Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Bartman, Nov 24, 2011.
1. No experience or empirical evidence on .us domains yet... I'd avoid at the moment as it's an unknown.
2. Definitely NOT!
3. Prefixed and suffixed 'phrase-matched' EMDs are the next best choice to an EMD. Go with a suffix first, as a prefix pushes the keywords further from the front. A short suffix like 'pro' or 'info' is usually the best. Check and see if there are some worthwhile long-tails that contain a small prefix/suffix (like 'buy.....') which could add useful juice later.
Be careful not to over-optimise the content, anchors and titles on EMDs now. Post-Panda, this is more important than ever.
Eh - I disagree with jascoken on the second domain - if the keyword phrase has dashes between the words it shouldn't hurt ranking much, if at all. After all, that's the way permalinks for posts are structured in WP.
Third domain seems good too, but you could change "place" to "info" or something depending on what kind of site it is.
Two dashes at a domain is the limit. From 3 and up (like my-site-is-so-great.com) maybe consider like spamming by Google bots.
I think it is mentioned also at Google guidelines.
I have gone up to 4 dashes before to get #1 on Google and Bing for a decent keyword (hundreds of exact searches monthly) so I would say if you JUST care about search engine rankings, go with the 2 dashes.
1. How many .us do you see ranking for highly competitive keywords?
2. Looks spammy.
3. Is your best choice IMO.
+1 for Number2# as kickflip says care about the search engine rankings !
The question was; which is best?
No 2 certainly isn't the best option. I have around 50 hyphen and multiple hypenated domains - and they all took longer to rank than non-hypen domains (out of over 500 in total). The more hyphens - the worse it gets. A single one between 2 words isn't too bad - but I'd still avoid.
And you can't compare this to hyphen seperation of file-names - which is what WP is doing with its dynamic URL code. A hypenated domain (certainly one with multiple hypens) can be seen as a slightly desperate attempt to get an EMD when others have been taken/used.
And careful analysis of long-tails often reveals a useful suffix/refix anyway.
#2 if you only care for SEO. #3 if you care about brand.
No. 3 is the one i'd go for
You don't see many .us ranked on the SE
No 2 is ok, it'll still rank, as you still got the keyword in place, but no.3 is the best option
Separate names with a comma.