It is not mykeyword.com or longtailedkeyword.com (but it is easily branded domain, that's why I've registered and used it for one of my businesses). So I can use this domain (to make some changes to its content, make some on-page seo optimization, backlinks, etc etc)

    2. Register completely new domain longtailedkeyword.com and start promoting it.

    Pros: It will definitely contain longtailed keyword in its name (cool for seo and rankings)

    Cons: it will be a new domain (not aged, no PR, nothing).

    What would you personally go for?

    Also, if I choose to register a new domain, there's no exact longtailedkeyword.com/org/net name - how would you go then, register
    longtailedkeyword101.com, longtailedkeywordpros.com, longtailedkeywordtips.com or whatsoever?

    (I mean, if longtailedkeyword.com is not available, would you go for dashes (long-tailed-keyword.com), numbers (longtailedkeyword101.com) or adding another word to longtailedkeyword.com (longtailedkeywordtips.com)?
     
  2. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    I would register the long tail kwd domain if you want to rank easy for that specific long tail kwd. If it is not available I would go for longtailkwdingo.com or longtailkwdtips.com etc. HTH. GL.

    Cheers.
     
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  3. MKelly

    MKelly Regular Member

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    It's a hard one, if it really is brandable and catchy I'd lean towards the aged domain myself.

    I've been working with exact match keyword domains for a while now, and it seems like they just don't count at all until you reach some point of content quality and trust for your site - then the keywords in the domain can come into play.
     
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  4. erzulie

    erzulie Junior Member

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    vasilicaciortan thanks (sincerely, I'm thinking the same, that's why I didn't start to develop old domain, but asking to share the thoughts...)

    MKelly right you are... that's a hard choice for me. I don't want to develop two domains, need to stick to one way - either the new exact match keyword domain or the old domain. Currently the old domain has only 100-150 backlinks indexed by G, no significant successes in rankings, just two cons - age (registered in 2008) and PR2... Possibly, given this info, it'd be better to abandon the old one and to develop a new... It will definitely take more time as it might get sandboxed by G, but in the long run it may be more beneficial? Btw, what would you choose if you were me? exactmatchdomain101.com, exactmatchdomainSOMEWORD.com, or exact-match-domain.com? (personally I think that it's not ok to go with dashes or org/net 'cause that website provides services, so it's not too good when there'are competitors around and the clients might forget to put dashes or might type com instead of org/net and go directly to the competitors?

    From your experience, what would work better, then? exactmatchdomain101.com or exactmatchdomainSOMEWORD.com?
     
  5. etern1ty

    etern1ty Registered Member

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    i always go with no dashes or numbers. they just have a bad rep for being spammy made for adsense type of sites. i personally have a very competitive keyword thats an EMD with blog at the end, e.g competitiveEMDkeywordblog.com. i figure as long as you have an EMD and you do proper seo on your site you shouldnt have any trouble ranking your site with backlink blasts. good luck!
     
  6. DrMax

    DrMax Regular Member

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    Aged domains are much better than new one. Just use a keyword folder with it.
     
  7. painkiller

    painkiller Newbie

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    I would keep your aged domain. Use a keyword folder like DrMax suggests and if it is multiple words, use dashes in the folder name to break up the words.

    Like this: keyword1-keyword2/

    My very recent personal experience put this structure high in the rankings quickly after switching from this (which is what I created when I knew nothing about SEO): keyword1keyword2/