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Stop words in domain name

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by xpiamchris, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. xpiamchris

    xpiamchris Newbie

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    So I bought a lot of domain names with the word "in" in the middle, and I know that "in" is a stop word, and that google ignores it, but does it ignore the domain entirely?

    If I have the domain name "plumbers-in-italy.com" will it not rank well? I know it's not as good as "plumbers-italy.com" but does it hurt it a lot?

    Any thoughts or experience on this would be great. Thanks guys
     
  2. happyhatter

    happyhatter Registered Member

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    No, they won't ignore the domain. I don't think it will affect page rank either. I believe some search engines don't record common words simply to save space or to speed up searches.
     
  3. xpiamchris

    xpiamchris Newbie

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    so my SERPs would be affected?
     
  4. caneman

    caneman Regular Member

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    I know those stop words are supposed to be ignored, but for the handful of domains i have used them in i cant rank with them very well without a lot of backlinking, ymmv
     
  5. Crooker

    Crooker Newbie

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    Stopwords are used in text only, by search engines.
    They are used to save space and bandwidth, as happy hatter already stated.
    They don't do this with domain for one simple reason, if you were to remove words from the domain it wouldn't anymore. lol.

    But i would say, with some creative thinking there is always a good domain name to be found.
     
  6. showboytridin

    showboytridin Regular Member

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    The word in is not a problem, but two '-' on the domain can be.
     
  7. zensiq

    zensiq Junior Member

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    Why is that? due to spammers?
     
  8. SpiderWebMaster

    SpiderWebMaster Power Member

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    search engines tend to interpret hyphens as spaces or simply as not being there, don't woory too much about the hyphens...
     
  9. showboytridin

    showboytridin Regular Member

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    Due to keyword stuffing. Many keywords on a domain.